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About University of Mississippi & Oxford

The University of Mississippi

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The University of Mississippi, affectionately known as Ole Miss, offers a wealth of opportunities for international students interested in undergraduate or graduate programs at a U.S. university. Founded in 1848, The University of Mississippi is one of the oldest public institutions of higher education in the southern United States. Designated as one of 128 Research Extensive universities in the nation by the Carnegie Foundation, it emphasizes strong classroom teaching and research supported by excellent library, laboratory and technical facilities. With the embrace of difference and the spirit of service at the core of our values, the university is an open, caring and nurturing community.

Students on CampusThe University of Mississippi was the highest-ranked public university in the five-state, mid-South region on the Forbes' listing of "America's Best Colleges." The list is part of the annual section which includes several rankings and data on 650 colleges and universities compiled by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. Among SEC schools, only Vanderbilt University, University of Georgia, and University of Florida ranked higher. The University of Mississippi was named to the Forbes "Top 20 Best College Buys." The University of Mississippi and the University of Florida were the only SEC members to receive this prestigious designation.

Nearly 110,436 living Ole Miss alumni and friends represent every state in the nation and 80 countries. The University awards approximately 3,408 degrees annually; nearly 150,000 degrees have been awarded during its 160-year history.

Once you become a student, you will always be a member of the Ole Miss family. But don't just take our word for it. View some of the things that current international students are saying at the University of Mississippi.


Ole Miss is located in the city of Oxford. This quintessential "college town" sits in the midst of the rolling, tree-covered hills of northern Mississippi. Oxford's low cost of living, safe and scenic environment, temperate climate, and racial and religious tolerance make for an The Downtown Squareopportune place to live and study. Although small in size, Oxford and the surrounding region offer a cosmopolitan blend of music, literature, and the arts along with a relaxed lifestyle. Oxford has long been a haven for artists, inspiring writers as well as dozens of note-worthy musicians, photographers, painters, and journalists.

In fact, America's national newspaper, USA Today, chose Oxford as one of the top six college towns in America, calling it the "New South Arts Mecca". Travel and Leisure magazine rates Oxford as one of "America's Coolest College Towns," and the National Geographic Traveler writes "Sophisticated Little Oxford is waiting for you . . . what are you waiting for?" Ole Miss and Oxford were featured featured in the Academy Award nominated blockbuster hit The Blind Side, which is based on the true story of former Ole Miss football player Michael Oher and his incredible journey to the NFL.In 2008, both national and international attention focused on Oxford when the University hosted the first presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain. Until you are able to visit Oxford personally and see everything we have to offer, visit virtually.