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The University of Southern Mississippi, or USM, is a four-year, public university located primarily in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States. The university was originally established on March 30, 1910, as the Mississippi Normal College and was a college for training teachers. USM now offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse Course Topics. It is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts and Letters
  • College of Business
  • College of Education and Psychology
  • College of Health
  • College of Science and Technology
The athletic teams of USM are nicknamed the Golden Eagles. Some of the notable alumni of the university are Jennifer Adcock, Miss Mississippi; Cat Cora, celebrity chef; and Chuck Scarborough, Emmy award-winning anchor at WNBC-TV.

Profile of University of Southern Mississippi

University of Southern Mississippi can be found in Hattiesburg, MS (a small city). The school is a public institution. The Doctoral degree is the highest degree at University of Southern Mississippi.

Course Topics

The most common majors at the school are in nutrition and exercise therapy.

University of Southern Mississippi Selectivity

University of Southern Mississippi does not have an open admissions system. Not everyone who applies is accepted. Only 25% of students scored 435 or lower in 2007 on the verbal SAT test. Math SAT scores at the school centered around 460 to 590, but ranged both higher and lower.


A tenure system is one way University of Southern Mississippi works to keep a high-quality staff.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, 14, 592 students were enrolled in the school.

Student Life

University of Southern Mississippi student athletes compete in Conference USA competitions.

University of Southern Mississippi Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Education and Teaching553elementary school teaching, education, physical education teaching, educational administration, school Counselling, music teaching, special ed, curriculum and instruction, . . .
Business and Management495business management, accounting, human resources, marketing, finance, MIS, international business, managerial economics, . . .
Liberal Arts353English, history, political science, library science, geography, foreign language and literature, sociology, anthropology, . . .
Therapy and Counselling197psychology, Counselling psychology, clinical social work, communication disorders services
Science194biology, chemistry, marine biology, oceanography, chemistry courses, physics, geology, biological and physical sciences
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy193health and physical education, sports and fitness management, athletic trainer, parks and recreation studies, dietitian, nutrition sciences
Nursing and Emergency Medicine188registered nursing, nursing administration, nursing science
Family and Social Work172social work, family systems, food and nutrition, foodservice management, family and consumer science, family and consumer economics
Media157journalism, communication studies, radio and television, advertising, public relations, communication and journalism
Engineering Technician111architectural engineering tech, industrial tech, engineering technology, computer engineering tech, electronics tech
Medical Support and Technology100audiology and speech pathology, clinical lab tech, health service and sciences
Security and Law Enforcement90criminal justice and safety, forensic science
Computer Science and Engineering85computer and info science, data processing tech, computer support
Medicine50public health
Music41music, music performance, music management
Drama and Performing Arts31drama, dance
Law30legal assistant
Construction Trades25apparel and textiles
Hospitality22hotel management, hospitality administration
Art Studies17visual and performing arts
Engineering9plastics engineering
Architecture and Planning7interior architecture
Religion and Philosophy7philosophy, religion
Fine Arts2fine arts

Contact: University of Southern Mississippi

University of Southern Mississippi

118 College Drive # 0001

Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

General Phone: (601) 266-1000

http://www.USM. EDU

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