Mississippi University for Women is a four-year, public institution of higher education, located in the city of Columbus, Mississippi.
MUW was established in 1884 as the first public women’s college in the United States. The school began as the Industrial Institute and College and later changed its name to Mississippi State College for Women, before it was granted university status in 1974. In 1982, the school began admitting male students after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Mississippi University for Women vs. Hogan that the nursing school’s single-sex admissions policies were in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Demographics at Mississippi University for Women are as follows:
- About 2,600 students enrolled
- Student to faculty ratio of 14:1
- About 80 percent of undergraduate and 57 percent of graduate students study full-time
- More than 80 percent of students are female
- Nearly 60 percent of students are White
- Approximately 38 percent of students are over the age of 25 years old
- More than 75 percent of students are from Mississippi
Mississippi University for Women awards certificates, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctorate degrees in more than 50 programs of study. The most popular degrees for students are Nursing, Elementary Education, Psychology, Business Administration and Management, Visual and Performing Arts, Family Systems, Accounting, Paralegal, Social Sciences, and English. MUW offers Pre-Professional degrees in Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Engineering, Pre-Law, Pre-Medical Technology, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy, and Pre-Veterinary. The Graduate School offers eight graduate programs: Nursing, Speech-Language Pathology, Reading/Literacy, Health Education, Differentiated Instruction, Gifted Studies, and Teaching. The Dual-Enrollment program at MUW gives high-school seniors the opportunity to earn college credits and high school credits simultaneously. Other special learning opportunities at Mississippi University for Women include ROTC (Army and Air Force), teacher certification, study abroad, and distance education. Approximately 61 percent of undergraduates and 44 percent of graduates are enrolled in distance education. Students can earn several degree programs completely online, including one graduate degree program, two graduate certificates, nine undergraduate degree programs, and three minors.
MUW offers residence halls for women, men, freshmen, upperclassman, and honors students. On-campus housing is assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. New freshman are not required to live on campus but are encouraged to consider living on-campus for their first year. Single rooms are available on a limited basis only. Living on-campus at Mississippi University for Women costs between $1,598 and $4,606 per year, depending on the meal plan and room that a student has chosen.
Students at Mississippi University for Women can join more than 75 organizations and clubs, ranging from social clubs, to academic organizations. Campus recreation includes aquatics, intramurals, wellness programs, and other special events. Students also enjoy going to films, plays, concerts, art exhibits, and nationally recognized speakers on-campus. Student services include academic and career counseling, remedial services, employment services, placement services, and on-campus day care for student’s children.
Each year, Mississippi University for Women receives more than 1,500 applications for admission and accepts approximately 44 percent of those students. Freshman applicants must submit a high school transcript reflecting satisfactory completion of the following College Prep Curriculum requirements as well as earning a minimum 3.2 GPA. Students who earn a minimum 2.5 GPA must score at least 16 on the ACT or 760 on the SAT, in addition to being in the top 50 percent of your class. Freshman students with a minimum 2.0 GPA must earn an 18 or higher on the ACT or 860 on the SAT. Transfer students must have been admissible as a freshman and must document this through official high school and college transcripts. International students must submit an International Application with a $25 application fee, official transcripts, statements of financial backing, and official TOEFL scores. High school students who apply for Early Admission must have a 3.2 or better GPA on at least 15 CPC courses with a written recommendation by the high school principal or counselor.
More than 95 percent of students at Mississippi University for Women receive student aid. To apply for financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Students are encouraged to apply for MUW Scholarships during the same time that they submit their FAFSA. Forms of aid available to students include: MUW Scholarships, Outside Scholarships, Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEO Grant, TEACH Grant, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant, HELP Grant, MES Grant, MTAG, Federal Work-Study, student employment, and Direct Loans.
Mississippi University for Women is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Post-master's certificate
Adult Age Enrollments:1,050
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