Once again, Mississippi University for Women is the state leader in degree completion. And while overall headcount was down, enrollment of first-time freshmen has increased.

Students on campus

For fall 2023, the university enrolled 2,227 students, accounting for a 4.8% drop in unduplicated enrollment. First-time freshmen increased by 27%.

 “Within the overall decrease in enrollment, the increase in first-time freshman is a beacon of hope, lighting the way forward. We look forward to seeing positive results of changes in our recruiting process and a more inclusive name for the university,” said W President Nora Miller.

The university continues to lead the state’s public university system with the highest degree completion rate at 33.9 undergraduate degrees awarded per 100 undergraduate full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment.

The W is ranked No. 2 for Best Value Schools among public southern regional universities and No. 5 among Regional Universities (South), according to U.S. News & World Report. The university additionally ranked No. 1 for Least Debt among Regional Universities (South) and tied for No. 5 in Top Performers on Social Mobility among public southern regional universities. The W was ranked No. 15 nationally by Washington Monthly’s 2023 Best Bang for the Buck Rankings: South.

In other student characteristics at The W:

  • 86% are from Mississippi
  • 33% are African-American
  • Average student age is 24

About The W

Located in historic Columbus, Mississippi, The W was founded in 1884 as the first state-supported college for women in the United States. Today, the university is home to 2,227 students in more than 70 majors and concentrations and has educated men for 40 years. The university is nationally recognized for low student debt, diversity and social mobility which empowers students to BE BOLD.

Be Bold. Tower with Blue.