Where to Start Looking to Find Mississippi Colleges
If you’re looking for Mississippi colleges, start with the Rise Up! website. This is a typical, comprehensive site. It requires registration to use some of the tools but registration is free. It has a basic search function for colleges in state with a nice comparison feature. Users can search for scholarships, search for colleges by degrees, and watch career videos.
The website contains the usual grade level checklists and requirements for admission into state colleges. It is the first website I’ve come across that actually mentions sports as an extracurricular activity along with the odds of turning pro. There is also a section for students with disabilities that includes contacts for Mississippi colleges’ disability offices. Students can apply for state financial aid through the website. The section on transfers and articulation agreements is currently unavailable.
GearUp Mississippi is mainly a collection of resources along with information on summer academies for middle schools students. College Goal Sunday lists upcoming locations and dates for help in completing the FAFSA. The website also has information on College Application Campaign Locations.
College Goal Sunday teams up with Get2College to provide FAFSA days in selected high schools. Students and families can visit any of the three locations for free help with test preparation, applications, college selection, and career exploration. The organization also offers resources and workshops for counselors.
Some Numbers to Help You Find a College
There are 14 four-year Mississippi colleges with 500 or more full-time undergraduates according to the Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System. Approximately 13 percent of students attend one of the six private Mississippi colleges while 87 percent of students attend one of the eight state institutions.
The private Mississippi colleges have an average four-year graduation rate of 34% and the public universities have an average five-year graduation rate of 36.3%. Only three schools meet the DIY College Rankings 50-50 profile requirements.
In Mississippi, the average Composite ACT score was 19.0. The English scores was 18.8 and the Math score was 18.3. The 75th% Composite score was 22, English was 23, and Math was 20. A total of 9 colleges ACT 75th% Composite scores were at or above this level.
The top 20 colleges ACT test takers in Mississippi applied to:
- Mississippi State University
- University of Mississippi
- University Southern Mississippi
- Jackson State University
- Jones County Junior College
- Itawamba Community College
- Northwest Mississippi Community College
- Delta State University
- Alcorn State University
- Northeast Mississippi Comm Coll
- Pearl River Community College
- Mississippi College
- Holmes Community College
- Hinds Comm College-Raymond Campus
- University of Alabama
- East Central Community College
- Ms Gulf Coast CC-Perkinston Campus
- East Mississippi Comm Coll
- William Carey University
- Mississippi Valley State Univ
List of Mississippi Colleges
In the following table, the four-year graduation rate is used for private colleges and the five-year rate for public colleges. The data are based on the data available from IPEDS in December of 2014 which are available on the DIY College Search spreadsheet.
Mississippi Colleges with Graduation Rates and Test Scores
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Name Type Full-
Alcorn State University Public 2732 28 83 460 480 19 13319
Belhaven University Private 1242 25 48 620 560 25 21860
Delta State University Public 2166 28 89 475 570 22 14635
Jackson State University Public 5812 31 65 21 10385
Millsaps College Private 730 59 47 630 620 28 23093
Mississippi College Private 2589 35 67 593 583 27 15712
Mississippi State University Public 15048 55 65 620 630 28 15422
Mississippi University for Women Public 1945 35 43 480 640 24 9766
Mississippi Valley State University Public 1600 20 23 19 9807
Rust College Private 854 12 14 360 440 14 8575
Tougaloo College Private 849 27 36 537 447 21 10117
University of Mississippi Public 15628 54 59 590 600 27 14409
University of Southern Mississippi Public 10841 39 66 550 560 27 12145
William Carey University Private 1886 46 49 28 14536