Mississippi University For Women

Mississippi University For Women

Mississippi University for Women, also known as MUW, was established in 1884. It was initially known as the Industrial Institute and College, and was given its present name in the year 1974. MUW is a public coeducational university located in Columbus, Mississippi. The campus of the university comprises more than 23 buildings. The institution provides various graduate, undergraduate, and professional degrees. In addition, distance education and continuing education programs are also offered. The college also provides opportunities for studying abroad. The student body consists of an impressive number of international students as well. MUW is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education and Human Sciences
  • College of Nursing and Speech Language Pathology
  • Culinary Arts Institute

Mississippi University for Women's athletics department aims at maintaining an active sports life and fields several intramural sports teams. The university is also home to a number of clubs and organizations. These include the Greek societies of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Beta Kappa Tau, and Xi Delta Omega.

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Contacting MUW

Mississippi University for Women
1100 College Street
Columbus , MS 39701
General Phone: (662) 329-4750

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MUW Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Nursing and Emergency Medicine166registered nursing
Education and Teaching85curriculum and instruction, gifted and talended education, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, art education, health teaching, music teaching, reading teaching
Business and Management39business management, accounting
Liberal Arts28history, Spanish language, English, social services, political science
Therapy and Counseling28music therapy, psychology
Family and Social Work25family systems
Science22biology, bacteriology, physical sciences, chemistry
Medical Support and Technology20speech pathology
Cooking and Culinary Arts19culinary arts services
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy13health and physical education
Media10communication studies
Art Studies8visual and performing arts
Law5legal assistant

Number of programs and degrees for MUW in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree35626
Master's degree737
Associate's degree401
Post-master's certificate31

MUW Student Body

In 2007-2008, MUW had a total enrollment of 2,379 students (2,079 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 16%
Women 84%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 92%
Graduate 8%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 63%
Black 33%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 8%
18-19 17%
20-21 24%
22-24 17%
25-29 12%
30-34 7%
35-39 5%
40-49 7%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

MUW Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 66 %
Part-Time 33 %

MUW Room and Board (2007)

MUW offers campus housing for 610 of its 2,079 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Columbus, Mississippi for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Mississippi Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

MUW Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal420570
SAT Math500590
ACT Verbal1925
ACT Math1621
ACT Composite1824

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT3%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT97%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

MUW Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,423
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 11,688
Room and board $ 4,981
Room charge $ 2,924
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,057
Books and supplies $ 840
Other expenses $ 3,125

Financial Aid:
MUW participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 242200)

MUW Faculty

MUW has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1619
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1245

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year5$66,3794$73,161
Associate professorcalendar year2*1*
Assistant professorcalendar year0*2*
Instructorcalendar year1*10$62,089
All faculty totalcalendar year8$64,86317$67,590

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year9$54,31010$58,639
Associate professoracademic year6$46,3848$49,299
Assistant professoracademic year14$44,04523$46,107
Instructoracademic year11$42,77829$48,121
All faculty totalacademic year40$46,35770$49,096

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

MUW Athletics

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports033

MUW Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Culinary Arts and Related Services, Other

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented
Elementary Education and Teaching
Health Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching

Family And Social Work
Family Systems

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Support And Technology
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Physical Sciences

Therapy And Counseling
Music Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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What Sets MUW Apart:

Female % of student body
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
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% of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 6%MUW % of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 9%MUW Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
% of degrees in art studies
(vs. all colleges)
Top 17%MUW % of degrees in art studies
Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
(vs. all colleges)
Top 17%MUW Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
(vs. all colleges)
Top 18%MUW Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
% of degrees in cooking and culinary arts
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 19%MUW % of degrees in cooking and culinary arts
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 19%MUW Dorm rooms per full-time student

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checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army, air force)
checked Offers athletic scholarships

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