University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive #0001
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
(601) 226-5000
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Originally founded as the Mississippi Normal College in 1910, the University of Southern Mississippi was the first state-supported teacher training school in Mississippi. During the Great Depression, the school’s faculty and staff members went without pay for six months as a result of the economic downturn. Over the next several decades, however, recovery was swift, and in 1955, university status was granted. Today, the University of Southern Mississippi enrolls more than 16,500 students and is ranked among National Universities, Tier 2, by U.S. News & World Report in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges. The average freshman retention rate, which is a strong indicator of student satisfaction, is 73.8% at University of Southern Mississippi.

Programs Offered

In an effort to expand the availability and reach of its academic programs, the University of Southern Mississippi developed a variety of degree programs that can be completed entirely online. These accredited programs are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels and effectively match the quality of their traditional counterparts. Courses are delivered through the online learning platform Blackboard, which allows students to remotely receive and complete assignments, view course materials, communicate with instructors and classmates, and participate in quizzes/tests. Most of the online programs require the student to transfer a portion of the required credits for the degree from another college or university. Undergraduate programs are offered in the fields of construction engineering, education, and nursing; graduate programs offered in child and family studies, education, library and information science, medical technology, music, nutrition and health, engineering, political science, and more.


The University of Southern Mississippi is accredited as a degree-granting institution by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has received specialized accreditation from 11 other accrediting agencies for specific programs.


Candidates applying for admission at the undergraduate level must satisfy the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) listed by the university here, and submit official ACT or SAT scores; writing components of the test scores are not taken into consideration during the admission process. Full admission will be granted to students who meet a combination of CPC requirements, minimum grade point average (GPA) for high school, submit ACT/SAT scores, satisfy minimum ACT/SAT scores, and/or rank in the top 50% of their class. Graduate admission is determined on a variety of factors specific to each program, including GPA, undergraduate degree, number of years of professional work experience, GRE/GMAT/MAT scores, and recommendation letters. To view more specific information about graduate admission, click here.

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