Mission and Vision

Now in its 175th year, the University of Mississippi is fueled by a commitment to serve the people of Mississippi and the world through education, research, healthcare, and outreach.

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Our Vision

The University of Mississippi is a preeminent public research university and a leading force for innovation, creative expression and opportunity.

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Our Mission

As Mississippi's first comprehensive, public university and its only academic medical center, the University of Mississippi transforms lives, communities, and the world by providing opportunities for the people of Mississippi and beyond through excellence in learning, discovery, healthcare, and engagement.

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Our Creed

The University of Mississippi is a community of learning dedicated to nurturing excellence in intellectual inquiry and personal character in an open and diverse environment. As a voluntary member of this community:

  • I believe in respect for the dignity of each person.
  • I believe in fairness and civility.
  • I believe in personal and professional integrity.
  • I believe in academic honesty.
  • I believe in academic freedom.
  • I believe in good stewardship of our resources.
  • I pledge to uphold these values and encourage others to follow my example.

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Our Diversity Pledge

The University of Mississippi embraces its public flagship mission of inspiring and educating our diverse and vibrant community where all individuals are able to intellectually, socially, and culturally thrive through transformative experiences on our campus and beyond.

Who We Are - DEI

In fulfillment of this mission, we demonstrate the following commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion:

  • Diversity is an affirmation of the intersecting individual, social and organizational identities that make our community vibrant and transformational. We commit to openly increasing, embracing and recognizing the full spectrum of diversity at all levels of our institution.
  • Equity is directly addressing the social, institutional, organizational and systemic barriers that prevent members of marginalized groups from thriving in our community. We commit to be both proactive and responsive in mitigating barriers so that all members of our institution are able to reach their full potential.
  • Inclusion is actively and intentionally creating a welcoming campus where all individuals feel they have a supportive and affirming space to learn, grow and engage. We commit to fostering a campus environment that fully supports, values and engages the intersectional identities of every member of our community.

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Our Statement of Institutional Philosophy

In pursuing its mission, the University of Mississippi community:

  • Reaffirms its identity and purpose as fundamentally academic,
  • Nurtures excellence in teaching, learning, creativity, and research,
  • Provides the best, accessible undergraduate education in the state of Mississippi,
  • Offers high quality undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, and
  • Devotes its knowledge and abilities to serve the state and the world.



Our Strategic Plan

The blue cover to Empower Now, the Strategic Plan of the University of Mississippi 2022-2027.In the Fall of 2022, the University of Mississippi launched its new strategic plan, Empower Now: Accelerating Discovery, Growth, and Success.

Empower Now represents our key institutional priorities and provides a unifying framework built on a foundational commitment to equity.

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Effectiveness, and Planning

We are a preeminent public international research university. We aspire to be drivers of innovation and opportunity in Mississippi, the United States, and the world.