Ole Miss offers opportunities for hands-on experience
With each freshman class, we hear students say they never imagined they would have such extraordinary learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. Trips to Washington, D.C., or New York City are commonplace for our students, who gain invaluable internships at some of the top organizations in dozens of professional fields. Others study or participate in service projects in London, Barcelona and Johannesburg, or in impoverished areas of Belize, the Mississippi Delta and other regions around the globe. Members of the UM chapter of Engineers Without Borders have traveled to Togo since 2012 to help improve the infrastructure of the impoverished African nation. UM journalism students have gone along to document the project.
Among the more rigorous opportunities is Ole Miss’ Chinese Language Flagship Program, one of only 12 Chinese Flagship programs in the United States. Graduates spend extensive time in China and are language-proficient at the end of the program, a highly valued skill in an increasingly global economy.
The Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and Center for Intelligence and Security Studies also draw top students, offering small classes more typical of graduate school, all taught by top faculty scholars. Students participate in groundbreaking on-site research, including the Lazarus Project, which took three students to Italy to uncover secrets from ancient manuscripts. Students at CISS are offered real-world opportunities to analyze data from around the globe and draw insights for policymaking, just as analysts do in the CIA.
Your chance of meeting and questioning some of the world’s most brilliant and famous people is very high in our little college town. The list of people you might meet at the town square or in a campus lecture is too long for this page, but it includes stars in the fields of business, arts, science, news, politics — and even space travel.
Here’s a sampling of well-known visitors from recent years:
Tom Friedman, Tom Brokaw, Judy Woodruff, Dan Rather, Bob Schieffer, David Halberstam and Al Neuharth, all successful journalists.
At least 16 Pulitzer Prize winners, as well as recent Nobel Prize winners Elie Wiesel and Roald Hoffmann.
National leaders, including President Barack Obama (while a candidate), Bill Clinton, John McCain, Colin Powell, Janet Reno and Eric Holder.
Musicians Grace Potter, Nelly, Harry Belafonte, Art Garfunkel, Marvin Hamlisch and Chuck Mangione, Brad Paisley and Katy Perry.
Actors and entertainers, including James Earl Jones and Spike Lee.
Civil rights era notables, including Myrlie Evers-Williams, James Meredith, Nicholas Katzenbach, Angela Davis and Bobby Seale.
And the list could go on and on...