"The best thing about Ole Miss is its great traditions. I think the size of Ole Miss is just right. Oxford is the perfect college town, complete with a "downtown" square full of shopping, good eating, and great bars and atmosphere." Elizabeth, Junior
The University of Mississippi, better known as Ole Miss, is a large public institution in the college town of Oxford. With more than 16,500 students on its beautifully landscaped Oxford campus, the university brings together the best that a public university offers while still providing qualities most often found at expensive private colleges.
Outside the classroom, students can get involved in more than 250 student organisations, including service, student government, honorary, professional, Greek, religious, visual and performing arts, political, special interest and international groups. They attend lectures by renowned speakers and enjoy world-class musical and theatrical performances at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts.
Students also run a daily newspaper, radio and TV station, and they like to participate in sports and recreation. Offerings include a fitness centre and classes, swimming pool, intramurals and sports clubs, a golf course and a 10-acre outdoor sports complex with zip lining and wall climbing. They also go on skiing, hiking, rafting and other adventure trips sponsored by Ole Miss Outdoors.
For off-campus entertainment, the downtown Oxford Square is a popular destination for shopping, dining and live music.
Location: Oxford, Mississippi, USA
City Population: 18,900
University Population: 16,700
Climate: Mississippi has short winters and long, humid summers.
Nearest Airport: Memphis International Airport
Why choose Ole Miss?
- Famous alumni include NFL quarterback Eli Manning, and authors John Grisham and William Faulkner
- The university is home to the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, which helps build more inclusive communities worldwide
- The university has several student organizations to help students get to know one another and adapt to life at the university. One organization is the "ISO," which organizes activities and events for international students.
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