The Mississippi University for Women is located on 114 acres in Columbus, MS. Located between Jackson, MS and Birmingham, AL, Columbus sits out of the way (just 65 miles south of Tupelo, MS) and is home to Columbus Air Force Base and other military and tech related industry. Founded in 1884 as Industrial Institute and College for the Education of White Girls, the school became the Mississippi State College for Women in 1920. MUW (as it is referred to) was given its current name in 1974. In 1984 the school admitted men as a result of Supreme Court ruling. Many notable business leaders, educators and scientists have graduated from MUW.
The Mississippi University for Woman is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges and offers Associates Degrees, Bachelor’s Degrees, Masters Degrees, Post-Masters certificates and Doctorates in 50 majors. MUW is specifically noted for Nursing, Speech Pathology, Art & Design, Music and Teacher Education programs, although the largest programs are in Healthcare/Nursing. The University is comprised of 6 schools: College of Business, College of Education and Human Sciences, College of Nursing and Speech Language Pathology, College of Arts and Sciences and Culinary Arts Institute. MUW also boasts a robust internship program, as well as a progressive online degree program including “2+2” where a 2-year Community College history can be transferred to MUW for a Bachelor’s degree in 12 majors. The Mission Statement states that MUW “provides high-quality undergraduate and graduate education for women and men in a variety of liberal arts and professional programs, while maintaining its historic commitment to academic and leadership development for women. MUW emphasizes a personalized learning environment in all of its educational programs…MUW supports research, scholarship, and creativity to enhance faculty development and student learning and to advance knowledge in the disciplines offered by the university.”
The student body includes over 2,600 students; and there are many student-run organizations and clubs to occupy their time. On campus housing includes 6 traditional dormitories. School traditions include honoring seniors with a “100th night” celebration (that occurs 100 nights before Spring graduation) and a large Magnolia Chain activity. While there are no varsity inter-collegiate sports, the school has the colors of MUW (dark) blue and welty (light) blue and a mascot named Ody Owl, based on the terracotta owl which has been perched atop Orr hall since 1885. Students understand the vision of the school, articulated as “Building on its long tradition of excellence in liberal arts and professional education, as well as its historic focus on academic and leadership development for women, Mississippi University for Women will continue to be a university that prepares both women and men for successful lives by providing a high-quality education in a personalized learning environment.” To reach this goal, the school encourages students in the core values of “accountability, honesty, integrity, dependability, service to others before self and a genuine desire to pursue what is right, good and fair.”