Mississippi’s Best Research Universities of 2021

Interested in attending a STEM school in Mississippi? Our ranking of top research universities for bachelor’s degrees displays schools that will best prepare you for STEM careers.

Mississippi’s Best Research Universities of 2021

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

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why, at the undergraduate level, we rank the best colleges and universities based on what we call “Concentrated Influence”. Concentrated Influence takes the combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers (including faculty and alums) and divides it by the school’s total number of undergraduates.

Using concentrated influence gives small and mid-sized schools an opportunity to shine by taking away the size advantage of larger universities. A small school with proportionately more influential faculty than a large school, whose influence in absolute terms may be bigger, will nonetheless score higher in a concentrated influence ranking. Our approach highlights undergraduate schools that truly rank for excellence, regardless of size.

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.

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

Find out more about our ranking methodology here.

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A research university is a great option for students interested in obtaining STEM degrees. Research universities invest heavily in research, which consequently provides meaningful and extensive opportunities for its students and faculty to participate in research. There are 6 research universities in Mississippi, 5 of which satisfy our criteria. The list below of the best research universities in the state satisfies the following four conditions:

  1. It must be a fully accredited university.
  2. It must offer doctoral degrees across the range of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).
  3. It must report high levels of research activity based upon the number of research and/or practice doctorates awarded each year.
  4. It must have a graduation rate of greater than 40%.

5 Best Research Universities in Mississippi for Undergrads

  1. #1

    University of Mississippi

    #333 institution's historical influence
    #710 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    67%

    Student body

    20K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1135/25

    University, MS

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    What is University of Mississippi known for?

    University of Mississippi’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Law
    • Literature
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Education
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Biology
    • Communications
    • Engineering

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. #2

    Mississippi College

    #1441 institution's historical influence
    #150 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $19K

    Acceptance

    29%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1145/25

    Clinton, MS

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    What is Mississippi College known for?

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

    • Business
    • Education
    • Law
    • Medical
    • History
    • Literature
    • Communications
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Biology
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  3. #3

    Mississippi State University

    #600 institution's historical influence
    #821 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    80%

    Graduation

    64%

    Student body

    20K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1175/26

    Mississippi State, MS

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    What is Mississippi State University known for?

    Mississippi State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Engineering
    • History
    • Biology
    • Education
    • Communications
    • Earth Sciences
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

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  4. #4

    University of Southern Mississippi

    #1084 institution's historical influence
    #825 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    96%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    13K

    Hattiesburg, MS

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    What is University of Southern Mississippi known for?

    University of Southern Mississippi’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Education
    • Literature
    • Biology
    • History
    • Religious Studies
    • Chemistry
    • Medical
    • Political Science
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. #5

    William Carey University

    #2965 institution's historical influence
    #211 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $14K

    Acceptance

    55%

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1065/24

    Hattiesburg, MS

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    What is William Carey University known for?

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

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

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