HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WKRG) – Enrollment at Mississippi Public Universities fell by 1% from Fall 2021 to Fall 2022.

755 fewer students are enrolled in a Mississippi university than in November 2021. Fall enrollment for 2022 is 75,755 for the system, compared to 76,510 students enrolled in Fall 2021.

The University of Mississippi was the only school to have more students than last year. It grew by 5% or 1,111 students.

The university now has the highest student enrollment in the state, 22,967, surpassing Mississippi State University by 318 students.

A freshman class of 4,480 this fall, the largest in Ole Miss’ history, drove the enrollment increase.

The biggest decline was at Mississippi Valley State University. Enrollment is down by 9% at the school, or 185 students.

Total Student Enrollment, Fall 2021 and Fall 2022

InstitutionFall 2021Fall 2022 Number ChangePercent Change
Alcorn State University3,0742,933 -141-4.6%
Delta State University2,7272,556 -171-6.3%
Jackson State University7,0806,906 -174-2.5%
Mississippi State University23,08622,649 -437-1.9%
Mississippi University for Women2,4772,339 -138-5.6%
Mississippi Valley State University2,0641,879 -185-9.0%
University of Mississippi21,85622,967 1,1115.1%
-Main Campus18,80019,869 1,0695.7%
-Medical Center3,0563,098 421.4%
University of Southern Mississippi14,14613,526 -620-4.4%
System Total:76,51075,755 -755-1.0%

The decrease in Mississippi’s public four-year institutions is slightly less than the decrease in fall enrollment at public four-year universities nationally.

National undergraduate enrollment fell by 1.6 percent at public four-year institutions, when comparing Fall 2022 enrollment and Fall 2021 enrollment, according to National Student Clearinghouse Research Center data.

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