Top Mississippi Colleges

5 of the Top Colleges and Universities in Mississippi

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Mississippi's top schools range from a large public university to a small, private liberal arts college. I've listed the top Mississippi colleges alphabetically to avoid the arbitrary distinctions often used to distinguish #1 from #2, and because of the impossibility of comparing schools with such varying missions and personalities. The schools were chosen based on factors such as academic reputation, curricular innovation, first-year retention rate, six-year graduation rate, value, financial aid and student engagement.

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Belhaven University

Belhaven University
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  • Location: Jackson, Mississippi
  • Enrollment: 4,758 (2,714 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church
  • Distinctions: 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio on the residential campus; adult education centers in Atlanta, Chattanooga, Houston, Jackson, Memphis and Orlando; attractive campus with a lake and walking trails; popular business program
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Belhaven University profile

Millsaps College

Millsaps College
Millsaps College. lordsutch / Flickr

Mississippi College

Mississippi College Tower
Mississippi College Tower. sampitech / Flickr
  • Location: Clinton, Mississippi
  • Enrollment: 5,048 (3,145 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private college affiliated with the Baptist Church
  • Distinctions: oldest college in Mississippi (founded in 1826); largest private college in Mississippi; 80 areas of study; 15 to 1 student / faculty ratio; high marks for value and commitment to community service
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Mississippi College profile

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University Football
Mississippi State University Football. roygullem / Flickr

University of Mississippi (Ole Miss)

University of Mississippi Tower
University of Mississippi Tower. lucianvenutian / Flickr

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Florida State University
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Grove, Allen. "Top Mississippi Colleges." ThoughtCo, Aug. 25, 2020, Grove, Allen. (2020, August 25). Top Mississippi Colleges. Retrieved from Grove, Allen. "Top Mississippi Colleges." ThoughtCo. (accessed March 31, 2023).