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University of Southern Mississippi Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about University of Southern Mississippi. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is University of Southern Mississippi Ranked?

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2020 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 60 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is health professions.

Overall Quality

Southern Miss landed the #1,035 spot in College Factual's 2020 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,727 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Southern Miss is also ranked #6 out of 15 schools in Mississippi.

See all of the rankings for University of Southern Mississippi.

Is It Hard to Get Into Southern Miss?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at University of Southern Mississippi is 98%, which is higher than many other schools to which you may be applying. But don't think getting into Southern Miss is a sure thing. The admissions staff is still going to review your application to see if you are a good fit for the school.

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 )

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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 99%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  99 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

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at Southern Miss is 27%. That's 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.

Average Overall Diversity at Southern Miss

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 11,815 undergraduates at Southern Miss with 10,384 being full-time and 1,431 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 minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

Southern Miss scored 59.73 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  59.73 out of 100
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How Much Does University of Southern Mississippi Cost?

The overall average net price of Southern Miss is $13,178. 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 +
$12,130 $11,198 $14,452 $15,982 $16,607

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Southern Miss, approximately 58% of students took out student loans averaging $7,549 a year. That adds up to $30,196 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Southern Miss is 9.7%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

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How Much Money Do Southern Miss Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Southern Miss with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $36,400 in their early years. Unfortunately, this is 11% less that the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year. However, graduates in your major field 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 surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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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, 2,391 received undergraduate degrees and 884 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
Nursing 153 $54,900
Teacher Education Grade Specific 152 $32,900
Business Administration & Management 147 $34,000
General Psychology 133 $21,000
Liberal Arts General Studies 121 NA
Criminal Justice & Corrections 117 $26,100
Health & Physical Education 109 $25,300
General Biology 84 $29,500
Accounting 77 $39,000
Human Resource Management 67 $42,700

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 options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

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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