Aug 20, 2017


Named after the Mississippi river, Mississippi is a state in the southern part of the United States. It shares borders with Alabama, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Jackson is the state capital and largest city. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the state had a total population of 2,991,207 (2013 estimates).

MississippiThe state retains a small town and country feel, overall. Only the capital, Jackson has a population exceeding 100,000. Other cities include Gulfport, Southaven, Hattiesburg, Biloxi and Vicksburg. Agriculture and manufacturing are the state’s main sectors. Mississippi remains a leading cotton producer, ranking third nationwide. It is also the nation’s largest producer of upholstered furniture.

The Mississippi Board of Trustees oversees the state’s eight public universities. These include the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine.

Top Reasons to Study in Mississippi

  • Cost of Living: Mississippi has the lowest cost of living nationally.
  • Employment Prospects: Due to its lower overall costs of doing business, Mississippi is a major manufacturing hub, attracting global players such as Nissan, Toyota, PACCAR, Huntington Industries, GE Aviation, Airbus Helicopters, Rolls‑Royce, and Northrup Grumman. The state is a particularly attractive destination for graduates interested in the automotive, aerospace, energy, healthcare, and shipbuilding industries.

Featured Colleges and Universities

Below are some of the popular colleges in the state. You can also use our college finder search tool  to find the right college for you based on your preferred area of study.

For a full list of accredited colleges and universities in Mississippi, contact the Mississippi Board of Education.


College Popular Majors Type of Institution Enrollment
Drury University Business Administration,Engineering,Health Private >10,000 Request Info
Jackson State University Business,Education,Interdisciplinary Studies Public >10,000 Request Info
University of Mississippi Biological/Life Sciences,Journalism,Psychology Public >10,000 Request Info

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