Leading the Way
In the heart of Oxford, just blocks away from the bustling Square is the University of Mississippi, the state’s oldest public institution of higher learning. Known to thousands of passionate alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, the university is building on more than 160 years of leadership and innovation in education, research and service to strengthen the economic, social and cultural foundations of the state and region.
Outstanding Academic Programs
Both the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and the Patterson School of Accountancy are ranked in the nation’s Top 10 and the School of Business Administration’s Professional MBA program has been recognized as one of the top 14 nationally. Over the past five years, UM School of Pharmacy graduates’ cumulative pass rate on the national licensure examination is the nation’s fifth-highest and 100 percent of May 2011 Doctor of Pharmacy graduates passed the exam on their first attempt.
Research at the University of Mississippi is transforming what we know and how we contribute in the areas of health, education, safety and economic development in the state.
The University’s National Institute for Undersea Technology leads a consortium helping to assess the long-term environmental effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. At the UM National Center for Physical Acoustics, scientists are developing better ways to detect and track tornadoes and are helping quiet the roar of jet engines. The University’s National Center for Natural Products Research is integral in developing the standards of identity and purity for botanical dietary supplements, helping ensure the safety of millions of dietary supplements taken daily, and are identifying new drug leads to fight cancer, tropical diseases, AIDS and other ailments.
A Culturally Rich Environment
Cool, classy, trendy, traditional…all words used to describe Oxford and Ole Miss. It’s where writers find their muse, where acclaimed chefs create a gastronomical paradise and where Ole Miss offers an amazing array of cultural opportunities. From Greek and Roman antiquities to works by American folk artists, or from William Faulkner’s home, Rowan Oak, to the Walton-Young Historic House, the University Museums and Historic Houses add rich cultural dimensions to the lives of all who visit or live here.
The Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts draws crowds from around the state to experience music, dance and drama in a one-of-a-kind setting. Ole Miss is internationally known as home of the world’s largest blues archive, Living Blues magazine and “Highway 61” weekly radio show. A variety of unique programs, such as the annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, Oxford Conference for the Book and Blues and Southern Foodways symposiums, keep visitors coming from all over the world.
Economic Development and Service
UM holds more than 40 patents for such innovations as a novel drug-delivery system, immune stimulators and possible treatments for cancer, malaria, pain and infections. Research means jobs, investment and growth so the University has licensed several of these technologies to new businesses or multibillion-dollar companies. The new Insight Park provides a place where technology and research-based companies can work with the University’s research faculty and students to take advantage of opportunities for collaborative research. Through the Mississippi Teacher Corps, a two-year alternative teacher-certification program, Ole Miss has sent more than 500 teachers into the state’s poorest school districts.
Competing at the Highest Level
The Ole Miss Rebels have a long tradition of winning in the SEC, with six SEC championships, three national championships and several former players filling key roles on NFL rosters. The basketball Rebels have enjoyed five 20-win seasons in the past six years. In tennis, both the men’s and women’s teams finished the 2011-12 seasons ranked in the Top 20 and hosted NCAA Regionals. Men’s track achieved a No. 8 national ranking, the program’s highest ever. Baseball has enjoyed consistent success, hosting NCAA Regionals five of the past eight years and advancing to Super Regional play four of the past seven years.
Friends throughout Oxford and Ole Miss work together to build a stronger community and power cultural and economic growth. Our town-and-gown traditions include the Lafayette-Oxford-University Summer Sunset Series of free outdoor entertainment each Sunday in June, a wonderfully patriotic and old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration complete with a dazzling fireworks display and Oxford’s Double Decker and Shakespeare festivals. This group of community leaders also helps preserve our historic buildings, provide low-income housing and ensures top-notch fire protection, public transportation and law enforcement services.