From two-year community colleges to state-sponsored universities and private institutions, the state of Mississippi has many different options for higher education.
Mississippi's eight public universities operate jointly under the umbrella of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. System-wide enrollment in fall of 2017 was more than 81,000 students. The system includes both Mississippi State University and University of Mississippi, as well as Mississippi University for Women, the first public college for women in the U.S. However, MUW has admitted men for more than three decades.
There are 15 community colleges in Mississippi that operate under the Mississippi Community College Board. Students who complete associate degree programs at any community college in the state can transfer to four-year universities in Mississippi through the statewide articulation agreement between Mississippi community colleges and its public colleges.
Additionally, there are seven private colleges in the state, as well as the Tulane School of Professional Advancement in Biloxi. Many colleges and universities headquartered in other states have campus locations in Mississippi as well, including Faulkner University of Alabama, Loyola University of New Orleans and Strayer University of Washington, D.C.
Students across the state can access more than 2,500 courses through Mississippi Virtual Community College. The virtual college is a consortium of all 15 community colleges in the state. Students also can pursue distance education opportunities at colleges and universities outside the state through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement.