Southern Miss Gulf Coast
Academic & research locations
Southern Miss Gulf Coast is one campus and five teachings sites bringing higher education to the three coastal counties of Mississippi. Whether you’re a first-time freshman or lifelong learner, there are classes and degree programs designed for you at Southern Miss Gulf Coast. | Organizational chart (PDF)
Our locations include:
- Gulf Park Campus
- Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
- Gulf Coast Student Service Center
- Point Cadet
- Keesler Air Force Base
- Stennis Space Center
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- Enrollment: 3,066 in fall 2009
- Faculty: 118 as of April 2010
- Staff: 253 full-time employees as of April 2010
The Fleming Education Center and the Gulf Coast Library at the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach are freshly renovated and reopened following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Historic structures on the southern portion of the scenic beachfront property are awaiting rehabilitation.
Facilities at the Stennis Space Center in Hancock County include the Department of Marine Science’s two technologically advanced classroom and office complexes and the Center of Higher Learning’s High Performance Visualization Laboratory, which offers three-dimensional rendering of data sets.
The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs features a series of laboratory and educational buildings and the Marine Aquaculture Park at Cedar Point. Following the wide-spread destruction of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the J. L. Scott Marine Education Center in Biloxi was relocated from Point Cadet in Biloxi to the GCRL site in Ocean Springs.
The property at Point Cadet now hosts research vessels as floating classrooms and research platforms for the Department of Coastal Sciences.
Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi hosts Southern Miss classes and administration activities in its Sablich Center, the major support services building for the air base.
Gulf Coast Student Service Center
Presently, many of the administrative and support functions of Southern Miss Gulf Coast are still housed in a temporary facility in Gulfport called the Gulf Coast Student Service Center.
The center occupies a portion of what was once the Garden Park Community Hospital in west Gulfport, but plans are for the eventual return of those functions to the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach in the coming years.
Southern Miss Gulf Coast features two research-intensive programs at either end of the Mississippi Gulf Coast – the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, Miss., and the Department of Marine Science at Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Miss.
In the center of these two research arms is the second campus of The University of Southern Mississippi---the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, home of the 500+ year-old live oak tree called The Friendship Oak.
Gulf Coast contact information
- Location: Holloway Complex, Gulf Park Campus
- Mailing address: 730 East Beach Boulevard, Long Beach, Mississippi 39560
- Phone: 228.214.3444
- Fax: 228.865.4587
- E-mail: email@example.com