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University of Southern Mississippi Data & Information Overview

If you want to know more about University of Southern Mississippi, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is University of Southern Mississippi Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

University of Southern Mississippi was awarded 72 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is education.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Southern Miss is ranked #978 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Southern Miss also holds the #6 spot on the Best Colleges in Mississippi ranking.

See all of the rankings for University of Southern Mississippi.

Is It Hard to Get Into Southern Miss?

Acceptance Rate

Because it has a high acceptance rate of 98%, some consider Southern Miss to be a safety school. But don't just assume that admittance is in the bag. Make sure to spend enough time on your application so that it is in tip-top shape.

Average Test Scores

Southern Miss received ACT scores from 99% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 26.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Southern Mississippi  ( 19 to 26 )

Learn more about University of Southern Mississippi admissions.

University of Southern Mississippi Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1, University of Southern Mississippi is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of Southern Mississippi is 98%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  98 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Southern Mississippi

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at University of Southern Mississippi is 71%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  71 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 27% for first-time, full-time students at Southern Miss, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  27 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at University of Southern Mississippi.

Good Overall Diversity at Southern Miss

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 11,594 undergraduates at Southern Miss with 9,654 being full-time and 1,940 being part-time.

Southern Miss Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

The overall diversity score for Southern Miss is 69.71 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  69.71 out of 100
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How Much Does University of Southern Mississippi Cost?

The overall average net price of Southern Miss is $14,126. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Southern Miss

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$12,728 $12,160 $16,048 $16,875 $17,686

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Southern Miss, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Southern Miss, approximately 68% of students took out student loans averaging $6,738 a year. That adds up to $26,952 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Southern Miss is 8.7%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Southern Miss Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Southern Miss make around $36,400 per year during the early years of their employment. This is about 9% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


See which majors at University of Southern Mississippi make the most money.

Location of University of Southern Mississippi

University of Southern Mississippi is a public institution situated in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The location of Southern Miss is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Location of University of Southern Mississippi

Contact details for Southern Miss are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 118 College Drive # 0001, Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
Phone: 601-266-1000

University of Southern Mississippi Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 74 majors graduated from University of Southern Mississippi. Of these students, 2,470 received undergraduate degrees and 858 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 193 $34,000
Nursing 190 $54,900
Liberal Arts General Studies 156 NA
General Psychology 153 $21,000
Teacher Education Grade Specific 141 $32,900
General Biology 105 $29,500
Health & Physical Education 97 $25,300
Accounting 91 $39,000
Criminal Justice & Corrections 88 $26,100
Marketing 77 $32,400

Learn more about the majors offered at University of Southern Mississippi along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Southern Miss

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 9,956 students took at least one online class at University of Southern Mississippi. This is an increase from the 9,434 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 9,956 2,539
2016-2017 9,434 2,230
2015-2016 6,685 1,732
2014-2015 6,253 1,582
2013-2014 4,952 1,364

Learn more about online learning at University of Southern Mississippi.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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