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Top colleges and universities in Mississippi ranked

With the first “early decision” college-application deadline looming on Nov. 1, and tuition and room and board at a four-year college costing $27,940 – $57,570 per year, the personal-finance website WalletHub has released its 2024’s Best College & University Rankings report.

To help college-bound seniors make the most informed school choices, WalletHub compared over 800 higher-education institutions in the U.S. based on 30 key measures grouped into seven categories, such as Student Selectivity, Cost and Financing and Career Outcomes. The data set ranges from student-faculty ratio to graduation rate to post-attendance median salary.

Top 10 Colleges & Universities in Mississippi

  1. Millsaps College
  2. William Carey University
  3. Mississippi State University
  4. Alcorn State University
  5. Belhaven University
  6. University of Mississippi
  7. Mississippi University for Women
  8. Delta State University
  9. Jackson State University
  10. Tougaloo College

Here’s a closer look at some of the top schools and how each performed in certain metrics:

School Snapshot: Millsaps College (1 = Best; 6 = Average; 11 = Worst):

  • 5th – Admission Rate
  • 10th – Net Cost
  • 1st – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 10th – On-Campus Crime
  • 2nd – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 3rd – Graduation Rate
  • 1st – Post-Attendance Median Salary

School Snapshot: William Carey University (1 = Best; 6 = Average; 11 = Worst):

  • 4th – Admission Rate
  • 5th – Net Cost
  • 6th – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 3rd – On-Campus Crime
  • 5th – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 7th – Graduation Rate
  • 5th – Post-Attendance Median Salary

School Snapshot: Mississippi State University (1 = Best; 6 = Average; 11 = Worst):

  • 6th – Admission Rate
  • 7th – Net Cost
  • 9th – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 6th – On-Campus Crime
  • 6th – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 2nd – Graduation Rate
  • 3rd – Post-Attendance Median Salary

To view the full reports:

Best Colleges & Universities Overall: click here.

Best Colleges: click here.

Best Universities: click here.

Bob Bakken

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