Mississippi is in the Deep South portion of the United States, and its western border is mostly defined by the Mississippi River. Surrounding states include Tennessee to the north, Alabama to the east, with Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico bordering the south and west. Jackson, Mississippi is the state capital as well as the largest city within the state with a population of around 170,000 people.
The website for the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning states that there has been almost a 38% increase in STEM degrees in the past five years and 8.9% increase overall in conferred degrees. The website also states that more than 60% of residential students are working in the state of Mississippi five years after graduation.
The state provides eight public universities and a number of satellite centers around Mississippi. In addition, it is responsible for research and public service facilities such as The University of Mississippi Medical Center and The Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) is the accrediting body for each of the public universities in Mississippi.
In addition to the public universities, there are seven private colleges and universities in Mississippi. Also, there are four liberal arts colleges within the state. Altogether there are 19 colleges and universities as well as 17 public community colleges throughout the state.
In this ranking, we explore the ten best four-year institutions in the state of Mississippi which were determined using the methodology detailed below.
Sources used for this ranking include:
- National Center for Education Statistics
- individual school websites
For a school to be in this ranking, the presence of online programs and courses is required. In some cases, there may be minimal participation required on campus. This can be a good reason to choose a local school, even for online programs. Schools are ranked by adding together the percentage numbers for freshman retention and graduation rates, a numerical equivalent of the overall grade provided by Niche, and the number assigned for affordability based on the cost of attendance.
Charts which explain our conversion of Niche grades to numbers and the residential cost of attendance into an affordability factor can be found in this section.
The formula for the ranking score is explained in the following example:
80 (percent freshman retention) + 55 (graduation percent) + 80 (A- Overall Grade) + 75 (affordability factor) = 290 (final score for ranking)
Note: None of the institutions in this ranking or any of OnlineCollegePlan’s rankings have received preferential treatment, nor have we been requested to do so. Our methodology is fully disclosed so that anyone can arrive at the same ranking using the formula as explained.
Students may also be interested in, “Top 100 Best Online Colleges” which covers the overall best institutions in the United States with online programs. The Best Online College or University By State or Location may help you find a local school with online programs if you are not living in Mississippi. We have also designed the Ultimate Guide to Online Colleges to help students learn more about online school.