University of Southern Mississippi Reviews

3.76 out of 5 stars
(22 Reviews)
  • Hattiesburg (MS)
  • Annual Tuition: $10,624
85% of 22 students said this degree improved their career prospects
91% of 22 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

2.3 out of 5 stars
Butterfly - 6/30/2019
Degree: Nutrition
Graduation Year: 2012
"During my undergraduate, I did learn essential tools for a career field in dietetics, and there were a few professors who were open-minded and kind. However, I did note there was a continuous turnover of professors yearly when I was there for 4 years. Overall, the courses were quite rigorous, and I did very well but did not feel welcome within the dietetic department because of my ethnicity. Within my senior year, I was going through the motions and graduated to appease my parents. However, I eventually, ended up reattending college to pursue another career field. For further students, I highly suggest, fully understanding the career that you will see yourself in for the next 10 years, and if you can be honest with yourself, then to switch to a different major without fear and concern of what others may think of you."
3.0 out of 5 stars
Black Phoenix - 6/2/2019
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2012
"I attended the University of Southern Mississippi fron 2007 to 2012. I was undecided when I began. As I eventually began running out of financial aid, the advisors there helped me make up my mind. They did not force a major on me, instead, I was placed in a class for two days to find out as much as I could, to see if that was what I wanted to do. I appreciate that process. I visited two classes. The third class caught my attention and I stayed. I completed my internship in Palm Beach, Florida."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Bill Parker - 5/23/2019
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2001
"If you are not familiar with USM it is widely known as Mississippi's diploma mill. You (or your cat) can get just about any generic, non-respected, useless undergraduate degree at this party school. It's littered with bitter professors who - generally speaking - couldnt get their foothold in private sector, economy-based employment (aka real job). The main point is - when your USM grad child goes looking for successful employment, they will greatly regret their choice ...and so will you. They'll have to do it all over again - and at a real school... with more loans to add to your debt. Don't flush away your hard-earned money at an institution that wants to run your child through the system just to pay the salaries of poor quality 'professors'."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Joshua Thomas - 5/21/2019
Degree: Performing Arts
Graduation Year: 2012
"I had a wonderful time in my degree program at the University of Southern Mississippi. I got my BFA in Theatre Performance. It was a rigorous program with great instructors who cared deeply for the students' growth. The faculty members who taught me is still intact, and are still working to produce strong actors. The students have a good deal of opportunities to act in main stage productions. I was able to act in seven main stage productions with full lighting, sound, and costumes. There were also opportunities through out the school year to perform in student produced shows. There was a great studio space that had lighting and sound with rehearsal props that students could use to produce pre-existing plays they wanted to produce as well shows they had written. Another positive is that USM has extremely talented undergraduate actors. One student I was in school with got an acting internship at Milwaukee Rep and works constantly in Chicago, another graduated from the Yale School of Drama with his MFA in Acting, another won the Kennedy Center acting competition and works regularly as a professional actor in DC, and I have been working professionally in DC, and have been accepted into Columbia University for my MFA in Acting. There are more stories from other departments, these are only stories from some of the actors I was in school with. The only thing I can think of that could have been improved is the exposure to current writers of color. There was very little exposure to these writers, and I think it would help actors of color to find their voices in the theatre. As a whole, my alma mater is a great program and establishes a very strong base of training for its students. It is a diamond in the rough, and I appreciate the training I received there."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Joshua Thomas - 5/21/2019
Degree: Performing Arts
Graduation Year: 2012
"I had a wonderful time in my degree program at the University of Southern Mississippi. I got my BFA in Theatre Performance. It was a rigorous program with great instructors who cared deeply for the students' growth. The faculty members who taught me is still intact, and are still working to produce strong actors. The students have a good deal of opportunities to act in main stage productions. I was able to act in seven main stage productions with full lighting, sound, and costumes. There were also opportunities through out the school year to perform in student produced shows. There was a great studio space that had lighting and sound with rehearsal props that students could use to produce pre-existing plays they wanted to produce as well shows they had written. Another positive is that USM has extremely talented undergraduate actors. One student I was in school with got an acting internship at Milwaukee Rep and works constantly in Chicago, another graduated from the Yale School of Drama with his MFA in Acting, another won the Kennedy Center acting competition and works regularly as a professional actor in DC, and I have been working professionally in DC, and have been accepted into Columbia University for my MFA in Acting. There are more stories from other departments, these are only stories from some of the actors I was in school with. The only thing I can think of that could have been improved is the exposure to current writers of color. There was very little exposure to these writers, and I think it would help actors of color to find their voices in the theatre. As a whole, my alma mater is a great program and establishes a very strong base of training for its students. It is a diamond in the rough, and I appreciate the training I received there."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Tom - 10/8/2018
Degree: Industrial Engineering
Graduation Year: 2018
"This is the worse university I have ever attended. If you are a veteran looking for a va-friendly school, DO NOT ATTEND HERE! They will not let you enroll in next semester classes until all of your GI bill money has come in and you have paid your entire semester in full! All us veterans know that our stipend doesn't come in full one time, it comes month after month. This means if you want to attend this university you have to have money up front, otherwise classes fill up before you get your GI Bill money. When I call the business service office to explain, they tell me "that's tough! sorry""
4.9 out of 5 stars
Alex Alford - 7/8/2017
Degree: Construction Management
Graduation Year: 2018
"An outstanding online construction program that is military friendly. One of the first fully online construction programs in the US. Many graduates are in management positions in the construction industry. Several of the instructors are accomplished people. Construction is a great career and Southern Miss will get you there."
1.9 out of 5 stars
Henry - 3/30/2017
Degree: Finance
Graduation Year: 2001
"My time at The University of Southern Mississippi was extremely boring. I did meet a lot of nice people there and a few of my professors were helpful. The quality of education I received was not good for the price I was paying. I found my self buying and reading books every summer for subjects/ topics my finance classes did not go over. I found the school did not really prepare students for the qualities employers were looking for from recent college graduates. And the companies that came to recruit on the campus was subpar. My advice for future potential college students is to look at the cost of the college, look at the environment around the college because you are going to be there for the next four to five years, and pay attention to what companies recruit on the campus."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Jolinda Reghi - 3/13/2017
Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2003
"I loved my time at The University of Southern Mississippi. Everyone on campus felt like family. There is a great support network on campus. I always found someone who could help when I had a problem. I always felt safe and welcome. I would recommend this school to anyone! :)"
3.8 out of 5 stars
Natasha Louder - 2/21/2017
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 1988
"My time at the University of Southern Mississippi was the best years of my life! As an 18 year old coming out of high school, college was to be my next step to independence and USM offered a wealth of resources to make that transition successful. As I matured and finally figured out what I wanted to major in, my instructors were very supportive and always had time to meet with me. I would do it all over again!"