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University Enrollment Statewide Remains Level as Fall Semester Begins; USM Sees Increase

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Fall enrollment at Mississippi Public Universities remains level when compared to Fall 2017 figures. Preliminary figures indicate Fall enrollment for 2018 is 80,592 for the system, compared to 81,378 students enrolled in Fall 2017, representing a 1 percent decrease.

The University of Southern Mississippi added 265 students from the previous year, bringing total enrollment to 14,743 -- a 1.8 percent increase.

“Our students are investing in their futures when they enroll in one of our universities and this investment will pay off for them as individuals and for society as a whole,” said Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr., Commissioner of Higher Education. “College graduates earn more, pay more in taxes and are less likely to be unemployed or need social services. Earning a bachelor’s or advanced degree is a game-changer for an individual and increasing the number of Mississippians with a degree is a game-changer for our state.”

Total Student Enrollment, Fall 2017 and Preliminary Fall 2018

     

 

Institution

Fall 2017

Preliminary Fall 2018

Number Change

Percent Change

 

 

 

 

 

Alcorn State University

3,716

3,753

37

1.0%

Delta State University

3,789

3,784

-5

-0.1%

Jackson State University

8,558

7,709

-849

-9.9%

Mississippi State University

21,883

22,201

318

1.5%

Mississippi University for Women

2,789

2,738

-51

-1.8%

Mississippi Valley State University

2,385

2,406

21

0.9%

University of Mississippi

23,780

23,258

-522

-2.2%

University of Southern Mississippi

14,478

14,743

265

1.8%

 

 

 

 

 

System Total:

81,378

80,592

-786

-1.0%

               

Source:  Institutional Research Offices, September 12, 2018.

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

  • Fall 2017: 2,890
  • Fall 2018: 2,840

Fall 2018 enrollment figures are preliminary as students continue to work through admissions and financial aid issues to complete the enrollment process.