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IPEDS ID: 176372
OPE ID: 00244100
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University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive # 0001, Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39406-0001
General information:  (601) 266-1000
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Campus setting:  City: Small
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  14,792 (12,005 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  17 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Research Universities (high research activity)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty724234
Research and public service124
Total graduate assistants-771
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,400$1,400$1,400$1,4000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$6,634$6,907$7,206$7,6406.0%
Off Campus
Room and board$8,800$8,800$9,064$9,6086.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
On Campus$18,426$19,201$19,894$20,6003.5%
Off Campus$21,592$22,094$22,752$23,5683.6%
Off Campus with Family$12,792$13,261$13,688$13,9602.0%
On Campus$26,382$27,313$28,174$29,1703.5%
Off Campus$29,548$30,206$31,032$32,1383.6%
Off Campus with Family$20,748$21,373$21,968$22,5302.6%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2014-2015
In-state tuition$6,980
In-state fees$0
Out-of-state tuition$15,550
Out-of-state fees$0
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2013-2014
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid11,63795%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,61393%$14,035,193$8,701
Federal grants91753%$4,207,256$4,588
Pell grants87651%$4,094,854$4,674
Other federal grants23514%$112,402$478
State/local government grant or scholarships52630%$891,336$1,695
Institutional grants or scholarships1,27574%$8,936,601$7,009
Student loan aid1,15667%$8,037,578$6,953
Federal student loans1,14867%$7,851,448$6,839
Other student loans251%$186,130$7,445
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid19,83079%$58,672,355$5,969
Pell grants6,06949%$26,006,464$4,285
Federal student loans8,23466%$68,111,846$8,272
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$11,911$12,145$12,171
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$11,183$11,555$11,904
$30,001 – $48,000$11,495$11,603$11,459
$48,001 – $75,000$13,205$13,912$14,274
$75,001 – $110,000$13,791$14,951$14,421
$110,001 and more$13,733$15,239$15,191
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment14,792
Undergraduate enrollment12,005
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment1,517
Graduate enrollment2,787
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 88%
Part-time: 12%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 36%
Female: 64%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 1%
Black or African American: 30%
Hispanic/Latino: 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 61%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 78%
25 and over: 22%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 72%
Out-of-state: 27%
Foreign countries: 1%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 53%
Part-time: 47%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 5%
Enrolled in some distance education: 27%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 68%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 27%
Enrolled in some distance education: 13%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 60%
Undergraduate application fee (2014-2015): $35
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2014
Number of applicants5,8501,9453,905
Percent admitted67%65%67%
Percent admitted who enrolled41%36%42%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
Other Test (Wonderlic,WISC-III,etc)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2014 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading450560
SAT Math460555
ACT Composite1925
ACT English1724
ACT Math1927
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 74%
Part-time students: 30%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 50 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 48%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2006]
4-year: 27%
6-year: 50%
8-year: 52%
[Began in Fall 2008]
4-year: 25%
6-year: 48%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2006 or Fall 2008
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 43%
Female: 51%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 17%
Asian: 56%
Black or African American: 41%
Hispanic/Latino: 55%
White: 56%
Two or more races: 100%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 0%
Non-resident alien: 50%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2013-2014
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorUndergraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Architecture and Related Services
Interior Architecture8----
Category total8----
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization4----
Category total4----
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General124103--
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography1691--
Category total140194--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General103d19---
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other13d----
Business/Managerial Economics28--2
Construction Management----0
Fashion Merchandising0----
Finance, General18----
Hospitality Administration/Management, Other12d--6d-
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management16----
Human Resources Development--8--
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General83----
International Business/Trade/Commerce14----
Marketing, Other6----
Marketing/Marketing Management, General47--14-
Transportation/Mobility Management-18d---
Category total391d65d820d2
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Public Relations/Image Management-12---
Radio and Television11----
Speech Communication and Rhetoric3288--
Category total113208--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other--5--
Computer and Information Sciences, General3136---
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician20----
Category total51365--
Adult and Continuing Education Administration-0--1
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-30---
Curriculum and Instruction-7d---
Education, General--26-4
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness1----
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities-0d---
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-34d--5
Educational/Instructional Technology-13--
Elementary Education and Teaching187d----
Foreign Language Teacher Education-17d--1d
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration--8-9
Music Teacher Education3916d0--
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching346d0--
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education-43--
Secondary Education and Teaching-2--3
Special Education and Teaching, General12d10d---
Category total273d127d40-23d
Polymer/Plastics Engineering034--
Category total034--
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician56d----
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician4----
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician3----
Industrial Technology/Technician132---
Category total76d2---
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General5895--
Category total5895--
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Apparel and Textiles, General8----
Family Systems5714d---
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General-23d0-3
Category total6537d0-3
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General18----
Category total18----
Health Professions and Related Programs
Athletic Training/Trainer0----
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist9038---
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist156d---
Clinical/Medical Social Work-9---
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services, Other--6--
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General1----
Nursing Administration-36d--6
Nursing Science--2--
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist---0-
Public Health, General4041---
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other--5--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse178d----
Category total338d130d1306
History, General5771--
Public/Applied History----3
Category total5771-3
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies9454-1
Forensic Science and Technology283---
Category total12284-1
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Assistant/Paralegal20----
Category total20----
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies----0
Category total----0
Library Science
Library and Information Science7d63d--7d
Category total7d63d--7d
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General192---
Category total192---
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other95----
Category total95---3
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Kinesiology and Exercise Science5031--
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies22----
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management1935d--1
Category total9138d1-1
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Religion/Religious Studies2----
Category total5----
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General1412--
Chemistry, Other10----
Geology/Earth Science, General82---
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical2122--
Physics, General35---
Category total37204--
Counseling Psychology-80--
Psychology, General1671317--
Category total1672117--
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Social Work6468--0
Category total6468--0
Social Sciences
Development Economics and International Development--1--
International Relations and Affairs7----
Political Science and Government, General3613d---
Category total8522d2-3
Visual and Performing Arts
Dance, General14----
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General2810---
Fine/Studio Arts, General2----
Music Management27----
Music Performance, General--6--
Music, General2021---
Visual and Performing Arts, General30----
Category total121316--
Grand total2,4257281222052
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 604
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 44
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 149
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 22
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $5,159
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $4,270
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $3,222
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $2,166
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
2013-2014 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-A MenWomen
All Track Combined54
Track and Field, Indoor25
Track and Field, Outdoor25
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges(!)7/1/1929 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Didactic Program in Dietetics9/1/1975 -  Accredited
Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship4/1/1992 -  Accredited
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) - Clinical training programs at the master's, doctoral, and postgraduate levels7/31/2004 - 4/15/2013No Longer Recognized
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs4/27/1979 -  Accredited
Counseling Psychology (COPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs6/29/1979 -  Accredited
School Psychology (SCPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs9/27/1983 -  Accredited
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs7/29/1971 - 1/1/2005Resigned
Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs7/29/1971 -  Accredited
Clinical doctoral program in Audiology1/1/2005 -  Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels10/3/2003 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels10/3/2003 -  Accredited
Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels10/12/2012 -  Accredited
Council on Education for Public Health
Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health6/4/1993 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1985 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation
Dance (DANCE) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1982 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1938 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1984 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools1/1/1954 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2013 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201120122013
Illegal weapons possession332
Drug law violations1698
Liquor law violations271
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Illegal weapons possession100
Drug law violations421
Liquor law violations061
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible101
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault321
Motor vehicle theft313
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible101
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault100
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate11.0%12.0%13.6%
Number in default511531525
Number in repayment4,6434,3923,847
Aid Programs
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