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5 College Freshman

Local Area: There are a couple of malls where you can shop and it's pretty decent. They have free people in Jackson which is a plus. The students at Millsaps participate a lot in the community as well as helping out in the community. Millsaps has a program called Wellsprings where they help out in the local public schools. Jackson is a busy city so there is always something going on and a lot of things to do.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Jackson isn't bad but it's not great either. Students usually go to surrounding states to have an awesome time. I'm usually on campus most of the time unless it's for shopping or going out for food. Off campus nightlife is pretty mediocre to me coming from New Orleans but hanging with friends on campus or at the frat houses is pretty decent.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Local atmosphere is compared to the laid back south, but very liberal and things to do within city. The dining is the best quality and second comes the shopping. Fondren is one of the best attractions, with its hipster/New Orleans feel to it.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Jackson is a great city. It's great to have all the amenities of a capital city without the problems like heavy traffic. There are tons of restaurants from upscale Italian to my favorite, home cooked county southern food. There are many parks and lakes to run, walk, or fish at throughout the year. One of the only negative things I could think of is that it is relatively crucial to have a car because the bus system Jatran is not very good. Other than that the nightlife and other social scenes are awesome.

5 College Junior

Local Area: The location of this college is easy to find and is around everything you need. It is located in a neat, non volience area. It is very peaceful. Love the Saps.


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Jackson is often considered a burgeoning city. The construction of a convention center was overwhelmingly approved on an election ballot and is scheduled to be completed within a decade. There are also plans to remodel part of downtown with the specific goal of enlivening local tourism. Local musicians, such as King Elementary and The Rockwells, have been gaining attention. Downtown’s Thalia Mara Hall attracts renowned tours, including jazz musician Winton Marsalis and popular musicals, such as The Full Monty and Miss Saigon. The city also offers tremendously diverse cuisine, from Greek to Japanese.

Some think the changes could potentially stimulate the capital are much belated—when the convention center is completed, Jackson will be the last U.S. capital to receive one. Looking just a few miles beyond the Jackson city limits, students will find a host of new restaurants and thriving new business ventures and shopping centers. P. F. Chang’s has made a big splash in Ridgeland, Mississippi’s ever-expanding Renaissance Colony Park Shopping Center. A short trip down Lakeland Drive will lead students to a host of outdoor mall-style shopping centers in the up-and-coming city of Flowood. Despite these developments, for reasons ranging from academic rigors to ineffective public transportation, many Millsaps students become increasingly insulated over their four years, causing the campus to be informally dubbed “the Millsaps Bubble.”

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. If not the birthplace of the blues, Jackson might have the liveliest modern assortment of clubs and jukes that spotlight this unique musical genre. The 930 Blues Café (located a few blocks away from Millsaps), Field's Café, Queen of Hearts, Hamp's Place, and George Street Grocery are just a few of those clubs.
  2. Ironically, Jackson, the capital of one of the poorest states with one of the highest illiteracy rates, is also home to numerous literary greats, such as Eudora Welty (1909-2001) and Richard Wright (1908-1960), as well as modern authors like Richard Ford and Elizabeth Spencer.
  3. Jackson is the home of the International Museum of Muslim Cultures.
  4. Andrew Jackson, the 17th president of the U.S., is the city's namesake. He was married not far from where the city is now located, in Natchez. There is a large bust of him around the corner from the Mississippi Museum of Art.
  5. The Farish Street District, on the outskirts of downtown Jackson, is the second oldest African American community in Mississippi, and is on the national register of landmarks. One tourist attraction within the district is the Hill-Holly Building, a two-story classic revival brick building which served as the civic and social meeting place for the Black and Tan Republican Party, the Masons, and Eastern Star organizations.
Notable Natives
  • Harry A. Cole - the inventor of Pine-Sol
  • Ellen Douglass
  • Lehman Engel
  • Medger Evers
  • Richard Ford
  • Beth Henley
  • Faith Hill
  • Simbi Khali
  • LeAnn Rimes
  • Keith Thibodeaux
  • Eudora Welty
  • Cassandra Wilson
Points of Interest
  • George Street restaurants
  • Hal and Mal’s Restaurant & Brewery
  • Thalia Mara Hall
  • WC Don’s
Shopping Centers
  • Banner Hall
  • Highland Village
  • Lakeland Commons
  • Metrocenter Mall
  • Northpark Plaza
  • Renaissance Colony Park
Movie Theaters
Cinemark Tinseltown USA
411 Riverwind Dr.
(601) 935-5856
Movie Theaters
UA Northpark 14
250 Ring Rd.
(601) 957-7930
Movie Theaters
UA Parkway Place 10
1075 Parkway Blvd.
(601) 939-0201
Major Sports Teams
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Memphis: TN: 3 hours
  • New Orleans: LA: 3 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 8 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 9 responses

  • 33% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 22% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 0% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 44% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 9 responses

  • 44% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 56% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 8 responses

  • 25% Totally.
  • 50% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 25% No way.


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