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University of Southern Mississippi is a public institution located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The location of Southern Miss is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

$20,205 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
96% Acceptance Rate

Where Is 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

How Do I Get Into Southern Miss?

You can apply to Southern Miss online at:

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?

96% Acceptance Rate
68% Of Accepted Are Women
0% Submit SAT Scores
Since Southern Miss has an acceptance rate of 96%, it is not too hard to gain acceptance into the school. Still, you need to be sure you complete your application in full and send in any other requested documents.

Approximately 32% of accepted students are men and 68% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 94%, and the acceptance rate for women is 97%.

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 25. Composite scores were between 19 and 26.

ACT English Scores for University of Southern Mississippi  ( 19 to 27 )
ACT Math Scores for University of Southern Mississippi  ( 17 to 25 )
ACT Composite Scores for University of Southern Mississippi  ( 19 to 26 )

Can I Afford University of Southern Mississippi?

$20,205 Net Price
55% Take Out Loans
2.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Southern Miss is $20,205. 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 55% of students took out student loans averaging $5,996 a year. That adds up to $23,984 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Southern Miss is 2.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Southern Mississippi Undergraduate Student Diversity

9,018 Full-Time Undergraduates
66% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 10,693 undergraduate students at Southern Miss, with 9,018 being full-time and 1,675 being part-time.


There are also 3,453 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 9,018 full-time undergraduates at Southern Miss, 34% are male and 66% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 132
Black or African American 2,611
Hispanic or Latino 341
White 5,394
International Students 142
Other Races/Ethnicities 398

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

3,781 Took All Classes Online
9,586 Took At Least One Class Online
49.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 9 bachelor’s degree and 33 master’s degree programs available online at Southern Miss. In 2020-2021, 9,586 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.


This school is the 8th most popular in Mississippi for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2020-2021.

Online Growth Rankings of Southern Miss

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Southern Mississippi was 49.6%. This is the #476 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Southern Miss regardless of major.

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%.


*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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