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 14,500 students representing 72 countries, all 50 states and every county in 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. 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.


An experience that lasts a lifetime

  • Students at Southern Miss are afforded international experience through study-abroad programs in approximately 20 countries, such as Japan, Spain, France and the United Kingdom.
  • The University is home to the sixth-oldest acceptance-based Honors College in the nation along with nationally recognized programs in the arts, polymer science and business.


Transformative research 

  • As the Gulf South's premier research institution, The University of Southern Mississippi continues to meet head-on the intellectual and human issues of the day. The Carnegie Foundation classifies Southern Miss as a RU/H: Research University (higher research activity). Our faculty were awarded nearly $74 million in external research funding in 2016-17.
  • The Drapeau 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.
  • Southern Miss has partnered with Boeing to lead research and development on next-generation composite materials to make aircraft lighter and safer. 
  • As the leader in marine education and research along the Gulf of Mexico, Southern Miss is providing high-quality educational and research opportunities in the northern Gulf of Mexico, allowing us to better understand our coastal resources and the associated impacts those resources have on our economy and community.
  • 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.


Positive impact on the community

  • By going beyond the boundaries of our campuses, the people of Southern Miss are making a positive impact in our community. Each year, students contribute approximately 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 theatre, dance, art and design, and music. The University hosts hundreds of public arts events each year, providing cultural experiences for community members. 


History and tradition

  • Southern Miss has a long history of achieving on the field and in the classroom. Since 2006, Southern Miss students have collected three Truman Scholarships and 17 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Southern Miss students also lead Mississippi with 21 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of research scientists. 
  • The Department of Athletics offers 16 sport programs at the Division I level sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The Golden Eagle football team has won five Conference USA Championships. The baseball team returned to NCAA Regional play in 2017 following its Conference USA Regular Season Championship win.