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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:  15,249 (12,475 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 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty713231
Research and public service192
Total graduate assistants-770
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 year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,400$1,400$1,400$1,4000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$6,634$6,634$6,907$7,2064.3%
Off Campus
Room and board$8,800$8,800$8,800$9,0643.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$17,800$18,426$19,201$19,8943.6%
Off Campus$20,966$21,592$22,094$22,7523.0%
Off Campus with Family$12,166$12,792$13,261$13,6883.2%
On Campus$25,756$26,382$27,313$28,1743.2%
Off Campus$28,922$29,548$30,206$31,0322.7%
Off Campus with Family$20,122$20,748$21,373$21,9682.8%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
In-state tuition$6,744
In-state fees$0
Out-of-state tuition$15,024
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, 2012-2013
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 aid11,84196%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,79694%$14,550,734$8,102
Federal grants98451%$4,358,223$4,429
Pell grants95150%$4,237,724$4,456
Other federal grants26014%$120,499$463
State/local government grant or scholarships61432%$903,010$1,471
Institutional grants or scholarships1,37772%$9,289,501$6,746
Student loan aid1,23364%$8,288,727$6,722
Federal student loans1,22864%$7,946,971$6,471
Other student loans462%$341,756$7,429
  • 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 aid110,64078%$57,833,277$5,435
Pell grants6,34346%$26,590,809$4,192
Federal student loans9,47069%$65,921,886$6,961
  • 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$11,799$11,911$12,145
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 Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$10,951$11,183$11,555
$30,001 – $48,000$11,020$11,495$11,603
$48,001 – $75,000$13,572$13,205$13,912
$75,001 – $110,000$14,618$13,791$14,951
$110,001 and more$14,543$13,733$15,239
  • 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 2013
Total enrollment15,249
Undergraduate enrollment12,475
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment1,622
Graduate enrollment2,774
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 87%
Part-time: 13%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: 32%
Hispanic/Latino: 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 61%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 0%
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: 70%
Out-of-state: 29%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
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: 4%
Enrolled in some distance education: 23%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 73%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 27%
Enrolled in some distance education: 11%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 62%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $35
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2013
Number of applicants6,1202,1263,994
Percent admitted66%66%67%
Percent admitted who enrolled43%42%44%
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 2013 (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 Reading440550
SAT Math470560
ACT Composite2027
ACT English2129
ACT Math1825
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: 72%
Part-time students: 28%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
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, 51 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 45%
(*) 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:
4-year: 22%
6-year: 47%
8-year: 51%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
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: 40%
Female: 48%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 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: 0%
Asian: 38%
Black or African American: 37%
Hispanic/Latino: 31%
White: 51%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 47%
Non-resident alien: 30%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
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 Architecture15----
Category total15----
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization1----
Category total1----
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General7686--
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography12104--
Category total881810--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General10920---
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other20d----
Business/Managerial Economics014--5
Finance, General18----
Hospitality Administration/Management, Other10d--2d-
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management22----
Human Resources Development--7--
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General73----
International Business/Trade/Commerce18----
Management Information Systems, General0----
Marketing, Other9----
Marketing/Marketing Management, General52--3-
Transportation/Mobility Management-8---
Category total421d6375d5
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Public Relations/Image Management-12---
Radio and Television27----
Speech Communication and Rhetoric18612--
Category total1151812--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other--5--
Computer and Information Sciences, General2322---
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician32----
Category total55225--
Adult and Continuing Education Administration-1---
Art Teacher Education-0---
Business Teacher Education2----
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-24---
Curriculum and Instruction-24d---
Education, General--37-10
Education, Other-1---
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness1----
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities-0d---
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-27d--1
Educational/Instructional Technology-42--
Elementary Education and Teaching192d----
Foreign Language Teacher Education-12d--3d
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration--7-2
Music Teacher Education21d15d2--
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching9113d3--
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education-68--
Secondary Education and Teaching-8--11
Special Education and Teaching, General13d14d---
Special Education and Teaching, Other-0---
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education0----
Category total320d149d59-27d
Polymer/Plastics Engineering04d10--
Category total04d10--
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician61d----
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician6----
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician3----
Engineering Technology, General-0---
Industrial Technology/Technician146---
Category total84d6---
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General7587--
Category total7587--
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Apparel and Textiles, General7----
Family Systems6010d---
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General-15d1--
Category total6725d1--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General39----
Category total39----
Health Professions and Related Programs
Athletic Training/Trainer0----
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist4932---
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist76d---
Clinical/Medical Social Work-10---
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services, Other--4--
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General3----
Nursing Administration-44d--1
Nursing Science--3--
Public Health, General4653---
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other--7--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse204d----
Category total325d145d1471
History, General6842--
Category total6842--
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies8704--
Forensic Science and Technology294---
Category total11644--
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Assistant/Paralegal19----
Category total19----
Library Science
Library and Information Science8d53d--4d
Category total8d53d--4d
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General252---
Category total252---
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences110--
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other124----
Category total12510--
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General3----
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies18----
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management1625d---
Category total3725d---
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Religion/Religious Studies4----
Category total121---
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General1710--
Chemistry, Other10----
Geology/Earth Science, General52---
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical7192--
Physics, General93---
Category total48252--
Counseling Psychology-70--
Psychology, General1641326--
Category total1642026--
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Social Work5665--1
Category total5665--1
Social Sciences
Development Economics and International Development--1--
International Relations and Affairs4----
Political Science and Government, General3512---
Category total92183--
Visual and Performing Arts
Dance, General10----
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General245---
Fine/Studio Arts, General3----
Music Management41----
Music Performance, General--7--
Music, General2416---
Visual and Performing Arts, General26----
Category total128217--
Grand total2,5036971691238
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-A MenWomen
All Track Combined68
Track and Field, Indoor27
Track and Field, Outdoor27
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges(!)7/1/1929 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
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 Dietetic Association, Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education
Didactic Program in Dietetics9/1/1975 -  Accredited
American Psychological Association, Committee 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 (SP) - 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 certificate, master's, or doctoral degree level10/12/2012 -  Accredited
Council on Education for Public Health
Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate programs offered outside schools 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, Commission on Community/Junior College 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
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession233
Drug law violations5169
Liquor law violations427
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession110
Drug law violations342
Liquor law violations306
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible010
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault232
Motor vehicle theft531
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible010
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault010
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 Year20102009
Default rate13.6%11.0%
Number in default525433
Number in repayment3,8473,905
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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