The University of Mississippi
Office of the Chancellor
State of the University (August 2011)
The Quad with Students


(Note: Current enrollment statistics are available from the Office of Institutional Research & Assessment.)

Over the past year, the university moved into new territory in measurements of enrollment, graduation rates, retention, diversity, and operating budget.

  • Total enrollment for all campuses was 19,546, up 6.5 percent from 2009-2010. Another significant increase in enrollment is expected for the 2011 fall semester.
  • Over the last two years, UM has experienced a more than 55% increase in freshman applications.
  • UM enrolled the largest freshman class in the history of Mississippi, with 3,095 incoming students on campus, a 20 percent increase over 2009-2010.
  • Freshman retention rates continue to improve, climbing from 78.3 percent three years ago to 83.1 percent for fall 2010.
  • The Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, Lott Leadership Institute, Croft Institute for International Studies, and Chinese Flagship Program all enrolled their largest classes ever.
  • More than 66 percent of our students are from Mississippi, and more than 20 percent of students are minorities.
  • The endowment exceeded $475 million as of June 30, 2011; it remains the largest in the state and provides the margin of excellence in an environment of diminishing state support.
  • We awarded more than $184 million in financial aid to more than 15,000 students.
  • For 2010-2011, the university awarded a record 3,906 degrees on the Oxford campus, and the Medical Center graduated the largest number of health professions students, 638, in its history.