The University of Southern Mississippi
About The University of Southern Mississippi
Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi opened its doors as a small teachers’ college. Today, the University has grown into a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven institution with a proud history and an eye on the future.
With a diverse student body of approximately 14,500 students representing 72 countries and every corner of Mississippi, we celebrate diversity in every sense of the word.
Not only is Southern Miss a haven for the arts, but the University maintains a tradition of success in both academics and athletics. A dual-campus university, Southern Miss serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in addition to five teaching and research sites in Mississippi and Online at Southern Miss.
This diverse campus spans 300 acres in the heart of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. More than 180 buildings dot a landscape that has been transformed into a pedestrian-friendly environment for students, employees and visitors. This campus is home to the sixth-oldest acceptance-based Honors College in the nation, a vibrant arts community that produces hundreds of events each year, and internationally-recognized researchers whose expertise ranges from polymer science and engineering to sports safety and security.
Gulf Park Campus
Through its 52-acre beachfront campus in Long Beach, Mississippi, the University serves as the only four-year public institution located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in more than 50 distinct academic fields. The Gulf Park campus is also home to the state’s only bachelor’s degree in ocean engineering and the only film studies pathway offered at a public institution in the state.