Colleges in Mississippi

Colleges in Mississippi

Short, mild winters followed by hot, humid summers are normal for Mississippi, otherwise known as “The Magnolia State.” When it comes to 4-year colleges in Mississippi, they’re largely divided between public and private not-for-profit institutions. There are 8 public options and 12 private, 4 of which are liberal arts schools. When it comes to 2-year institutions, Mississippi has 17, plus assorted campuses, to choose from. Mississippi College is the oldest in the state, founded in 1826, while Rust College is the most selective. Mississippi’s catfish aquaculture provides farm-raised catfish for the entirety of the US, producing the majority consumed. Its top attractions are the birthplace of Elvis Presley, the Vicksburg National Military Park, and the Tupelo Automobile Museum.
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Mississippi State University

Originally founded as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of the State of Mississippi, Mississippi State University is a 4-year public university in eastern Mississippi. MSU is home to eight colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees....

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University of Mississippi

The University of Mississippi is a 4-year public institution in northwest Mississippi and the state’s largest university by enrollment. Ole Miss encompasses 15 schools and colleges as well as the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson....

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Jackson State University

Founded in 1877, Jackson State University is a public Historically Black College and University in the Mississippi state capital of Jackson and one of the largest HBCUs in the nation. A member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Jackson State is...

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University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi is a 4-year public school in southeast Mississippi. Southern Miss is home to colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Nursing as well as the sixth-oldest acceptance-based Honors College in the...

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Delta State University

Delta State University is a public institution based in Cleveland, Mississippi. DSU began, and continues to be, a teacher’s college, but also offers programs in traditional areas as well. It is home to the Delta Music Institute, the Bologna...

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Alcorn State University

Founded in 1871, Alcorn State University is a public Historically Black College and University in southwest Mississippi. The oldest historically black land-grant university in the United States, Alcorn State is home to five schools offering...

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Mississippi College

Founded in 1826, Mississippi College is the oldest university in the state and has “more selective” admissions. It is affiliated with the Baptist Church and houses the Provone Chapel, which was used as a hospital during the Civil War. It hosts the...

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Hinds Community College is the fourth largest institution of higher learning in Mississippi. It is a public 2-year community college maintaining five campuses and six academic locations, the main campus located in Raymond, MS. Hinds Community College...

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East Mississippi Community College

East Mississippi Community College is a 2-year degree program and public institution based in rural Scooba, MS. The college offers associate degree programs and 1-2 year technical certification programs. Admissions are open and nontraditional...

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William Carey University is a private, Christ-centered institution located primarily in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, with an additional campus in the city of Biloxi. WCU offers a variety of undergraduate programs, as well as a sizable selection of...

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Belhaven University

Belhaven University is a Christian liberal arts institution founded in 1883. Rated as having “selective” admissions, the university is also affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. Belhaven University’s main campus is based in Jackson, Mississippi,...

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Millsaps College

Millsaps College is a private liberal arts college that is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. This Christian institution offers specialized academic programs that include a teaching fellowship, a writing program and an honors program. The...

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Holmes Community College is a public, 2-year institution established primarily in Goodman, Mississippi. Along with the main campus, the college maintains satellite facilities in Kosciusko, Webster, Grenada, and Ridgeland. HCC offers a wide variety of...

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Mississippi Valley State University is a public HBCU and member of the Thurgood Marshall Fund. The institution is home to the “Mean Green Marching Machine” marching band and the “Satin Dolls” dancing squad. For high school students interested in MVSU...

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Itawamba Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in the state of Mississippi, with three campuses in Fulton, Belden, and Tupelo. Classes at ICC are provided during daytime, evening, and on the weekends in order to suit any...

Northwest Mississippi Community College is a public, two-year institution established in the city of Senatobia. Northwest serves a population of over 7,000 students, and offers academic pathways to each of the public, four-year institutions within...

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Jones County Junior College

Jones County Junior College is a public institution based in the rural town of Ellisville, Mississippi. JCJC has an open admissions policy and operates several outreach centers throughout the state, as well an eLearning division for taking courses...

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Pearl River Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Poplarville, Mississippi, with satellite locations in Hattiesburg and Waveland. PRCC offers over 30 associate’s degree, certificate, and diploma programs, along with over a...

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Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is a 2-year institution with an open admissions policy. The main campus located in Perkinston, MS, while several satellite campuses and academic centers operate throughout the state. Mississippi Gulf Coast...

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Tougaloo College is a private, historically black institution established in Madison County, Mississippi. The college offers undergraduate degree programs in 29 fields of study, as well as graduate degree programs in both Education and Child...

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Meridian Community College is a 2-year community college in eastern Mississippi. MCC offers degrees and certificates in over 35 fields of study. Exceptional students are eligible to join The Phil Hardin Foundation Honors College. Meridian’s course...

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Mississippi University for Women

Mississippi University for Women is a public, 4-year institution established in the city of Columbus. Despite the college’s name, MUW has been admitting both men and women since 1982. The college features a variety of facilities for on-campus...

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Rust College
Holly Springs, MS
Rust College

Rust College is a private, historically black institution established in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Classes at Rust College utilize an 8-week, modular structure, with their academic calendar consisting of six modules. The campus showcases a variety...

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Originally established as the first agricultural high school for African Americans in Mississippi, Coahoma Community College is a 2-year Historically Black College. Academics at CCC are divided among 55 university transfer programs, eight Health...

East Central Community College is a 2-year institution serving five counties in eastern Mississippi. Several ECCC courses are available online as eLearning courses and if a class is not available via the internet, students can request to take it from...

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Northeast Mississippi Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Booneville, with satellite facilities located in New Albany and Corinth. NEMCC offers over 70 associate’s degree and certificate programs, with courses formats...

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Mississippi Delta Community College is a 2-year institution with a main campus and two off-campus sites serving seven counties in western Mississippi. MDCC offers classes in eight academic departments and all course numbers with four digits are...

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The University of Mississippi Medical Center is a hospital facility in Jackson hosting the only academic health sciences center in the state. The medical center is home to six schools of health science conferring 14 undergraduate and graduate degrees...

Copiah-Lincoln Community College

Copiah-Lincoln Community College is a public, 2-year institution primarily located in Wesson, Mississippi. The college hosts satellite locations in seven other counties within the state as well. Students enrolled at Co-Lin can take advantage of a...

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Blue Mountain College is a private, Christ-centered institution established in Tippah County, Mississippi. Students are required to attend chapel weekly on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. BMC offers majors and minors in over 40 areas of study,...

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Southwest Mississippi Community College is a public, 2-year institution established on a rural campus in Summit. SMCC offers 15 career and technical education programs, with the option for evening courses available if demand is sufficient for each...

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Southeastern Baptist College is a Christian institution in southeast Mississippi featuring both 2 and 4-year academic programs. SBC offers three associate degrees as well as bachelor’s degrees in Church Ministries and Business Administration, with...

Originally founded as a Methodist institution, Wesley Biblical Seminary is an interdenominational Christian graduate school in central Mississippi. WBS offers master’s degrees in Biblical Literature, Apologetics, Christian Studies, Theology, and...

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