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Campus GateIntroduction
On University Avenue in Oxford, Mississippi, passing through this gate signals arrival on one of America’s most attractive and vibrant college campuses. 

The University of Mississippi presents unique opportunities to learn and grow, engage in research and service, enjoy cultural and athletic offerings, and make new friends and lasting memories.   

Ford Center interiorFord Center for the Performing Arts
The Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts serves as a cultural mecca for the campus, the Oxford community, and the entire region. 
The 88,000 square foot performing arts facility, which opened in 2002, was built with a combination of public and private support.

Ford Center events have included nationally touring Broadway shows, international dance troupes, and performers such as B.B. King, Art Garfunkel, Sister Hazel, and Ingram Hill. 

The Center has served as a setting for guest lectures by such notables as Senator John McCain, Prince Edward of Great Britain, director Spike Lee, and King Abdullah of Jordan.

Studying in the GroveThe Grove
The Grove is a nine acre green space which plays a special role in campus life.  On a pretty day, you’ll find students studying here, friends visiting or playing a game, and maybe even a class that’s drifted outside to meet.  In recent years, the University’s commencement exercises have been in the Grove.

On fall game days, the Grove becomes the setting for what is nationally recognized as the best tailgating in college football.  Students, alumni, and friends gather to eat, visit, and line the Walk of Champions, where they cheer on the Ole Miss players and coaches making their way to the stadium. 

Front of the UnionStudent Union
Located on the northwestern edge of the Grove is the Student Union. 
Students, faculty, and staff visit here daily to dine and chat in the food court, shop for textbooks and other supplies in the bookstore, grab a latte in the coffee shop, or attend fairs, meetings, and other campus events.

Exterior of Hefley HallResidence Halls
The University has 12 traditional residence halls and an apartment complex which are home to 3,500 students.

These accommodations provide a safe community environment in which students can engage in academic, social, and leadership opportunities with having the convenience of living just a short walk from most campus destinations.

Classroom interiorClassrooms
The University emphasizes strong classroom teaching supported by excellent library, laboratory, and technical facilities. 

Ole Miss faculty are known for being accessible and interacting with students both in and out of the classroom.  All buildings on campus are wired for Internet access and many, like the Business School’s Holman Hall, offer wireless access as well. 

Front of the LibraryUniversity of Mississippi Libraries
The University of Mississippi Libraries house more than 1.2 million volumes and over 7,800 current periodic titles.

Students fill the library, studying in groups, searching the stacks, or utilizing the technology available. 

The Department of Archives and Special Collections has exhibits and holdings which include unique William Faulkner items, the world-renowned Blues Archive, and important materials related to the Civil Rights Movement.

Thad Cochran Research CenterNational Center for Natural Products Research
Ole Miss is home to 30 research centers, including the National Center for Natural Products Research.

It is the nation’s only university-affiliated research center devoted to discovering and developing pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals from natural products. 

Research in the Center focuses on drugs for cancer and infectious diseases, the quality and safety of dietary supplements, and new, effective agrochemicals that will not harm the environment.

Fountain in the QuadrangleThe Quadrangle
One of the most picturesque spots on the Ole Miss campus is the Quadrangle, bordered by the J.D.Williams Library to the east and the Paris-Yates Chapel to the west. 

A large fountain at the Quad’s center serves as a tranquil setting to meet friends, relax between classes, or capture that one of a kind photograph.

The football fieldVaught-Hemingway Stadium
Ole Miss fans are still excited about the recent renovation of historic Vaught-Hemingway Stadium which expanded seating to 60,580.
With the increased capacity, the Rebels have set new attendance records, drawing the largest crowds ever to watch football on a Mississippi campus.

The facility bears the names of both legendary football coach Johnny Vaught, who led Ole Miss to its first national championship in 1959, and Judge William Hemingway, a professor of law who was chairman of the University’s Committee on Athletics when the stadium opened in 1915.

The basketball courtTad Smith Coliseum
Tad Smith Coliseum, the home of Ole Miss Basketball, is affectionately known as the “Tad Pad.” 

The 8,700-seat coliseum opened in 1966 and is named for the University’s legendary athlete, coach, and athletics director, C.M. “Tad” Smith.  Both the men’s and women’s basketball squads have compiled impressive home records at the Tad Pad, making it one of the toughest arenas in the country for opponents to play.