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Pearl River Community College: Becoming the state’s very first junior college in 1921, PRCC still leads the way in opening opportunity, collaborating with the Hancock County School System in the strategic 2 + 2 program that provides qualifying Hancock County Technical Center students two years free tuition at PRCC. Multiple locations in South Mississippi include the Waveland Campus, where course offerings prepare students for a variety of tech and manufacturing careers.
Gulf Coast Community College: When George Bush became the first sitting president to speak at a community college graduation, he chose GCCC, and with good reason. This hard-working institution has blanketed the Gulf Coast with four campuses and four centers to provide a range of educational services for adult and traditional students. While academics are first-rate at GCCC, so are the athletic teams, in 2007 earning a national co-championship in football.
University of Southern Mississippi: Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi opened its doors as a small teachers’ college. Today, the University has grown into a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven institution with a proud history and an eye on the future. The University of Southern Mississippi has over 90 degree granting programs, a nationally renowned Polymer Science and Engineer program and is only one of 31 U.S. colleges accredited in all four areas of the arts.
Tulane University: Founded as a medical college in 1834 and broadened to become a comprehensive university just 13 years later, this private research university, a New Orleans institution (in every sense of the word), offers a rich history of excellence most obviously evident in the historic beauty of its New Orleans campus, where live oaks overhang stately halls in a variety of architectural styles. Programs include architecture, business, law, liberal arts, medicine, public health and tropical medicine, the sciences and engineering, and social work, while a satellite campus in Biloxi offers a School of Continuing Studies program.
University of New Orleans: Established in the late 1950s in former naval base facilities on Lake Pontchartrain, UNO was founded as a branch campus of Louisiana State University, however, the school grew so rapidly it became college in its own right by 1963. Today, the Pontchartrain campus is one of four campuses in the New Orleans metropolitan area, which also include the UNO Research and Technology Park. The academics are distinguished at UNO; faculty members include McArthur and Guggenheim Fellows and leading historians.
Mississippi State University: One of only a few schools in the nation to earn two coveted Carnegie Foundation designations, MSU is recognized as an RU/VH: Research University for “very high research activity,” and has also been awarded a Community Engagement Classification. The University’s expenditure of research dollars in 2012 was $233 million; areas of research are varied and far-reaching, from brainstorming solutions to global pandemic influenza to designing advanced vehicle power trains to tackling brain trauma through integrated computational materials engineering.
William Carey University: A private liberal arts college with campuses in Hattiesburg and Biloxi, WCU offers a range of both undergraduate and graduate programs, an in 2010 opened a College of Osteopathic Medicine, adding a Ph.D. in nursing in 2012. The Biloxi location, known as the Tradition Campus, offers degrees in art, business administration elementary education and psychology as well as nursing and several other health-related professions.
University of Mississippi: With a main campus in Oxford and a sprawling health sciences center in Jackson, “Ole Miss” is the state’s oldest university, founded in 1844, and today it continues to be the largest university by enrollment. While high standards in academics is emphasized, the university has also earned the Carnegie classification of “high research university,” and is one of only 33 universities in the nation to earn the sea-grant designation by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and one of only 52 universities classified by NASA as space-grant institution.