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Mississippi Public Universities See Largest Fall Enrollment on Record

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Students are investing in their future by attending Mississippi Public Universities in record numbers. The system enrollment of 81,132 reflects the largest fall enrollment experienced by the university system.

This enrollment surpasses the previous record of 81,022 students set in Fall 2012. The system has grown by 5.5 percent since Fall 2010. System enrollment increased 1.8 percent since Fall 2014.

“Record enrollment indicates that students understand the value of higher education and the impact this investment will have on their futures,” said Dr. Glenn F. Boyce, Commissioner of Higher Education. “This is also great news for our state. They are preparing to be the next generation of teachers, doctors, nurses, engineers, entrepreneurs and leaders of our state. We also know that they will earn more and make a significant difference in moving Mississippi’s economy forward.”

Mississippi Public Universities

Office of Strategic Research

Total Student Enrollment, Fall 2014 and Preliminary Fall 2015

Institution

Fall 2014

Preliminary Fall 2015

Number Change

Percent Change

Alcorn State University

3,639

3,594

-45

-1.2%

Delta State University

3,614

3,460

-154

-4.3%

Jackson State University

9,508

9,802

294

3.1%

Mississippi State University

20,138

20,873

735

3.6%

Mississippi University for Women

2,696

2,676

-20

0.7%

Mississippi Valley State University

2,221

2,310

89

4.0%

University of Mississippi

23,096

23,838

742

3.2%

University of Southern Mississippi

14,792

14,579

-213

-1.4%

System Total

79,704

81,132

1,428

1.8%

Note: Figures are unduplicated and count students one time regardless of on-campus or off-campus enrollment. Figures for the University of Mississippi include the University of Mississippi Medical Center

Source: Institutional Research Offices, September 9, 2015.

“While these figures reflect fall enrollment, which is typically the largest single semester, it does not tell the entire story,” said Dr. Boyce. “The larger story is there are many more students who attend the universities during the course of a full academic year.”

During the 2015 academic year, total enrollment was 93,833. This figure reflects the cumulative number of students enrolled at each institution for the Summer 2014, Fall 2014, and Spring 2015 terms.