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In just 100 years, the University of Southern Mississippi has grown from a small teachers' college into a premier research university with a national reputation for excellence in both academics and athletics. The University of Southern Mississippi offers 81 programs to 13,500 undergraduates and 99 programs to 3,100 graduate students.
The university celebrates diversity in every sense of the word, using its rich melting pot of cultures and backgrounds to further enhance the educational experience. While the institution offers the wide-ranging resources of a large research university, a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1 ensures a personalized education and significant interaction with professors. The beautiful wooded campus is located in the heart of Hattiesburg, with a population of 50,000 and mild winters with a rare snowfall and hot, humid summers. The Mississippi coast is 120 km distant; Mobile, Alabama is 150 km away; and New Orleans, with a metropolitan population of 1.2 million and countless cultural offerings, is 190 km from campus.