Best Private Colleges in Mississippi 2022

Best Private Colleges in Mississippi 2022

Private colleges, unlike large public institutions, can be a great option for students wanting a more intimate campus experience, more personal attention from excellent professors, and more immediate access to support services. Here is our list of the best private colleges in Mississippi.

Colleges and Universities in Mississippi

The majority of the learning institutes in Mississippi are public schools, with the University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss, being the largest. This university, located in Oxford, boasts alumni like William Faulkner, John Grisham, and James Meredith. Tuition at Ole Miss runs about $9,000, just below the national average. The eight private colleges, all of which have religious affiliations, range in tuition costs from $10,000 at Rust College to $40,000 at Millsaps College.

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Students who attend these schools have the option to pursue degrees in fields like nursing, business, dentistry, Christian ministry, education, and literature. Additionally, all of these private schools are considered small schools, serving under 5,000 students. Mississippi also offers up to $12,000 of undergraduate loan forgiveness, over the course of four years, for teachers who work in designated shortage areas or who teach in critical shortage subjects, like special education or mathematics.

From Mississippi mud pie to fried chicken, Mississippi brings a whole new meaning to the term comfort food. The Magnolia State is easy on the eyes too. With nearly endless forests spilling over with hickory, pine, and oak trees, the intricate river system, and the Gulf Island National Seashore, Mississippi is a true destination for lovers of outdoor adventure. And students who plan on earning their associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in Mississippi have 31 colleges and universities to choose from.

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What are Mississippi’s Colleges & Universities?

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What is the difference between public and private colleges?

Public and private colleges and universities operate under different business models. Public colleges and universities are owned by the state and receive both state and federal funding to operate. Private colleges and universities are private companies with private funding. If you’re looking at the pros and cons of private vs. public colleges, consider that many public colleges provide diverse course offerings, influential professors, and an excellent return on your investment.

Public colleges are schools that receive most of their funding from tax revenues. As a result, the cost of a bachelor’s degree at a public university is often lower than the equivalent cost at a private college — especially for students attending a public school in their home state. Attending a college in-state is usually the cheapest option. Private universities and colleges can be very competitive with their funding opportunities, so do not simply believe that private colleges are always going to be more expensive. According to National Center for Educational Statistics, the average annual cost (tuition, fees, room and board for full-time students) at a public university was slightly over $20,000. In contrast, private universities cost, on average, nearly $43,000 annually. But in the end, the cost of college comes down to each student’s academic and financial situation.

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How do we determine Mississippi's best private colleges and universities?

Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great! If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence in their fields of study.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is freer from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

To rank the influence of schools, we first determine the influence of scholars and professionals based on the number of citations and publications they have had over the past 10 years. In addition to publications and citations, we consider the web links to and from these sources, and the page views of those sources. We then match the influential people to their alma maters and institutions of employment, so that their influence is attributed to those schools. Our machine-learning Influence Ranking algorithm produces a numerical score of academic achievements, merits, and citations across Wikipedia, wikidata, Crossref, Semantic Scholar and an ever-growing body of data. If you are interested in exploring how and why we rank by influence, explore our methodology in more depth.

This list is composed entirely of private colleges and universities that offer bachelor’s degrees. We’ve identified 7 private universities in Mississippi. To be included in the list below of the best private universities in Mississippi, schools must be fully accredited, private, non-profit institution, and must offer a broad range of bachelor’s degrees.

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Best Private Colleges in Mississippi

  1. #3

    Tougaloo College

    Tougaloo , MS
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    71%

    Graduation

    40%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    865/18

    What is Tougaloo College known for?

    Tougaloo College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Sociology
    • Chemistry
    • Mathematics
    • Economics
    • Education
    • Psychology
    • Biology

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. #4

    William Carey University

    Hattiesburg , MS
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $14K

    Acceptance

    55%

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1065/24

    What is William Carey University known for?

    William Carey University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Religious Studies
    • Literature
    • Criminal Justice
    • Biology
    • Education
    • History
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. #5

    Belhaven University

    Jackson , MS

    Tuition + fees

    $28K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    4K

    What is Belhaven University known for?

    Belhaven University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Political Science
    • Chemistry
    • Medical
    • Religious Studies
    • Business
    • Nursing
    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Philosophy
    • History

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. #7

    Blue Mountain College

    Blue Mountain , MS

    Tuition + fees

    $17K

    Acceptance

    99%

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1105/20

    What is Blue Mountain College known for?

    Blue Mountain College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Communications
    • Literature
    • History
    • Psychology
    • Religious Studies
    • Education
    • Mathematics
    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice
    • Biology

    Most Influential Alumni

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2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. Tougaloo College
  2. Millsaps College
  3. Mississippi College
  4. William Carey University
  5. Blue Mountain College