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18 SCHOOLS in MISSISSIPPI

The name Mississippi is synonymous with struggle and endurance. Named for the river that sets its western border, Mississippi is a rich, fertile land, but it did not come easily. The first European colonies of French and Spanish settlers brought slaves to work the land, a heritage that would eventually be both Mississippi’s downfall, and its redemption. Britain would take Mississippi in the end of the French and Indian War, but would quickly have to turn it over to the newly created United States after the American Revolution. As a territory, Mississippi grew, deposing the native Choctaw Indians; those who did not remove to the Indian Territory were allowed to stay and gain US citizenship, as had the Cherokee previously – two of the only Native American tribes given that opportunity. When Mississippi became a state in 1817, the slave population was nearly a million, and cotton plantations (fueled by the slave trade and the steamboats traveling up and down the mighty Mississippi River) were the state’s main economic base. Even after the Civil War, only a tenth of the land in Mississippi was settled; the rest was wilderness.

It was the freed slaves who settled the remaining frontier, and though many of Mississippi’s African-American people would flee Jim Crow laws in the Great Migration, Mississippi still has the highest proportion of black residents of any US state – more than one-third the population. Interaction between Mississippi’s black and white artists would birth Mississippi’s greatest contribution to American culture: the blues. From formative artists like Son House and Mississippi John Hurt – whose musicianship and soul would inspire jazz – to later artist like Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters – who would take the Delta Blues to the city and electrify it to provide the blueprint for rock and roll – Mississippi’s music is at the heart of American art. Mississippi even birthed the first country music star, Jimmie Rodgers, who created a new genre by fusing folk and the blues with his “blue yodels.”

Higher education came to Mississippi later than other states, primarily because Mississippi developed later than other states of the same age. However, Mississippi’s colleges and universities have come into the 21st century stronger than ever, drawing on the state’s long heritage of resilience and strength to build programs that are earning national recognition and admiration. With its colleges and universities at their best, Mississippi’s future is in good hands.

Alcorn State University

Alcorn State University

Alcorn State, MS

60.2
College Consensus
44.7
Publisher Consensus
75.8
Student Consensus
Belhaven University

Belhaven University

Jackson, MS

NO CONSENSUS YET
NO CONSENSUS YET
75.9
Student Consensus
BMC

Blue Mountain College

Blue Mountain, MS

NO CONSENSUS YET
NO CONSENSUS YET
83.5
Student Consensus
delta state university

Delta State University

Cleveland, MS

55.9
College Consensus
40.1
Publisher Consensus
71.7
Student Consensus
Jackson State University

Jackson State University

Jackson, MS

59.1
College Consensus
44
Publisher Consensus
74.2
Student Consensus
MillsapsCollege

Millsaps College

Jackson, MS

68.2
College Consensus
58
Publisher Consensus
78.3
Student Consensus
Mississippi College

Mississippi College

Clinton, MS

61.6
College Consensus
54.4
Publisher Consensus
68.8
Student Consensus
Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS

58.9
College Consensus
40.2
Publisher Consensus
77.7
Student Consensus
Mississippi University Women

Mississippi University for Women

Columbus, MS

64.4
College Consensus
51.7
Publisher Consensus
77.1
Student Consensus

Mississippi Valley State University

Itta Bena, MS

NO CONSENSUS YET
NO CONSENSUS YET
68.3
Student Consensus

Rust College

Holly Springs, MS

NO CONSENSUS YET
NO CONSENSUS YET
66.2
Student Consensus

Southeastern Baptist College

Laurel, MS

NO CONSENSUS YET
NO CONSENSUS YET
NO CONSENSUS YET

Strayer University-Mississippi

Jackson, MS

NO CONSENSUS YET
NO CONSENSUS YET
NO CONSENSUS YET

Tougaloo College

Tougaloo, MS

NO CONSENSUS YET
NO CONSENSUS YET
77.6
Student Consensus
ole miss

University of Mississippi

University, MS

61.1
College Consensus
48.3
Publisher Consensus
73.8
Student Consensus
university southern miss

University of Southern Mississippi

Hattiesburg, MS

58.9
College Consensus
45.9
Publisher Consensus
72
Student Consensus

Wesley Biblical Seminary

Jackson, MS

NO CONSENSUS YET
NO CONSENSUS YET
NO CONSENSUS YET
William Carey University

William Carey University

Hattiesburg, MS

63.5
College Consensus
53
Publisher Consensus
74
Student Consensus