This diverse campus spans 300 acres in the heart of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. More than 180 buildings dot a landscape that has been transformed into a pedestrian-friendly environment for students, employees and visitors. This campus 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.
The Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building, affectionately referred to as “The Dome,” is named for the school’s sixth president, Dr. Aubrey Keith Lucas (1975-96). With its patina top and distinctive architecture, The Dome is the focal point of the campus. Housed inside are the offices of the University’s president and vice presidents.
On October 24, 2013, two massive golden eagle statues were dedicated to the University by alumnus Chuck Scianna –one on the Hattiesburg campus and the other on the Gulf Park campus. Named Lofty Return, the sculptures symbolically tie the campuses together while welcoming alumni back to their alma mater. The Hattiesburg eagle is positioned at the apex of the Rose Garden that faces Hardy Street and now stands a prominent campus icon.
Planted in 1973 by the Hattiesburg Area Rose Society, the Rose Garden is maintained by the Southern Miss Physical Plant. In 1975, the garden was approved as an accredited Public Rose Garden by All-American Rose Selections, Inc. It was featured in the September 1992 issue of American Rose magazine. Located near the front entrance of the campus, the semicircular garden consists of 32 separate beds, each containing its own unique hybrid of roses. It has become an unofficial campus tradition to have one’s photo taken in cap and gown on graduation day.
Southern Miss’ main campus sits on 300 acres in the heart of Hattiesburg. More than 180 buildings dot a landscape that has been transformed into a pedestrian-friendly environment.