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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?

2,519 Undergraduate Awards
$20,484 Avg Cost After Aid
98% Acceptance Rate
  • 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.

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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.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#63 Most Popular Online Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#72 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#221 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Southern Miss.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Business/Managerial Economics Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Value Computer Engineering Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Value Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Value Engineering Technologies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Value Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Value Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Value Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Value Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Value General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Best Value Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Southern Miss has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#28 Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#34 Best Value Colleges for Education College Factual
#46 Best Value Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#49 Best Education Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#60 Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#82 Best Value Colleges for Health Professions College Factual

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

Can I Afford University of Southern Mississippi?

$20,484 Net Price
68% Take Out Loans
8.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Southern Miss is $20,484. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

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

9,654 Full-Time Undergraduates
65% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 11,594 undergraduate students at Southern Miss, with 9,654 being full-time and 1,940 being part-time.

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

There are also 2,539 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 9,654 full-time undergraduates at Southern Miss, 35% are male and 65% 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 130
Black or African American 2,755
Hispanic or Latino 326
White 5,831
International Students 198
Other Races/Ethnicities 414

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 Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 0 0 190 24 57 32 303
Business Administration & Management 0 0 193 4 83 0 280
General Psychology 0 0 153 0 24 20 197
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 156 0 0 0 156
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 141 7 4 0 152
Health & Physical Education 0 0 97 1 22 0 120
General Biology 0 0 105 0 5 2 112
Accounting 0 0 91 0 17 0 108
Social Work 0 0 48 0 52 0 100
Marketing 18 0 77 0 0 0 95
Library & Information Science 0 0 20 20 54 0 94
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 88 2 4 0 94
Communication Sciences 0 0 42 0 30 7 79
Public Health 0 0 56 0 22 0 78
General English Literature 0 0 54 0 7 12 73
Architectural Engineering Technology 0 0 71 0 0 0 71
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 31 1 27 11 70
Human Resource Management 0 0 54 0 5 8 67
Human Development & Family Studies 0 0 57 0 9 0 66
Computer Information Systems 0 0 39 0 21 0 60
History 0 0 46 1 4 2 53
Educational Administration 0 0 0 4 32 12 48
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 31 0 5 7 43
Music 0 0 20 0 14 9 43
Journalism 0 0 42 0 0 0 42
Arts & Media Management 0 0 42 0 0 0 42
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 29 0 9 0 38
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 18 0 14 4 36
Data Processing 0 0 35 0 0 0 35
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 26 0 6 0 32
Chemistry 0 0 29 0 0 2 31
Polymer & Plastics Engineering 0 0 9 0 6 14 29
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 0 0 28 0 28
General Education 0 0 0 12 0 15 27
Special Education 0 0 11 0 16 0 27
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 3 0 21 2 0 0 26
Political Science & Government 0 0 23 0 3 0 26
Hospitality Management 5 0 20 0 0 0 25
Industrial Production Technology 0 0 25 0 0 0 25
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 0 24 0 0 0 24
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 23 0 0 0 23
Student Counseling 0 0 0 0 21 0 21
Military Applied Sciences 21 0 0 0 0 0 21
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 0 19 0 0 0 19
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 0 18 0 0 0 18
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 0 15 2 17
Geography & Cartography 0 0 12 0 4 1 17
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 16 0 16
Legal Support Services 0 0 16 0 0 0 16
Mathematics 0 0 15 0 1 0 16
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 15 0 0 0 15
Allied Health Professions 0 0 15 0 0 0 15
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 1 0 14 0 0 0 15
Business/Managerial Economics 0 0 1 2 11 0 14
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 5 0 9 0 14
Sociology 0 0 14 0 0 0 14
International Business 0 0 12 0 0 0 12
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 7 0 5 0 12
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 0 12 0 12
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Interior Architecture 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 0 1 7 0 0 0 8
Computer Engineering Technology 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Anthropology 0 0 6 0 2 0 8
Economics 0 0 2 0 0 6 8
International Relations & National Security 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Dance 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Physics 0 0 0 0 6 0 6
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 6 0 6
Health Sciences & Services 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Other Computer & Information Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 4 4
Philosophy 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Religious Studies 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 48 1 2,470 80 688 170 3,457

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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