University of Southern Mississippi

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$8,108

7.4% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$12,506

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

8.77%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

98.4%

6,372 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

14,478

81.8% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

46.7%

797 Graduates

About

University of Southern Mississippi is a higher education institution located in Forrest County, MS. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at University of Southern Mississippi were Registered Nursing (166 degrees awarded), General Psychology (162 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (131 degrees).

In 2017, 3,349 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of Southern Mississippi. 64.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 35.4% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (2,262 degrees), 3.1 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (729 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Southern Mississippi is $8,108, which is $-18,392 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Southern Mississippi is $8,108, which is $-18,392 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $12,506.

In 2017, 80% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 58% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$8,108

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at University of Southern Mississippi was $8,108. The cost of tuition at University of Southern Mississippi is $-18,392 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

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Average Net Price

$12,506

2017 Value

4.95%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 University of Southern Mississippi had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $12,506. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of University of Southern Mississippi grew by 4.95%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,506

Room and Board

$1,200

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Southern Mississippi was of $9,506 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 0.859% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

80%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

58%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

80% of undergraduate students at University of Southern Mississippi received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 2.56% with respect to 2016, when 78% 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.

8.77%

2016 Default Rate

356

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at University of Southern Mississippi was 8.77%, which represents 356 out of the 4059 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 6,372 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 23% annual growth. Out of those 6,372 applicants, 6,272 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 98.4% acceptance rate.

There were 14,478 students enrolled at University of Southern Mississippi in 2017, and 0% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of Southern Mississippi has an overall enrollment yield of 30.3%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

98.4%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

6,272

Accepted Out of 6,372

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of Southern Mississippi was 98.4% (6,272 admissions from 6,372 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 60.1%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 23%, while admissions grew by 101%.

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SAT Scores

0%

Submission Percentage

0

Scores Submitted

0% of enrolled first-time students at University of Southern Mississippi in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of Southern Mississippi has a total enrollment of 14,478 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Southern Mississippi is 11,842 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,636. This means that 81.8% 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 62.7% White, 26.1% Black or African American, 3.24% Hispanic or Latino, 2.56% Two or More Races, 1.38% Asian, 0.435% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0829% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of Southern Mississippi in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (38.1%), followed by White Male (22.3%) and Black or African American Female (19.3%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (43.1%), followed by White Male (24.4%) and Black or African American Female (10.6%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

81.8%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of Southern Mississippi, both undergraduate and graduate, is 14,478 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Southern Mississippi is 11,842 and the part-time enrollment is 2,636. This means that 81.8% of students enrolled at University of Southern Mississippi are enrolled full-time compared with 78% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

71%

2017 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 71%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), 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

  1. White

    9,074

  2. Black or African American

    3,784

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    469

The enrolled student population at University of Southern Mississippi is 62.7% White, 26.1% Black or African American, 3.24% Hispanic or Latino, 2.56% Two or More Races, 1.38% Asian, 0.435% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0829% 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 51.5% White, 13.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.57% 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, 137 students (0.946%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 977 more women than men received degrees from University of Southern Mississippi. The majority of degree recipients at University of Southern Mississippi are white (2,262 degrees awarded). There were 3.1 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (729 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of Southern Mississippi is Registered Nursing (166 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (162 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (131 degrees).

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 (78 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (171 degrees), and History (57 degrees).

Workforce

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 (274,349 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (161,072 people), Other managers (122,459 people), Postsecondary teachers (108,228 people), and Secondary school teachers (86,272 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Southern Mississippi are Library Science (78 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (171 degrees), History (57 degrees), Human Sciences (95 degrees), and English (90 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Southern Mississippi are Surgeons, Electrical & electronics engineers, Physicians, Dentists, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at University of Southern Mississippi are Library Science (78 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (171 degrees), History (57 degrees), Human Sciences (95 degrees), and English (90 degrees).

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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 (490,878 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (237,992 people), Legal services (130,621 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (127,190 people), and Computer Systems Design (83,377 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Southern Mississippi are Library Science (78 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (171 degrees), History (57 degrees), Human Sciences (95 degrees), and English (90 degrees).

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Degrees

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

  1. 166 degrees awarded

  2. 162 degrees awarded

  3. 131 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of Southern Mississippi was Registered Nursing with 166 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 1,186

  2. 2,163

In 2017, 1,186 degrees were awarded to men at University of Southern Mississippi, which is 0.548 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,163).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 99 degrees were awarded to men at University of Southern Mississippi in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.18 times more than the 84 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 161 degrees were awarded to women at University of Southern Mississippi in General Psychology, which is 3.43 times more than the 47 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

27%

100% Completion Time

50%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 27% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

American Indian or Alaska Native Female

Highest Graduation Rate (75%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at University of Southern Mississippi is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (75% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 2.89% of graduates (23 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,262 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    729 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    78 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of Southern Mississippi is white (2,262 degrees awarded). There were 3.1 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (729 degrees).

0.687% of degree recipients (23 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    1,426 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    836 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    541 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at University of Southern Mississippi is white female (1,426 degrees awarded). There were 1.71 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (836 degrees).

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Operations

University of Southern Mississippi has an endowment valued at nearly $104M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $280k (0.269%), compared to the 5.91% average return ($16.9M on $287M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2017, University of Southern Mississippi had a total salary expenditure of $345M. University of Southern Mississippi employs 237 Assistant professors, 181 Associate professors, and 137 Professors. Most academics at University of Southern Mississippi are Female Assistant professors (119), Male Assistant professors(118), and Male Associate professors (98).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Southern Mississippi are: Business and Financial Operations, with 456 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 303 employees, and Service with 206 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$104M

2017 Endowment

19.4%

growth from 2016

University of Southern Mississippi has an endowment valued at about $104M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of University of Southern Mississippi grew 19.4% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $182M 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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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $38.4M - Federal

  2. $8.97M - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, University of Southern Mississippi received $38.4M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $8.97M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$137M

2017 Salaries

1.66%

growth from 2016

In 2017, University of Southern Mississippi paid a median of $137M in salaries, which represents 39.8% of their overall expenditure ($345M) and a 1.66% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.719% growth from 2015 and a 0.824% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 215M (42.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$48.2M

Instructional Salaries

678

Number of Employees

In 2017, University of Southern Mississippi paid a total of $48.2M to 678 employees working as instructors, which represents 35.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $61.3M (31.9%) for similar Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor

Most Common Instructor

237 Employees

Business and Financial Operations

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

456 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of Southern Mississippi were Assistant professor with 237 employees; Associate professor with 181 employees; and Associate professor with 137 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Southern Mississippi were Business and Financial Operations with 456 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 303 employees; and Service with 206 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female Assistant professor

  2. Male Assistant professor

  3. Male Associate professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of Southern Mississippi was Female Assistant professor with 119 employees, Male Assistant professor with 118 employees, and Male Associate professor with 98 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at University of Southern Mississippi.

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