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4 College Freshman

Academics: All of the professors but one that I have had so far have been awesome

3 College Senior

Academics: It's pretty average in my opinion. The professors are nice, the classes are normal, and the workload is based on the class. The registration process is the worst.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The work is really hard , but they're preparing us to be the best so I'm okay with that.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Workload depends on the professor. Registration was confusing at first but becomes clear after the first time.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Academics are great. There are plenty of classes to choose from and most of the professors know what they are doing. My workload was very manageable, but it all depends on the types of classes you have to take for your major.

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If you ask a student at any college, they will probably tell you most entry-level and required classes are boring. This is true at Ole Miss—the basic 100-level classes are “weed-out” classes. They’re not fun in any way, shape, or form. The great thing about Ole Miss is that the school has made sure to keep the professors, not graduate students, in charge of these classes. Once you make it past those 100-level classes, it’s smooth sailing. Classes get more interesting, instructors get more fun, and the subject matter becomes something you enjoy, as it’s more tailored to your interests.

Since instructors have the luxury of teaching small classes, they are able to make time for each individual student. At large universities, you may become just a number, but at Ole Miss you are a person with a name, face, and individual needs. Because of the small class sizes, students find it less intimidating to ask questions or see their teachers outside class. As you progress into the upper-level classes, you will meet students who are in the same major as you. This allows you to form study groups and discuss subject matter outside the classroom for a clearer understanding of the material. Some may choose to do as little as possible in a class, and that’s exactly what they will get out of it. Others will choose to put in a lot of time and effort, and it’s these students who gain lifelong knowledge from their classes. In some cases, Ole Miss professors become lifelong friends who can help you achieve your goals and assist you when it comes time to apply for graduate school or a job.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
19:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
779
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
142
Total FT Faculty
779
Faculty with Terminal Degree
83%
Average Faculty Salary
$73,489
Full-Time Retention Rate
81%
Part-Time Retention Rate
37%
Graduation Rate
58%
Programs/Majors Offered
86
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 46%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 40%
  • 50 or More Students: 15%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • School of Accountancy
  • School of Applied Sciences
  • School of Business Administration
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Pharmacy
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 3%
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • Elementary Education: 3%
  • Psychology: 2%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • The Grove
  • The Library
  • The Union
  • Weir Hall
Tips to Succeed
  • Actually read the books that are assigned.
  • Don't be scared to do something or sign up for something you haven't done before. College is about growing up and having new experiences.
  • Don't believe the stereotypes. Students like to party, but that's not all they're about.
  • Don't forget to call your professors with doctoral degrees "doctor."
  • Don't wait until the last minute to write papers.
  • Get involved on and off campus
  • Go to class!
  • Have a good time, but don't overdo it.
  • If you don't understand something, ask your professor questions. They can't read your mind.
  • If you know that you're going to stay up late and not get up in the morning, don't take 8 a.m. classes.
  • Make friends in your classes so you can get notes from them if you miss a day.
  • Take a walk around campus to learn where all the buildings are.
  • Talk to your professors outside of class.
Did You Know?
  • Ole Miss is the largest employer in Lafayette County, with 2,369 full-time employees on the Oxford campus, including 697 full-time faculty members.
  • Among other things, the J.D. Williams Library features the Hall of Mississippi Writers, the William Faulkner Room, and the world-famous Music/Blues Archive.
  • Ole Miss has produced 25 Rhodes Scholars and 13 Truman Scholars.
  • Ole Miss broke new ground by being the first public university in Mississippi, one of the first Southern colleges to admit women, and the first medical facility to perform a lung transplant after UM Medical Center surgeons used a chimpanzee's heart to save the life of a terminally ill man.
  • The Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College was named one of the nation's three finest by Reader's Digest.
  • The Taylor Medal, the University's highest academic honor, is awarded to less than one percent of the student body each year.
  • The second annual Academic Bowl Championship Series by Higher Ed Watch ranked Ole Miss as the top SEC school and No.13 in the nation.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 109 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 65 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 65 responses

  • 32% This was my dream school.
  • 58% This was one of my top choices.
  • 9% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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