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11/2/2022 - Jackson, Miss.

Fall enrollment at Mississippi Public Universities remains steady when compared to Fall 2021 figures. Fall enrollment for 2022 is 75,755 for the system, compared to 76,510 students enrolled in Fall 2021, representing a 1 percent decrease.

"An investment in higher education will pay dividends throughout a graduate's life in expanded opportunities, increased earning potential, and improved quality of life," said Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr., Commissioner of Higher Education. "Our students recognize that investing in themselves through education is a worthwhile endeavor."

The decrease in Mississippi's public four-year institutions is slightly less than the decrease in fall enrollment at public four-year universities nationally. According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, undergraduate enrollment fell by 1.6 percent at public four-year institutions, when comparing Fall 2022 enrollment and Fall 2021 enrollment.

Total Student Enrollment, Fall 2021 and Fall 2022

Institution Fall 2021 Fall 2022 Number
Alcorn State University 3,074 2,933 -141 -4.6%
Delta State University 2,727 2,556 -171 -6.3%
Jackson State University 7,080 6,906 -174 -2.5%
Mississippi State University 23,086 22,649 -437 -1.9%
Mississippi University for Women 2,477 2,339 -138 -5.6%
Mississippi Valley State University 2,064 1,879 -185 -9.0%
University of Mississippi 21,856 22,967 1,111 5.1%
University of Mississippi 18,800 19,869 1,069 5.7%
University of Mississippi Medical Center 3,056 3,098 42 1.4%
University of Southern Mississippi 14,146 13,526 -620 -4.4%
System Total 76,510 75,755 -755 -1.0%

Source: Institutional Research Offices, November 2, 2022

Figures are unduplicated and count students one time regardless of on-campus and off-campus enrollment. Figures are based on enrollment as of November 1 of the fall term.

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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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