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University enrollment shows slight decline from previous year

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(Information provided by The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning)

Fall enrollment at Mississippi Public Universities remains level when compared to Fall 2018 figures. Fall enrollment for 2019 is 77,896 for the system, compared to 79,193 students enrolled in Fall 2018, representing a 1.6 percent decrease.

“Mississippi Public Universities are preparing the workforce of the future,” said Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr., Commissioner of Higher Education. “As these students graduate and enter the workforce, they will earn more, pay more in taxes and be less likely to be unemployed. They will become the leaders in our companies and our communities and contribute to the betterment of our state.”

Total Student Enrollment, Fall 2018 and Fall 2019


Fall 2018 Fall 2019 Number Change

Percent Change

Alcorn State University 3,658 3,523 -135 -3.7%
Delta State University 3,716 3,761 45 1.2%
Jackson State University 7,250 7,020 -230 -3.2%
Mississippi State University 21,974 22,226 252 1.1%
Mississippi University for Women 2,711 2,813 102 3.8%
Mississippi Valley State University 2,285 2,147 -138 -6.0%
University of Mississippi 23,090 22,273 -817 -3.5%
University of Southern Mississippi 14,509 14,133 -376 -2.6%
System Total: 79,193 77,896 -1,297 -1.6%

Source:  Institutional Research Offices, November 7, 2019

Figures are unduplicated and count students one time regardless of on-campus and off-campus enrollment. Figures are based on enrollment as of November 1 of the fall term. Total figures for the University of Mississippi include students attending the University of Mississippi Medical Center:

  • Fall 2018: 2,816
  • Fall 2019: 2,852

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