Location: Hattiesburg, Mississippi, US
Size: 13,658 students
Percent Women: 62%
Tuition (one year): $6,744 in-state $15,024 out-of-state
Most Popular Majors: Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Psychology, Registered Nursing, Accounting, and Business Administration and Management
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 64.7%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, The University of Southern Mississippi's website at http://www.usm.edu.
Why Choose Southern Miss?
From location, academics, sports, or the arts, Southern Miss can be the school for you! Southern Miss has many great things to offer to its students and you can find anything you're looking for and more.
"I chose USM because it was close enough to go home if I wanted to but also far enough to get away. I chose to apply because I had lots of friends here who loved it and I wanted to be apart of it." -Matt Herrington
"I chose USM because of its location. Being born and raised in Hattiesburg, I had a deep connection with the city. After graduating high school, I wanted the university experience without leaving my home city, and USM was best choice." -Zach Howell, Sophmore History major
"I love the environment that USM has. I enjoy being in the hub of Hattiesburg and everyone is extremely kind and accepting! It is not to close but close enough to my home!" -Alexis Weathersby, Freshman Elementary Education major
"I chose USM for its great theater program and beautiful campus. I had never been to USM before, but I immediately liked it as soon as I set foot on campus." -Conner Welch, Freshman Nursing major
“Caferteria. The food is never consistent and they never have enough variety. It's like mediocre food. This is my third year and I can't take it anymore.” - Junior, Recording Industry Production
“I'd like to see more diversity in the departments and university and fewer degree requirements.” - Senior, Mass Communications
“I think that USM should encourage the matriculation of a more diverse student body. Cultural education is becoming increasingly relevant in our globalized society. Student will learn skills that can help them within the U.S. and abroad.” - Senior, Biochemistry
“I think coordination between Southern Miss activities and residence life activities to better dissiminate information about what's going around on campus. So that residents can know about more campus events than just residence life programs.” - Senior, Psychology
“I think maybe the food could be better, parking management, staff for Seymor's. When it gets packed it gets crazy in there.” - Freshman, Athletic Training
“We could always use more scholarships options, not necessarily academically based, but a broader variety. Some people maybe can't get a certain score on tests but really want a better education.” - Junior, Mass Communications
“The only thing that comes to mind is parking. I know that they've built the new garage but it still seems like I'm battling for a spot, especially during peak hours between 9 and 11.” Ven Ga-as, Senior Geology
New Collegiette on Campus
"There is a lot to get involved in as a first year student at Southern Miss. There are over 200 student organizations, and they love to get freshmen involved."
"Most freshmen stay in the freshmen quad and Century Park. It depends on if you recieved a particulary scholarship to attend Southern Miss."
"Southern Miss has an excellent orientation experience. It's called Golden Eagles Welcome Week (GEWW), and this is where students learn all of the traditions and chants of Southern Miss. It's a ton of fun and very informative. "
"By getting involved and joining different student organizations, you get a chance to meet more than just first-year students."
"One unforgetable freshmen tradition is painting the Eagle Walk. Students are put into teams and paint the walk using there hands and body. It's a lot of fun."
Interests & Involvement
"There are over 280 clubs and societies at Southern Miss from honor societies, to the Southerner yearbook, to anime club, there's most definitely something for everyone who wants to get involved."
"Something I've found has really helped me academically has been joining my major's society. I've met other people with common interests and it's a great networking opportunity as well as a way to get practical experience."
"If you want to get involved the Office of Student Activities and Southern Miss Activities Council (SMAC) are the places to go. They'll help you find something that interests you and show you how to become a part of something bigger at USM."
"I've tried out a variety of societies and things at Southern Miss but the one I have found most important and rewarding has been my sorority. Greek Life is pretty prominent here at Southern Miss and almost every week there is some sort of philanthropy event going on which everyone is welcome to. It's a great way to meet new people and I've been able to do things I'd never have been able to do if I hadn't have joined."
"If the club you'd like to join doesn't exist you can always form it yourself! As long as you have 9 like-minded people with you it's easy enough to do, and that's why new clubs are popping up here all the time!"
"The most popular sport here at Southern Miss is most definitely football and our Golden Eagles. Although they haven't been doing so well lately they have an amazing history. Brett Favre was a Golden Eagle and Ray Guy just became our first player to be elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame!"
"There are a wide range of sports played here at Southern Miss including football, soccer, basketball, baseball, volleyball, track and field, softball and tennis."
"Both our male and female basketball teams have been doing really well this season, with the men boasting a great 19 wins to 3 losses and the women 15 wins to 5 losses"
"Gamedays, whether it be football at the Rock, basketball at the Coliseum or baseball at Pete Taylor Park, are always great fun. There's amazing food and atmophere when at the tailgaiting beforehand and great entertainment from the cheerleaders, the band and dancers. Special events are often held as well such as 'blackout' or 'whiteout' games, and there are often guveaways such as free pizza and free t-shirts."
"Intramural and club sport is also a huge aspect of life at Southern Miss. Almost all sports and many more games such as the on-water battleship, Mario Kart, cornhole and many many more are offered in intramural leagues for more casual players. Men's soccer, women's lacrosse and even quidditch are also offered at the club level for those who wnat to keep fit but aren't quite at that level!"
Women make up a major portion of the students on the USM campus! There are all sorts of clubs to get involved in that pertain to women, like the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, IDEAL Women, and Her Campus. Girls on campus are involved in all sorts of campus activities a part from just those, too.
"I've noticed in a lot of my classes, the majority of students are female. I think that's cool, because it shows how powerful women are becoming in the workforce. They're going out and getting degrees and making changes in the world."
"There are more girls than guys on campus, that is felt more or less depending on your department. Girls are split into two categories. Some are here just to get an MRS degree, while the rest are truly in college and working towards doing something with their degree."
Food & Drink
"My favorite place to hang out is Starbucks! The white chocolate mocha is my favorite drink."
"Starbucks is in the perfect location to grab some caffeine and get some studying done. It's right in the library, so it's super convenient."
"There's a Subway and a Chick-fil-A in Seymour's food court. It has more variety, and it's a good spot to have lunch with friends."
"There are some great restaurants within walking distance of campus! My favorite is right across the street. Petra Cafe. The food is amazing."
Social SceneAt Southern Miss there is such a variety of different fun and social things to do. There are so many different clubs and groups on campus that one may get involved with during their years at the University. There is an amazing Greek community that so many students are involved with. The different sororities and fraternities are all unique and different, and there is the perfect sorority or fraternity for anyone who wants to get involved with Greek Life on campus. Within sororities and fraternities, there are different parties and socials that one can attend. Other groups on campus hold parties as well, so one does not need to be a part of a Greek organization to be in the social scene.To have a good time, one does not have to drink to fit in at parties. Although all stereotypical college students do, there are so many young adults who choose not to drink to have fun. There is always a sense of pressure to consume alcohol at parties, but one can always be the designated driver to get out of such pressure.To me, there are no cliques in college. I am a part of a sorority, but I hang out with so many different people outside of my sorority that are in different clubs and groups. It is always nice to branch out and meet new people that are not in your usual friend group, because then you get to experience new and exciting things. The social scenes of college are very inclusive and very accepting of everyone who wants to go out and have a good time.
Dorm LifeWhenever I entered my freshman college, I was terrified of the dorms. I had always heard stories of gross mattresses and moldy carpets, but my dorm was the exact opposite. My dorm, in my opinion, is nicer than my room at home. It is twice the size, I have my own bathroom, and I have my own mini-fridge. Dorms are different for everyone, but I believe that even if you have the dorm the size of a small closet—it’s the experience that counts.Roommates are sometimes hard to live with, but they can become your best friends in a matter of weeks. I did not know my roommate that well, but we became such great friends during our experiences as new college students. Random roommates always sound like a scary idea, but I know so many people who have gone random and absolutely love it.The freshman scholarship dorms are all together, while the other members of the freshman class have their own freshman quad. You are not required to live on campus, unless you have a scholarship, then you have to live on campus your full first year as a freshman. Although popular to live on campus as an upper-classman, it is important to remember that you can live on your own for the rest of your life, why not stay on campus with your classmates and friends as long as you can? You will meet so many friends once you come to college, and some of them all are met ride outside of your dorm's walls!
Day or night, there is always something do to in Hattiesburg. Because it is a college town, the city if full of places to shop, eat and have fun! Whether you want to have a relaxed day shopping with friends or a fun night out on the town, Hattiesburg has you covered!
"I like the fact that our community is intertwined with USM. You can't go to any store without seeing someone working there who is a USM student." -Matt Herrington
"What I love most about Hattiesburg is its constant support and integration of USM. Everywhere I go, someone is wearing a Southern Miss shirt or baseball cap. Drivers in Hattiesburg always have Southern Miss bumper stickers and tags to show off their Eagle pride." -Zach Howell, Sophmore History major
"There's a lot to do in Hattiesburg, especially at night. Every night, there are live bands playing somewhere around the city. Other than that, the shopping/dining experience is great. Hattiesburg has a great blend of franchise and local restaurants to choose from." -Zach Howell, Sophmore Histroy major
"Shopping is fine. Besides Turtle Creek Mall, Hattiesburg has a lot of different strip malls and there is always something you can find to buy even if you weren't looking! The restaurants in Hattiesburg, at least the ones that I have been to, have all had good service and good food! There are so many different types of restaurants in Hattiesburg that what ever you are feeling, from a burger from McDonalds or and Egg roll from a Chinese restaurant, you can get it!" -Alexis Weathersby, Freshman Elementary Education major
"The city is quite proud of its school and USM is quite thankful of its city for its location, entertainment (like restaurants, stores, and recreational places), and people." -Conner Welch, Freshman Nursing major
"I think the shopping and dining are pretty fair. There is a variety of restaurants and places to eat due to it's being a college town. There is a mall with a variety of stores for a variety of people." -Conner Welch, Freshman Nursing major
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