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2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Mississippi

33 Colleges
$31,325 Avg Salary*
29% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Many college students wish to attend a diverse and inclusive institution. This is why College Factual developed its rankings for the Most Diverse Schools in Mississippi.

Our analysis looked at 33 schools in Mississippi to determine which ones were the most diverse. To come up with this ranking, we looked at overall diversity in four factors: racial/ethnic background, age, male to female ratio, and geographic location.

See what other factors we include in our ranking methodology.

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You can create your own custom comparison that focuses on the factors most important to you using our tool, College Combat. We encourage you to try it out and pit your favorite colleges and universities head to head!

Most Diverse Colleges in Mississippi

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#1

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, Mississippi

Our 2021 rankings named Mississippi State University the most diverse school in Mississippi. Mississippi State University is a large public school located in Mississippi State, Mississippi that handed out 3,923 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $40,200 during the early years of their career.

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#2

University of Mississippi

University, Mississippi

A rank of #2 on our Most Diverse Colleges in Mississippi list means University of Mississippi is a great place for students who value diversity. Ole Miss is a large public school situated in University, Mississippi. It awarded 4,610 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Ole Miss make an average of $42,700 per year during the early years of their career.

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#3

Millsaps College

Jackson, Mississippi

You’ll be in good (and diverse) company if you decide to attend Millsaps College. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Mississippi list. This small , private not-for-profit school is located in Jackson, Mississippi, and it awarded 181 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Millsaps is $48,100 during the early years of their career.

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#4

Belhaven University

Jackson, Mississippi

You’ll enjoy a diverse student body if you attend Belhaven University. The school came in at #4 in Mississippi on this year’s diversity ranking. Located in Jackson, Mississippi, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 523 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 21% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. During the early years of their career, graduates from Belhaven make an average of $37,300 a year.

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#5

Delta State University

Cleveland, Mississippi

Out of the 33 schools in Mississippi that were part of this year’s diversity ranking, Delta State University landed the #5 spot on the list. Delta State University is a small public school situated in Cleveland, Mississippi. It awarded 596 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 48% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Delta State University is $33,700 during the early years of their career.

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#6

University of Southern Mississippi

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

If you crave a diverse college experience, Southern Miss, coming in at #6 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. University of Southern Mississippi is a fairly large public school located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi that handed out 2,470 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 56% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Southern Miss go into careers with an average salary of $36,400.

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#7

East Mississippi Community College

Scooba, Mississippi

With a ranking of #7, East Mississippi Community College did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Mississippi list. Located in Scooba, Mississippi, EMCC is a small public school.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from EMCC go into careers with an average salary of $24,900.

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#8

Mississippi College

Clinton, Mississippi

Mississippi College did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Mississippi ranking, coming in at #8. Located in Clinton, Mississippi, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 750 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 52% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from MC make an average of $38,300 per year during the early years of their career.

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#9

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Perkinston, Mississippi

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Mississippi ranking. A medium-sized institution, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is public.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College make an average of $27,900 a year.

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#10

Blue Mountain College

Blue Mountain, Mississippi

Coming in at #10 for 2021 overall diversity in Mississippi is Blue Mountain College. Blue Mountain, Mississippi is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 133 students in 2018-2019.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Blue Mountain College is $31,400 during the early years of their career.

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#11

Jackson State University

Jackson, Mississippi

Jackson State University ranked #11 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Mississippi list. Jackson, Mississippi is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,155 students in 2018-2019.

Roughly 48% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $30,000 during the early years of their career.

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#12

East Central Community College

Decatur, Mississippi

If you crave a diverse college experience, East Central Community College, coming in at #12 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. A small institution, East Central Community College is public.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $28,700 during the early years of their career.

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#13

Mississippi Valley State University

Itta Bena, Mississippi

Mississippi Valley State University landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Mississippi ranking. Mississippi Valley State University is a small public school located in Itta Bena, Mississippi that handed out 287 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 56% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. During the early years of their career, graduates from Mississippi Valley State University make an average of $23,200 a year.

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#14

William Carey University

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

William Carey University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Mississippi ranking. Located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the medium-sized , private not-for-profit school handed out 555 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 37% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from William Carey University make an average of $34,700 per year during the early years of their career.

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#15

Northwest Mississippi Community College

Senatobia, Mississippi

Coming in at #15 for 2021 overall diversity in Mississippi is NWCC. Located in Senatobia, Mississippi, NWCC is a medium-sized public school.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from NWCC go into careers with an average salary of $28,800.

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#16

Copiah-Lincoln Community College

Wesson, Mississippi

Copiah-Lincoln Community College did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Mississippi ranking, coming in at #16. Copiah-Lincoln Community College is a small public school located in Wesson, Mississippi.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Copiah-Lincoln Community College is $27,400 during the early years of their career.

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#17

Hinds Community College

Raymond, Mississippi

Hinds Community College ranked #17 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Mississippi list. Located in Raymond, Mississippi, Hinds Community College is a fairly large public school.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $26,600 during the early years of their career.

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Coming in at #18 for 2021 overall diversity in Mississippi is SMCC. Located in Summit, Mississippi, SMCC is a small public school.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from SMCC make an average of $24,800 per year during the early years of their career.

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#19

Itawamba Community College

Fulton, Mississippi

Itawamba Community College did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Mississippi ranking, coming in at #19. A small institution, ICC is public.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from ICC is $27,500 during the early years of their career.

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#20

Rust College

Holly Springs, Mississippi

If you crave a diverse college experience, Rust College, coming in at #20 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Rust College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Holly Springs, Mississippi that handed out 85 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

This school is an HBCU (Historically Black College / University). The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Rust College is $24,100 during the early years of their career.

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#21

Jones County Junior College

Ellisville, Mississippi

Jones County Junior College ranked #21 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Mississippi list. Located in Ellisville, Mississippi, Jones County Junior College is a small public school.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Jones County Junior College make an average of $27,200 per year during the early years of their career.

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#22

Pearl River Community College

Poplarville, Mississippi

With a ranking of #22, Pearl River Community College did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Mississippi list. Located in Poplarville, Mississippi, Pearl River Community College is a medium-sized public school.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Pearl River Community College go into careers with an average salary of $27,600.

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#23

Alcorn State University

Alcorn State, Mississippi

If you crave a diverse college experience, Alcorn State, coming in at #23 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. This small , public school is located in Alcorn State, Mississippi, and it awarded 503 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 65% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Alcorn State make an average of $31,100 per year during the early years of their career.

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#24

Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Mississippi

Northeast Mississippi Community College came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Mississippi ranking. A small institution, Northeast Mississippi Community College is public.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $29,200 during the early years of their career.

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#25

Southeastern Baptist College

Laurel, Mississippi

With a ranking of #25, Southeastern Baptist College did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Mississippi list. Southeastern Baptist College is located in Laurel, Mississippi and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 14% falling into the traditional age range.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

*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.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

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