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The University

Founded in 1848, The University of Mississippi is one of the oldest public institutions of higher education in the South. More than 100 undergraduate programs are offered in the seven colleges and schools at The University of Mississippi, including a major in Chinese. The 23,800 members of the student body hail from nearly every state in the U.S. and from 60 other countries. The student-to-faculty ratio at the university is 19:1. The university has over 200 student organizations, including student government, academic honoraries, and service organizations. The University of Mississippi is the first public university in Mississippi to shelter a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious undergraduate honor society. In addition to excellent academics, the university’s 18 sports teams compete at the NCAA’s highest level, and 15 have participated in post-season play since 1995.


The University of Mississippi’s main campus is located in the picturesque city of Oxford in the rolling hills of North Mississippi. Oxford combines the charm and safety of a small town (population 19,000) with the sophistication of a larger city. Oxford has a beautiful downtown square with many great restaurants and a statue of William Faulkner, which is a testament to its strong literary heritage. Memphis, Tennessee (metro population of 1 million), is just 75 miles to the northwest and offers an international airport, museums, and professional sports and entertainment.