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The W Fact Sheet

Mississippi University for Women was founded in 1884 as the first publicly chartered university in the nation for women. It welcomed men to its student body in 1982, and males now make up about 18 percent of total enrollment.

Total annual enrollment is 3,465 students, of which nearly 84 percent are from Mississippi.

The W’s three colleges are: the College of Arts, Sciences, and Education; the College of Business and Professional Studies; and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

The campus covers more than 114 acres in the central historic district of Columbus, Miss. Twenty-three of more than 60 campus buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Committed to an outstanding environment for students, faculty and staff, The W continues to earn honors for service, affordability and quality.

  • U.S. News – No. 19 among public Southern regional universities, U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings
  • Washington Monthly—No. 26 in national master’s public universities; No. 53 overall as a ‘Best Bang for the Buck’
  • Great Colleges to Work For—Great Colleges to Work For, 5th year in a row, 4 years on Honor Roll
  • President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll—5 consecutive years
  • RNtoBSN.org Best Hybrid Programs—No. 3 in the nation
  • Diverse Issues in Higher Education—No. 7 nationally awarding bachelor of science nursing degrees to African-Americans

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1100 College Street
Columbus, MS 39701

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Phone: (662) 329-7119
Fax: (662) 329-7123