Choosing a College: University of Mississippi

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: University of Mississippi
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As the largest university in the state, the University of Mississippi (a.k.a. Ole Miss) attracts more than 18,000 undergraduates to its main campus in Oxford. While students are most drawn to majors in nursing, marketing, accounting, finance, and communications, the University offers some pretty unique programs as well. Consider earning your bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies (School of Applied Sciences), integrated marketing communication (School of Journalism), or Southern studies (College of Liberal Arts). UM’s honors program attracts some of the University’s strongest students, and it’s easy to see why. With access to priority registration, honors housing, and one-of-a-kind experiential learning opportunities (not to mention honors classes in everything from English and fine arts to math and science), the school’s 1,420 honors students can find plenty of opportunities for personal and academic enrichment. Greek life is popular here, with approximately 42 percent of underclassmen belonging to a fraternity or sorority, but there are plenty of other ways to get involved in campus life too, including the Ghostlight Repertory Theatre, Ole Miss Relay for Life, and both Men’s and Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Teams.

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Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College.