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About University of Southern Mississippi

University of Southern Mississippi is a public, state school in an suburban setting in Hattiesburg, MS. University of Southern Mississippi was founded in 1910 and now enrolls around 14,606 students a year, including 11,451 undergrads.

There are 18 University of Southern Mississippi undergrads for each full-time professor.

2021 University of Southern Mississippi Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 96%
Average GPA 3.4
Mean ACT score 23
In-State Tuition $8,786
Out-of-State $10,786

2022 University of Southern Mississippi Regular Decision Application Deadline

University of Southern Mississippi Early Admission

University of Southern Mississippi does not offer early decision or early action.

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University of Southern Mississippi Acceptance Rate 2021

It is moderately difficult to get into University of Southern Mississippi. University of Southern Mississippi admitted 96% of all applicants in 2021. Last year, 9,683 students applied to University of Southern Mississippi and 9,328 were admitted.

University of Southern Mississippi Waitlist 2021

University of Southern Mississippi reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

How Do I Get Into University of Southern Mississippi?

University of Southern Mississippi is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to University of Southern Mississippi, applicants must submit the following items.

University of Southern Mississippi Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0
Other Requirements statement of good standing from prior institutions, college transcripts
Transcript of High School Record

University of Southern Mississippi Average GPA and Test Scores

The average high school GPA for a student admitted to University of Southern Mississippi is 3.4 out of 4.0. The mean ACT score for University of Southern Mississippi students is 23.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to University of Southern Mississippi.

Does University of Southern Mississippi Require the ACT or SAT?

University of Southern Mississippi does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 0% submitted the SAT. 100% submitted the ACT.


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Does University of Southern Mississippi Provide On-Campus Housing?

Yes! University of Southern Mississippi provides on-campus housing for up to 0 students.

Crawfish Festival, Friday Night at the Fountain Pep Rally, and and Homecoming are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at University of Southern Mississippi.

Financial Aid at University of Southern Mississippi

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is University of Southern Mississippi a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a college is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Southern Mississippi

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at University of Southern Mississippi, around 74% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 1,597 students who started at University of Southern Mississippi as first-time freshman, 489 graduate within four years.

Around 50% of students who started at University of Southern Mississippi earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 60% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent grads is $41,982 a year. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $28,003 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does University of Southern Mississippi sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is University of Southern Mississippi a good school for you?

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Where is University of Southern Mississippi?

University of Southern Mississippi is located in the suburban setting of Hattiesburg, MS.

If you want to see University of Southern Mississippi for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 59 to Hattiesburg, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional.

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College Info

118 College Drive Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

Campus Setting: Suburban

University of Southern Mississippi Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to University of Southern Mississippi is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

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University of Southern Mississippi ACT Scores

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ACT Range

19 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

26 and Above

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19 to 26

Avg

19 and Less

Low

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to University of Southern Mississippi is 23. Students with an ACT score of 26 and above have a good chance of getting into University of Southern Mississippi. Students with an ACT score that falls between 19 and 26 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 19 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

University of Southern Mississippi SAT Scores

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University of Southern Mississippi Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$21,423

In State

$23,423

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$8,786
$10,786
Fees
$300
$300
Housing
$10,937
$10,937
Books
$1,400
$1,400

Student Life

Wondering what life at University of Southern Mississippi is like? There are approximately 14,606 students enrolled at University of Southern Mississippi, including 11,451 undergraduate students and 3,155 graduate students. 84% percent of students attend school full-time, 79% percent are from MS and 21% percent of students are from other states.

84%

Full Time

16%

Part Time

79%

In State

21%

Out-of-State

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

14,606

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

96%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$9,086

Out-of-State

$11,086

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

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