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62 Colleges in Mississippi

So you want to attend college in Mississippi?

If Mississippi state is home for you, scholarships or keeping family tradition are just two of umpteen reasons you may have for wanting to attend college locally.

Top Schools

The highest-ranking colleges and universities in Mississippi in 2010, were:

  1. Mississippi State University - located in Mississippi State, it was ranked 64th in the nation
  2. Creations College of Cosmetology - located in Tupelo, it was ranked 66th in the nation
  3. University of Mississippi Main Campus - located in University, it was ranked 66th in the nation

 

Programs Offered

There are an estimated 232,148 students enrolled in one of the 487 bachelors degree programs offered at Mississippi colleges and universities. This is 29.9% of Mississippi's total student population of 674,419 students. Another 21.7% of Mississippi students are enrolled in one of Mississippi's 354 master's or Ph.D. level programs. The remaining 48.4% of students are pursuing credentials from one of Mississippi's 789 certificate or associate's degree programs.

In Mississippi, the most popular fields to get degrees in are:

  1. Healthcare - 9% of students graduated from healthcare programs
  2. Business - 6% of students graduated from business programs
  3. Education - 5% of students graduated from education programs

Tuition

The average cost of in-state tuition at Mississippi schools was $4,741 per year in 2011, with highest tuition costs being $27,812 per year and the lowest being $1,680 per year. The Mississippi schools with the highest tuition in 2011 were:

  1. Millsaps College - located in Jackson, it charged students a tuition of $27,812 per year
  2. ITT Technical Institute - located in Madison, it charged students a tuition of $18,048 per year
  3. ITT Technical Institute - located in Madison, it charged students a tuition of $18,048 per year

The Mississippi state schools with the lowest tuition were:

  1. Itawamba Community College - located in Fulton, it charged students a tuition of $1,680 per year
  2. Holmes Community College - located in Goodman, it charged students a tuition of $1,938 per year
  3. Northwest Mississippi Community College - located in Senatobia, it charged students a tuition of $1,950 per year

Financial Aid

Students in Mississippi received $618,710,338 in financial aid in 2008. Approximately 64% of this was in the form of institutional grants or scholarships. In 2008, students at the following Mississippi colleges and universities received the highest amount of institutional financial aid:

Mississippi Student Demographics

Mississippi colleges and universities have an average student population of 2,916 students. 5 Mississippi schools have more than 10,000 students each. In 2010, the following the Mississippi colleges and universities had the largest student populations:

  1. Mississippi State University - located in Mississippi State, it had 18,601 students
  2. University of Mississippi Main Campus - located in University, it had 15,932 students
  3. University of Southern Mississippi - located in Hattiesburg, it had 15,300 students

In 2010, the Mississippi schools with the smallest student population were:

  1. Healing Touch School of Massage Therapy - located in Hattiesburg, it had 8 students
  2. Delta Beauty College - located in Greenville, it had 26 students
  3. Academy of Hair Design One - located in Grenada, it had 26 students

Graduation Rates

In Mississippi, 71,438 students graduated from colleges and universities in 2010. The following Mississippi colleges and universities had the highest graduation rates in 2010:

  1. Academy of Hair Design Four - located in Jackson, it had a graduation rate of 87%
  2. Corinth Academy of Cosmetology - located in Corinth, it had a graduation rate of 85%
  3. Creations College of Cosmetology - located in Tupelo, it had a graduation rate of 84%

The following Mississippi colleges and universities had the lowest graduation rates:

  1. Virginia College-Jackson - located in Jackson, it had a graduation rate of 12%
  2. Northwest Mississippi Community College - located in Senatobia, it had a graduation rate of 15%
  3. Northeast Mississippi Community College - located in Booneville, it had a graduation rate of 19%

Diversity

Colleges and universities in Mississippi have a relatively diverse student population. In 2009, an average of 46% of undergraduate students were from ethnically-diverse backgrounds. The male to female ratio for undergraduates was 3 to 10. About 68% of undergraduate students at Mississippi schools were 24 years of age or younger. The most diverse student populations were at the following Mississippi institutions:

  1. Academy of Hair Design Three - located in Jackson, 100% of students were from minority backgrounds
  2. Tougaloo College - located in Tougaloo, 100% of students were from minority backgrounds
  3. Rust College - located in Holly Springs, 100% of students were from minority backgrounds

Mississippi Faculty Demographics

Just as the student population at Mississippi colleges and universities is diverse, the faculty at Mississippi schools is also diverse. In 2009, 32% of faculty at Mississippi schools were from a racial or ethnic minority background. At Mississippi colleges and universities, for every 1 male faculty, there were 1 female faculty.

Faculty to Student Ratio

The average faculty to student ratio for all Mississippi schools was 1 to 7 in 2009. The following colleges and universities in Mississippi schools had the largest faculty to student ratio:

  1. Academy of Hair Design One
  2. Fosters Cosmetology College
  3. Delta Beauty College

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Check out our list of the Top 50 Jobs in Mississippi!

Rank Occupation Num of Jobs Avg Salary Avg Salary (Nat'l) Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
1
Retail Salespersons+ 35,050 $23,390 $25,000 -4.4%
2
Registered Nurses+ 28,200 $57,940 $67,720 8.6%
3
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive+ 24,920 $26,510 $32,000 13.2%
4
Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants+ 16,150 $19,680 $25,140 5.3%
5
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks+ 15,560 $31,660 $35,340 0.9%
6
General and Operations Managers+ 15,460 $87,910 $113,100 3.6%
7
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers+ 14,220 $34,960 $39,890 19.7%
8
Office Clerks, General+ 13,200 $22,610 $28,240 -7.6%
9
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education+ 11,570 $41,720 $54,330 -17.6%
10
Cooks, Fast Food+ 11,500 $17,390 $18,540 -10.7%
11
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses+ 10,570 $34,930 $41,360 6.2%
12
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers+ 10,550 $43,710 $50,770 -18.2%
13
Security Guards+ 9,760 $22,570 $26,870 6.0%
14
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education+ 8,910 $40,700 $54,880 27.8%
15
Construction Laborers+ 7,010 $24,820 $33,590 6.5%
16
Cooks, Restaurant+ 7,010 $20,720 $23,260 -7.2%
17
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers+ 6,860 $31,430 $55,620 0.4%
18
Home Health Aides+ 6,520 $17,840 $21,760 124.8%
19
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria+ 6,070 $18,900 $24,180 -19.1%
20
Correctional Officers and Jailers+ 5,620 $25,790 $42,780 8.1%
21
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers+ 5,560 $51,760 $62,260 12.8%
22
Psychiatric Aides+ 5,540 $19,410 $26,710 10.6%
23
Electricians+ 5,080 $40,380 $51,810 -3.4%
24
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants+ 4,990 $36,130 $45,860 -21.2%
25
Carpenters+ 4,780 $31,090 $43,890 -27.9%
26
Accountants and Auditors+ 4,710 $55,660 $68,960 1.3%
27
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics+ 4,450 $30,960 $38,200 -20.0%
28
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters+ 4,360 $36,370 $50,360 1.2%
29
Billing and Posting Clerks+ 3,880 $27,780 $33,270 -3.5%
30
Pharmacy Technicians+ 3,390 $24,650 $29,330 48.0%
31
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education+ 3,390 $22,750 $29,200 12.6%
32
Financial Managers+ 3,120 $75,840 $116,970 9.5%
33
Lawyers+ 2,890 $92,300 $129,440 -10.8%
34
Child, Family, and School Social Workers+ 2,760 $31,620 $43,850 44.5%
35
Medical Assistants+ 2,480 $25,950 $29,760 48.5%
36
Medical and Health Services Managers+ 2,420 $76,900 $93,670 32.2%
37
Loan Officers+ 2,290 $57,470 $65,900 12.3%
38
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School+ 2,280 $69,920 $89,990 6.5%
39
Dental Assistants+ 2,220 $27,380 $34,140 32.9%
40
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers+ 2,180 $48,610 $57,510 7.4%
41
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists+ 2,110 $34,850 $42,250 -8.7%
42
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians+ 2,020 $27,230 $35,010 -13.7%
43
Paralegals and Legal Assistants+ 2,020 $38,190 $49,640 23.9%
44
Administrative Services Managers+ 2,020 $53,740 $84,390 -20.8%
45
Civil Engineers+ 1,960 $77,490 $82,280 13.3%
46
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors+ 1,950 $47,440 $55,970 4.3%
47
Chief Executives+ 1,860 $127,050 $173,350 -64.6%
48
Cooks, Short Order+ 1,850 $17,350 $21,030 -12.3%
49
Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products+ 1,780 $48,900 $60,160 -7.3%
50
Healthcare Social Workers+ 1,770 $36,900 $49,200 37.2%