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MUW at a Glance













We were chartered as Industrial Institute & College by the State of Mississippi.
First state-supported college for women in the United States.
It was constructed on the site of Columbus Female Institute,
a private college that predates the Civil War.




University accepts first male student.

Students by Gender


Today, 17% of our students are men,
and that number is growing every year.




2012-13 Headcount





Our average class size is about 14 students.
That means you'll get the individual attention you need.
And ALL of our classes are taught by
qualified instructors, not graduate students.









We have students from 10 countries.











Last year, we awarded approximately




in scholarships.









And provided over



to the economy of Mississippi.

More about The W

There's more to The W than you might think. We call it "The Wow Factor."

The 'Wow' Factor has been a part of The W since its 1884 beginning, when it was founded on the radical idea that women should have the opportunity for a higher education. Today, The W continues its historic focus on academic leadership development for women, as well as its long tradition of excellence in liberal arts and professional education for both women and men. The W prepares our students for a wide variety of roles, both professionally and personally.

  • The W is one of the top 20 public Southern regional universities, according to U.S. News & World Report. The university also has been prominently ranked in other leading print and online publications such as Washington Monthly and The College Database.
  • In 2013, The W was named as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The was one of only 42 institutions named to the 2013 Honor Roll.
  • For the third year in a row, The W has been recognized on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Students, faculty and staff completed more than a quarter million hours of community service each of the past three years.
    Learn more about our accolades and achievements >
  • The W has established a joint intensive residency program for nurse practitioners and physician assistants in partnership with North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.  It is believed to be the first such program in the nation to integrate the residency training of both and provide intensive clinical experiences to improve healthcare delivery in the state.
  • The W’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program boasts 100 percent pass rates for national certification programs for 2012.
    Find out more about nursing at The W >
  • One hundred percent of the graduates in the speech-language pathology program have been employed within two months of graduation for the last 10 years; 100 percent pass rate on the national exam for speech-language pathology each year for the last five years.
  • A new completely online master’s degree in global commerce developed at The W is preparing graduates to work in their local communities with the growing number of international companies in the state. The multidisciplinary program provides exposure to international law, cross-cultural management, global marketing, software solutions, telecommunications, environmental sustainability, and other areas. 
  • Professors in The W’s College of Education are working with area teachers to introduce technologies such as iPads, Smartboards and Promethean boards into classroom activities that target key STEM areas needed for jobs of the future.  The ongoing project is called Creating Collaborations in a Common Core Classroom. 
  • The W is the only university in the state to offer a four-year baccalaureate program in culinary arts and one of the few in the nation that accepts career technical credits. The W has partnered with East Mississippi Community College and Hinds Community College, providing a pathway for students to complete a four-year degree.
  • The Eudora Welty Writer’s Symposium is a part of the signature Welty Series held annually in October to honor alumna Eudora Welty, a Pulitzer Prize-winner. The Symposium, which draws noted authors and scholars, recently celebrated 25 years.
  • The W is home to the Mississippi Governor's School and the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, the fourth public, residential high school for gifted students in the nation.
  • With 23 of its more than 60 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The W's campus is one of the nation's most architecturally distinguished.
  • The W's economic impact on the local community alone is more than $43 million. The W employs about 400 people, making it the seventh largest employer in Lowndes County.



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