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University of Southern Mississippi

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Hattiesburg, USA
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Study abroad at the University of Southern Mississippi

Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven institution. It has two campuses, one in Hattiesburg and the other located in Long Beach, Mississippi, USA.

Their main Hattiesburg campus is set across 300 acres, and more than 180 buildings. The Gulf Park campus located in Long Beach is located on the beach front and is home to the state’s only bachelor’s degree in ocean engineering.

The University is made up of four main colleges in arts and science, business and economic development, education and human sciences, and nursing and health professions. They offer more than 190 undergraduate programs and 204 graduate programs.

Southern Miss’s sports and athletics teams compete in NCAA Division I, and they boast 16 athletic teams for both men and women in 11 sports.

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Program level

Why study at USM?

  • Sports and athletics

    The USM athletic teams are NCAA Division I members

  • Accredited

    One of only 40 institutions in the US accredited in theater, art and design, dance and music

  • Small classes

    The University has a student to faculty ratio of 17:1

Life as an international student

USM has a strong international student population, with 420 students representing 72 countries. The University's International Student and Scholar Services offers airport pickup, as well as immigration and personal advice. They also provide opportunities for cultural outings and activities, and advice to international clubs and organizations.

USM encourages all its students to support the local community, and each year students contribute approximately 100,000 hours of volunteer service.

USM is a residential campus, offering on-campus housing options to both freshman and transfer students. However, they understand some international students prefer to live off campus, so USM does not have a Freshman on-campus housing requirement, meaning you will have the freedom to choose on-campus or off-campus options.

Student life & facilities

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    • Campus Bus Service
    • On-Campus Shuttle
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  • Food & Restaurants
    • Restaurants 10
    • Cafe’s 1
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    • Machines
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    • Dance Studio
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    • Student Tutoring & Support
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  • Praying Rooms
    • Group Praying Rooms

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Fees and funding

Southern Mississippi is one of the most affordable public research institutions of its kind. Annual non-resident tuition is kept at an affordable rate of only $2,000 more than the resident tuition rate. The University prides itself in being able to offer affordable access to education for all.

Merit and Honors College scholarships are available to international students and range from a total of $2,000-$4,000 per year. Freshman Merit and Honors College scholarships are only awarded for Fall and require admission by December 1st with qualifying SAT or ACT results for consideration. International applicants may also apply to a wide range of departmental scholarships through the USM Scholarship Foundation.


Merit and Honors College scholarships are available to international students and range from a total of $2,000-$4,000 per year.

Freshman Merit and Honors College scholarships are only awarded for Fall and require admission by December 1st with qualifying SAT or ACT results for consideration.


  • GPA 3.0
  • SAT 1060


University of Southern Mississippi

118 College Dr, Hattiesburg, MS 39406

The Hattiesburg campus sits on 300 acres and is conveniently located to on and off-campus housing, shopping, restaurants and vibrant, mid-town and historic downtown areas.

Visa requirements for the University of Southern Mississippi

Many international students will require a visa to study in the US, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.

USA student visa requirements