University of Mississippi: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

The Lyceum on the University of Mississippi campus

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The University of Mississippi is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 88%. Located in Oxford and better known as "Ole Miss," University of Mississippi is part of the state of Mississippi university system. Ole Miss was the first publicly funded university in the state to be awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the prestigious undergraduate honor society. The campus houses 30 different research centers, and high achieving students may want to consider the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. In athletics, the Ole Miss Rebels compete in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference. Popular sports include football, basketball, soccer, tennis, track and field, and golf. 

Considering applying to Ole Miss? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, the University of Mississippi had an acceptance rate of 88%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 88 students were admitted, making Ole Miss' admissions process less competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 15,371
Percent Admitted 88%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 25%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Ole Miss requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 25% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 530 640
Math 520 630
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of University of Mississippi's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Ole Miss scored between 530 and 640, while 25% scored below 530 and 25% scored above 640. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 520 and 630, while 25% scored below 520 and 25% scored above 630. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1270 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Ole Miss.

Requirements

Ole Miss does not require the SAT writing section. Note that University of Mississippi does not superscore SAT results, your highest composite score will be considered.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Ole Miss requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 86% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 22 32
Math 20 27
Composite 21 29

This admissions data tells us that most of University of Mississippi's admitted students fall within the top 42% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Ole Miss received a composite ACT score between 21 and 29, while 25% scored above 29 and 25% scored below 21.

Requirements

Note that Ole Miss does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. The University of Mississippi does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA for incoming University of Mississippi freshman was 3.58. This data suggests that most successful applicants to Ole Miss have primarily A and B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

University of Mississippi Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
University of Mississippi Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to the University of Mississippi. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

The University of Mississippi, which accepts nearly ninety percent of applicants, has a slightly selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. The majority of admitted students had high school GPAs of "B-" or higher, SAT scores (ERW+M) of 950 or above, and ACT composite scores over 19. Numbers a little higher than this lower range can improve your chances of getting in.

You'll notice a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) hidden behind the blue and green on the left side of the graph. Some students with grades and standardized test scores on target for Ole Miss did not get in. On the flip side, quite a few students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm. This is because the University of Mississippi admissions process is not entirely quantitative. Grades and test scores play the largest role in the process, but Ole Miss is also looking for students who completed a challenging college preparatory curriculum. Admission standards vary for in-state and out-of-state applicants. In some situations, Ole Miss will take into consideration a student's extracurricular activities, community service, work experiences, and special life circumstances.

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