Best Small Colleges in Mississippi 2022

Small colleges in Mississippi are a great option for students interested in a more intimate campus experience, more personal attention from excellent professors, and more immediate access to support services. Whether the focus is on the technical or on the liberal arts, small colleges give you the chance to pursue a well-rounded education while working closely with classmates and professors in a dynamic community atmosphere.

Best Small Colleges in Mississippi 2022

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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The following list of the best small colleges and universities in Mississippi is composed mainly of four-year undergraduate schools (though a handful also offer graduate programs). We’ve identified 11 small colleges in Mississippi. The list below of the best small colleges in Mississippi. To be included schools must fully accredited, and must have student body populations below 5,000 students.

How do we determine Mississippi's best small 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.

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Best Small Colleges in Mississippi 2022

  1. #2

    Delta State University

    Cleveland , MS
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    100%

    Graduation

    39%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1115/21

    What is Delta State University known for?

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

    • Social Work
    • Nursing
    • History
    • Education
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Sociology
    • Chemistry
    • Literature
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    99%

    Graduation

    46%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1080/21

    What is Mississippi University for Women known for?

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

    • Nursing
    • Literature
    • Biology
    • Education
    • Physics
    • Sociology
    • Chemistry
    • Mathematics
    • History
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. #5

    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

  4. #6

    Alcorn State University

    Alcorn State , MS
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    38%

    Graduation

    45%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    885/20

    What is Alcorn State University known for?

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

    • Nursing
    • Medical
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Education
    • Biology
    • Sociology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Chemistry
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. #7

    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

  6. #8

    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

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  7. Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    83%

    Graduation

    27%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Mississippi Valley State University known for?

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

    • Criminal Justice
    • History
    • Education
    • Mathematics
    • Computer Science
    • Chemistry
    • Political Science
    • Sociology
    • Medical
    • Law

    Most Influential Alumni

  8. #11

    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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Mississippi’s Best Small College in Your Area of Interest

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 University for Women
  4. Mississippi College
  5. William Carey University
  6. Blue Mountain College

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