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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.

183 Undergraduate Degrees
195 Graduate Degrees
$20,484 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
98% Acceptance Rate

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University of Southern Mississippi Rankings

Out of the 5 colleges in Mississippi, Southern Miss is ranked at #1.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Southern Miss has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#13 Most Popular Online Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#115 Most Popular Teaching 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
#3 Best Value General Education Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Value Instructional Media Design Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Most Popular Online Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Most Popular Teacher Education Subject Specific Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Most Popular Online Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Value Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Best Value Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#42 Best Value Educational Administration Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#71 Most Popular Teacher Education Grade Specific 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
#33 Best Value Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific College Factual
#34 Best Value Colleges for Education College Factual
#49 Best Education Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#62 Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#68 Best Value Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific 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
Southern Miss has the high acceptance rate of 98%, which means it is fairly easy to gain admittance as long as you submit a complete application with requested 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 )
1
36
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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. 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 #673 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
Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services 38%
Curriculum & Instruction 50%
Curriculum & Instruction 50%
Educational Administration 25%
Educational/Instructional Technology 71%
General Education 15%
General Education 15%
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 54%
Instructional Media Design 71%
Secondary Education 45%
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
Modern Language Education #1
Physical Education Teaching & Coaching #10
Music Education #12
Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services #14
Student Counseling #14
Elementary Education #32
General Special Education #37
Curriculum & Instruction #39
Curriculum & Instruction #39
Educational/Instructional Technology #44
Instructional Media Design #44
General Education #48
General Education #48
Special Education #58
Teacher Education Subject Specific #65
General Educational Leadership & Administration #69
Educational Administration #91
Teacher Education Grade Specific #97

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 Teaching Concentrations

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

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Elementary Education 141 0 0 0 141
Music Education 24 0 5 3 32
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 0 4 12 12 28
General Education 0 12 0 15 27
Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services 0 0 21 0 21
General Educational Leadership & Administration 0 0 20 0 20
General Special Education 9 0 9 0 18
Modern Language Education 0 1 17 0 18
Educational/Instructional Technology 0 0 15 2 17
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 16 0 16
Science Education 0 0 3 8 11
Secondary Education 0 7 4 0 11
Physical Education Teaching & Coaching 7 0 2 0 9
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities 0 0 7 0 7
Education of the Deaf 2 0 0 0 2
TOTAL 183 24 131 40 378

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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