Mississippi Public Universities
IHL Press Release
PRELIMINARY FALL ENROLLMENT FIGURES SHOW INCREASE
9/2/2011 - Jackson, Miss.

Across Mississippi's eight public universities, preliminary fall 2011 enrollment figures show an increase of almost 4,000 students or 5.2 percent from fall 2010 numbers.

System-wide enrollment has increased annually since 1994. This year's increase is the largest single-year increase in enrollment.

"This record increase is a very positive sign for economic development in our state," said Dr. Hank M. Bounds, Commissioner of Higher Education. "A better educated citizenry stabilizes the economy and creates better opportunities to bring good jobs to our state. Our universities are a collective, powerful and unmatched resource for advancing Mississippi."

Preliminary enrollment figures are unduplicated and count students one time if enrolled on more than one campus.

Unduplicated Headcount

Fall 2010

Fall 2011

Number Change

Percent Change

Actual figures

Preliminary figures

Alcorn State University

3,682

4,391

709

19.3%

Delta State University

4,327

4,624

297

6.9%

Jackson State University

8,687

8,903

216

2.5%

Mississippi State University

19,644

20,424

780

4.0%

Mississippi University for Women

2,587

2,663

76

2.9%

Mississippi Valley State University

2,636

2,526

-110

-4.2%

University of Mississippi

University of Mississippi

University of Mississippi Medical Center

19,546

17,085

2,461

20,822

18,196

2,626

1,276

1,111

165

6.5%

6.5%

6.7%

University of Southern Mississippi

15,778

16,506

728

4.6%

System Total

76,887

80,859

3,972

5.2%

"While record enrollment is great news for our state, it does present challenges," said Dr. Bounds. "We must ensure that we have the capacity—faculty, facilities and services—to serve our students adequately. Universities must have the resources necessary to provide the highest quality education to our students. Higher education provides the best return on investment for our citizens as individuals and our state as a whole."

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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.