Ole Miss About
The University of Mississippi has been an institution in Oxford since 1844 when it was the first college in the state. Affectionately called “Ole Miss” by its students and alumni, it has a long history of “firsts” including first in nation to admit women (1882), first to hire a female faculty member (1885) and the first in the nation to offer an engineering education (1854).
- Location – Oxford, Mississippi
- Nickname – Rebels
- Mascot – Rebel Black Bear
- Colors – Crimson & Yale Blue
- Ranked as the safest college campus in the SEC and in the top 10 nationally in 2012 (by CollegeSafe.com)
- Forbes ranks Ole Miss No. 20 on its annual list of America's Best College Buys
- Reader's Digest ranks the university's Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College as one of the three best in the nation.
- More than 80 percent of Ole Miss students receive some form of financial aid, including academic scholarships, need-based scholarships and grants and student loans.
- Listed as the nation’s No.1 tailgating school in Sports Illustrated.
FACTS & FIGURES
- Total - 18, 224
- Undergraduate - 15, 346
- New freshmen – 3, 569
- 51% women; 49% men
- Student to faculty ratio – 19:1
- Out-of-state students in freshman class – 50%
- Average ACT Score – 23.5
- Overall High School GPA – 3.35
- Minimum for out-of-state applicants – ACT of 20 & GPA of 2.5