Mississippi

There are eight four-year public colleges and universities in Mississippi that enroll more than 80,000 students across four research institutions and four regional institutions. Together these State Institutions of Higher Learning offer more than 50 majors, including business, education, and nursing, and more than 840 academic programs. The Board of Trustees, Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning is responsible for their policy and financial oversight. One of the main efforts of the board is to recruit Mississippi students to stay and seek an education in Mississippi schools. Raising the education level also works toward a broader goal of attracting new industries and jobs to the state. And indeed, Mississippi’s public schools have seen record enrollment, increasing by more than 3,600 students, or 4.7%, from fall 2009 to 2010, the largest single-year increase in enrollment. At the same time, Mississippi’s state university system has had reductions in state appropriations. To combat that, the Board is looking to expand the used book market to reduce costs to students, reduce energy costs in school operations, and developed three-year business plans to prepare for possible reductions in state funds.

The Mississippi Higher Education Initiative is another effort that looks to increase college enrollment and educational attainment levels in the state. Formed in 2009, its focus is on students in Mississippi’s Appalachian counties. To help raise high school graduate and college enrollment rates, it administers grants and other professional services to community teams for activities, such as campus visits and college fairs, that encourage students to graduate from high school and prepare for post-secondary education.

Alcorn State University

http://www.alcorn.edu
1000 ASU Drive #300
Alcorn State, MS 39096
(601) 877-6147
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Belhaven University

http://www.belhaven.edu
1500 Peachtree Street
Jackson, MS 39202
(601) 968-5940
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Delta State University

http://www.deltastate.edu
Hwy 8 West
Cleveland, MS 38733
(662) 846-4700
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Jackson State University

http://www.jsums.edu
1400 John R. Lynch Street
Jackson, MS 39217
(601) 979-2244
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Mississippi College

http://www.mc.edu
200 S. Capitol St.
Clinton, MS 39058
(601) 925-7617
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Mississippi State University

http://www.msstate.edu/
25 Old Main, Montgomery Hall
Mississippi State, MS 39762
(662) 325-2323
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Mississippi University for Women

http://web3.muw.edu/
www.muw.edu
Columbus, MS 39701
(662) 329-7106
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Northwest Mississippi Community College

http://www.northwestms.edu
4975 Hwy 51N
Senatobia, MS 38668
(662) 562-3200
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

University of Mississippi

http://www.olemiss.edu
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677
(662) 915-7474
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

University of Southern Mississippi

http://www.usm.edu
118 College Drive #0001
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
(601) 226-5000
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

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