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

Millsaps College
Jackson, MS

Millsaps College offers 41 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 220 students graduated with students earning 163 Bachelor's degrees, and 57 Master's degrees.

Mississippi State University
Mississippi State, MS

Mississippi State University offers 191 degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a remote town. In 2019, 4,912 students graduated with students earning 3,863 Bachelor's degrees, 751 Master's degrees, 270 Doctoral degrees, and 28 Certificates.

William Carey University
Hattiesburg, MS

William Carey University offers 93 degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 1,219 students graduated with students earning 555 Bachelor's degrees, 474 Master's degrees, and 190 Doctoral degrees.

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Tougaloo College
Tougaloo, MS

Tougaloo College offers 21 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 114 students graduated with students earning 113 Bachelor's degrees, and 1 Master's degree.

Mississippi College
Clinton, MS

Mississippi College offers 184 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 1,485 students graduated with students earning 750 Bachelor's degrees, 585 Master's degrees, 141 Doctoral degrees, and 9 Certificates.

Alcorn State University
Alcorn State, MS

Alcorn State University offers 46 degree programs. It's a small, public, four-year university in a remote rural area. In 2019, 642 students graduated with students earning 503 Bachelor's degrees, 128 Master's degrees, 10 Associate's degrees, and 1 Certificate.

University of Mississippi
University, MS

University of Mississippi offers 196 degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a remote town. In 2019, 6,150 students graduated with students earning 4,564 Bachelor's degrees, 936 Master's degrees, 640 Doctoral degrees, and 10 Certificates.

Jackson State University offers 109 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 1,708 students graduated with students earning 1,155 Bachelor's degrees, 407 Master's degrees, 98 Doctoral degrees, and 48 Certificates.

Belhaven University
Jackson, MS

Belhaven University offers 120 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 1,317 students graduated with students earning 678 Master's degrees, 514 Bachelor's degrees, 78 Certificates, and 47 Associate's degrees.

Mississippi Valley State University offers 41 degree programs. It's a small, public, four-year university in a remote town. In 2019, 390 students graduated with students earning 287 Bachelor's degrees, and 103 Master's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Mississippi

Concorde Career College-Southaven offers 6 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 244 students graduated with students earning 242 Certificates, and 2 Associate's degrees.

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Copiah-Lincoln Community College offers 120 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a faraway rural area. In 2019, 736 students graduated with students earning 634 Associate's degrees, and 102 Certificates.

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Coahoma Community College
Clarksdale, MS

Coahoma Community College offers 82 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a outlying rural area. In 2019, 444 students graduated with students earning 286 Associate's degrees, and 158 Certificates.

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Southwest Mississippi Community College offers 35 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a remote town. In 2019, 535 students graduated with students earning 454 Associate's degrees, and 81 Certificates.

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East Mississippi Community College offers 181 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a remote rural area. In 2019, 960 students graduated with students earning 775 Associate's degrees, and 185 Certificates.

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Itawamba Community College offers 166 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a remote town. In 2019, 1,443 students graduated with students earning 1,198 Associate's degrees, and 245 Certificates.

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Mississippi Delta Community College offers 77 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a remote town. In 2019, 565 students graduated with students earning 437 Associate's degrees, and 128 Certificates.

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Hinds Community College offers 146 degree programs. It's a large, public, two-year college in a outlying town. In 2019, 3,331 students graduated with students earning 1,767 Associate's degrees, and 1,564 Certificates.

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Holmes Community College offers 204 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a faraway rural area. In 2019, 1,406 students graduated with students earning 1,119 Associate's degrees, and 287 Certificates.

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Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College offers 157 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a faraway rural area. In 2019, 2,756 students graduated with students earning 1,986 Associate's degrees, and 770 Certificates.

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List of all colleges in Mississippi

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Millsaps College Logo Millsaps College Jackson, MS
5/5
10 : 1 820
Mississippi State University Logo Mississippi State University Mississippi State, MS
3/5
23 : 1 22,226
Delta Beauty College Logo Delta Beauty College Greenville, MS     22
William Carey University Logo William Carey University Hattiesburg, MS
3/5
28 : 1 5,040
Tougaloo College Logo Tougaloo College Tougaloo, MS
3/5
12 : 1 716
Mississippi College Logo Mississippi College Clinton, MS
4/5
22 : 1 4,733
Alcorn State University Logo Alcorn State University Alcorn State, MS
2/5
22 : 1 3,523
University of Mississippi Logo University of Mississippi University, MS
3/5
19 : 1 21,617
Jackson State University Logo Jackson State University Jackson, MS
3/5
21 : 1 7,020
Belhaven University Logo Belhaven University Jackson, MS
5/5
55 : 1 4,574
Mississippi Valley State University Logo Mississippi Valley State University Itta Bena, MS
2/5
20 : 1 2,147
The Academy of Hair Design Six Logo The Academy of Hair Design Six Hattiesburg, MS     32
Rust College Logo Rust College Holly Springs, MS
3/5
16 : 1 738
Mississippi University for Women Logo Mississippi University for Women Columbus, MS
2/5
20 : 1 2,811
University of Southern Mississippi Logo University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS
3/5
21 : 1 14,133
Concorde Career College-Southaven Logo Concorde Career College-Southaven Southaven, MS   86 : 1 342
Southeastern Baptist College Logo Southeastern Baptist College Laurel, MS
2/5
  63
Blue Mountain College Logo Blue Mountain College Blue Mountain, MS
3/5
22 : 1 821
Delta Technical College Logo Delta Technical College Horn Lake, MS     227
Delta State University Logo Delta State University Cleveland, MS
2/5
24 : 1 3,751

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