University Of Southern Mississippi

University Of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi, or USM, is a four-year, public university located primarily in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States. The university was originally established on March 30, 1910, as the Mississippi Normal College and was a college for training teachers. USM now offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study. It is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts and Letters
  • College of Business
  • College of Education and Psychology
  • College of Health
  • College of Science and Technology

The athletic teams of USM are nicknamed the Golden Eagles. Some of the notable alumni of the university are Jennifer Adcock, Miss Mississippi; Cat Cora, celebrity chef; and Chuck Scarborough, Emmy award-winning anchor at WNBC-TV.

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University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive # 0001
Hattiesburg , MS 39406-0001
General Phone: (601) 266-1000

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University of Southern Mississippi Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management493business management, accounting, managerial economics, finance, human resources, human resources development, international business, MIS, marketing, ...
Education and Teaching476education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, adult ed administration, higher education administration, instructional media design, special ed, education of hearing impaired, special education, ...
Liberal Arts355American studies, foreign language and literature, English, library science, interdisciplinary studies, anthropology, international development, geography, international relations, ...
Therapy and Counseling224psychology, counseling psychology, communication disorders services, clinical social work
Nursing and Emergency Medicine200registered nursing, nursing administration, nursing science
Science186biology, marine biology, biological and physical sciences, chemistry, chemistry courses, geology, oceanography, physics
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy185parks and recreation studies, health and physical education, sports and fitness management, athletic trainer, dietitian
Media164communication studies, journalism, radio and television, public relations, advertising, communication and journalism
Family and Social Work136food and nutrition, family systems, social work
Engineering Technician106industrial tech, computer engineering tech, engineering technology, architectural engineering tech, electronics tech
Medical Support and Technology100health service and sciences, audiology and speech pathology, clinical lab tech
Security and Law Enforcement81criminal justice and safety, forensic science
Computer Science and Engineering76computer and info science, data processing tech, computer support
Medicine59public health
Music55music, music performance, music management
Drama and Performing Arts37dance, drama
Construction Trades31apparel and textiles
Art Studies30visual and performing arts
Hospitality29hotel management, hospitality administration
Law26legal assistant
Engineering11plastics engineering
Architecture and Planning9interior architecture
Religion and Philosophy6philosophy, religion
Fine Arts2fine arts

Number of programs and degrees for University of Southern Mississippi in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree2,26276
Master's degree64055
Doctor's degree13525
Post-master's certificate653

University of Southern Mississippi Student Body

In 2007-2008, University of Southern Mississippi had a total enrollment of 14,592 students (12,952 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 37%
Women 63%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 80%
Graduate 20%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 66%
Black 26%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 3%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 18%
20-21 25%
22-24 24%
25-29 14%
30-34 6%
35-39 4%
40-49 5%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

University of Southern Mississippi Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 73 %
Part-Time 25 %

University of Southern Mississippi Room and Board (2007)

University of Southern Mississippi offers campus housing for 3,400 of its 12,952 (full-time) students.

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

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

University of Southern Mississippi Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal460570
SAT Math480570
ACT Verbal1926
ACT Math1723
ACT Composite1924

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT5%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT95%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsrecommended

University of Southern Mississippi Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,096
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 12,746
Room and board $ 5,544
Room charge $ 3,030
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,110
Books and supplies $ 1,200
Other expenses $ 3,804

Financial Aid:
University of Southern Mississippi participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 244100)

University of Southern Mississippi Faculty

University of Southern Mississippi has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track152113
Non-tenured and not on tenure track77134

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year24$101,6887$108,090
Associate professorcalendar year15$88,04312$89,127
Assistant professorcalendar year4$87,9523$83,026
Instructorcalendar year3$32,06812$44,271
Lecturercalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year47$90,74134$76,661

*: 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 year98$86,76126$74,364
Associate professoracademic year72$68,34957$61,990
Assistant professoracademic year153$56,030117$54,313
Instructoracademic year37$43,666100$45,289
Lectureracademic year1*1*
All faculty totalacademic year361$65,575301$54,460

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

University of Southern Mississippi Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Conference USA
Basketball Conference USA
Baseball Conference USA
Track Conference USA

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports176885

University of Southern Mississippi Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Interior Architecture

Art Studies
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
Human Resources Development
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing, Other
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textiles, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Adult and Continuing Education Administration
Art Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Education, General
Education, Other
Education/Teaching Individuals - Hearing Impairments
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Special Education and Teaching, Other
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Polymer/Plastics Engineering

Engineering Technician
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Engineering Technology, General
Industrial Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Family Systems
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Hospitality Administration/Management, Other
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Development Economics and International Development
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Library Science/Librarianship
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General

Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Music Management and Merchandising
Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)
Nursing Science (MS, PhD)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Health and Physical Education, General
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Forensic Science and Technology

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical/Medical Social Work
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services, Other
Counseling Psychology
Psychology, General

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