About the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Diverse people and opportunities

The Mississippi Gulf Coast is a rare mix of cultural influences derived from early French and Spanish explorers, Native Americans and modern-day military bases that draw airmen and sailors from all over the United States.

With the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico, 26 miles of scenic coastal beaches, 22 golf courses and 11 casinos, visitors and residents alike enjoy everything from adventure-filled days to a slow, relaxing pace.

Each city nestled along the shoreline is a unique community with a personality of its own. From quiet fishing villages to the roar of rocket engines being tested at the Stennis Space Center, the Mississippi Gulf Coast embraces the diversity of its inhabitants in a “live and let live” philosophy that brings many visitors back for the remainder of their lives.

Higher education close to home

Because of the diverse population of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, The University of Southern Mississippi has always sought to bring higher education to the people of the Coast where it suits them best. True university degrees are in reach for all of the Mississippi Gulf Coast:

  • Coastal Sciences are taught at the Gulf Coast Research Lab on the beachfront in Ocean Springs.
  • The university’s five colleges are represented at the beautiful and historic Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.
  • Marine Sciences are taught at the home of the world’s largest population of oceanographers, the John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County

Resiliency and response

Having weathered the worst storms that nature has unleashed on the United States with Hurricane Camille in 1969 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the inhabitants of the Mississippi Gulf Coast are a rare breed of resilient and welcoming people.

These qualities have again been on display during the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and The University of Southern Mississippi is again playing a major part. For more information, please visit the oil spill research page

Other resources providing updates on coastal conditions are: