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UNIVERSITY SYSTEM ENROLLMENT REMAINS STEADY DESPITE PANDEMIC

11/2/2020 - Jackson, Miss.

Fall enrollment at Mississippi Public Universities remains steady when compared to Fall 2019 figures. Fall enrollment for 2020 is 77,154 for the system, compared to 77,894 students enrolled in Fall 2019, representing a 1 percent decrease.

"Our universities have faced innumerable challenges due to the global pandemic," said Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr., Commissioner of Higher Education. "The fact that enrollment remains steady despite these challenges is a testament to the perseverance of our students and the dedication and flexibility of our faculty and staff. Our universities have worked hard to protect the health and safety of students and employees, while maintaining the quality of academic programs, so that students can attain their educational goals and Mississippi businesses will have the workforce needed to grow and thrive."

Total Student Enrollment, Fall 2019 and Fall 2020

Institution Fall 2019 Fall 2020 Number
Change
Percent
Change
Alcorn State University 3,523 3,230 -293 -8.3%
Delta State University 3,761 2,999 -762 -20.3%
Jackson State University 7,020 6,921 -99 -1.4%
Mississippi State University 22,226 22,986 760 3.4%
Mississippi University for Women 2,811 2,704 -107 -3.8%
Mississippi Valley State University 2,147 2,032 -115 -5.4%
University of Mississippi 22,273 21,676 -597 -2.7%
     University of Mississippi      19,421      18,668      -753      -3.9%
     University of Mississippi Medical Center      2,852      3,008      156      5.5%
University of Southern Mississippi 14,133 14,606 473 3.3%
System Total 77,894 77,154 -740 -1.0%

Source: Institutional Research Offices, November 2, 2020

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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