The University of Southern Mississippi

Category: Public Universities with more than 10000 enrolled students | State: Mississippi

About The University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive doctoral and premier research university that is a haven for the arts with a tradition of success in academics and athletics. We have a diverse student body of almost 15,000 students from 56 countries, all 50 states and across Mississippi. We offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in six degree granting colleges with more than 180 degree programs. We are nationally recognized in the arts, polymer science, teaching and business education programs. As a dual-campus university, we proudly serve Our Students on campuses located in Hattiesburg and Long, Beach, MS.
2017 Military Friendly® STATUS: Military Friendly®

Military Friendly Ratings

We rate how Military Friendly® an organization is within 6 different categories. Learn more about our methodology.

The ratings below reflect the extent to which each organization exceeds the benchmark standards for Military Friendly®.

Academic Policies & Compliance

Admissions & Orientation

Culture & Commitment

Financial Aid & Assistance

Graduation & Career

Military Student Support & Retention

Why attend The University of Southern Mississippi

We proudly and most respectfully honor the Service of Our Military and their Families. At USM we place the needs of Military Students at the forefront. We are a Military Order of the Purple Heart institution located near AF, Navy and Army National Guard installations. We are partners with the Marine Corps Leadership Scholar Program and established an active Coast Guard Auxiliary University Program (to include Army and AF ROTC). We are surrounded by a caring military community focused on providing scholarship support to our Military Students. We established a full service Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families where they can find support while they pursue the educational dreams and established 14 scholarships specifically for Military Students.

Ratings

Top Degrees

plaeholder-teamAccounting

A program that prepares individuals to practice the profession of accounting and to perform related business functions. Includes instruction in accounting principles and theory, financial accounting, managerial accounting, cost accounting, budget control, tax accounting, legal aspects of accounting, auditing, reporting procedures, statement analysis, planning and consulting, business information systems, accounting research methods, professional standards and ethics, and applications to specific for-profit, public, and non-profit organizations.

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Biology

A general program of biology at the introductory, basic level or a program in biology or the biological sciences that is undifferentiated as to title or content. Includes instruction in general biology and programs covering a variety of biological specializations.

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Communications Technology/
Technician

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Computer Science

A program that focuses on computer theory, computing problems and solutions, and the design of computer systems and user interfaces from a scientific perspective. Includes instruction in the principles of computational science, computer development and programming, and applications to a variety of end-use situations.

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Diver, Professional and Instructor

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Elementary Education

A program that prepares individuals to teach students in the elementary grades, which may include kindergarten through grade eight, depending on the school system or state regulations. Includes preparation to teach all elementary education subject matter.

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Fire
Services Administration

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Food Service Systems Administration/Management

A program that focuses on the principles and practices relating to the administration of food service systems in institutional settings, and that prepares individuals to manage such operations in public and private facilities. Includes instruction in human nutrition, food safety, the design and organization of food service systems, purchasing, personnel management, and related business practices.

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Legal Assistant/Paralegal

A program that prepares individuals to perform research, drafting, investigatory, record-keeping and related administrative functions under the supervision of an attorney or court. Includes instruction in legal research, drafting legal documents, appraising, pleading, courthouse procedures, and legal specializations.

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Petroleum Technology/Technician

A program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers and other professionals engaged in the development and operation of oil and natural gas extraction and processing facilities. Includes instruction in principles of petroleum extraction and related geology, petroleum field mapping and site analysis, testing and sampling methods, instrument calibration, laboratory analysis, test equipment operation and maintenance, environment and safety monitoring procedures for oil/gas fields and facilities, facility inspection procedures, and report preparation.

Undergraduate Graduate
In State Out of State In State Out of State
Tuition $7,549 $16,419 $7,549 $16,419
Fees $264 $264 $264 $264
Room $6,344 $6,344 $6,344 $6,344
Board $3,216 $3,216 $3,216 $3,216
Books $1,200 $1,200 $1,650 $1,650
Other Expenses $3,570 $3,570 $3,570 $3,570
Totals $22,143 $31,013 $22,593 $31,463
  • Approved for Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Committed to the 8 Keys to Veterans' Success
  • Signed the VA's Principles of Excellence for serving veterans and service members
  • Utilize the Federal Financial Aid Shopping Sheet
  • Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (TA) Funding
  • DOD Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Tuition Assistance
  • Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Network
  • Waives the admission application fee for military students and veterans
  • ACT or SAT test scores required for admission
  • ACT or SAT test score requirements waived for military students and veterans
  • Awards college credit for passing scores on CLEP exam
  • Awards college credit for passing scores on DSST exam
  • Award college credit for military training and experience according to the ACE recommendation guidelines
  • Provide admissions events or special admissions information sessions customized for prospective students who are military service members
  • Customized student orientation program for military students
  • Mentoring/on-boarding programs for new military students or veterans
  • Additional scholarships specifically for military students and veterans
  • In-state tuition without residency requirements for military personnel
  • Compliant with Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 ("Choice Act")
  • Active duty or reserve military student returns without penalty after deployment
  • Returning student receive reimbursement or remission of course fees
  • Offers evening programs
  • Offers weekend programs
  • Offers accelerated courses (i.e., 6-8 weeks course completion time)
  • On-campus living requirement for students at any point in their enrollment
  • On-campus living requirement waived for active military students
  • Explicit commitment to serving the military and veteran community
  • Commitment incorporated into the institution’s mission, vision and values
  • Formal policy in place regarding business conduct and compliance when admitting, educating, advising, and placing military and/or veteran students
  • Academic support/tutoring
  • Academic advising
  • Study skills workshops
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Career planning services
  • Mental health counseling
  • Transition Assistance
  • Accommodations for military students with disabilities
  • Full-time veteran counselors or advisors on staff
  • Formal mentoring or advising program in which faculty or staff members who are current or former members of the military mentor students who are military service members or veterans
  • Veteran-to-veteran peer mentoring program
  • Online clubs or associations for military service members or veterans
  • Dedicated social space for gathering (e.g. a student lounge or veteran center) reserved specifically for military service members and veterans
  • Campus/social networking events planned specifically for veterans?
  • Specialized career guidance counseling or other programs to help military students identify careers to pursue
  • Industry-employer relationship programs available to active duty military students and veterans to assist with post-graduate employment outcomes