FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 18, 2007
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
Officials, student say degree from MUW worth the
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Earning a college degree,
particularly at Mississippi University for Women, is
worth the investment, according to university
officials, despite a tuition increase that will take
place in the fall.
The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of
Higher Learning approved tuition increases for
Mississippi’s eight universities.
Dr. Claudia A. Limbert, MUW president, said, “We
want to keep the cost as low as possible, but we’re
also committed to maintaining the quality of our
academic programs. We care as much about our
students’ education as they do.”
MUW’s current tuition rate is the lowest of the
eight IHL institutions and will continue to be the
lowest in the fall.
Dr. Bucky Wesley, vice president for student
services, said, “The quality of our education is
reflected in our national rankings, yet our tuition
will be the lowest in the state at $4167 annually.”
This translates into an increase of $273 plus a $42
Despite previous tuition increases, MUW has
experienced consistent enrollment growth over the
past few years with fall enrollment being up 6.3
U.S.News & World Report consistently ranks MUW among
the top Southern public master’s universities. In
addition, MUW is ranked by Kiplinger’s Personal
Finance magazine as 54 of the 100 best values in
public colleges across America.
Elise Easley, a senior history major from Ridgeland,
said, the tuition increase is a small amount in
comparison to other expenses she will encounter.
Easley, who will graduate from MUW in May 2008, will
attend graduate school and also is planning a
wedding, both big ticket items.
“You never enjoy giving more money, but I don’t mind
if it’s to improve the quality of programs and
facilities,” she said. “I’m very excited that we’re
still the best value for your money.”
Easley said she sees her college education as an
investment, which will more than likely mean more
career options and a higher paying job in the
According to the U.S. Census: Population data and
Current Population Survey, 2005, the earning
potential of an individual with a bachelor’s degree
is $17,600 more than a person with some college
The U.S. Department of Labor data cites that by
2008, jobs requiring a high school education will
grow by just 9 percent, while those requiring a
bachelor’s degree will grow by 25 percent.