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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?

10,384 Full-Time Undergraduates
$14,126 Avg Cost After Aid
98% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest degree offered at Southern Miss is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 98% of the faculty were full-time.

University of Southern Mississippi Rankings

College Factual ranked Southern Miss as #978 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. Southern Miss also holds the #6 spot on the Best Colleges in Mississippi ranking.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Southern Miss has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Southern Miss

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Veterans 141
Best Colleges for the Money 219
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 337
Best Colleges for International Students 718
Best Colleges 978
Best Colleges for Diversity 1,065

Where Is University of Southern Mississippi?

Location of University of Southern Mississippi

Contact details for Southern Miss are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 118 College Drive # 0001, Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
Phone: 601-266-1000
Website: https://www.usm.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/usm.edu
Twitter: https://twitter.com/southernmiss

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

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Southern Miss?

98% Acceptance Rate
65% Of Accepted Are Women
0% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 98%, Southern Miss is fairly easy to get into, but you must be sure to submit the required materials.

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.

ACT English Scores for University of Southern Mississippi  ( 19 to 27 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of Southern Mississippi  ( 17 to 24 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Southern Mississippi  ( 19 to 26 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Southern Mississippi?

$14,126 Net Price
68% Take Out Loans
8.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Southern Miss is $14,126. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Southern Miss

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$12,728 $12,160 $16,048 $16,875 $17,686

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

10,384 Full-Time Undergraduates
64% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 11,815 undergraduate students at Southern Miss, with 10,384 being full-time and 1,431 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Southern Miss

There are also 2,663 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 10,384 full-time undergraduates at Southern Miss, 36% are male and 64% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Southern Miss

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Southern Mississippi students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Southern Miss Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 129
Black or African American 3,002
Hispanic or Latino 347
White 6,274
International Students 183
Other Races/Ethnicities 449

Geographic Diversity

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

2,539 Took All Classes Online
9,956 Took At Least One Class Online
17.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 22 bachelor’s degree and 21 master’s degree programs available online at Southern Miss. In 2017-2018, 9,956 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Southern Miss has changed over the last few years.

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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%
Education 2%
Educational Administration 25%
Engineering Technologies 13%
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 11%
General Education 15%
Health Professions 6%
Industrial Production Technology 12%
Instructional Media Design 71%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 22%
Liberal Arts General Studies 22%
Library & Information Science 19%
Library Science 19%
Nursing 21%
Philosophy 25%
Philosophy & Religious Studies 50%
Sociology 21%
Student Counseling 38%

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.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Architectural Engineering Technology #2
Industrial Production Technology #3
Food, Nutrition & Related Services #5
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services #8
Library & Information Science #14
Student Counseling #14
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science #14
Hospitality Management #15
Other Business, Management & Marketing #15
Library Science #18
Public Health #31
Human Development & Family Studies #33
Engineering Technologies #38
Health & Physical Education #38
Curriculum & Instruction #39
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #39
Human Resource Management #43
Instructional Media Design #44
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #44
General Education #48
Special Education #58
Teacher Education Subject Specific #65
Educational Administration #91
Teacher Education Grade Specific #97
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #135
Liberal Arts General Studies #135
Nursing #195
Education #244
Business Administration & Management #290
Health Professions #327
Business, Management & Marketing #368

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, University of Southern Mississippi awarded 4,940 undergraduate degrees and 1,716 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 91 17 0
Allied Health Professions 0 15 0 0
Anthropology 0 6 2 0
Architectural Engineering Technology 0 71 0 0
Arts & Media Management 0 42 0 0
Business Administration & Management 0 193 83 0
Business/Managerial Economics 0 1 11 0
Chemistry 0 29 0 2
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 6 0
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 5 9 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 31 5 7
Communication Sciences 0 42 30 7
Computer Engineering Technology 0 8 0 0
Computer Information Systems 0 39 21 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 88 4 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 16 0
Dance 0 8 0 0
Data Processing 0 35 0 0
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 14 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 29 9 0
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 26 6 0
Economics 0 2 0 6
Educational Administration 0 0 32 12
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 2 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 23 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 10 0 0
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 28 0
General Biology 0 105 5 2
General Education 0 0 0 15
General English Literature 0 54 7 12
General Psychology 0 153 24 20
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 24 0 0
Geography & Cartography 0 12 4 1
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 18 14 4
Health & Physical Education 0 97 22 0
Health Sciences & Services 0 5 0 0
History 0 46 4 2
Hospitality Management 0 20 0 0
Human Development & Family Studies 0 57 9 0
Human Resource Management 0 54 5 8
Industrial Production Technology 0 25 0 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 15 2
Interior Architecture 0 8 0 0
International Business 0 12 0 0
International Relations & National Security 0 8 0 0
Journalism 0 42 0 0
Legal Support Services 0 16 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 156 0 0
Library & Information Science 0 20 54 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 15 0 0
Marketing 0 77 0 0
Mathematics 0 15 1 0
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 12 0
Music 0 20 14 9
Nursing 0 190 57 32
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 18 0 0
Other Computer & Information Sciences 0 0 0 4
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 21 0 0
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 19 0 0
Philosophy 0 4 0 0
Physics 0 0 6 0
Political Science & Government 0 23 3 0
Polymer & Plastics Engineering 0 9 6 14
Public Health 0 56 22 0
Public Relations & Advertising 0 7 5 0
Religious Studies 0 2 0 0
Social Work 0 48 52 0
Sociology 0 14 0 0
Special Education 0 11 16 0
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 0 7 0 0
Student Counseling 0 0 21 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 141 4 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 31 27 11
Total 0 4,940 1,376 340

References

*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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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