Southern Miss is the national headquarters of the Economic Development Research Institute, the nation's largest association for economic development professionals.
The Polymer Science program ranks among the nations best. (U.S. News and World Report ranked our Polymer Science and engineering program in the Top 10 nationally)
The New York Times Book Review rates our center for writers as one of the Top 10 in the country, and our study abroad program ranks in the Top 10 in the nation as well.
USM is one of only a dozen universities in America to hold accreditation in all four fine arts emphasis areas of art, dance, theatre and music. The College of Fine Arts is the only such College in Mississippi.
The school of Communications is ranked among the Top 10 programs in the nation, according to the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
The teaching programs graduate more teachers in the state than any other college or university in Mississippi.
Southern Miss is one of only 30 percent of business schools in the nation accredited by the AACSB International Association for Management Education.
In collaboration with the U.S. Navy, Southern Miss operates the nation's only accredited hydrographic science program, which uses sophisticated technology to map ocean floors.
More then 40 % of Southern Miss graduates pursue degrees and many find homes at such prestigious graduate schools as Yale, Harvard, Duke, Johns Hopkins, UCLA, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Georgetown.
USM ranks in the Top 10 nationally among doctoral institutions in the number of degree-seeking students studying abroad each year.
Alumni include Rhode Scholarship finalists, and winners of Truman, Mellon and Presidential Scholarships.
"We are proud to be ranked among schools like Alabama and Michigan in the U.S. News and World Report ranking," Southern Miss spokeswoman Lisa Mader said. "We are a Carnegie 1 Research Extensive university that ranks in the Class 1 Southern Regional Education Board rankings. The Carnegie status places us among an elite group of universities across the nation."