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University of Southern Mississippi - ACT Scores, Costs and Admissions Data


University of Southern Mississippi

Southern Miss

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University of Southern Mississippi Description:

Southen Miss, the University of Southern Mississippi, is a public university located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Southern Miss wins high marks for its Center for International Education that organizes study abroad opportunities for a large number of students. The summer program in London is particularly noteworthy. On the academic front, the university has well-regarded programs in polymer science, education and music. High achieving students should check out the university's Honors College. In athletics, the Southern Miss Golden Eagles compete in the NCAA Division I Conference USA.

Admissions Data (2012):

Enrollment (2012):

  • Total Enrollment: 16,468 (13,658 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 38% Male / 62% Female
  • 83% Full-time

Scholarships for Southern Miss (powered by Cappex.com)

Costs (2012 - 13):

  • Tuition and Fees: $6,336 (in-state); $14,448 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,400 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $6,907
  • Other Expenses: $4,558
  • Total Cost: $19,201 (in-state); $27,313 (out-of-state)

University of Southern Mississippi Financial Aid (2011 - 12):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 97%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 88%
    • Loans: 67%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,411
    • Loans: $6,370

Most Popular Majors:

Biology, Business Administration, Elementary Education, Health and Physical Education, Marketing, Nursing, Psychology

Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 75%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 2%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 50%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

University of Southern Mississippi Mission Statement:

mission statement from http://www.usm.edu/alumniandfriends/visionandmission.php

"The University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive research extensive university. Our primary mission is to cultivate intellectual development and creativity through the generation, dissemination, application, and preservation of knowledge.

Our mission is supported by the values that have been formed through the history and traditions of our institution. These values are widely and deeply held beliefs of our faculty, staff, students, and administrators:

  • Education provides opportunities to improve the quality of intellectual, social, economic, and personal well-being. These opportunities should be available to all who are willing and able to meet our standards of excellence.
  • Our success is reflected by the degree to which our students become well-read, articulate, and creative and critical thinkers. It is measured by their display of specialized knowledge and abilities suitable to the pursuit of a career and life in our complex, ever-changing world.
  • We cherish innovation in the creation and application of basic and applied research findings, creative and artistic expression, meaningful learning experiences, the scope of services provided to our students and the broader community that we sustain, and the continuing evolution of degree programs that both respond to and anticipate the evolving demands of our society, employers, and the labor market.
  • Education encourages and advances the ideals of a pluralistic democratic society: civic responsibility, integrity, diversity, and ethical behavior.
  • Academic freedom and shared governance are long-established and living principles at the university. We cherish the free exchange of ideas, diversity of thought, joint decision making, and individuals’ assumption of responsibility.
  • We make efficient and effective use of our resources, for we are accountable to our university communities, the Board of Trustees, and taxpayers."

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