University of Southern Mississippi
Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi has grown from a small teachers’ college into a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven university that is a haven for the arts with a tradition of success in both academics and athletics. Southern Miss has a diverse student body of approximately 15,000 students from 56 different countries, all 50 states and every corner of Mississippi. They offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs in six degree-granting colleges with more than 180 degree programs. A dual-campus university, Southern Miss serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in addition to five teaching and research sites in Mississippi. Characterized by history and tradition, the Hattiesburg campus sits on 300 acres in the heart of the Pine Belt. More than 180 buildings dot a landscape that has been transformed into a pedestrian-friendly environment for students, employees and visitors. Southern Miss Gulf Coast is comprised of the Gulf Park campus and four teaching and research sites, bringing higher education to the three coastal counties of Mississippi.
Students at Southern Miss are afforded international experience through study-abroad programs in 20 countries such as the Environmental Geography program in Costa Rica, the Business and Culture program in Japan, and the popular British Studies program in London.
The University is home to the sixth-oldest acceptance-based Honors College in the nation along with nationally recognized programs in the arts, polymer science and business.
As the premier research university of the Gulf South, Southern Miss takes pride in being classified as a RU/H: Research University (higher research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation for the advancement of teaching among doctorate-granting universities. The Center for Undergraduate Research affords students meaningful research opportunities, and as a proven leader in innovation, Southern Miss is generating real-world solutions through transformative research. In fact, one of their research projects was one of only two worldwide selected by NASA to be conducted on the International Space Station to explore whether life can survive on Mars.
The Center for Gulf Studies, administered through the Southern Miss Division of Marine Science at Stennis Space Center, serves the people of Mississippi, the northern Gulf region and the nation with a scientifically based understanding of ecosystem status and trends with special emphasis on improved forecasting abilities to ensure sustainable coastal and ocean ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico.
The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security offers solutions for the security of sports stadiums and arenas that have been identified as potential targets of terrorism.
The School of Polymers and High Performance Materials is creating new polymer materials used in everyday products such as cosmetics, ship building and sports equipment, and is partnering with GE Aviation to focus on composites development processing for the GEnx aircraft engine.
The people of Southern Miss choose to go beyond the boundaries of their campuses and make a difference in their community. Each year, students contribute more than 100,000 hours of volunteer service. In addition, the University has been honored with the prestigious Carnegie Community Engagement Classification for the many ways in which students, faculty, staff and programs engage and enhance the people and places of South Mississippi and beyond.
Southern Miss is one of only 36 institutions in the nation accredited in all four arts disciplines: theatre, dance, art and music. The School of Music produces more than 300 performances each year, featuring students, faculty and world-renowned guest artists. By hosting artists such as Plácido Domingo, Yo-Yo Ma, Sir James Galway and Joshua Bell, the University has provided unparalleled cultural experiences to their communities