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9/13/2018 - Jackson, Miss.

Fall enrollment at Mississippi Public Universities remains level when compared to Fall 2017 figures. Preliminary figures indicate Fall enrollment for 2018 is 80,592 for the system, compared to 81,378 students enrolled in Fall 2017, representing a 1 percent decrease.

"Our students are investing in their futures when they enroll in one of our universities and this investment will pay off for them as individuals and for society as a whole," said Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr., Commissioner of Higher Education. "College graduates earn more, pay more in taxes and are less likely to be unemployed or need social services. Earning a bachelor's or advanced degree is a game-changer for an individual and increasing the number of Mississippians with a degree is a game-changer for our state."

Total Student Enrollment, Fall 2017 and Preliminary Fall 2018

Institution Fall 2017 Preliminary
Fall 2018
Alcorn State University 3,716 3,753 37 1.0%
Delta State University 3,789 3,784 -5 -0.1%
Jackson State University 8,558 7,709 -849 -9.9%
Mississippi State University 21,883 22,201 318 1.5%
Mississippi University for Women 2,789 2,738 -51 -1.8%
Mississippi Valley State University 2,385 2,406 21 0.9%
University of Mississippi 23,780 23,258 -522 -2.2%
University of Southern Mississippi 14,478 14,743 265 1.8%
System Total 81,378 80,592 -786 -1.0%

Source: Institutional Research Offices, September 12, 2018.

Figures are unduplicated and count students one time, regardless of on-campus and off-campus enrollment. Figures for the University of Mississippi include students attending the University of Mississippi Medical Center:
  • Fall 2017: 2,890
  • Fall 2018: 2,840

Fall 2018 enrollment figures are preliminary as students continue to work through admissions and financial aid issues to complete the enrollment process.


The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning governs the public universities in Mississippi, including Alcorn State University; Delta State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi State University including the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine; Mississippi University for Women; Mississippi Valley State University; the University of Mississippi including the University of Mississippi Medical Center; and the University of Southern Mississippi.

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