Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi, affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. With more than 24,000 students, Ole Miss is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. Its 15 academic divisions include a major medical school, nationally recognized schools of accountancy, law and pharmacy, and the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, renowned for a blend of academic rigor, experiential learning and opportunities for community action.
When it chartered the University of Mississippi on February 24, 1844, the Mississippi Legislature laid the foundation for public higher education in the state. The university opened its doors to 80 students four years later, and for 23 years was Mississippi's only public institution of higher learning. For 110 years, it was the state's only comprehensive university.Learn More About Our History
Total enrollment on all University of Mississippi campuses, including the UM Medical Center, was 24,250 for the 2016-2017 academic year. Nearly 60 percent of the student body is from Mississippi, and 22.9 percent of students are minorities.
|Operating Budget||$2.448 billion
|Total Endowment||$606 million
|Sponsored Research||$112.8 million
|Financial Aid||$272 million
The University of Mississippi libraries, which include the main J.D. Williams Library and the Science Library, house nearly 4.43 million volumes of books and journals. They also provide access to more than 214 electronic databases, 135,210 electronic journals and 814,143 electronic books. The J.D. Williams Library boasts several noteworthy features: for example a world-renowned Special Collections Department which includes the papers of significant Southern authors, Mississippi Civil Rights Movement leaders, the Blues Archive, Modern Political Archive and Southern Media Archive, as well as the national library of the accountancy profession.University of Mississippi Libraries
Web-based services provide instant, 24/7 access to vital information, enabling students to apply for admission, register for classes, check grades, pay bills and submit class assignments online. Students and faculty have access to millions of library materials via the Internet. Each residence hall room includes a direct connection to the campus network as well as wireless service, and many public areas on campus provide wireless service.Technologies and Assistance