Located in the heart of Jackson, Mississippi, Millsaps College is a privately supported national liberal arts institution. Founded by members of the Methodist Church in 1890, Millsaps College continues to be affiliated with the United Methodist Church. A selective undergraduate institution, Millsaps has been consistently ranked as one of the “best values” in higher education, garnering praise from names such as The Princeton Review, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, the John Templeton Foundation, the Fiske Guide to Colleges, and more. The school’s mission and purpose is to be “dedicated to academic excellence, open inquiry and free expression, the exploration of faith to inform vocation, and the innovative shaping of the social, economic, and cultural progress of our region.”
Academic ProgramsMillsaps College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1912. The College offers over 30 majors (including an option for a Self-Designed Major) as well as more than 40 minors; in addition, master’s degrees in the areas of Business Administration and Accountancy are offered through the Else School of Management, which is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). A student-developed Honor Code has been followed since its inception in 1994, affirming Millsaps’ commitment as an academic community to integrity and the pursuit of “scholarly inquiry and intellectual growth.”
All of Millsaps’ students are encouraged to study abroad and the College’s faculty-led programs are “second-to-none”. Of particular distinction is Millsaps’ Kaxil Kiuic Biocultural Reserve on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula which hosts the only program of its kind in the nation. The 4,000-acre reserve contains rich and important archaeological sites which provide vital keys to understanding both ancient and modern Maya culture.
Student LifeMore than 800 students make up Millsaps College’s enrollment figure, including over 750 undergraduate students. Nearly 90% of students choose to live on campus – Millsaps’ freshman dormitories are located on the northern part of the campus near the Hall Activities Center (commonly called, “the HAC”) while residence halls reserved for upperclassmen are located on the south side of campus along with Fraternity Row and the Christian Center. Millsaps’ Campus Life Complex includes a Physical Activities Center with a renovated and expanded student center and student plaza. The College campus also offers computer labs with internet and library access, email, photography darkrooms, rehearsal halls, research and language labs, a writing center, and other amenities.
An NCAA Division III school, Millsaps College is a member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference and plays under the colors of purple and white with the Millsaps Major serving as the school mascot. Millsaps boasts nearly 20 intercollegiate sports, including men’s baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, lacrosse, volleyball, and track and field and women’s basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, lacrosse, volleyball, and track and field.