8 Largest Colleges in Mississippi

8 Largest Colleges in Mississippi

This Southern state has several big colleges known for their football programs and technology programs.

By |

Mississippi is home to several historically black colleges, including Jackson State University.

Though Mississippi doesn’t have a huge population state-wide, there are several Mississippi colleges that boast a large student population. Find out what makes these schools so popular among students and how much it costs to attend.

8. Itawamba Community College

Type of College: Community college

Enrollment: 5,871

Cost: $1,640 (in-state), $3,350 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Business and marketing management

Fun Fact: At Itawamba Community College, there are over 30 Early Career programs which offer students the chance to earn a degree in two years. Almost 100 percent of students in these programs are placed in a job immediately after graduation.

7. Northwest Mississippi Community College

Type of College: Community college

Enrollment: 7,097

Cost: $1,700 (in-state), $3,700 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Nursing, business and technical career education

Fun Fact: Northwest Mississippi Community College offers numerous e-Learning programs with distance learning and virtual classroom opportunities.

6. Jackson State University

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 8,698

Cost: $5,504 (in-state), $13,494 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Business and education

Fun Fact: Jackson State University offers free iPads to first-time, full-time freshman students thanks to a new Technology Advantage Scholarship Initiative.

5. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Type of College: Community college

Enrollment: 8,860

Cost: $1,662 (in-state), $3,608 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Business and engineering

Fun Fact: Three out of four students who enroll at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College plan to move on to a four-year university after earning their associate’s degree.

4. Hinds Community College

Type of College: Community college

Enrollment: 9,941

Cost: $1,700 (in-state), $3,906 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Nursing, business administration and education

Fun Fact: Hinds Community College offers a 2 Plus 2 Program that partners with local four-year colleges to ensure that students can complete their first two years of a degree program at Hinds and finish up their degree at the university of their choice.

3. University of Southern Mississippi

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 13,618

Cost: $6,336 (in-state), $14,448 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Education, health professions, business, management, marketing and related support services — 49 percent of students are enrolled in one of these programs.

Fun Fact: Famous University of Southern Mississippi alumni include musician Jimmy Buffet and NFL quarterback Brett Favre.

2. University of Mississippi

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 15,346

Cost: $6,282 (in-state), $16,266 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Elementary education/teaching, marketing/marketing management and finance — 27 percent of students are enrolled in one of these programs.

Fun Fact: The Greek system is an important part of campus life at the University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss. Just over 30 percent of the student population belongs to a fraternity or a sorority.

1. Mississippi State University

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 16,312

Cost: $6,264 (in-state), $15,828 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Business, management, marketing and related support services — 23 percent of students are enrolled in one of these programs.

Fun Fact: Students at Mississippi State University often rattle cowbells at school sporting events, where their mascot — a live bulldog named Bully — can often be found.

Quick Facts

  • Mississippi is home to several historically black colleges, including Jackson State University.
  • According to CollegeStats, Itawamba Community College is the third-cheapest college in Mississippi.
  • You can find lots of great opportunities for scholarships and grants in Mississippi if you plan to attend college there.

Stats source: CollegeStats and U.S. News and World Report.

People Who Read This Article Also Read:

College Towns: Oxford, Mississippi
Mississippi Scholarships, Grants and Student Loans
Choosing a College: Should I Stay Close to Home?
How to Start Your College Search
Is an Online College Right For You?

See All Finding the Right College Articles

Quick Search: Find the College that's Right for You!

OR

Visit Our Student Center

Get on track!

Visit our Student Center

And find out everything you need to know about planning for college.