Office of University Communications
Office of University Communications
Please note that the Office of University Communications has temporarily suspended
community group campus tours.
The University's admissions teams remain available for prospective students and their families and are currently offering in-person tours on the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses. Schedule a tour online.
Prospective students and their families are also invited to Experience Southern Miss through a Virtual Visit.
Group tours for high-school aged students should be scheduled through Undergraduate Admissions. If you want to schedule a campus visit for groups of high-school aged students, please contact Undergraduate Admissions at 601.266.1000 or visit Undergraduate Admissions for further assistance.
Tours of the Hattiesburg campus for community groups will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis for groups of no more than 80 individuals (including chaperones for participants younger than 18), dependent upon availability. During University breaks, including the summer semester, tour availability will be limited. Guided tours on Saturday or Sunday can not be accommodated at this time.
All tours are approximately one hour in length. Guests will visit notable locations within the pedestrian-friendly heart of the Hattiesburg campus.
All community group tour requests should be submitted here. Tour requests must be confirmed at least two weeks in advance.
Guided tours are led by knowledgeable Southern Miss students who can answer questions concerning student experience. Information on specific admissions requirements is not provided.
Complete the form located here to request availability for a guided tour.
A minimum of one chaperon is required for every 20 students and/or guests under the age of 18. Chaperones must accompany the group and are expected to monitor the behavior of each student and/or guest during the entire campus visit.
Please arrive 5–10 minutes before your scheduled tour time. If you are behind schedule, please call us at 601.266.4491 to provide your estimated arrival time. We are unable to extend tour times to accommodate late arrivals; the tour will end at the scheduled end time. If your group arrives more than 30 minutes past your scheduled start time, you cannot be guaranteed a tour.
Tours may be canceled due to emergency situations or weather conditions at the discretion of the Office of University Communications. Tour participants will be notified in advance of all cancellations.
If you find it necessary to cancel your visit, you must provide notification of cancellation prior to the day of the scheduled visit. Please call 601.266.4491 to cancel your tour.
Rescheduling of canceled tours cannot be guaranteed.
All tours are dependent upon weather conditions. Tours will not be conducted in hazardous weather. Participants will be outdoors during tours. Groups should bring rain gear as needed. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing, walking shoes and sun protection.
Campus tours are generally free of charge. Visiting groups will be responsible for all on-campus charges and/or fees resulting from special requests. Any associated fees will be communicated in advance to the primary group contact.
Lunch arrangements on the Hattiesburg campus should be made with Eagle Dining by calling 601.266.5376. Options for lunch include Seymour’s (Chick-fil-a and Subway), the Power House Restaurant and The Fresh Food Company (University cafeteria).
On-campus outdoor picnic lunches are allowed. Rain locations are not available. University Communications does not coordinate logistics for picnic lunches. Visiting groups are responsible for the conveyance of lunches and supplies (including ice chests) to and from picnic location. Climate-controlled storage for food items is not available. Groups must place trash in appropriate receptacles.
Buses should park in the gravel lot adjacent to Hillcrest Hall. Conveyance from bus to tour group location is not available. A communication method to alert bus driver of pick-up time and location is required.