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Ole Miss is a flagship public university with academic programs that lead the nation, an honors college ranked among the very best, and first-year support programs that ensure any student committed to the hard work of a great college can be successful.

Ole Miss is a flagship public university with academic programs that lead the nation, an honors college ranked among the very best and first-year support programs that ensure any student committed to hard work can be successful. (At the conclusion of spring 2016, the 2015 fall-to-fall freshman retention rate was 83.3.) It’s been rated among the best college values in America, and the range of available majors opens the door to an amazing array of careers. Just ask the many nationally recognized leaders in business, health care, law, the arts, and education who claim Ole Miss as their alma mater.

Do you feel the spirit?
More than 2,000 freshmen charged the length of the football field last year during the annual “Rebel Run,” a spirit-filled tradition that opens the first home game. Regrouping after America’s best tailgating experience in the Grove, freshmen enter a packed stadium of 60,000 upperclassmen, alumni, and fans who are sure to chant the university’s one-of-a-kind Hotty Toddy cheer. What a start to a lifelong tradition!




We’re holding your spot on the field!


We have the majors you need for the career you want.

The list of Ole Miss alumni who have built exciting careers in business, health care, law, the arts, public service, higher education and many other specialties is long, with many reaching the very top of their fields. That adds up to much more than a long list of contacts for your job search; it’s evidence that passion-filled careers begin at Ole Miss. And, when you are energized by your career choice, you will excel. Maybe your future begins at one of our more recent additions, such as the Center for Manufacturing Excellence, an interdisciplinary program of engineering, accountancy, business and liberal arts. CME is graduating students who are well-grounded and well-rounded in the business of manufacturing and educated to see manufacturing as the CEO sees it.

Find a career that matters.

Ole Miss offers many different choices in the schools of Medicine, Law, Accountancy, Business, Nursing, Health-Related Professions, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Journalism and New Media, Applied Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts. Program specialties could lead you to a career running a restaurant or hotel, gathering data as an analyst for the CIA, building your own business or even becoming an author or a poet. The university’s commitment to excellence is reflected in the national rankings of its programs; the 1,007 full-time professors with Ph.D.s (797 with terminal degrees in their fields) who arrive here from leading programs at Harvard, Yale, Princeton and other top institutions. That commitment to excellence is also evident in our acclaimed Honors College, our open-enrollment policy and the number of our students landing top scholarships. The university has produced 25 Rhodes Scholars, placing it among the nation’s elite institutions, and since the Honors College opened in 1998, Ole Miss has produced seven Truman Scholars, 10 Goldwater Scholars and 16 Fulbright Scholars, among other honors.

imageHands-on research opportunities abound for motivated undergraduate students at UM, which is home to ongoing research in a variety of unique disciplines. The university’s School of Pharmacy, for instance, is home to the only legal medical marijuana field in the country and is a world leader in researching all types of natural products.

Step outside the traditional classroom.

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...

Discover what makes us different.

Can a university be as passionate about its mission in life as you’ll be about yours?

We think so, and we’ve defined the essence of who we are in four words: accessibility, leadership, excellence and service.

Accessibility: Ole Miss offers classes and programs to support students with a wide range of academic backgrounds. Programs vary from a top Honors College to an open-access track offering customized freshman support.

Leadership: Our graduates are leaders at global communications firms, pharmaceutical companies, accounting firms, technology companies, in journalism and in many other fields. We’re very good at developing the inner leader in our students and creating future leaders for government service, engineering, communicative disorders and other areas.

Excellence: Today, Ole Miss is a destination university that attracts as many students from other states as from Mississippi. The university’s excellence in research attracts government and private funds for study in everything from the medicinal properties of plants to sound reduction of jet engines. Centers of excellence, such as the Croft Institute for International Studies, offer highly specialized fields of study and public service.

Service: Ask Ole Miss students whether they’ve been involved in a service project, and it’s likely they’ll raise both hands. You, too, will have opportunities to be involved in a variety of projects before graduation, and they can be the most fulfilling and emotional moments you’ll experience. During the annual Big Event, thousands of students serve the Oxford community.


Live a life of diversity.

The University of Mississippi offers an extraordinarily diverse student body and faculty, with students from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and 90 countries. Our open enrollment policy, balanced with a top Honors College and tuition rated among America’s best values in higher education, draws people from all socioeconomic backgrounds. You’ll start lifetime friendships with students who are African-American, Asian, Latino and Caucasian, and from such places as Sweden, Israel, Nigeria, Japan and Australia. But even with our extraordinary growth, we’re a modest-sized, easy-to-manage university, with enrollment for fall 2015 reaching an all-time record of 23,838 (Oxford, four regional campuses and the Medical Center), the largest in the state. For the 2015-16 academic year, 23 percent of UM students were minorities, and 13.4 percent were African-American.

Build your own worldview.

You’ll be amazed at your personal growth in your years at Ole Miss, and that comes from more than books, tests and career development. Being a part of the Ole Miss community means meeting new people and learning leadership skills that reach across human differences in this country and elsewhere. Students from various backgrounds find many opportunities to mingle, study, debate and socialize, forming bonds that last a lifetime.

Ole Miss students contribute thousands of hours of volunteer work to the Oxford and Lafayette County communities each spring through the Big Event, a campus-wide day of service.

The Oxford life is both cosmopolitan and provincial.

Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South,” Oxford has the amenities of a big-city borough without the hassles. Musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in its rich history, small-town charm and creative community. William Faulkner’s home, Rowan Oak, is a short walk from the Square, where many of Oxford’s unique shops, galleries and first-class restaurants are located. In addition to many area parks, bike paths and running trails, nearby Sardis Lake offers a popular gathering place for students.

Hear the Oxford soundtrack.

Oxford culture is entwined with music, and you’ll find live music performed on the Square or nearby most days of the week. Whether it’s one of the many local acts performing, a national band coming through on tour or an artist recording at the famed Sweet Tea Recording Studio, the eclectic sounds of Oxford’s music scene are sure to attract you.

Oxford’s quality of life is evident by its unique vibe.

The city of Oxford has received numerous distinctions over the years. Smithsonian magazine listed Oxford as one of the “20 Best Small Towns in America,” praising the town’s arts, culture and social life. American Express singled out Oxford as one of the “10 Best Small Towns for Business in America,” noting its literary history, thriving retail and dining businesses, and strong population growth over the past decade. also called Oxford the “second-best college town in the nation.”

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Oxford locals have been known to say, “Just stay in Oxford. People will come to you.” There’s a draw to this famous college town that has made it a gathering place for students, parents, alumni, visitors and tourists year-round. The center of all that activity is “the Square,” which is also home to the Double Decker Arts Festival, an annual celebration of food, music and the arts. Vendors and patrons from across the nation enjoy two days of great music and Southern hospitality.

“I discovered that my own little postage stamp of native soil was worth writing about and that I would never live long enough to exhaust it, and by sublimating the actual into apocryphal I would have complete liberty to use whatever talent I might have to its absolute top.”
— William Faulkner, Nobel Prize-winning author

Oxford’s diverse culinary establishments are acclaimed nationwide. From gourmet fare at one of award-winning chef John Currence’s five restaurants to comfort food at Ajax Diner or the famous chicken-on-a-stick at 4-Corners Chevron, you can’t go wrong dining in Oxford.

Find your fit.

With more than 275 student organizations and clubs, UM provides a wide range of opportunities for students to get involved on campus and develop their own leadership skills. Organizations range from academic, cultural, religious, special interest, professional and social to elected office in student government. So find a cause to champion or create your own adventure while you develop your inner leader. If an organization doesn’t exist on campus, you can create your own with the help of nine fellow students and one faculty/staff adviser.

Establish a healthy lifestyle.

Students can find challenging activities and incorporate healthy habits through the university’s recreational programs and services. The Department of Campus Recreation offers facilities where students can participate in sport clubs, intramural sports, swimming, group fitness as well as personal training. Ole Miss Outdoors offers exciting off-campus adventures that include rock climbing, hiking and white-water rafting.

Activities provide support for students.

The Student Activities Association promotes the activities of student life though special events, pageants and musical entertainment. The SAA is composed of a diverse group of student leaders who are committed to serving the Ole Miss student body and enhancing the college experience by providing more than 125 events each year, such as Pet a Puppy during Stress Less Week in preparation for exams.

To Greek or not to Greek?

About 42 percent of Ole Miss students participate in Greek life. Ole Miss offers 35 national fraternities and sororities, which consist of three councils: National Pan-Hellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, and Panhellenic Council.

The University of Mississippi Concert Singers recently made a guest appearance at the White House, singing for President Obama, and the UM Gospel Choir is the first college gospel choir to sign with a major gospel record label. The Ole Miss African Drum and Dance Ensemble, in addition to other musical performance groups, performs for various events, enhancing intercultural communication, diversity and inclusion for the campus and community.
Every freshman participates in the Common Reading Experience and is provided with a copy of the selected book to read before the school year begins. Instructors from the Center for Writing and Rhetoric, First-Year Experience, School of Nursing and others use the text to introduce concepts and promote discussion in their classes.


Just ask. We’re here to make the transition easier.

The Center for Student Success and First-Year Experience is dedicated to facilitating each student’s successful transition to the university through comprehensive academic advising, first-year experience programming and support, and veteran and military support services.

The center coordinates the First-Year Experience course that’s helped thousands of Ole Miss freshmen make a positive transition from high school to college, develop a better understanding of the learning process, enhance their academic skills and acquire essential life skills that have helped ensure their success.

During the semester, students are introduced to the mission, values and constituencies of the University of Mississippi and the ethical and social concerns that they may face as members of this community.

Where else do you get a personal adviser?

At Ole Miss, we have invested in people who are devoted to the success of each student. That means they get to know you, your goals, and your dreams; and their mission is to help you achieve them. The professional advisers at the Center for Student Success and First-Year Experience serve about 80 percent of the freshman class. Our experienced financial aid counselors are waiting to help you explore the many scholarships and other financial options available to help you achieve your college degree.

Calculate your investment.

We know that cost matters. At Ole Miss, we offer an exceptional education at a great value. For any student looking for support, our staff in the Office of Financial Aid is eager to provide assistance to you, whatever your financial circumstances. Students can be considered for scholarships by submitting an application for admission as early as possible, as well as the Special Programs & Scholarships application. In addition to merit-based, foundation and departmental scholarships, the university offers a financial package to qualifying students that includes grants, loans and work-study opportunities. For this type of need-based assistance, students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, including necessary documentation.

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Find your home on campus.

Contemporary Halls

Our contemporary halls — Minor Hall, Pittman Hall, Burns Hall, and Residence Halls 1, 2 and 3 (opened in 2015) feature in - room bathrooms, study rooms on each floor, conference rooms, community kitchens and lounges with TVs on each floor. Each room includes a microwave/fridge. Members of living - learning communities, freshman interest groups and general communities reside in these halls.

Residential Colleges

The residential colleges — Residential College South and the Luckyday Residential College — offer contemporary housing for undergraduates and are based on the University of Oxford model, which includes faculty living in the residence halls with the students. Students living in the residential colleges are selected through an application process. Freshman members live in double rooms, while sophomores and upperclassmen have the opportunity to live in singles or quads.

Traditional Halls

Most freshmen on our campus are members of general communities and reside in one of our eight traditional residence halls. Students in these halls generally live in double rooms. Community bathrooms are conveniently located on all floors. All halls are located within walking distance of classrooms.

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The focus in student housing is to prepare residents to meet life’s challenges as independent, contributing global citizens. Our residents gain the skills to maintain healthy relationships, make ethical decisions and participate as leaders in their respective communities. You will be part of the Ole Miss family from day one, and you will never need to look far for help. From students and community volunteers helping you carry boxes during move-in to faculty and staff who can help you navigate campus locations and activities, everyone at Ole Miss wants to help you get the most of your college experience.


Live and learn with your peers.

Members of our living-learning communities (LLCs) and freshman interest groups (FIGs) enjoy a residence hall life that offers enrichment connecting to their academics or extracurricular interest (or both!) during freshman year. By living among peers who share common interests and participating in programming led by campus faculty, students build skills for success during college and after graduation.

Interest groups include

  • Leaders in Action
  • Mind-Body-Soul
  • Red, Blue & Green
  • International Students

Current LLCs are

  • Early Entry Pharmacy
  • FASTrack
  • Honors College
  • Provost Scholars
  • STEM

For more information on interest groups and LLCs, please visit the Department of Student Housing website at

“Upon visiting the Ole Miss campus, I immediately felt at home in a town I’d never visited and on a campus where I only knew strangers. Ole Miss felt more like a community than an institution and one that would offer many opportunities for leadership and success. I was offered incomparable scholarship resources and felt the university offered the perfect balance of a close-knit community and the opportunities offered by a large, flagship university.”
— Kelly, broadcast journalism and integrated marketing communications major, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Before you register for orientation, take these few simple steps:

  • Make sure you have a valid WebID that was provided to you at the time of your acceptance to the university. A WebID is required to access certain online applications. If you have lost your password, contact our IT Helpdesk at or 662-915-5222.
  • Apply for housing. For questions related to housing, visit

That’s it! Sign in to the myOleMiss portal ( and select the Orientation tab. Then select the new registration request link from the left-hand side.

Fill out the form, and click submit.

“The most incredible part about my experience is the fact that Ole Miss allowed me to do it all. No matter how crazy my ideas were, there was always someone to encourage me. If it wasn’t the Honors College, then it was Croft or the accounting school. In my five years, I was able to spend three months in Uruguay researching, to spend six months in Germany, to intern twice in New York City, to write a thesis on a topic that inspired me, and to, throughout it all, be surrounded by encouraging and inspiring people.” — Martina, accounting, German and international studies major, Uruguay
Orientation leaders are undergraduate students at the University of Mississippi who were selected through a competitive application process and trained as campus experts to assist you with your transition to college.

We hope you’ll be joining us soon!

Orientation helps students begin a successful transition to college and assists family members in understanding their students’ experience during this exciting time. While at orientation, you will register for classes, receive a student ID, become more familiar with campus and meet new friends and faculty. In sessions with parents and on your own, you’ll participate in informative presentations, small-group discussions, academic advising and class registration.

Freshmen and first-time students transferring from other colleges and universities choose from different orientation sessions beginning in late May through June, with two sessions also offered in August. Signup begins in February, so be sure to apply for housing (requires a $75 nonrefundable housing deposit) and submit health forms before registering.

The Office of Admissions works hard to make this an exciting experience as you join the Ole Miss family.

Visit Campus!

2016-17 Saturday Special Events

Aug. 27 - Open House
Oct. 15 - Fall Visit Day
Dec. 3 - Open House
Jan. 21 - Open House
Feb. 18 - Open House
Mar. 25 - Open House
April 22 - Junior Preview Day

Please visit in summer 2017 for 2017-18 dates.


Are you ready?

Ole Miss offers an education fit for a lifetime!

With outstanding professors, a wide variety of majors, a diverse student body, unique opportunities and memorable events, an education at Ole Miss can be a wonderful, life-changing experience, maybe the most enjoyable time of your life!

Ole Miss ranks first in Mississippi among public colleges and universities in terms of student completion, measured by four-and six-year graduation rates. The university’s graduation rates also best the regional and national averages.

At Ole Miss, the opportunities for developing personal and professional friendships with faculty, staff and students are abundant. The Ole Miss alumni network also provides invaluable professional and social links, and alumni take pride in the support and mentorship of students.

“There is a valid distinction between The University and Ole Miss, even though the separate threads are closely interwoven. The University is buildings, trees and people. Ole Miss is mood, emotion and personality. One is physical, and the other is spiritual. One is tangible and the other intangible. The University is respected, but Ole Miss is loved. The University gives a diploma and regretfully terminates tenure, but one never graduates from Ole Miss.” — Frank Everett (BA 32, LLB 34)

Division of Student Affairs

Campus Recreation

Career Center

Center for Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Engagement

Center for Student Success & First-Year Experience

Luckyday Program

Ole Miss Student Union

Office of Admissions

Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct

Office of the Dean of Students

Office of Financial Aid

Student Disability Services

Student Health Services

Student Housing

University Counseling Center

University Police and Campus Safety

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

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  • African American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art (Studio)
    • Ceramics
    • Graphic/Web Design
    • Imaging Arts
    • Painting
    • Printmaking
    • Sculpture
  • Art History
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Classics
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • English
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Geology
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Liberal Studies (3 minors)
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages
    • Arabic
    • Chinese
    • French
    • German
    • Linguistics
    • Spanish
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Pre-health Professions
    • Dental Hygiene
    • Health Information & Information Management
    • Medical Laboratory Science
    • Medical Technology
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Nursing
    • Radiological Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy Leadership
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Southern Studies
  • Theatre Arts
    • Acting
    • Design/Theatre Production
    • Musical Theatre


  • General Studies


  • Accountancy


  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Criminal Justice
    • Corrections
    • Homeland Security
    • Law Enforcement
  • Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Exercise Science
  • Hospitality Management
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Park and Recreation Management
    • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Social Work


  • Banking and Finance
  • Economics
  • Managerial Finance
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Marketing and Corporate Relations
  • Real Estate
  • Risk Management and Insurance


  • Elementary Education
  • English Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Science Education
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
  • Social Studies Education
  • Special Education


  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
    • Computer Engineering
    • RF/Wireless
    • Telecommunications
  • General Engineering
  • Geological Engineering
  • Geology
  • Mechanical Engineering


  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Journalism
    • News-editorial
    • Broadcast


  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Pharmacy


  • Pre-dental
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medical
  • Pre-optometry
  • Pre-pharmacy
  • Pre-physical therapy
  • Pre-theology
  • Pre-veterinary medicine
In partnership with the main campus in Oxford, the University of Mississippi operates four regional campuses: DeSoto, Tupelo, Booneville and Grenada.

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Stay Connected!


At Ole Miss, the opportunities for developing personal and professional friendships with faculty, staff and students are abundant. The Ole Miss alumni network also provides invaluable professional and social links, and alumni take pride in the support and mentorship of students.






Education that matters.


The University of Mississippi does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, age disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

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