Enrollment steady for Mississippi's public universities

Enrollment is up, as a whole, for Mississippi's public universities, according to preliminary figures released by the state Institutions of Higher Learning.

The state saw an increase of 871 students from fall 2013, which is a small increase of 1.1 percent.

"While the increase system-wide is small, it indicates that enrollment remains steady as students recognize an investment in their education today will pay dividends for the rest of their lives," said Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Hank Bounds in a prepared statement.

The University of Mississippi holds the top spot for enrollment with 23,096 students. Ole Miss increased their student body by 3.6 percent, or 805 students.

Mississippi State University remained at nearly the exact enrollment between the school years, experiencing a slight decrease of 23 students, or -0.1 percent. Their enrollment is the second highest in the state at 20,138.

The University of Southern Mississippi suffered a drop in students for the second year in a row. USM lost 404 students, or -2.6 percent, which puts 2014 enrollment at the third highest spot with 14,845 students.

Here's how the other public universities performed for 2014 enrollment:

Alcorn State University

  • 3,717
  • Loss of 131 students (-3.4 percent)

Delta State University

  • 3,614
  • Gain of 91 students (2.6 percent)

Jackson State University

  • 9,508
  • Gain of 374 students (4.1 percent)

Mississippi University for Women

  • 2,697
  • Gain of 68 students (2.6 percent)

Mississippi Valley State University

  • 2,294
  • Gain of 91 students (4.1 percent)

Other schools in the Pine Belt also saw shifts in enrollment.

William Carey University

  • 4,145
  • Gain of 69 students (1.5%)
Jones County Junior College
  • 4,592
  • Loss of 114 students (2.4%)

Pearl River Community College

  • 4,775
  • Three percent increase

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