COLUMBUS, Miss. – Mississippi University for Women awarded a record number of degrees (894) this past academic year, representing a 21 percent increase over the last five years and 1.4 percent increase from 2017.

The W’s degree ratio this year is 31.8 per full-time equivalent students compared to the system average of 20.8.

Acting President Nora Miller said, “Our enrollment has remained steady this year. I want to thank our admissions team, along with faculty and staff for their hard work in getting each and every student to The W.” Overall, The W’s enrollment is 2,738, down 51 (1.8 percent) from the previous year.

“We have students enrolled from 77 of the 82 counties in Mississippi. We also have students from 32 states and 20 countries,” she added. The number of states and countries are up this year from 30 and 15, respectively.
The W also is up in African-American enrollment, which is at 35 percent. This is a 1 percent increase from last year.

Miller stated that academic excellence and personalized instruction remain an emphasis. This week, The W learned that it continues to be a best value for students, as well as a top public Southern regional university, according to two recent national rankings.

U.S. News & World Report ranked The W 11th as a best value among public Southern regional universities and tied at 20th among best public regional universities in the South. The W also appeared in U.S. News’ Best Colleges for Veterans in Southern regional universities at No. 40.

Additionally, The W was ranked No. 20 by Washington Monthly as a Best Bang for the Buck in the South.

This fall, The W announced new tuition structures, which include one rate for in-state and out-of-state students and flat-rate tuition rates for the RN-to-BSN and MBA programs.

Healthcare related majors make up 48 percent of the university’s fall 2018 enrollment, and The W has awarded more than 2,500 health care related degrees in the last five years.

The W continues to be one of the most accessible and affordable universities in the IHL system, offering one of the lowest tuitions in the Southeast region.

Sept. 13, 2018
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