Best Colleges in Mississippi

Hit the Blues Trail

Take the high road in the lowlands

Bordered by Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico, the lowland state of Mississippi is home to 8 public 4-year schools, countless public 2-year schools and 12 private institutions.* Jackson and Gulfport are the state’s largest cities, with Southaven, Hattiesburg and Biloxi next in line. Companies like Ablitech, Inc. and Magna Corporation call the Magnolia State home, so degrees in Information Technology and Business could get your career off the ground quickly.

Once a state dependent on cotton agriculture, Mississippi’s forward momentum is largely in the business, manufacturing and high-tech sectors. Coursework in research, technology, and business applications will serve you well if you stick around Mississippi after graduation. Camp for a night at Buccaneer State Park, pay your respects at the Hurricane Katrina Memorial, or visit one of the state’s beaches. For music lovers, Mississippi offers a rich history in blues music, and the state has made notable steps towards preserving that history. Visit Elvis Presley’s birthplace & Museum or the Mississippi Blues Trail, commemorating historical blues sites throughout the state.* There’s plenty to do when you’re earning your degree down in the soulful south.

*Wikipedia, “List of colleges and universities in Mississippi”, “Mississippi”, “Mississippi Blues Trail” *www.virtualtourist.com

Best Four Year Universities in Mississippi

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Mississippi State University Mississippi State, MS

Mississippi State University offers 170 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a remote town. In 2015, 4,367 students graduated with students earning 3,323 Bachelor's degrees, 772 Master's degrees, 247 Doctoral degrees, and 25 Certificates degrees.

Based on 32 Reviews
2 Mississippi College Clinton, MS

Mississippi College offers 95 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,385 students graduated with students earning 650 Bachelor's degrees, 553 Master's degrees, 171 Doctoral degrees, and 11 Certificates degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
3 University of Mississippi University, MS

University of Mississippi offers 182 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a remote town. In 2015, 5,759 students graduated with students earning 3,971 Bachelor's degrees, 1,175 Master's degrees, 599 Doctoral degrees, and 14 Certificates degrees.

Based on 20 Reviews
4 William Carey University Hattiesburg, MS

William Carey University offers 109 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a small city. In 2015, 1,387 students graduated with students earning 584 Bachelor's degrees, 490 Master's degrees, and 313 Doctoral degrees.

5 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS

University of Southern Mississippi offers 202 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small city. In 2015, 3,592 students graduated with students earning 2,446 Bachelor's degrees, 887 Master's degrees, 177 Doctoral degrees, and 82 Certificates degrees.

Based on 24 Reviews
6 Jackson State University Jackson, MS

Jackson State University offers 98 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 1,601 students graduated with students earning 989 Bachelor's degrees, 475 Master's degrees, 118 Doctoral degrees, and 19 Certificates degrees.

7 Mississippi Valley State University Itta Bena, MS

Mississippi Valley State University offers 42 Degree programs. It's a small public university in a remote town. In 2015, 516 students graduated with students earning 370 Bachelor's degrees, and 146 Master's degrees.

8 Millsaps College Jackson, MS

Millsaps College offers 74 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 242 students graduated with students earning 190 Bachelor's degrees, and 52 Master's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
9 Alcorn State University Alcorn State, MS

Alcorn State University offers 42 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a remote rural. In 2015, 521 students graduated with students earning 351 Bachelor's degrees, 132 Master's degrees, 34 Associate's degrees, and 4 Certificates degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
10 Mississippi University for Women Columbus, MS

Mississippi University for Women offers 42 Degree programs. It's a small public university in a remote town. In 2015, 861 students graduated with students earning 731 Bachelor's degrees, 81 Master's degrees, 46 Associate's degrees, 2 Doctoral degrees, and 1 Certificates degree.

Best Community Colleges in Mississippi

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Itawamba Community College Fulton, MS

Itawamba Community College offers 112 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a remote town. In 2015, 1,558 students graduated with students earning 1,407 Associate's degrees, and 151 Certificates degrees.

2 East Mississippi Community College Scooba, MS

East Mississippi Community College offers 112 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a remote rural. In 2015, 1,006 students graduated with students earning 754 Associate's degrees, and 252 Certificates degrees.

3 Jones County Junior College Ellisville, MS

Jones County Junior College offers 45 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a far away town. In 2015, 1,184 students graduated with students earning 813 Associate's degrees, and 371 Certificates degrees.

4 Meridian Community College Meridian, MS

Meridian Community College offers 78 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a remote town. In 2015, 971 students graduated with students earning 579 Associate's degrees, and 392 Certificates degrees.

5 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston, MS

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College offers 127 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a far away rural. In 2015, 3,726 students graduated with students earning 2,173 Associate's degrees, and 1,553 Certificates degrees.

6 Northwest Mississippi Community College Senatobia, MS

Northwest Mississippi Community College offers 108 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a far away town. In 2015, 1,515 students graduated with students earning 1,078 Associate's degrees, and 437 Certificates degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
7 Hinds Community College Raymond, MS

Hinds Community College offers 182 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 3,825 students graduated with students earning 2,066 Certificates degrees, and 1,759 Associate's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
8 Holmes Community College Goodman, MS

Holmes Community College offers 101 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a far away rural. In 2015, 1,439 students graduated with students earning 1,127 Associate's degrees, and 312 Certificates degrees.

9 Pearl River Community College Poplarville, MS

Pearl River Community College offers 64 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a remote rural. In 2015, 1,024 students graduated with students earning 783 Associate's degrees, and 241 Certificates degrees.

10 Northeast Mississippi Community College Booneville, MS

Northeast Mississippi Community College offers 102 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a remote town. In 2015, 746 students graduated with students earning 663 Associate's degrees, and 83 Certificates degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Mississippi State University Mississippi State University Mississippi State, MS
2/5
21 : 1 20,873
Mississippi College Mississippi College Clinton, MS
4/5
17 : 1 5,036
University of Mississippi University of Mississippi University, MS
2/5
13 : 1 23,212
William Carey University William Carey University Hattiesburg, MS
3/5
20 : 1 4,224
University of Southern Mississippi University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS
2/5
20 : 1 14,551
Jackson State University Jackson State University Jackson, MS
2/5
22 : 1 9,802
Mississippi Valley State University Mississippi Valley State University Itta Bena, MS
2/5
18 : 1 2,309
Millsaps College Millsaps College Jackson, MS
5/5
9 : 1 809
Alcorn State University Alcorn State University Alcorn State, MS
2/5
20 : 1 3,518
Mississippi University for Women Mississippi University for Women Columbus, MS
2/5
17 : 1 2,673
Tougaloo College Tougaloo College Tougaloo, MS
3/5
11 : 1 872
Delta State University Delta State University Cleveland, MS
2/5
19 : 1 3,454
Belhaven University Belhaven University Jackson, MS
4/5
19 : 1 4,450
Itawamba Community College Itawamba Community College Fulton, MS
2/5
25 : 1 5,611
East Mississippi Community College East Mississippi Community College Scooba, MS
2/5
31 : 1 4,259
Jones County Junior College Jones County Junior College Ellisville, MS
2/5
23 : 1 4,727
Meridian Community College Meridian Community College Meridian, MS
2/5
22 : 1 3,381
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston, MS
2/5
26 : 1 9,391
Northwest Mississippi Community College Northwest Mississippi Community College Senatobia, MS
2/5
30 : 1 7,809
Hinds Community College Hinds Community College Raymond, MS
2/5
24 : 1 11,935
Rust College Rust College Holly Springs, MS
3/5
19 : 1 856
Holmes Community College Holmes Community College Goodman, MS
2/5
25 : 1 5,757
Pearl River Community College Pearl River Community College Poplarville, MS
2/5
20 : 1 4,379
Northeast Mississippi Community College Northeast Mississippi Community College Booneville, MS
2/5
29 : 1 3,569
Mississippi Delta Community College Mississippi Delta Community College Moorhead, MS
2/5
18 : 1 2,402

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