University of Southern Mississippi Overview
University of Southern Mississippi is a public institution situated in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.
What Is University of Southern Mississippi Known For?
- Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Southern Miss.
- For the 2017-2018 academic year, 98% of the faculty were full-time.
University of Southern Mississippi Rankings
Southern Miss is ranked #5 out of 21 schools in Mississippi.
Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.
Southern Miss has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.
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Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Southern Miss.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards Southern Miss has earned from around the web.
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Where Is University of Southern Mississippi?
Contact details for Southern Miss are given below.
|Address:||118 College Drive # 0001, Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001|
How Do I Get Into Southern Miss?
You can apply to Southern Miss online at: https://apps.usm.edu/admissions/ugapp/
Admission Requirements for Southern Miss
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||recommended|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||recommended|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Southern Miss?
Approximately 35% of accepted students are men and 65% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 98%, and the acceptance rate for women is 99%.
Average Test Scores
About 0% of students accepted to Southern Miss submitted their SAT scores.Southern Miss received ACT scores from 99% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 27. Math scores were between 17 and 24. Composite scores were between 19 and 26.
Can I Afford University of Southern Mississippi?
The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.
Student Loan Debt
Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Southern Miss, approximately 68% of students took out student loans averaging $6,738 a year. That adds up to $26,952 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at Southern Miss is 8.7%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.
University of Southern Mississippi Undergraduate Student Diversity
There are also 2,539 graduate students at the school.
Of the 9,654 full-time undergraduates at Southern Miss, 35% are male and 65% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Southern Mississippi students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||2,755|
|Hispanic or Latino||326|
Mississippi students aren't the only ones who study at University of Southern Mississippi. At this time, 30 states are represented by the student population at the school.
Over 70 countries are represented at Southern Miss. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, Nepal, and China.
Online Learning at University of Southern Mississippi
The following chart shows how the online learning population at Southern Miss has changed over the last few years.
This school is the most popular in Mississippi for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.
Online Growth Rankings of Southern Miss
The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Southern Mississippi was 17.0%. This is the #1,002 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Southern Miss regardless of major.
The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Southern Miss majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.
|Major||1-Year Growth Rate|
|Architectural Engineering Technology||18%|
|Business Administration & Management||24%|
|Business, Management & Marketing||9%|
|Curriculum & Instruction||50%|
|Food, Nutrition & Related Services||11%|
|Industrial Production Technology||12%|
|Instructional Media Design||71%|
|Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities||22%|
|Liberal Arts General Studies||22%|
|Library & Information Science||19%|
|Philosophy & Religious Studies||50%|
The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Southern Miss ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Southern Miss.
When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.
University of Southern Mississippi Undergraduate Concentrations
The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.
*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
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