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Although Mississippi is lacking when it comes to liberal arts colleges, the state university system and top Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are what makes the state’s higher education scene truly shine. Boasting a strong baseball culture and Greek life, Mississippi State University is the state’s largest university. The University of Mississippi, most commonly known as “Ole Miss”, is known for hosting the only FDA-approved cannabis research facility in the United States as well as its academic programs, including the Mississippi Teacher Corps.

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Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

Degree premium: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state. This is called “Vs. state average” in school profiles below.

Ranking: The payback rate is divided by the degree premium (set as a percentage), the lower the number the higher the rank. (i.e. payback=1, degree premium 20% higher than state school median: 1/120% = .883.

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#1 in Mississippi

University of Mississippi

University, Mississippi

Admission rate: 89%

Grad rate: 65%

Net cost: $14,016

Payback: 2.2 Years

Earnings: $48,255

Vs. state average: + $6,385

Economic score: 1.95

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#2 in Mississippi

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, Mississippi

Admission rate: 81%

Grad rate: 61%

Net cost: $16,173

Payback: 2.9 Years

Earnings: $46,141

Vs. state average: + $4,271

Economic score: 2.62

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#3 in Mississippi

Millsaps College

Jackson, Mississippi

Admission rate: 70%

Grad rate: 63%

Net cost: $23,821

Payback: 3.5 Years

Earnings: $55,194

Vs. state average: + $13,324

Economic score: 2.67

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#4 in Mississippi

Mississippi College

Clinton, Mississippi

Admission rate: 29%

Grad rate: 48%

Net cost: $17,186

Payback: 3.0 Years

Earnings: $45,183

Vs. state average: + $3,313

Economic score: 2.76

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#5 in Mississippi

Belhaven University

Jackson, Mississippi

Admission rate: 50%

Grad rate: 44%

Net cost: $17,439

Payback: 3.6 Years

Earnings: $41,762

Vs. state average: - $108

Economic score: 3.58

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#6 in Mississippi

University of Southern Mississippi

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Admission rate: 97%

Grad rate: 50%

Net cost: $14,923

Payback: 3.5 Years

Earnings: $40,541

Vs. state average: - $1,329

Economic score: 3.62

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#7 in Mississippi

Mississippi University for Women

Columbus, Mississippi

Admission rate: 100%

Grad rate: 64%

Net cost: $12,054

Payback: 3.6 Years

Earnings: $35,642

Vs. state average: - $6,228

Economic score: 4.26

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#8 in Mississippi

Blue Mountain College

Blue Mountain, Mississippi

Admission rate: 100%

Grad rate: 52%

Net cost: $12,483

Payback: 4.6 Years

Earnings: $34,399

Vs. state average: - $7,471

Economic score: 5.65

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#9 in Mississippi

Jackson State University

Jackson, Mississippi

Admission rate: 90%

Grad rate: 48%

Net cost: $14,484

Payback: 4.9 Years

Earnings: $34,946

Vs. state average: - $6,924

Economic score: 5.93

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#10 in Mississippi

Mississippi Valley State University

Itta Bena, Mississippi

Admission rate: 83%

Grad rate: 51%

Net cost: $16,394

Payback: 8.6 Years

Earnings: $29,502

Vs. state average: - $12,368

Economic score: 12.15

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#11 in Mississippi

Delta State University

Cleveland, Mississippi

Admission rate: 100%

Grad rate: 43%

Net cost: $13,132

Payback: 3.8 Years

Earnings: $37,214

Vs. state average: - $4,656

Economic score: 4.24

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#12 in Mississippi

William Carey University

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Admission rate: 56%

Grad rate: 44%

Net cost: $13,000

Payback: 3.9 Years

Earnings: $35,997

Vs. state average: - $5,873

Economic score: 4.54

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#13 in Mississippi

Alcorn State University

Alcorn State, Mississippi

Admission rate: 38%

Grad rate: 42%

Net cost: $14,836

Payback: 5.4 Years

Earnings: $33,444

Vs. state average: - $8,426

Economic score: 6.77

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#14 in Mississippi

Tougaloo College

Tougaloo, Mississippi

Admission rate: 72%

Grad rate: 36%

Net cost: $14,609

Payback: 5.9 Years

Earnings: $33,291

Vs. state average: - $8,579

Economic score: 7.43

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#15 in Mississippi

Rust College

Holly Springs, Mississippi

Admission rate: 30%

Grad rate: 32%

Net cost: $11,317

Payback: 8.6 Years

Earnings: $27,058

Vs. state average: - $14,812

Economic score: 13.26

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Wesley Biblical Seminary

Ridgeland, Mississippi

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: N/A

Net cost: N/A

Payback: N/A

Earnings: N/A

Vs. state average: N/A

Economic score: N/A

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