University of Southern Mississippi

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$9,340
2.71% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$14,427
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
3%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
98.8%
9,051 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
13,526
74.6% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
51.7%
802 Graduates

About

University of Southern Mississippi is a higher education institution located in Forrest County, MS. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at University of Southern Mississippi were Elementary Education & Teaching (205 degrees awarded), General Business Administration & Management (186 degrees), and Registered Nursing (149 degrees).

In 2022, 3,768 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of Southern Mississippi. 66% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 34% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (2,487 degrees), 2.88 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (864 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Southern Mississippi is $9,340, which is $−20,810 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at University of Southern Mississippi is $9,340, which is $−20,810 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $14,427.

In 2022, 94% of undergraduate students attending University of Southern Mississippi received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 51% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$9,340
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at University of Southern Mississippi was $9,340. The cost of tuition at University of Southern Mississippi is $−20,810 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

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Average Net Price

$14,427
2022 Value
5.68%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 University of Southern Mississippi had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $14,427. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of University of Southern Mississippi grew by 5.68%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,281
Room and Board
$1,400
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Southern Mississippi was of $10,281 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 0.122% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,400. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

94%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
51%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

94% of undergraduate students at University of Southern Mississippi received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 6.82% with respect to 2021, when 88% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
3%
2019 Default Rate
124
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at University of Southern Mississippi was 3%, which represents 124 out of the 4140 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

University of Southern Mississippi received 9,051 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 2.82% annual growth. Out of those 9,051 applicants, 8,946 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 98.8% acceptance rate.

There were 13,526 students enrolled at University of Southern Mississippi in 2022.

University of Southern Mississippi has an overall enrollment yield of 18.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

98.8%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
8,946
Accepted Out of 9,051

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of Southern Mississippi was 98.8% (8,946 admissions from 9,051 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 95.8%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 2.82%, while admissions grew by 0.269%..

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Enrollment

University of Southern Mississippi had a total enrollment of 13,526 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at University of Southern Mississippi is 10,086 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,440. This means that 74.6% of students enrolled at University of Southern Mississippi are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at University of Southern Mississippi, both undergraduate and graduate, is 58.9% White, 26.9% Black or African American, 4.24% Hispanic or Latino, 3.56% Two or More Races, 1.85% Asian, 0.392% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0961% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of Southern Mississippi in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (38.1%), followed by White Male (20.5%) and Black or African American Female (20.4%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (35.3%), followed by White Male (20.5%) and Black or African American Female (11.4%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

74.6%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of Southern Mississippi in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 13,526 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Southern Mississippi is 10,086 and the part-time enrollment is 3,440. This means that 74.6% of students enrolled at University of Southern Mississippi are enrolled full-time compared with 77.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

70%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at University of Southern Mississippi was 70%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84%), University of Southern Mississippi had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    7,967 enrolled students
  2. Black or African American
    3,644 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    573 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at University of Southern Mississippi is 58.9% White, 26.9% Black or African American, 4.24% Hispanic or Latino, 3.56% Two or More Races, 1.85% Asian, 0.392% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0961% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 47.5% White, 15.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.58% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 59 students (0.436%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 1,208 more women than men received degrees from University of Southern Mississippi. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at University of Southern Mississippi is white (2,487 degrees awarded). There were 2.88 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (864 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of Southern Mississippi is Elementary Education & Teaching (205 degrees awarded), followed by General Business Administration & Management (186 degrees) and Registered Nursing (149 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at University of Southern Mississippi, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Library Science (159 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (241 degrees), and Human Sciences (119 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Southern Mississippi are Elementary & middle school teachers (124,705 people), Other managers (103,957 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (101,253 people), Secondary school teachers (75,337 people), and Education administrators (49,766 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Southern Mississippi in 2022 are Library Science (159 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (241 degrees), Human Sciences (119 degrees), History (66 degrees), and Applied Sciences (9 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Southern Mississippi are Diagnostic medical sonographers, Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at University of Southern Mississippi are Library Science (159 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (241 degrees), Human Sciences (119 degrees), History (66 degrees), and Applied Sciences (9 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Southern Mississippi are Elementary & secondary schools (298,738 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (135,987 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (107,292 people), Computer Systems Design (89,460 people), and Legal services (79,578 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Southern Mississippi are Library Science (159 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (241 degrees), Human Sciences (119 degrees), History (66 degrees), and Applied Sciences (9 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by University of Southern Mississippi.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 205 degrees awarded
  2. 186 degrees awarded
  3. 149 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of Southern Mississippi was Elementary Education & Teaching with 205 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

1,280
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
2,488
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 1,280 degrees were awarded to men at University of Southern Mississippi, which is 0.514 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,488).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 121 degrees were awarded to men at University of Southern Mississippi in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.864 times less than the 140 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 196 degrees were awarded to men at University of Southern Mississippi in Elementary Education & Teaching, which is 21.8 times more than the 9 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

31%
100% Completion Time
50%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 31% of students graduating from University of Southern Mississippi completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 50% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 52% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Male
Highest Graduation Rate (66.7%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at University of Southern Mississippi is Male and Asian (66.7% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.374% of graduates (3 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    2,487 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    864 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    136 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of Southern Mississippi is white (2,487 degrees awarded). There were 2.88 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (864 degrees).

0.186% of degree recipients (7 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    1,633 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    854 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    615 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at University of Southern Mississippi is white female (1,633 degrees awarded). There were 1.91 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (854 degrees).

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Operations

University of Southern Mississippi has an endowment valued at nearly $131M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of 44.4k (0.034%) compared to the 1.13% average return (4.2M on 373M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2022, University of Southern Mississippi had a total salary expenditure of 363M. University of Southern Mississippi employs 222 Assistant professors, 189 Associate professors and 145 Professors. Most academics at University of Southern Mississippi are Female Assistant professor (119), Male Associate professor (110), and Male Assistant professor (103).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Southern Mississippi are: Business and Financial Operations, with 316 employees, Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 203 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 199 employees.

Endowment

$131M
2022 Endowment
8.98%
decline from 2021

University of Southern Mississippi has an endowment valued at about $131M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of University of Southern Mississippi declined 8.98% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $242M lower than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$149M
2022 Salaries
4.13%
growth from 2021

In 2022, University of Southern Mississippi paid a median of $149M in salaries, which represents 41.2% of their overall expenditure ($363M) and a 4.13% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 246M (41.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$52.8M
Instructional Salaries
672
Number of Employees

In 2022, University of Southern Mississippi paid a total of $52.8M to 672 employees working as instructors, which represents 35.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $73.7M (30%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
222 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
316 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of Southern Mississippi were Assistant professor with 222 employees, Associate professor with 189 employees, and Professor with 145 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Southern Mississippi were Business and Financial Operations with 316 employees, Computer, Engineering, and Science with 203 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 199 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Assistant professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Male Assistant professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of Southern Mississippi was Female Assistant professor with 119 employees, Male Associate professor with 110 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 103 employees.

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