Students at the University of Mississippi say their campus is the most beautiful in the land.
We tallied this list based on the responses of 126,000 students at 378 colleges to our survey question, "How do you rate the beauty of your campus?"
To find out what Ole Miss students have to say about their school’s academics, social life, and student body, read below!
Ole Miss is a prime example of Southern hospitality combined with the opportunity for greatness. Founded in 1848, the legendary university offers “‘big-time’ SEC athletics in the safe, quaint, and picturesque town of Oxford.” Many of the school’s services “are cheap if not free,” and the school “puts on many programs that bring together lots of different people of different backgrounds.” “It has a togetherness about it…there is something for a person with any interest here,” says a student. There is also “a highly academic side to Ole Miss that many outsiders do not see.” Business and international studies are programs of note, and the Honors College is a particular standout here, as it provides “unparalleled academic opportunities, such as beginning research as a freshman.”
Most of the professors “hit the ball out of the park” when it comes to teaching, being available, and helping students acquire internships. Professors constantly organize discussion groups, dinner events, and other gatherings in order to “develop our ability to speak academically in a non-academic setting.” Going to class is “critical”; professors “add much more than the textbook has to offer.” Classes are designed to be “informative but also engaging and dynamic,” and there is a deep understanding that individuals have an effect on the whole. “The teachers care, the university cares, [and] the students all care about the school and what it stands for.”
It can be said again and again, but even beyond the “world-class programs and faculty,” the thing that students at Ole Miss value the most is the traditions and legacy of this school. People “are proud to have graduated from Ole Miss,” and the tremendous amount of alumni support “gives Ole Miss a lot of confidence.”
An Ole Miss existence is “always super busy.” There is “a lot of work to be done” as “school and grades are a very important aspect of life,” but there are also “a lot of opportunities for fun.” “During football season, the Grove consumes our weekends. It’s an amazing experience!” says a student. As a school that most admit is “known for its Greek life, beautiful women, and great parties,” it’s a common misconception that “most people’s minds revolve around drinking, college football, and church on Sunday.” If you take a closer look, you’ll find that there is a huge literary scene “with Thacker Mountain Radio on Thursdays and poetry readings monthly at Proud Larry’s,” and students here also “really want to be active in making changes in the world.”
The closeness of the community makes it easy to feel part of the University. “You’ll hear the term the ‘Ole Miss family,’ and it won’t seem forced or strange,” explains a student. Oxford is also very appealing due to its “small, hometown feel,” and the rich history you see everywhere you go (the Square is the center of town life, and most students can be found there at some point in a week). Basically, “there is never a dull moment, especially on the weekends.”
Ole Miss is a fairly diverse campus, with most students possessing “decent grades and an extravagant social life.” One third of the student body “belongs to either a fraternity or sorority, fancying the appropriate attire of a Polo shirt and loafers or baggy t-shirts and Nike shorts.” The divide between Greek and non-Greek is stark here, though the two groups are not necessarily always adverse towards each other; this is a group of “open minds” in “a small-town” setting, with “a blend of Southern charm and laid-back manners” thrown in, after all. “Studying for your next exam over a glass of sweet tea is a common practice.” As there are a lot of different groups on campus, “You can find a group of friends without much effort.”