University of Southern Mississippi

public university

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a public research university in the United States. Its with its main campus is in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The Hattiesburg campus is about 70 miles (110 km) north of Gulfport, Mississippi and 105 miles (169 km) northeast of New Orleans, Louisiana. It has another campuses at Long Beach. That campus is called Gulf Park. In addition, USM has five more teaching and research sites. USM is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award baccalaureate, master's, specialist, and doctoral degrees.

The University of Southern Mississippi
Former names
Mississippi Normal College (1910–1924)[1]
Mississippi State Teachers College (1924–1940)
Mississippi Southern College (1940–1962)
TypePublic University
EstablishedMarch 30, 1910 (1910-03-30)
Academic affiliation
Endowment$116.8 Million[2]
PresidentRodney D. Bennett
ProvostSteven R. Moser
Academic staff
899 (Fall 2017)[3]
Students14,478 (Fall 2017)[3]
Location, ,

31°19′47″N 89°20′02″W / 31.329638°N 89.333847°W / 31.329638; -89.333847
CampusUrban, 300 acres (1.2 km2)
ColorsBlack, gold[4]
NicknameGolden Eagles
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division ISun Belt Conference

It is known informally as Southern Miss.

The school was founded on March 30, 1910.


  1. Hickman, Alma (1966). Southern As I Saw It: Personal Remembrances of an Era, 1912 to 1954. Hattiesburg, MS: University of Southern Mississippi Press.
  2. "University of Southern Mississippi Foundation Endowment Fund". June 30, 2014. Archived from the original on August 3, 2016. Retrieved June 23, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Office of Institutional Research. "USM Fact Book 2017–2018" (PDF). Fact Book 2017–2018. University of Southern Mississippi. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 23, 2018. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  4. University Colors (PDF). University of Southern Mississippi Office of University Communications. July 15, 2019. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 27, 2020. Retrieved July 25, 2019. {{cite book}}: |work= ignored (help)