University of Mississippi

University of Mississippi (colloquially known as Ole Miss) is a large public institution in the college town of Oxford. Founded in 1844, the school is composed of the main campus in Oxford, four branch campuses located in Booneville, Grenada, Tupelo, and Southaven, as well as the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. It also operates the University of Mississippi Field Station in Abbeville. It is both a sea-grant and space-grant institute.

The University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 18,101, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 3,902 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Mississippi’s ranking in the 2016 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 140. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,444 (2015-16); out-of-state tuition and fees are $20,674 (2015-16).

Ole Miss has a large community of fraternities and sororities that about 35 percent of both male and female students join. Sports are another popular outlet for student athletes and fans alike, as the Ole Miss Rebels sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference. Freshmen must live on the university’s campus in Oxford, a traditional college town with an art scene, restaurants and more to check out.

The university is committed to research, with projects in the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, the National Center for Physical Acoustics, the Mississippi Law Research Institute and many more.Ole Miss Law is one of many graduate schools the university offers; others include the School of Business Administration, the Ole Miss medical school, an engineering school and an education school. Notable alumni of Ole Miss include NFL players Archie Manning and son Eli Manning and novelist William Faulkner, author of “The Sound and the Fury.”

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):
Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi, known affectionately as Ole Miss, is the state’s flagship university. A world-class public research university, the institution has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and innovative research. Ole Miss is the state’s largest university, with a major medical school and 15 academic divisions. It is home to one of the country’s few flagship programs in Mandarin Chinese, as well as an acclaimed master’s program in creative writing. The university’s School of Accountancy ranks in the top 10 nationally for bachelor’s and doctoral programs, its School of Law offers one of only two degree programs in space law, and the School of Business Administration offers one of the nation’s Top 25 online MBA programs. The School of Pharmacy is home to the National Center for Natural Products Research, devoted to finding new drugs from plants and sea life. The Oxford campus is lauded as nation’s most beautiful and one of the 10 safest. The University Museum, ranked among the 20 Best College Art Museums by Complex Art & Design, has notable collections of Southern folk art, Greek and Roman antiquities, 19th century scientific instruments and American fine art. The university also owns Rowan Oak, novelist William Faulkner’s home and grounds, which is open to visitors. The J.D. Williams Library is home to the Blues Archive, one of the world’s largest collections of blues recordings, memorabilia, photographs and sheet music, and the National Library of the Accounting Profession, the world’s largest collection of accountancy publications. The University Field Station includes 740 acres and more than 200 experimental ponds, plus laboratories, classrooms and an auditorium, providing faculty and students with a broad range of education and research opportunities in a broad spectrum of disciplines. The Center for Manufacturing Excellence, which combines curriculum from the schools of Engineering, Accountancy and Business Administration to educate students in a cross-disciplinary approach to manufacturing management, includes a 12,000-square-foot factory with full manufacturing lines for wood, metal and plastic fabrication.


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