2023 Best Colleges and Universities in Mississippi

If you’re considering attending college in Mississippi, you’ll have plenty of schools from which to choose. Many of the smaller private institutions of higher learning are faith-based, and most of the public colleges boast small undergraduate populations.

Most of the 2022 best colleges and universities in Mississippi offer small class sizes that allow students to get the most from their undergrad experiences.

Blue Mountain College – One of the tiniest private liberal arts schools, Blue Mountain has a total enrollment of 601 students. Academic studies include a Christian-centered focus. The college is ranked #8 in the South and is considered a best-value. Tuition and fees cost $12,584 annually.

Mississippi College – This school offers liberal arts and science programs in a Christian environment. Students who are admitted to the private college have demonstrated excellence in academics and seek to integrate their faith into their studies. The college is ranked #32 in the South and is a best-value school. Expect to pay approximately $18,026 annually in tuition and fees.

William Carey University – This private school with a Baptist affiliation teaches leadership and service in addition to academics. Students accepted into a program here will find themselves in small class sizes averaging thirteen students. William Carey accepts 38% of its applicants and is ranked #39 in the South. Tuition and fees here cost $12,600 annually.

Mississippi University for Women – MUW was the first public college for women in the United States, and the student population is 80% female. Nursing, business administration, and liberal arts make up the top three programs. It has earned the distinction of being #58 among regional schools in the South, and it is a best-value. The university is tied for nineteenth place as a top public school. Students at this college can expect to pay $6,940 annually in tuition and fees.

Belhaven University – This private college ranks #65 among southern institutions of higher learning. Belhaven offers a Christian liberal arts education that will buoy graduates throughout their lives. Tuition and fees cost approximately $25,300 a year.

University of Mississippi – With an undergraduate enrollment of almost 23,136 students, Ole Miss offers a big college experience in a small university town. The school is ranked #152 nationwide, and it is considered a best-value university, as well as a best-value for veterans. The acceptance rate is 84%, and the annual tuition is $8,290.

Mississippi is one of fifteen states participating in the Academic Common Market.

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