Mississippi College is a four-year, private not-for-profit institution of higher education, with Southern Baptist affiliations, located in the city of Clinton, Mississippi.
Mississippi College was founded in 1826, making it the second-oldest Baptist-affiliated College in the United States as well as the oldest college in the state of Mississippi. In 1831, the institution became the first coeducational College in the United States to grant a degree to women. In 1942, MC purchased and absorbed Hillman College, an all-female institution. During the Civil War, Mississippi College had buildings damaged and its student body disbanded. In 1873, the college began to stabilize and increased enrollment under the leadership of President Webb. Today, the college is the largest private university in Mississippi and serves the counties of Clinton, Jackson, Madison, Brandon and Vicksburg.
MC’s main campus in Clinton lies on more than 80 acres. The historic Province Chapel, which was built in 1860, is the oldest building on the Clinton campus. Other historic buildings on campus include Alumni Hall, Nelson Hall, and Aven Hall. The Samuel Marshall Gore Galleries hosts fine art pieces from around the world. A new 20,000-square-foot medical sciences building opened in 2013 that contains a cadaver lab, research facilities and new classrooms with the latest technology. Other campus locations include the Flowood Center in Rankin County, which serves working adults in evening and weekend courses, and a campus in downtown Jackson that is for the Mississippi College School of Law.
Demographics at Mississippi College are as follows:
- About 5,000 students enrolled
- Student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1
- About 86 percent of undergraduates and 60 percent of graduate students study full-time
- More than 60 percent of students are female
- About two-thirds of students are White and 24 percent of students are Black
- Approximately 22 percent of students are over the age of 25
- About 60 percent of students are from Mississippi
Mississippi College awards more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degrees. Undergraduates can choose from 80 areas of study, covering every area of comprehensive liberal arts curriculum. Graduate students can choose from 16 degrees, ranging from Business to Medical Sciences, to Art. Students can also earn doctorates in Jurisprudence, Educational Leadership, and Professional Counseling. The Accelerated Degree Program (offered at the Flowood Center) allows students to take courses two evenings per week in eight week sessions, which allow students to earn 30 hours per year towards their degree. Other learning opportunities include ROTC (Army, Air Force), teacher certification, distance education, and study abroad. Students enrolled in online courses can earn 6 undergraduate degrees and certificates, 8 graduate degrees, and 3 graduate certificates completely online. MC offers both online and hybrid course options through MC Moodle.
Campus life at Mississippi College includes more than 40 chartered student organizations, campus ministries, Student Government, four men’s services clubs, four women’s social tribes, intramurals, tailgating, athletics, and other special events. Varsity athletic teams at Mississippi College include men and women’s track, men’s baseball, men and women’s basketball, men’s football, men’s golf, men and women’s soccer, women’s softball, men and women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball. MC teams play in NCAA Division III and in the American Southwest Conference. These teams have a long-time rivalry with teams like Delta State University, West Alabama, and North Alabama. Student services available include: remedial services, academic and career counseling, employment services, and placement services.
Students who live on-campus live in four men’s residence halls and seven women’s residence halls. All residence halls are equipped with mini-blinds, tile floors, oak furniture, 2 single XL beds, 2 desks, and 2 chairs. Students are allowed to have one small refrigerator in the room. Residents who live in Cockroft-Caldwell, Hitt-McCullough, Quick and East & West Towers must maintain the private bathrooms and suites.
Every year, more than 2,100 students apply for admission to Mississippi College and about 58 percent of those students will be accepted. To apply for admission, students must pay a $25 application fee and submit an application, official high school or college transcripts, official ACT or SAT scores, and a MMR Immunization Certificate. Applicants who have not completed high school will be considered upon achieving passing scores on the General Education Development test. Home-schooled students must submit a self-reported transcript that demonstrates completion of a high school equivalent curriculum. Transfer students must have at least 24 transferable hours of academic credit. If a student has less than 24 hours, they will be categorized as a freshman.
More than 95 percent of students at Mississippi College receive financial aid. To apply for financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid any time after January 1. In order to receive aid, a student must be admitted and enrolled at Mississippi College. Types of financial aid available include: Federal Pell Grants, Federal SEO Grants, Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Direct Stafford Loans, Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loans, Academic Scholarships, Need-Based MC Grants, Stackable Scholarships, and Church-Matching Scholarships.
Mississippi College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctorate degree
Adult Age Enrollments:2,510
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