About Southern Miss
Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi opened its doors as a small teachers’ college. Today, the University has grown into a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven institution with a proud history and an eye on the future.
With a diverse student body of approximately 15,000 students representing 74 foreign countries, all regions of the United States and every corner of Mississippi, we celebrate diversity in every sense of the word.
Not only is Southern Miss a haven for the arts, but the University maintains a tradition of success in both academics and athletics, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 180 programs through six degree-granting colleges. A dual-campus university, Southern Miss serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in addition to five teaching and research sites in Mississippi and Online at Southern Miss.
Characterized by history and tradition, the Hattiesburg campus sits on 300 acres in the middle of the city. More than 180 buildings (map) dot a landscape that has been transformed into a pedestrian-friendly environment for students, employees and visitors. From the rustic, industrial feel of the Power House Restaurant to the ultra-modern Trent Lott Center, the campus has a character and charm all its own in the heart of an urban setting.
Gulf Park Campus
Surrounded by live oak trees and sitting along the waters of the Gulf of Mexico sound, the 52-acre Gulf Park campus in Long Beach provides a beautiful setting for both learning and research. Not only is it the only beachfront campus in the state, but the Gulf Park campus offers educational opportunities ranging from freshman coursework to doctoral degree programs.
Providing an experience that lasts a lifetime
Students at Southern Miss are afforded international experience through study-abroad programs in 20 countries such as the Environmental Geography program in Costa Rica, the Business and Culture program in Japan, and the popular British Studies program in London.
Conducting transformative research
As the premier research university of the Gulf South, Southern Miss takes pride in being classified as a RU/H: Research University (higher research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation for the advancement of teaching among doctorate-granting universities. The Center for Undergraduate Research affords students meaningful research opportunities, and as a proven leader in innovation, Southern Miss is generating real-world solutions through transformative research. In fact, one of our research projects was one of only two worldwide selected by NASA to be conducted on the International Space Station to explore whether life can survive on Mars.
The Center for Gulf Studies, administered through the Southern Miss Division of Marine Science at Stennis Space Center, serves the people of Mississippi, the northern Gulf region and the nation with a scientifically based understanding of ecosystem status and trends with special emphasis on improved forecasting abilities to ensure sustainable coastal and ocean ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico.
The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security offers solutions for the security of sports stadiums and arenas that have been identified as potential targets of terrorism.
The School of Polymers and High Performance Materials is creating new polymer materials used in everyday products such as cosmetics, ship building and sports equipment, and is partnering with GE Aviation to focus on composites development processing for the GEnx aircraft engine.
Making an impact on the community
The people of Southern Miss choose to go beyond the boundaries of our campuses and make a difference in our community. Each year, students contribute more than 100,000 hours of volunteer service. In addition, the University has been honored with the prestigious Carnegie Community Engagement Classification for the many ways in which students, faculty, staff and programs engage and enhance the people and places of South Mississippi and beyond.
Southern Miss is one of only 36 institutions in the nation accredited in all four arts disciplines: theatre, dance, art and music. The School of Music produces more than 300 performances each year, featuring students, faculty and world-renowned guest artists. By hosting artists such as Plácido Domingo, Yo-Yo Ma, Sir James Galway and Joshua Bell, the University has provided unparalleled cultural experiences to our communities
Treasuring history and tradition
Winning national scholarships is a proud tradition of our Honors College. In 2013 and 2014, Southern Miss accounted for the only Truman Scholarship winner representing a Mississippi university. And in 2013, we accounted for two of the three Goldwater Scholarships awarded to students at Mississippi universities. Since 2006, Southern Miss students have collected seven Goldwater Scholarships, three Truman Scholarships, 16 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships and numerous other prestigious awards.
Southern Miss participates at the NCAA's Division 1 level in 16 sports. The Golden Eagle football team has won five Conference USA Championships and was victorious in the 2016 New Orleans Bowl. The baseball team returned to NCAA Regional play in 2016 following its win in the Conference USA Tournament. The softball team is reigning Conference USA West Division Champions, and the men's and women's basketball teams are regular participants in postseason play.