Mississippi University for Women

Columbus, MS 39701
(662) 329-7106
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Mississippi University for Women was established in 1884 as the first public college for women in the U.S. For more than 20 years, the university has also provided higher education to men. U.S. News & World Report ranked Mississippi University for Women No. 44 among Regional Universities (South) in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges. It is also ranked No. 18 in Top Public Schools. According to U.S. News, the average freshman retention rate is more than 71%; the rate is one indicator of student satisfaction. Mississippi University for Women enrolls more than 2,600 students and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1, which helps ensure more individualized attention for students.

Programs Offered

Thanks to advancements in technology, Mississippi University for Women was able to expand their education options to include distance learning programs. Online degrees are available at the graduate and undergraduate levels and include subjects such as health education, nursing, business, and management information systems. All of the programs include the same curriculum as their traditional counterparts and are delivered by the university’s qualified faculty members. The primary benefit of the distance learning method is that students have the flexibility to schedule their study times around their work or family obligations. Working professionals and busy adults can achieve their education goals without ever setting foot on a campus.


Accreditation was awarded to Mississippi University for Women to grant degrees by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Additional accreditation was awarded for specific programs by six other agencies.


Freshman admission is based on the completion of College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC), grade point average (GPA), and minimum scores on the ACT/SAT. College credits will only be accepted for transfer if they were earned from a regionally accredited institution and if a minimum of 2.0 GPA has been maintained. A minimum of 30 credit hours will be accepted for transfer. Graduate-level applicants must supply official transcripts of all colleges or universities previously attended showing completion of credit and achieved minimum GPA of 3.0 overall. Scores from the GRE, GMAT, or MAT and 2-3 recommendation letters may be required depending on the exact program. All applicants must complete the appropriate application and send it to the admissions department with the correct application fee, necessary documents, and any additional supporting documents for consideration. Click here for more information.

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