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....

“…msu has an absolutely breathtaking campus. the engineering curriculum is challenging and engaging, pushing each student to apply themselves inside and outside of the classroom. best of all, the people and seemingly endless campus activities make each...” – Thomas from Pontotoc, MS

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....

“…It is the most beautiful campus I have ever laid my eyes on. The faculty and staff are eager for you to learn. I feel at home and safe on campus. ” – Mary from Vinemont, AL

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...

“…Jackson State has a supportive network of professors and alumni. There is a warm, welcoming, helpful atmosphere whether you are experiencing your first tour, going to class, or handling business in any of the offices. There are multiple opportunities...” – Keleigh from Hereford, AZ

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...

“…Overall, I find USM to be homely. The university maintains a calm, collected atmosphere while still encouraging academic growth and success. I love the fact that I can get the big college experience and the small town college feel from one place at...” – Wilson from Waynesboro, MS

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...

“…delta state unversity is a fine college. it may become challenging at times, but who said life was easy. i'm a freshman here, and i'm enjoying my enrollment at this school.” – Truman from Batesville, MS

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...

“…Alcorn has a great mentors. The campus is a safe environment. The professors here make sure that you learn the material.” – Se'Toria from Michigan City, MS

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...

“…I will give Mississippi College a 9 out of 10. They're friendly and nice to everyone, and they actually help you with anything you need to get more money for tuition and fees. Overall great college.” – Samuel from Gautier, MS

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...

“…Hinds Communty College in Raymond, MS is one of the most beautiful schools that I have ever been to. The campus is so unique and different. The staff there are very nice and even though I have not started classes there, I believe that going to this...” – Dalonia from Brookhaven, MS

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...

“…This is an excellent school to attend. Teacher's really care and try hard to help students. Its a peaceful environment to be apart of and the sports teams are great.” – Brea from Hattiesburg, MS

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...

“…William Carey University is a wonderful school for prospective students looking for a pleasant atmosphere and Christian atmosphere. William Carey University really strives to encourage every student to never give up on their visions. Willaim Carey...” – ShaQuenna Arrington

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,...

“…belhaven is an excellent school for the adult learner. whether just starting or returning to college, the adult program will get you on the road to earning your degree quickly. the classes are rigorous, and the professors are committed to student's...” – Rita from Houston, TX

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...

“…It's a great learning enviroment! Hard work is expected but the result is worth it. ” – Kalissia from Jackson, MS

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...

“…i have been going to night class, this is the best. i am now taking day class and i love the campus and the instructors they really care about the student. the advisor have an open door policy... it's great” – Robbie from Flora, MS

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...

“…mississippi valley state is a very vibrant school. the instructors are always willing to helpthe students. the campus is growing and easy to learn. ” – Valerie from Holcomb, MS

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...

“…If I were to rate ICC on a scale from one to ten, I would rate it a ten. This school is great! I would recommend this college to all entering college students because it is a great start for college.” – LaKeisha from Nettleton, MS

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...

“…northwest is the best! the campus has a great vibe and everyone is very friendly and eager to help you with all of your needs. if you are looking for a college to be yourself in, this is the college for you!” – Shelby from Sarah, MS

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...

“…i love the fact that my class size is so small. i feel like i am actually gaining knowledge, because my instructor recognizes me as a student and not a number. all jones county junior college staff are very helpful.” – Jennifer from Petal, MS

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...

“…this college has many opportunities to offer to future students who wants to futher their education. helpful instructors to guide and lead you to the path you choose to go. great environment to be around when your in need for down time.” – Carmenlynn from Picayune, MS

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...

“…The instructors are very nice and are always trying to help student reach their full potential. The classrooms are big and very clean. The students who attend here are very nice and friendly.” – Cassey from Gauiter, MS

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...

“…Tougaloo College is a very prestige college in the state of Mississippi so being a student there we show pride and respect towards our school. The teachers are very hardworking,easy to work with if you're a student in need of extra help, and the...” – LaCreisha from Memphis, TN

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...

“…meridian community college is a great school they are always willing to make every student feel comfortable. the instructors work very hard to make sure that each and every student is doing their very best. in my eyes i would rate meridian community...” – Tamarah from Philadelphia, MS

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...

“…A close-knit community where people get to know each other in common fields of study. The professors know your name and call you by it when they see you in the hallway. Beautiful campus full of activities and things of interest.” – Danielle from Macon, MS

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...

“…rust is a college that was organized to allow education to blacks doing tough times. the school is a great place for studies to be excelled. the academics are very fair and you determine your path's pace.” – Ondre from Holly Springs, MS

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...

“…its a very nice an up right school in the mississippi delta. the teachers are friendly and ready to help. at coahoma community college you feel like you are at home where everyone cares.” – Bobby from Friars Point, MS

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...

“…East Central is a great prepatory getting you ready for your career. I have attended there before and enjoyed it. Looking forward to this coming up semester when I will be entering the EMT-paramedic program. ” – Shemeeka from Hickory, MS

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...

“…NEMCC is a great place to start your college career. They offer a long list of majors and areas of study. Not only do they have plenty of two and four year programs, but it is very easy to transfer to a graduate school with most of your credit hours....” – William from Iuka, MS

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...

“…I Love MDCC. It has the best students, staff, and opportunities. I would not trade this college for any school in Mississippi.!” – Ro'Yesia from Leland, MS

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...

“…The University of Mississippi Medical Center is an excellent academic facility. Administration and faculty strive for the best in all aspects at this university. It is a very positive learning environment.” – Ashley from Mount Olive, MS

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...

“…Great classes Great teachers Hard to get in touch with over the phone.” – Stuart from Bogue Chitto, MS

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,...

“…Blue Mountain College is a very well respected college. It is Christ-like and classy. I love this college.” – Meggin from Pontotoc, MS

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...

“…So far, I have had a positive experience during the admissions process with Southwest MS CC. ” – James from Wesson, MS

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...

“…Southeastern Baptist College is a great school for those who really want to have a great college experience in a 'family' like atmosphere. You will have plenty of opportunities to chat with fellow students thanks to the small school environment. You...” – Molly from Laurel, MS

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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