Mississippi University for Women


Highest Degree Offered: Masters

College Type: Public

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Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Mississippi


MUW, the Mississippi University for Women, has the distinction of being the first public college for women in the United States. Since 1982 the school has offered admission to men, although enrollments and the institutional mission reflect the university's long history of educating women. With its small size and healthy 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio, the school has the feel of a private liberal arts college but the attractive price tag of a public institution. For a school of its size, MUW offers a broad range of interesting degree programs such as culinary arts and music therapy. Students can choose from 50 majors and concentrations, and professional fields such as nursing, business, and education are some of the most popular among undergraduates. The school's attractive campus includes 23 buildings that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Student life is active with about 80 clubs and organizations including a small fraternity and sorority system. The university does not have an intercollegiate sports program, but many students participate in intramural sports.

Most Popular Majors

Business Administration, Elementary Education, General Studies, Health and Kinesiology, Nursing, Psychology

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 2365
Total Grad Students: Not available
Undergraduate Students: 2394
Faculty: 135

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 18:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 18:1

Percent Male: 18%
Percent Female: 82%

Financial Resources


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Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 24%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 39%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

1100 College Street
Columbus Mississippi 39701

Website: http://www.muw.edu

Main Email:

Main Phone: 662-329-4750

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Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used?

High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:
Students may be accepted for transfer from other regionally accredited colleges and universities if a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA has been maintained on all course work attempted, with the exception of vocational/technical or other courses not acceptable for transfer.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
MUW does not publish a minimum grade requirement for transfer credit.

Credits (Min/Max):
Graduates of community/junior colleges will be required to earn at least 50% of the semester hours required for a specific degree at a senior institution (including 25% of the semester hours at MUW) before becoming eligible for any degree.

Test Scores for Applying:
You must submit official ACT/SAT test scores if you have less than 12 semester hours of college study.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
MUW does not publish a requirement for letters of recommendation.

Essay(s) required:
MUW does not publish a requirement for the submission of an essay or personal statement.

Application Fee:
MUW does not publish an application fee.

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 18 24
English 18 26
Math 16 23
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 410 530
Math 450 620

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Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied:

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Transfer Percentage Accepted: %

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 44%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -44%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 1000

Other Expenses: 4000

Room and Board: 5668

Tuition and Fees: 13286

Total Cost: 23954

Tuition and Fees – In-State: 4876

Total Cost – In-State: 15544

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:

CSS/Profile Used?

Own Financial Aid Form?

Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 5775

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 98%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 94%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 68%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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