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University of Southern Mississippi

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Academics

The University of Southern Mississippi, or Southern Miss, was established in 1910 and is comprised of a main campus situated in Hattiesburg as well as numerous satellite campuses: Keesler Air Force Base, Gulf Park Campus in Mississippi’s Long Beach, Jackson County, Pontlevoy in France, Stennis Space Center, J.L. Scott Aquarium and Gulf Coast Research Lab.

This school offers bachelor’s degrees through its 5 degree-granting colleges, which is a total of 142 unique undergraduate plans.

A little bit of history links this school’s academic diversity: they offer almost 20 education or teaching degree/licensure, this way, the university is staying totally true to its origin in 1910 as an institute for teacher training.

Prospective students can explore their future at here by simply browsing through the school’s extensive list of bachelor’s degree programs at their website. This way, they can get more information on the various programs offered at the school.

Accreditation

This university is very proud of its academic practice of excellence. Prospective students should know that accreditations by national and regional agencies authenticate Southern Miss’ quality and commitment to teaching only excellence.

Accreditation shows that an institute has an objective that is suitable to higher learning and also has the resources, services and programs to achieve and maintain that objective. In general, accreditation improves academic quality nationwide by making sure that schools meet the standards that are set up by the community/governing body of higher education.

USM is dedicated to maintaining their tradition of quality enhancement and integrity – these principles are the foundations of the institution’s operations of education, learning, research and public service.

This institution is accredited by over 25 accrediting agencies.

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Admissions

Full admission will be granted to the following applicants:

  • All applicants who completed the CPC (College Preparatory Curriculum) and scored at least a 3.2 high school Grade Point Average on the CPC and presented SAT or ACT (composite) score.
  • All applicants who completed the CPC and scored a 2.5 high school Grade Point Average on the CPC or presented class rank documentation, ranking in the top 50 percent. Applicants will also be required to present a score of 16 or higher on the ACT or an SAT combined score of 760.
  • All applicants who completed the CPC and scored at least a 2.0 high school Grade Point Average on the CPC and scored 18 or higher on the ACT or an SAT combined score of 860.
  • Applicants who satisfy the National Collegiate Athletic Association standards for “student-athletes who are eligible under the Division I guidelines."
  • Financial Aid

    Paying for a college education can is an expensive business for a lot of people – some student’s college fund is not even enough to cover their textbook expenses!. Thankfully, financial aid programs will help lighten the burden of paying for a college education; but like all good things, one will need to be eligible to receive financial aid.

    There are several opportunities provided where students can seek financial aid. Every student in general is eligible for some sort of financial aid and Southern Miss encourages every student to take advantage of FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

    Types of Financial Aid Offered

    Grants:TEACH Grant (Teacher Education Assistance for College & Higher Education Grant), Federal Pell Grant and FSEOG (Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity).

    Campus-Based Financial Aid(limited funding): Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program and Federal Perkins Loan.

    Stafford Loans (Direct Loans): Subsidized Stafford Loan, Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, Federal Direct PLUS Loans (Parent Loans) and Grad Plus (PLUS Loans for Graduate Students).

    Student Financial Aid Details

    Ranks 3482nd for the average student loan amount.
    Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Mississippi.

    Students

    On-campus housing is offered and there are fourteen (14) residence halls and approximately 5,000 students reside on campus all through the academic year.

    Southern Miss’ Freshmen Quad Residence Halls are:

  • Wilber Hall – a conventional residence hall that houses female freshmen
  • Roberts Hall – a conventional residence hall that houses male freshmen
  • Bolton Hall – a conventional residence hall that houses upper class women
  • Pulley Hall –a conventional residence hall that female freshmen
  • Jones Hall – a conventional residence hall that houses male freshmen
  • Triad Complex Residence Housing are:

  • Hickman Hall – a conventional residence hall that houses female freshmen students and offices for Southern Miss’ Housing and Residence Life
  • Mississippi Hall – suite-styled residence hall that houses female residents with a certain Grade Point Average
  • Hattiesburg Hall – suite-styled residence hall that houses male residents with a certain Grade Point Average
  • Southern Miss Upper-Class Residence Halls are:

  • McCarty Hall – super suite-styled residence hall that houses upper-class males
  • Hillcrest Hall – suite-styled residence hall that houses upper-class females
  • Special housing is also offered. Students should contact the office of the Housing and Residence Life for further details.

    Student Activities

    At almost 300, student clubs and organizations appeal to a variety of interests and are grouped under the following categories: The Arts, Greek Life, Business, Honors Societies, Education & Psychology, Games & Athletics, Community Service, Residence Halls, Graduate Studies, the Military, Liberal Arts, Science & Technology, Health & Human Science and Religious Life.

    The largest organizations (simply based on the number of members) include: African American Student Organization, The Legacy Student Alumni, Student Government Association, Baptist Student Union and University Activities Council.

    Student Enrollment Demographics

    Student Graduation Demographics

    Athletics

    The athletics team, “The Golden Eagles” have stood out in every area of athletics. The university has won national titles two times in the game of football and have won titles in track and field once. The Golden Eagles’ baseball team are a two-time Conference USA champions and have also received invitations to NCAA tournaments and an invitation to the College World Series. Southern Miss’ basketball team have also won the NIT tournament once as well.

    Initially known as “Mississippi Southerners”, they became known as the “Golden Eagles” in 1971. The student body selected the institution’s colors – black & gold – soon after the institution was founded. Through the years, even though customs, names, mascots and even the school grounds itself have undergone changes, the school colors have remained the same.

    Alumni

    A lot of famous people have graduated from here. Here is a list of just a few of them:

  • Jennifer Adcock – 2002 Miss Mississippi, 2005 Miss Mississippi-USA, Top Ten of Miss United States
  • Cat Cora – Celebrity Chef
  • Sally-Ann Roberts – WWL-TV Anchorwoman
  • Clymer Wright – Fort Bend Reporter’s Editor
  • Natalie Allen – Weather Channel’s “Forecast Earth” host
  • Chuck Scarborough = award winning anchorman and author
  • Scott Walker – WDSU-TV anchorman
  • Ed Hinton – famous sportswriter
  • Kathleen Koch – CNN correspondent
  • Shawn Nelson – NFL tight end for Buffalo Bills
  • Maxie Lambright – Louisiana Tech’s former football head coach
  • Louis Lipps – Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Terry Wells – NFL Running Back for Green Bay Packers & Houston Oilers
  • Additional School Information

    This university has a “Study Abroad” course which is known to be particularly extensive. The program is offered by the institution via the Center for International Education, which is located on campus. This school is constantly being rated among of the best institutions in the country for the high number of its students who study overseas every year. University of Southern Mississippi is especially known for its British Studies course; this program frequently sends two hundred or more students every summer so that they can live and learn in the city of London.

    The polymer science research center is located here; it is home to renowned and possibly the best fine arts courses in the United States’ southern-eastern part. This is the only institute in Mississippi state and among the very few institutions in the United States to be accredited in all 4 fine arts prominent areas – music, dance, art and theatre.

    This school’s Wind Ensemble is regarded as one of the country’s best, along with the Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra. The Southern Miss symphony orchestra has had the pleasure and honor of performing with famous figures in the entertainment industry such as Ray Charles, James Galway, Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, Doc Severinsen, Itzhak Perlm and tenor Placido Domingo.

    In the past few years alone, the university’s top choir “The Southern Chorale” has come into prominence both nationwide and internationally. The University’s Pride of Mississippi Marching Band has had the honor of performing at several prominent events, including President Jimmy Carter’s inauguration.

    Information Summary

    Ranks 6th in Mississippi and 721st overall
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    Campus Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 Students
    Aggravated assault 4 0.02
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
    Rape 1 0.01
    Robbery N/A N/A
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 7 0.04
    Larceny N/A N/A
    Vehicle theft 3 0.02
    Arrest 22 0.13

    Carnegie Foundation Classification

    Research Universities (high research activity)
    UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
    GraduateComprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary)
    Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
    EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
    Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

    General Characteristics

    Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
    Highest offeringDoctoral degree
    Calendar SystemSemester
    Years of college work requiredN/A
    Variable Tuition
    Religious AffiliationN/A
    Congressional District2804

    Special Learning Opportunities

    Distance LearningN/A
    ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
    Study Abroad
    Weekend College
    Teacher Certification

    Student Tuition Costs and Fees


    Ranks 1422nd for total cost of attendance
      In District In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,744 $6,744 $15,024
    FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
    PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $281 $281 $626
    FT Graduate Tuition $6,744 $6,744 $15,024
    FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
    PT Graduate per Credit Hour $375 $375 $835
    Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $19,894 $19,894 $28,174
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $22,752 $22,752 $31,032
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $13,688 $13,688 $21,968

    Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

    Prior year cost comparison
      In District In State Out of State
    Published Tuition & Fees $5,834 $6,336 $5,834 $6,336 $13,790 $14,448
      Cost (regardless of residency)
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Books & Supplies $1,400(N/C)
    On-Campus – Room & Board $6,634 $6,907
    On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,558(N/C)
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,800(N/C)
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,558(N/C)
    Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,558 $5,525

    Admission Details

    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Application Fee RequiredN/A
    Undergraduate Application Fee$35
    Graduate Application Fee$50
    First Professional Application FeeN/A
    Applicants 6,120 (2,126 male / 3,994 female)
    Admitted 4,058 (1,396 male / 2,662 female)
    Admission rate 66%
    First-time Enrollment 1,746 (583 male / 1,163 female)
    FT Enrollment 1,726 (576 male / 1,150 female)
    PT Enrollment 20 (7 male / 13 female)
    Total Enrollment15,249

    Admission Criteria

     = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
    Open Admissions
    Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
    College Prep. Completion
    Recommendations
    Formal competency demoN/A
    Admission test scores
    TOEFL
    Other tests

    Admission Credits Accepted

    Dual Credit
    Life Experience
    Advanced Placement (AP)

    Athletics - Association Memberships

    Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
    NCAA Football Conference Conference USA
    NCAA Basketball Conference Conference USA
    NCAA Baseball Conference Conference USA
    NCAA Track & Field Conference Conference USA

    ACT Test Admission

    420th for 75pctl scores
    Applicants submitting ACT results 96%
    Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 29
    Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 25
    Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 27

    SAT Test Admission

    833rd for 75pctl scores
    Applicants submitting SAT results 4%
    Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 550
    Math scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 560
    Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 910 / 1110

    Student Services

    Remedial Services
    Academic / Career Counseling
    PT Cost-defraying Employment
    Career Placement
    On-Campus Day Care
    Library Facility

    Student Living

    First-time Room / Board Required
    Dorm Capacity3,427
    Meals per WeekN/A
    Room FeeN/A
    Board FeeN/A

    Faculty Compensation / Salaries

    Ranks 1645th for the average full-time faculty salary.
    Effective as of 2014-09-20
    Tenure system N/A
    Average FT Salary $66,348 ($70,619 male / $58,785 female)
    Number of FT Faculty 694 (356 male / 338 female)
    Number of PT Faculty 923
    FT Faculty Ratio 0.8 : 1
    Total Benefits $22,692,582
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