Mississippi Colleges

The southern state of Mississippi is home to over 50 colleges, universities and technical schools. The state’s capital Jackson is also the state’s largest city and home to about half of the colleges in Mississippi. The beach area of Gulfport and Hattiesburg are two other cities with education options. Mississippi College, Mississippi State University, and University of Mississippi are ranked among the best colleges in the southeastern US. Plus, Mississippi University for Women made US News & World Report’s list of Best Southern Schools and Forbes gave the Mississippi University for Women a place on their list of Best Public Colleges. Several small private liberal art colleges have earned accolades including Tougaloo College and Rust College. Over a dozen community colleges including Northwest Mississippi Community College, Jones County Junior College and Itawamba Community College offer 2-year options throughout the state.

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Mississippi College and Degree Offerings

From the large campuses of 4-year colleges like Mississippi State University to liberal art colleges like Millsaps College, Mississippi colleges offer something to every student. Bachelors degree and masters degree students can pursue a program at a public or private college or university. Over a dozen community colleges provide students opportunities to get a 2-year degree before transferring to a 4-year college or to start working after receiving their associates. Career colleges in Mississippi are also popular for individuals interested in learning a skilled trade or starting a career in medical technology by earning a 2-year career training degree or enrolling in a certificate program.

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Mississippi Career Opportunities

For students looking to stay in-state after graduation, Jackson offers plenty of opportunities. It was rated at one of the top 25 medium-sized cities in the country for business growth. Careers ranging from Management and General Business to Administrative Services will be in demand due to this growth. A major urban renovation and reconstruction project is also underway in Jackson with eco-friendly facilities planned. A degree in Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology or Environmental Health Engineering will be valuable and both Jackson State University and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College offer programs. For students seeking a 2-year career training degree, Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, Barbering/Barber, Welding Technology/Welder and Autobody Repair will all prepare you for careers that are in demand in Mississippi as well. One of the largest employers in the state is the University of Mississippi Medical Center. With this and other healthcare related employers, Medical Assistant Professions, Mental & Social Health Services and Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training (LPN, LVN, Cert, Dipl, AAS) are all top career choices.