Mississippi Colleges

Mississippi Colleges

Mississippi Schools – Accredited

The Magnolia State is one of the least densely populated states in the south. With around 65 people per square mile, the state exists in a mostly rural state. Many prospective college students tend to avoid the state altogether. Yet there are many educational benefits to be acquired in Mississippi, most of which get widely ignored by the rest of the country. Yes, Mississippi is a far cry from the Ivy league schools in the far North. However, the state has its own active institutions of higher learning, many of which are old and respected in their own right. With approximately 18 colleges and universities in the state (not including the 15 community colleges), Mississippi is one of the few states that has about as many public institutions as it has private ones.

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Between the two, there are many well-respected institutions of higher learning for prospective students to explore.

The 8 universities that comprise Mississippi’s public university system are as follows: Alcorn State University, Delta State University, Jackson State University, Mississippi State University, Mississippi University for Women, Mississippi Valley State University, The University of Mississippi and The University of Southern Mississippi. Mississippi is unique in that it is also one of the few states that maintains a women’s university as a public institution.

However, the school was forced to allow open admission to men as well due to a 1982 Supreme Court ruling, stating that the school’s admissions policies were in violation of the Equal Protection Clause found in the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Of the 8 schools in the state’s public university system, the oldest is The University of Mississippi. Founded in 1848, the school has an extremely impressive $520 million endowment, dwarfing the endowments of the other 7 public schools by a wide margin. Indeed, most of the institutions do not have any endowments at all, or ones that are small enough as to not be worth noting. Mississippi State University, however, does have a somewhat sizable endowment of roughly $400 million. Founded in 1878, the school follows closely on the heels of The University of Mississippi, and focuses primarily on agriculture and applied sciences. The remainder of the public schools were mostly founded in the 1900s.

However, two of the schools, Alcorn State University (founded in 1871) and Jackson State University (founded in 1877), are both HBCUs. Alcorn holds the particularly significant historic title of being the first black college in the United States to be established with a land grant.

Alongside the historic Alcorn University, Mississippi’s institutions count among them impressive and noteworthy achievements. Mississippi State University is one of 850 colleges and universities that has received a Space-Grant, from the United States, aimed toward the exploration of outer space research. It also holds the recognition of being a Land-Grant and a Sea-Grant institution (of which there are only 3 in the country). Both Mississippi State University and The University of Mississippi are ranked by The U.S. News and World Report in the top 200 for national universities (#161 and #140, respectively). Meanwhile, the Mississippi University of Women and Alcorn State University are ranked regionally, at #46 and #68. Indeed, half of all 4-year, degree granting colleges in the state are ranked in within the top 200, either nationally or regionally.

Mississippi’s private institutions, while few, enjoy significant popularity and recognition both regionally and nationally. The private colleges in the state are: Belhaven University (ranked #58 for regional universities), Blue Mountain College (ranked #22 for regional colleges), Millsaps College (ranked #93 for national liberal arts colleges), Mississippi College (ranked #32 for regional universities), Rust College (an HBCU founded in 1866), Tougaloo College (an HBCU founded in 1869), Southeastern Baptist College, Wesley Biblical Seminary, Reformed Theological Seminary, and William Carey University (ranked #41 for regional universities). That the state is home to 4 HBCUs (2 public schools and 2 private schools) and a women’s college is a testament to the unique and valuable educational offerings within the state.

Traditional Colleges In Mississippi

Alcorn State University

  • Site – www.alcorn.edu
  • Phone – 800-222-6790
  • Admissions – ebarnes@lorman.alcorn.edu
  • Financial Aid – dreynold@lorman.alcorn.edu

Belhaven University

  • Site – www.belhaven.edu
  • Phone – 800-960-5940
  • Admissions – admissions@belhaven.edu
  • Financial Aid – studentaid@belhaven.edu

Blue Mountain College

  • Site – www.bmc.edu
  • Phone – 800-235-0136
  • Admissions – admissions@bmc.edu
  • Financial Aid – agossett@bmc.edu

Millsaps College

  • Site – www.millsaps.edu
  • Phone – 800-352-1050
  • Admissions – admissions@millsaps.edu
  • Financial Aid – finaid@millsaps.edu

Mississippi State University

  • Site – www.msstate.edu
  • Phone – 662-325-2224
  • Admissions – admit@admissions.msstate.edu
  • Financial Aid – financialaid@saffairs.msstate.edu

University of Mississippi

  • Site – www.olemiss.edu
  • Phone – 662-915-7378
  • Admissions – publicre@olemiss.edu
  • Financial Aid – finaid@olemiss.edu

University of Southern Mississippi

  • Site – www.usm.edu
  • Phone – 601-266-5000
  • Admissions – publicre@olemiss.edu
  • Financial Aid – financial.aid@usm.edu

Mississippi – Community Colleges

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Coahoma Community College

  • Site – www.coahomacc.edu
  • Address – 3240 Friars Point Rd, Clarksdale, MS 38614
  • Phone – (662) 627-2571

Copiah-Lincoln Community College

  • Site – www.colin.edu
  • Address – 1001 Copiah Lincoln Cir, Wesson, MS 39191
  • Phone – (601) 643-8306

East Central Community College

  • Site – www.eccc.edu
  • Address – 275 W Broad St, Decatur, MS 39327
  • Phone – (601) 635-2111

East Mississippi Community College

  • Site – www.eastms.edu
  • Address – 1512 Kemper St, Scooba, MS 39358
  • Phone – (662) 476-8442

Hinds Community College

  • Site – www.hindscc.edu
  • Address – 3925 Sunset Dr, Jackson, MS 39213
  • Phone – (601) 366-1405

Holmes Community College

  • Site – www.holmescc.edu
  • Address – 1 Hill St, Goodman, MS 39079
  • Phone – (662) 472-2312

Itawamba Community College

  • Site – www.iccms.edu
  • Address – 602 W Hill St, Fulton, MS 38843
  • Phone – (662) 862-8000

Jones County Junior College

  • Site – www.jcjc.edu
  • Address – 900 S Court St, Ellisville, MS 39437
  • Phone – (601) 477-4000

Meridian Community College

  • Site – www.mcc.cc.ms.us
  • Address – 910 Highway 19 N, Meridian, MS 39307
  • Phone – (601) 483-8241

Mississippi Delta Community College

  • Site – www.msdelta.edu
  • Address – 289 Cherry street, Moorhead, MS 38761
  • Phone – (662) 246-6322

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

  • Site – www.mgccc.edu
  • Address – 51 Main St, Perkinston, MS 39573
  • Phone – (601) 928-5211

Northeast Mississippi Community College

  • Site – www.nemcc.edu
  • Address – 101 Cunningham Blvd, Booneville, MS 38829
  • Phone – (662) 728-7751

Northwest Mississippi Community College

  • Site – www.northwestms.edu
  • Address – 1310 Belk Blvd, Oxford, MS 38655
  • Phone – (662) 236-2023

Pearl River Community College

  • Site – www.prcc.edu
  • Address – 5448 Highway 49 South, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
  • Phone – (601) 554-5555

Southwest Mississippi Community College

  • Site – www.smcc.edu
  • Address – 1156 College Dr, Summit, MS 39666
  • Phone – (601) 276-2000

Vocational, Career, Trade – Mississippi

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Virginia College


Blue Cliff College


Antonelli College

Belhaven College

Virginia College

Online Degrees and Programs In Mississippi

While Mississippi itself is not particularly active in its offerings of online degrees and programs, the state is a part of the much respected Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). SREB is responsible for managing and evaluating educational programs, and provides rubrics for evaluating many curriculum programs across the south, including online degree programs. As a result of being a part of SREB, online learners in the state have access to online degree programs across the south, and not just those available in the state’s public institutions. These are made available through SREB’s Electronic Campus. Prospective students can choose from over 200 participating schools offering a mixture of all-online or blended instruction models. This gives students in Mississippi who seek to do their education online an extremely vast array of options, more than any single state could offer, and more than any other region in the United States.

Prospective students will find that the most valuable and best online education, if taken at local, private or public institutions, will come from one of the following schools: The University of Southern Mississippi, Belhaven University, Mississippi College, Mississippi State University, Blue Mountain College, University of Mississippi, and The University of Mississippi Medical Center. Most of these schools come in at very reasonable costs as well, with the University of Southern Mississippi coming in at just under $7,000 annual tuition, The University of Mississippi Medical Center approximately the same value as USM, and Belhaven University at around $8,400.

There are currently more than 30 accredited colleges and universities in the state that offer some form of online education for prospective students, many of which are the state’s many community colleges. Only 16 of these offer Bachelor’s degrees, 15 offer Master’s degrees, and 9 offer some Doctoral degrees. While these offerings may seem slim, they are of course only a small margin when compared to the extremely vast offerings that students in the state can have through SREB’s Electronic Campus. When the Electronic Campus is taken into full consideration, students looking to study in Mississippi will find that the state has much more to offer, in the way of online education, than almost every other state in the country.