This diverse campus spans 300 acres in the heart of Hattiesburg, Mississippi and is home to the sixth-oldest acceptance-based Honors College in the nation, a vibrant arts community that produces hundreds of events each year, and internationally-recognized researchers whose expertise ranges from polymer science and engineering to sports safety and security.
Through its 52-acre beachfront campus in Long Beach, Mississippi, the University serves as the only four-year public institution located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in more than 50 distinct academic fields. The Gulf Park campus is also home to the state’s only bachelor’s degree in ocean engineering and the only film studies pathway offered at a public institution in the state.
We are a Carnegie R1 research institution and one of the nation’s leading research universities.
Our research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and sport venue safety and security, among others.
Our students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 36 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.
As an economic driver, we generate an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state.
We are one of only 40 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music.
We offer the only ocean engineering degree in Mississippi.
We are among only 1% of institutions in the world to earn dual accreditation in both business and accounting by AACSB.
Our students routinely engage in more than 100,000 hours of volunteer service each year.
We are home to the sixth-oldest acceptance-based Honors College in the nation and the oldest in Mississippi.
A collaboration of health care providers at Forrest General Hospital and Hattiesburg Clinic with researchers at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is providing a boost to efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic through increased COVID-19 testing.