Accredited colleges and universities have had their educational programs and faculty evaluated by an outside agency. Those agencies ensure that the school provides a high-quality education to its students, so to have your degree recognized by employers, it’s critical to attend an accredited institution. Below you’ll find information on higher education in the state and helpful resources on online colleges in Mississippi.
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Accredited Online Colleges Database
The following agencies accredit schools in Mississippi. These agencies, however, only issue institution-wide accreditation, not program-specific accreditation. For more information on particular programs, see our subject pages.
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges(SACSCOC)
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
- Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools ACICS)
- Council on Occupational Education (COE)
- Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
- Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)
Higher Education Links
For more information about higher education in Mississippi, or to learn about legislation and educational policy in the state, use the links below. The Department of Education and other agencies can also provide general information about accredited institutions.
Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of accredited colleges there are in the state. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for your specific area. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable accredited online and campus-based schools in the state to help you begin your school search.
Mississippi’s public universities have a rich and storied history. Learn about several noteworthy schools below.
Mississippi State University
The state’s largest school enrolled 20,365 students for the fall of 2013. Noted academic programs include the Bagley School of Engineering, as well as the school’s business and education courses. One of the school’s distinguished alumni, Cynthia Cooper, earned her accounting degree from the school. Cooper, along with other auditers, helped expose the fraud at WorldCom in 2002. In addition, MSU’s library holds an impressive collection of papers from former U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant.
University of Mississippi
The University of Mississippi, better known as Ole Miss, enrolled 18,794 students for the 2013-2014 school year. While Oxford is a tiny town, school spirit is huge. Students here particularly rally around the Rebels during football season. In addition, as a research university, Ole Miss conducts work in conjunction with the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and the Mississippi Law Research Center, to name a few. Author William Faulkner is an alumnus.
Jackson State University
Jackson State, situated in the state’s capital, is a historically black university. Students can choose from among a range of majors, though there’s a particular focus on the education department. Notable alumni include LPGA golfer Shasta Averyhardt and Dr. Rod Paige, the Secretary of Education during the second Bush administration.
Mississippi also has a number of reputable private institutions. Learn about a few important schools to note.
The state’s largest private school, Mississippi College, was home to 5,026 students during the 2013-2014 school year. It was the first institution of higher learning established in Mississippi, dating back to 1826, and its Provine Chapel was a hospital during the Civil War. As a Baptist-affiliated school, the college strives to foster leadership, academic knowledge, and faith in its students.
Millsaps is the most highly ranked college in Mississippi, according to Forbes. Students get the benefit of a personalized liberal arts education, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1. In 1965, Millsaps was the first college in Mississippi to voluntary integrate white and black students. In addition, it counts Dr. Rodney J. Bartlett, a quantum chemist who went on to win a Guggenheim Fellowship, among its distinguished alumni.
William Carey University
William Carey University is a Christian liberal arts school. Students attend classes on a trimester schedule and can participate in a host of service activities. The school continues to push innovation, such as with the founding of the College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2008, which is the state’s second medical school as well as the first one in the region to focus exclusively on osteopathic medicine.