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University of Mississippi

Oxford, Mississippi, United States
Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) is the flagship university for the state of Mississippi. A world-class public research university, the institution has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and innovative research.

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When it chartered the University of Mississippi on February 24, 1844, the Mississippi Legislature laid the foundation for public higher education in the state. The university opened its doors to 80 students four years later and for 23 years was Mississippi's only public institution of higher learning. For 110 years, it was the state's only comprehensive university.


With more than 21,500 students, Ole Miss is the state's largest university, with a major medical school, a nationally recognized law school and 15 academic divisions.

Ole Miss also established the state's first College of Liberal Arts; schools of Law, Engineering, Education and Nursing; accredited School of Business Administration; Graduate School; and accredited bachelor's and master's accountancy programs. It has the only schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Health Related Professions in Mississippi.


UM's research enterprise—including programs in acoustics, atmospheric physics, health care, remote sensing, Southern studies, space law and pharmaceutical sciences—is renowned internationally. The university holds more than 40 patents for inventions including a fire ant trap, an algal herbicide, novel drug-delivery systems, a thermoacoustic refrigeration device, immune system stimulators and possible treatments for cancer, malaria, pain and infections. This work takes place across the university, which is home to more than 20 major research centers. 

University Ranking

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Student services

We are a team of highly competent and professional educators that are committed to enhancing the out-of-class experience for students at The University of Mississippi. From your first campus tour to graduation day, you will find Student Affairs partnering with you to become better acclimated to campus, to find a safe place to live, to keep you healthy while attending classes, and to build leadership and career-specific skills. We work hard to support the co-curricular, emotional, physical and financial needs of our students.

While students attend college to pursue an academic major and attain a degree, a great deal of learning occurs beyond the classroom walls. 

Housing services

  • Our seven traditional halls, built in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, offer classic residential experiences. Each building has a unique set of amenities, and it’s easy to choose one that best suits your needs. Traditional halls have double occupancy rooms that are fully furnished and move-in ready. Community bathrooms are conveniently located on each floor or wing.
  • Our custodial staff clean the community bathrooms and common areas twice daily. Students are responsible for keeping their rooms clean.
  • Our traditional halls house students by gender.

ICT services

Students, faculty, and staff at the University of Mississippi embrace technology as a means to enhance learning, to enable research, and to become more productive. 

Medical services

The mission of Student Health Services is to promote the health and well-being of the students through education, prevention and care of acute medical conditions, thereby enhancing the quality of the student’s university experience.

Student Life

Campus life

Dining on campus is a quintessential part of the overall college experience! Check out our dining locations to see all of the wonderful options we offer! Stay current with hours of operation and events via our social media channels.

Sports facilities

The 155,000 sq. ft. facility opened in March of 1983. The Department of Health Exercise Science and Recreation Management and the Department of Campus Recreation are housed in the facility.  The Turner Center is the focal point for indoor recreational opportunities.

Student clubs

The University of Mississippi has more than 250 student organizations for students to get involved. There is something for everyone. We encourage our students to be intentional about what they do with their “co-curricular” activities. “Co-curricular” means outside the classroom activities that complement but are not part of the regular curriculum. Being intentional about what you do with those activities can be very important. Take advantage of the opportunities outside the classroom to gain experience and build your resume.


The University of Mississippi is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, first professional, and doctoral degrees. 

Oxford, Mississippi, United States

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