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University of Mississippi: Narrative Description

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

University, MS 38677
Tel: (662)915-7211
Admissions: (662)915-7226
Fax: (662)915-5869
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.olemiss.edu/

Description:

State-supported, university, coed. Part of Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1844. Setting: 2,500-acre small town campus with easy access to Memphis. Research spending 2003-04: $47.2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $7265 per student. Total enrollment: 14,497. Faculty: (469 full-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 22:1. 6,490 applied, 81% were admitted. 28 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 10,865 students, 52% women, 48% men. Part-time: 955 students, 59% women, 41% men. Students come from 47 states and territories, 67 other countries, 34% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 13% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 33% live on campus, 11% transferred in. Retention: 77% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Recommended: SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 7/20. Notification: continuous until 8/16.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25, $40 for nonresidents. State resident tuition: $4110 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $9264 full-time. College room and board: $5610. College room only: $2800.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 200 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 28% of eligible men and 35% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Associated Student Body, School Spirit Club, sport clubs, Black Student Union, Student Programming Board. Major annual events: Homecoming, Red/Blue Week followed by the Red/Blue Game, Awards of Distinction. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, crime prevention programs. 3,700 college housing spaces available; 3,400 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. J. D. Williams Library plus 3 others with 1.3 million books, 3.5 million microform titles, 11,600 serials, 156,603 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $8.3 million. 3,500 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

University is a part of Oxford. Located in a cotton, corn and cattle region, Oxford is the seat of Lafayette County. Annual average temperature is 80 degrees in July and 40 degrees in January, with average rainfall 54.55 inches. Total snowfall yearly averages 1.2 inches. Bus service and shuttle service from Memphis Airport are available to the city. Area has 3 recreational parks, swimming pools, movie theaters, bowling and golf facilities. Oxford is near Holly Springs National Forest which encompasses over 90,000 acres and numerous lakes. The lakes provide excellent hunting, swimming, boating and vacation facilities.

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