Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) opened its doors as a small teachers' college. Today, the University has grown into a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven institution. Only one hour from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Hattiesburg campus sits on 300 acres and is conveniently located to on- and off-campus housing, shopping, restaurants and vibrant, mid-town and historic downtown areas. Offering over 180 programs of study, USM delivers a quality education in one of the most affordable college towns in the U.S. With a diverse student body of approximately 14,500 students, including 420 international students representing 72 countries, we celebrate diversity in every sense of the word. Here, you will experience Southern hospitality at its best.
Our supportive community provides a home away from home for USM international students. International Student and Scholar Services offers new student airport pickup, immigration and personal advising, opportunities for cultural outings and activities, and advising to international clubs and organizations.
At Southern Miss you will find a welcoming and diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. Our institution not only supports the campus, but also the community in which we live. Each year, students contribute approximately 100,000 hours of volunteer service. In addition, the University has been honored with the prestigious Carnegie Community Engagement Classification for the many ways in which students, faculty, staff and programs engage and enhance the people and places of South Mississippi and beyond.
While many of our graduate students choose to live off campus, USM is a is residential campus, offering on-campus housing options to both undergraduate and graduate students. There are plenty of off-campus housing options available near campus. Students choosing to live off campus will be responsible securing housing on their own.
Southern Miss is one of the most affordable public research institutions of its kind. Our annual non-resident tuition is kept at an affordable rate of only $2,000 more than our resident tuition rate. We pride ourselves in being able to offer affordable access to education for all. Individual Graduate departments control funding for assistantships. Applicants interested in assistantships will indicate their interest on the Graduate application for admission. If applicants are selected for an assistantship they will receive notification from the academic department.