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Welcome to the Ole Miss Family Association!

Parents and family members are an integral part of the success of Ole Miss students. The University recognizes the critical role you play and strives to create a positive partnership with you. Because you have chosen Ole Miss to educate, mentor, nurture and inspire your son or daughter, your family will be forever linked to the University of Mississippi.  Our array of learning opportunities, leadership development, and campus activities work together to prepare students for rewarding careers and meaningful lives.

The Ole Miss Family Association serves as the primary liaison between the University and UM families. We offer specific programs and services designed to inform families about valuable resources, critical issues, and topics relevant to student success.  From Fall Family Weekend to exclusive information and newsletters, joining the Family Association will benefit both you and your student.

For more information about joining the Ole Miss Family Association and detailed benefits, please click on the link above to join or email ole&#;issfamily@olem&#;ss.e&#;u. We hope you will take full advantage of the services and resources that the Ole Miss Family Association provides. We are your link to the university, and we look forward to hearing from you and meeting with you whenever you are on campus.


Merrill Magruder
Director, Ole Miss Family Association

Sours: https://families.olemiss.edu/

Welcome to the Ole Miss Family Leadership Council

Support your student! Strengthen the University! Connect with the Ole Miss Family!

Join the Ole Miss Family Leadership Council (OMFLC) and be a part of a vibrant organization that shares the University of Mississippi&#;s vision of a nationally recognized academic institution and is committed to supporting exceptional educational opportunities.

OMFLC began in and has impacted the Ole Miss student experience by supporting areas within the Division of Student Affairs such as health and wellness, campus safety, career services, and student leadership. We are extremely proud to have had 60 families representing 22 states on the council.

Membership on this Council enables parents to direct their support to programs that enhance the student experience and strengthen the university. OMFLC members also have the opportunity to share feedback with UM leaders, faculty, and staff, as well as hear updates on new programs and the expansion and growth of the campus.

With an OMFLC membership you have the opportunity to:

  • Collaborate with university leaders
  • Help direct campus support to areas with the greatest benefit for your student
  • Exchange and implement ideas that improve your student&#;s experience
  • Attend two annual meetings: one during the fall semester and the second in the spring
  • Build friendships with other parents and students
  • Host or assist with finding hosts for Freshman Summer Sendoffs in your community
  • Plan or assist in planning Ole Miss recruitment events in your community
  • Serve a one-year renewable term
  • Receive Ole Miss Family Association member benefits (view those by visiting families.olemiss.edu)


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Ole Miss Family Association Discounted Rates

Mailbox Rentals, Moving & Storage & Moving Assistance

Student ServicesPak Mail Ole Miss is proud to offer discounted rates to Ole Miss Family Association members. We offer a variety of student services like mailbox rental, shipping services, moving and storage and moving assistance.

Mailbox Rental

Students can rent mailboxes from Pak Mail Ole Miss in three sizes. Our mailboxes allow you to receive both mail and packages.

Moving Assistance

They will help with you dorm move as directed by you. They will bring along a two wheeler, straps, tape and even some markers.

Moving & Storage

We will pickup your items from your dorm room, store them and deliver them back to your dorm room or apartment when you return to school. Register now or call during business hours. Your items are stored in a secure safe storage facility that only we have access to. Call before you return and we will make an appointment to deliver your items to the location you specify.


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University of Mississippi

Public university in Mississippi, U.S.

The University of Mississippi, byname Ole Miss, is a publicresearch university adjacent to Oxford, Mississippi. Including its medical center in Jackson, the University of Mississippi is the state's largest university by enrollment and is Mississippi's flagship university.

The university was chartered by the Mississippi Legislature on February 24, , and four years later admitted its first enrollment of 80 students. It operated as a Confederate hospital during the Civil War and narrowly avoided destruction by Ulysses S. Grant's forces. A race riot erupted on campus in during the civil rights movement when segregationists tried to prevent the enrollment of African American James Meredith. The university has since taken measures to improve its image. Ole Miss is closely associated with writer William Faulkner and owns and manages his former home Rowan Oak. In addition to Faulkner's home, two other sites on campus—Barnard Observatory and the Lyceum–The Circle Historic District—are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Ole Miss is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity". The university is one of 33 colleges and universities participating in the National Sea Grant Program and a participant in the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. Its research efforts include the National Center for Physics Acoustics and the Mississippi Center for Supercomputing Research. Its federally contracted marijuana facility serves as the only Food and Drug Administration-approved source for cannabis research. The university also operates interdisciplinary institutes such as the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. Its athletic teams compete as the Ole Miss Rebels in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Southeastern Conference, Division I.

The university's alumni include 27 Rhodes Scholars, 10 governors, 5 US senators, one head of state, and a Nobel Prize Laureate. Other alumni have received honors such as Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards, and Pulitzer Prizes. Its medical center performed the first human lung transplant and animal-to-human heart transplant.


Main article: History of the University of Mississippi

Founding and early history[edit]

The Mississippi Legislature chartered the University of Mississippi on February 24, [3] Planners selected the university's isolated rural site in the town of Oxford as it was a "sylvan exile" that would foster academic studies.[4] In , residents of Lafayette County donated land west of Oxford for the campus, and, the following year, architect William Nichols oversaw construction of the Lyceum, two dormitories, and faculty residences.[3] On November 6, , the university—offering a classical curriculum—opened its doors to its first class of 80 students.[4][5] Mostly children of elite slaveholders, they were all white, and all but one were from Mississippi.[4][6] For 23 years, the university was Mississippi's only public institution of higher learning,[7] and for years it was the state's only comprehensive university.[8] In , the University of Mississippi School of Law was established, the fourth state-supported law school in the United States.[9]

Early president Frederick A. P. Barnard sought to increase the stature of the university, placing him in conflict with the more conservative board of trustees.[10] His hundred-page report to the trustees on his proposals resulted in little besides the university head's title being changed to "chancellor".[11] Barnard's northern background—he was born in Massachusetts and graduated from Yale—and Union sympathies resulted in heightened tensions: a student assaulted his slave and the state legislature investigated him.[10] Following the presidential election of Abraham Lincoln in , Mississippi became the second state to secede, with the articles of secession drafted by the university's mathematics professor Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar.[12] Students organized themselves into a military company called the "University Greys", which merged with the Confederate States Army.[13] Within a month of the Civil War's outbreak, only 5 students remained at the University of Mississippi, and, by fall , the university closed. In its final action, the board of trustees awarded Barnard a doctorate of divinity.[13]

Within six months, Confederates converted the campus into a hospital. It was evacuated in November as General Ulysses S. Grant's Union forces approached. Although Kansan troops destroyed much of the medical equipment, a lone remaining professor persuaded Grant against burning the campus.[14][note 1] After three weeks, Grant and his forces left, and the campus returned to being a Confederate hospital. Throughout the war, over wounded died and were buried on campus.[16]

Post-Civil War[edit]

A woman in collegiate garb
The University of Mississippi was the first college in the Southeast to hire a female faculty member: Sarah McGehee Isomin

The University of Mississippi reopened in October [16] To avoid rejecting veterans, the university lowered admission standards and decreased costs by eliminating tuition and allowing students to live off-campus and prepare their meals.[5] The university became coeducational in ;[17] however, women could not live on campus or attend the law school.[5] In , the University of Mississippi became the first college in the Southeast to hire a female faculty member, Sarah McGehee Isom.[5][18] Nearly years later, the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies was established in her honor.[5][18]

The university's byname "Ole Miss" dates to , when it was the winning entry of a contest held to solicit suggestions for a yearbook title.[19] The term "Ole Miss" originated as a title domestic slaves used to distinguish the mistress of the plantation from the "young misses".[20] Fringe origin theories include that the nickname originated from a diminutive of "Old Mississippi",[21][22][23] or, less likely, the "Ole Miss" train that ran from Memphis to New Orleans.[19][24] Within two years, students and alumni were using "Ole Miss" to refer to the university.[25]

The Mississippi Legislature between and introduced bills aiming to relocate, close, or merge Ole Miss with Mississippi State University. All such legislation failed.[26] During the s, Mississippi GovernorTheodore G. Bilbo was politically hostile towards the University of Mississippi, firing administrators and faculty and replacing them with his friends. Bilbo's actions,[27] known as the "Biblo purge",[28] damaged Ole Miss to such a degree that it temporarily lost its accredation. Consequently, in the Mississippi Constitution was amended to insulate the Board of Trustees from political pressure.[27] During World War II, Ole Miss was one of colleges and universities nationally that participated in the V Navy College Training Program, which offered students a path to a Navy commission.[29]


Further information: Ole Miss riot of

In , the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional.[30] Eight years after the Brown decision, all attempts by African American applicants to integrate the University of Mississippi had failed.[31][32] Shortly after the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy, James Meredith—an African American who had served in the Air Force and completed coursework at Jackson State University—applied to Ole Miss.[33] After Meredith's admission was obstructed for months by Mississippi officials, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered his enrollment and the Department of Justice, under Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy's orders, entered the case on Meredith's behalf.[31][34] On three occasions, Meredith was physically blocked from enrolling by governor Ross R. Barnett or Lieutenant Governor Paul B. Johnson Jr..[35][36]

After the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held both Barnett and Johnson, Jr. in contempt, with fines of more than $10, for each day they refused to enroll Meredith,[37] President John F. Kennedy dispatched U.S. Marshals, deputized U.S. Border Patrol agents, and 97 federalized Federal Bureau of Prisons personnel to escort Meredith to the campus on September 30, [38] With nightfall and the arrival of far-right former Major General Edwin Walker and outside agitators, a gathering of segregationist students before the Lyceum became a violent mob.[39][40][41] Segregationist rioters threw Molotov cocktails and bottles of acid and fired at federal marshals and reporters.[42][43] Two civilians were killed by gunfire during the riot, French journalist Paul Guihard and Oxford repairman Ray Gunter.[44][45] Eventually, 13, soldiers arrived in Oxford and quelled the riot.[46] One-third of the federal officers, men, were injured, as were 40 federal soldiers and National Guardsmen.[45] The strength of all forces deployed, alerted, and committed in Oxford was over 30,—the largest for a single disturbance in American history.[47]

After control was established by federal forces, Meredith enrolled and attended class on October 1.[48] By , there were around African American students,[49] and as of the – academic year, African Americans compose percent of the student body.[50]

Recent history[edit]

In , Ole Miss purchased Rowan Oak, the former home of Nobel Prize-winning writer William Faulkner.[52][53] The home is preserved as it was at the time of Faulkner's death. Faulkner worked as the university's postmaster in the early s and wrote As I Lay Dying at the university powerhouse. His Nobel Prize medallion is displayed in the university library.[54] Fostering Faulkner's legacy, the university hosted the inaugural Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference in Six years later, in , Willie Morris became the university's first writer in residence.[5]

In , Ole Miss marked the 40th anniversary of integration with a yearlong series of events, including an oral history of the university, various symposiums, a memorial, and a reunion of federal marshals who had served at the campus.[55][56] In , the 44th anniversary of integration, a statue of Meredith was dedicated on campus.[57] Two years later, in , the site of the riots was designated as a National Historic Landmark.[58] Ole Miss also held a yearlong program to mark the 50th anniversary of integration in [59] The university hosted the first presidential debate of , between Senators John McCain and Barack Obama. It was the first presidential debate held in Mississippi.[60][61]

In , Ole Miss retired its mascot, Colonel Reb, due to Confederate imagery.[62] Although a grass-roots movement to adopt Star Wars character Admiral Ackbar (of the Rebel Alliance) gained significant traction,[63][64]Rebel Black Bear—a reference to Faulkner's short story The Bear—was selected as the new mascot in [65][66] This mascot was replaced with another mascot, Tony the Landshark, in [66][67] In , Ole Miss removed the Mississippi State Flag, which featured the Confederate battle emblem,[68] and in , the university relocated a prominent Confederate monument.[69]


Oxford campus[edit]

Panoramic view of the courtyard behind the Lyceum
Panoramic view of the courtyard behind the Lyceum()

Situated at an altitude of around feet, the main campus of the University of Mississippi has expanded from one square-mile of land to around 1, acres ( square-miles). The campus' buildings are largely designed in a Georgian architectural style; some of the newer buildings have a more contemporary architecture.[70]

The campus' center is "The Circle", which consists of eight academic buildings organized around an ovaloid common. The buildings include the Lyceum (), the "Y" Building (), and six later buildings constructed in a Neoclassical Revival style.[58] The Lyceum was the first building built on the Oxford campus and was expanded with two wings in The university claims that the Lyceum's bell is the oldest academic bell in the United States.[70] Near the Circle, The Grove—a acre plot of land set aside by chancellor Robert Burwell Fultonc.&#;—hosts up to , tailgaters during home games.[71][72]Barnard Observatory, constructed under Chancellor Barnard in , was designed to house the world's largest telescope. However, due to the Civil War's outbreak, the telescope was never delivered and was instead acquired by Northwestern University.[70][73] The observatory was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in [74][75] The first major building built after the Civil War was Ventress Hall, constructed in a Victorian Romanesque style in [70]

Architect Frank P. Gates designed 18 buildings on campus from to , mostly in Georgian Revival architectural style, including (Old) University High School, Barr Hall, Bondurant Hall, Farley Hall (also known as Lamar Hall), Faulkner Hall, Hill Hall, Howry Hall, Isom Hall, Longstreet Hall, Martindale Hall, Vardaman Hall, the Cafeteria/Union Building, and the Wesley Knight Field House.[76][77] During the s, there were dozens of building projects at Ole Miss largely funded by the Public Works Administration and other federal entities.[78] Among the notable buildings built in this period is the dual-domed Kennon Observatory ().[79] Two large modern buildings—the Ole Miss Union () and Lamar Hall ()—sparked controversy by diverging from the university's traditional architecture.[80] In , the Gertrude C. Ford Foundation donated $20 million to establish the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts.[81] It was the first building on campus dedicated solely to the performing arts.[82] Ole Miss is currently constructing a , square foot STEM facility, the largest single construction project in the campus' history.[83]

The university owns and operates the University of Mississippi Museum, which comprises collections of American fine art, Classical antiquities, and Southern folk art, as well as historic properties in Oxford.[84] Ole Miss also owns the Oxford-University Airport, located north of the main campus.[70]

  • Campus of the University of Mississippi
  • Ventress Hall
  • Ole Miss Student Union

Satellite campuses[edit]

In , the University of Mississippi School of Medicine was established on the Oxford campus. It only offered two years of medical courses, and students had to attend an out of state medical school to complete their degree.[85] Medical education remained in this form until when the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) was established on a acre site in Jackson, Mississippi, and the School of Medicine was relocated there.[86] With the relocation of the Nursing School establishment of the nursing school in and the establishment of other health-related schools, the UMMC now offers medical and graduate degrees.[85] In addition to the medical center, there are satellite campuses in Booneville,[87] DeSoto,[88] Grenada,[89] Rankin,[90] and Tupelo.[91]

Administration and organization[edit]

Divisions of the university[edit]

The University of Mississippi consists of 15 schools.[] The largest undergraduate school is the College of Liberal Arts.[92] Graduate schools include a law school, a school of business administration, an engineering school, and a medical school.[]


See also: Chancellor of the University of Mississippi

Ole Miss' chief administrative officer is the chancellor,[] a position held by Glenn Boyce since [] The chancellor is supported by multiple vice chancellors who administer areas such as research and intercollegiate athletics. The provost oversees the university's academic affairs,[] and each school, as well as general studies and the honors college, is overseen by a dean.[] A faculty senate advises the administration.[]

The Board of Trustees of the Mississippi State Institutions of Higher Learning is the constitutional governing body responsible for policy and financial oversight of Ole Miss and Mississippi's seven other public secondary institutions. It consists of 12 members, who serve staggered 9 year terms and represent the three Supreme Court Districts in the state. The Board appoints the Commissioner of Higher Education who administers its policies.[]


As of April , Ole Miss' endowment was $ million.[] The university's budget for fiscal year was over $ million.[] Less than 13% of operating revenues are funded by the state of Mississippi,[] and the university relies heavily on private donations. Notably, the Ford Foundation has donated nearly 65 million to the Oxford campus and the UMMC.[]

Academics and programs[edit]

The University of Mississippi is Mississippi's largest university by enrollment and is considered the state's flagship university.[][][] The student-faculty ratio at Ole Miss is percent of its classes have fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors include: Integrated Marketing Communications, Elementary Education and Teaching; Marketing/Marketing Management, General; Accountancy, Finance, General; Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other; Biology, Psychology and Criminal Justice; and Business Administration and Management, General.[] To receive a bachelor's degree, students must have at least semester hours with passing grades and a cumulative GPA.[]

Ole Miss also offers graduates degrees such as PhDs and master's of art, science, and fine arts.[] Notably, the university maintains the Mississippi Teacher Corps, a free graduate program that educates teachers for critical-needs public schools.[]

First awarded in , Taylor Medals are presented to exceptional students nominated by the faculty. Named in honor of Marcus Elvis Taylor (Class of ), these medals are given to less than one percent of each class.[23]


A series of shallow ponds arranged in a grid and surrounded by forest. There is a light snow on the ground.
Research ponds at the University of Mississippi Field Station

Ole Miss is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity".[][] According to the National Science Foundation, Ole Miss spent $ million on research and development in , ranking it nd in the nation.[] It is one of the 33 colleges and universities participating in the National Sea Grant Program and a participant in the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program.[] Since , Ole Miss has been a member of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities.[]

University of Mississippi Medical Center surgeons, led by James Hardy, performed the world's first human lung transplant, in , and the world's first animal-to-human heart transplant, in The heart of a chimpanzee was used for the heart transplant because of Hardy's research on transplantation, consisting of primate studies during the previous nine years.[][]

Ole Miss established its Medicinal Plant Garden in , which is used for drug research by the School of Pharmacy.[] Since , the school has operated the only legal marijuana farm and production facility in the United States. The National Institute on Drug Abuse contracts to the university production of cannabis for use in approved research studies as well as for distribution to the seven surviving medical cannabis patients grandfathered into the Compassionate Investigational New Drug program.[] The facility is the only source of marijuana that medical researchers can use to conduct Food and Drug Administration-approved tests.[][]

The National Center for Physics Acoustics (NCPA), established by Congress in , is located on campus.[70][][] In addition to conducting research, the NCPA houses the Acoustical Society of America's archives.[] Ole Miss also operates the University of Mississippi Field Station, which includes research ponds and supports long-term ecological research,[] and hosts the Mississippi Center for Supercomputing Research and the Mississippi Law Research Institute.[][][][] In , Ole Miss completed Insight Park, a research park that "welcomes companies commercializing University of Mississippi research".[][]

Special programs[edit]

Trent Lott Leadership Institute
Panoramic view of the Trent Lott Leadership Institute

Honors education, consisting of lectures by distinguished academics, was initiated at the University of Mississippi in In , this program became the University Scholars Program, and, in , the University Honors Program was created and honors core courses were offered.[] In , Netscape CEO Jim Barksdale and wife Sally donated $ million to establish the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College (SMBHC).[] The SMBHC provides a capstone project (a senior thesis) and endowed scholarships.[]

In , Ole Miss established its Center for the Study of Southern Culture with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Housed in the College of Liberal Arts, the center provides for interdisciplinary studies of Southern history and culture.[] In , the university established the Trent Lott Leadership Institute, named after alumnus and then US Senate majority leaderTrent Lott. The institute was funded with large corporate donations from MCI Inc. and Lockheed Martin among others.[] In addition to various leadership initiatives, the institute offers a BA degree in Public Policy Leadership.[] The Center for Intelligence and Security Studies (CISS) delivers academic programming on intelligence analysis. In addition, the CISS engages in applied research and consortium building with government, private, and academic partners.[] In , the United States Director of National Intelligence designated CISS as an Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence (CAE). CISS is one of only 29 college programs in the United States with this distinction.[] Other special programs include the Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence—established jointly by Ole Miss and Toyota in —and the Chinese Language Flagship Program (simplified Chinese: 中文旗舰项目; traditional Chinese: 中文旗艦項目; pinyin: Zhōngwén Qíjiàn Xiàngmù).[][] The Croft Institute for International Studies, founded in , provides the only international studies undergraduate program in Mississippi.[]

The University of Mississippi is a member of the SEC Academic Consortium. Now renamed the SECU, the initiative was a collaborative endeavor designed to promote research, scholarship and achievement among the member universities in the Southeastern Conference.[][] In , the university participated in the SEC Symposium on renewable energy in Atlanta, Georgia which was organized and led by the University of Georgia and the UGA Bioenergy Systems Research Institute.[]

In , actor Morgan Freeman and Professor Linda Keena donated $1 million to Ole Miss to create the Center for Evidence-Based Policing and Reform. The center will provide training law enforcement and seek to improve how law enforcement engages with the community.[][]

Rankings and accolades[edit]

In U.S. News & World Report's rankings, the University of Mississippi was tied for th among national universities and 67th among public universities.[] In , Bloomberg Businessweek ranked the Professional MBA program at the School of Business Administration in the top 50 among American public universities,[] and the online MBA program in the top [] As of , all three degree programs at the Patterson School of Accountancy were among the top 10 accounting programs according to the Public Accounting Report.[]

For the last 10 years, the Chronicle of Higher Education has named Ole Miss as one of the "Great Colleges to Work For". In the results, released in the Chronicle's annual report on "The Academic Workplace", Ole Miss was among 84 institutions honored from the colleges and universities surveyed.[] In , the Ole Miss campus was ranked the second safest in the SEC and one of the safest in the nation.[]

As of , the university has had 27 Rhodes Scholars.[] Since , it has 10 Goldwater Scholars, seven Truman Scholars, 18 Fulbright Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, three Udall Scholars, two Gates Cambridge Scholars, one Mitchell Scholar, 19 Boren Scholars, one Boren fellow and one German Chancellor Fellowship.[]


Ethnic composition of student body ()[50]

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Student body[edit]

As of the – academic year, the student body consisted of 15, undergraduates and 3, in graduate programs.[] The undergraduate population is majority female, roughly 57 percent.[][] As of fall , minorities composed percent of the body.[] The median family income of students is $,, and over half of students come from the top 20 percent. According to The New York Times, Ole Miss has the seventh highest share of students from the economic top one percent among selective public schools.[] The median starting salary of a graduate is $47, according to US News.[]

Although a majority—54 percent—of undergraduates are from Mississippi,[50] the student body is geographically diverse. As of fall , Ole Miss undergraduates represented all 82 counties in Mississippi, 49 states, the District of Columbia, and 86 countries.[] The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student success and satisfaction, is percent.[] In , the student body included over 1, transfer students.[]


As of the – academic year, there were, excluding those of the UMMC, 1, professors, of whom were tenured. At this time, there were male and female professors.[]

With the early emphasis on classical studies, multiple notable classicists, including George Tucker Stainback, Wilson Gaines Richardson, and William Hailey Willis, have held positions teaching at the University of Mississippi.[][] Archeologist David Moore Robinson, credited with discovering the ancient city of Olynthus, also taught classics at the university.[][] Former Mississippi Governor Ronnie Musgrove was a political science lecturer,[] and Kyle Duncan was an assistant law professor prior to his appointment to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.[][]Landon Garland taught astronomy and philosophy prior to becoming the first president of Vanderbilt University.[][] Actor James Best, best known for The Dukes of Hazzard, was an artist-in-residence.[] Additionally, Robert Q. Marston, Director of the National Institutes of Health, served as the dean of the medical school,[][] and Eugene W. Hilgard, considered the father of soil science, taught chemistry at Ole Miss.[] Other notable scientific faculty include psychologist David H. Barlow and physicist Mack A. Breazeale.[][]

Noted alumni[edit]

Main article: List of University of Mississippi notable alumni

In addition to Faulkner,[] notable writers who attended the University of Mississippi include Florence Mars,[]Patrick D. Smith,[]Stark Young,[] and bestseller John Grisham.[] Notable journalist graduates include Boston Globe correspondent Curtis Wilkie and broadcast journalist Shepard Smith.[][] Alumni in film include Emmy Award-winning actor Gerald McRaney and Tate Taylor, director of The Help.[][] Musicians who studied at Ole Miss include Mose Allison and Grammy Award-winner Glen Ballard.[][] Athlete graduates include tennis player and time Grand Slam Champion Mahesh Bhupathi,[]New York Yankees catcher Jake Gibbs,[] and Michael Oher, NFL offensive lineman and subject of The Blind Side.[] Additionally, three Miss Americas and one Miss USA are among Ole Miss alumni.[][][]

Ole Miss alumni include 5 US senators and 10 governors.[] Other public servant graduates include Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr.,[] US Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus,[][] White House Press Secretary Larry Speakes,[] and Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.[] Notable academics include Pomona College president E. Wilson Lyon,[]Pulitzer Prize-winning Harvard professor Thomas K. McCraw,[] and Mercer University president James Bruton Gambrell.[] Notable physicians include Arthur Guyton,[]American Medical Association head Edward Hill,[] and Thomas F. Frist Sr., co-founder of Hospital Corporation of America.[] Alumnus William Parsons served as Director of NASA's Stennis Space Center and later the Kennedy Space Center.[]


Main article: Ole Miss Rebels

The University of Mississippi's athletic teams participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Southeastern Conference (SEC), Division I as the Ole Miss Rebels.[][] Varsity athletic teams at the University of Mississippi for women include basketball, cross country, golf, rifle, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Men's varsity teams are baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, tennis, and track and field.[]

In , professor Alexander Bondurant organized the school's football team.[] As collegiate athletic teams began to receive names, a contest resulted in the name "Mississippi Flood" being selected in However, due to the lasting harm of the Great Mississippi Flood of , the name was changed to the "Rebels" in [] The first prime time telecast of college football was of a Ole Miss game.[] The team has won six SEC championships.[] Major rivals include Louisiana State University and Mississippi State University, which Ole Miss respectively plays in the Magnolia Bowl and Egg Bowl.[][] Other rivals include Tulane and Vanderbilt.[][] Football alumni Archie and Eli Manning, both quarterbacks, are honored on campus with speed limits set to 18 and 10 MPH: their respective jersey numbers.[]

Outside of football, Ole Miss Baseball has won 7 overall SEC championships and 3 SEC Tournaments.[] The men's tennis team has won 5 overall SEC championships and has had one NCAA Singles Champion (Devin Britton).[][] Women's basketball has won one overall SEC championship.[] Notable former players include Armintie Price, who holds the SEC record for steals in a game and was the third pick in the WNBA Draft,[] and Jennifer Gillom, SEC Female Athlete of the Year and Olympic Gold Medalist.[] Men's basketball has won two SEC Tournaments.[] In , Ole Miss women's golf won its first NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship.[]

Student life[edit]

Are You Ready?
Hell Yeah! Damn Right!
Hotty Toddy, Gosh Almighty,
Who The Hell Are We? Hey!
Flim Flam, Bim Bam
Ole Miss By Damn!

— The Hotty Toddy chant[]


A common greeting on campus is "Hotty Toddy!", also used in the school chant. The word has no explicit meaning, and its origin is unknown.[] The chant was first published in , but "Hotty Toddy" was spelled "Heighty Tighty". This early spelling has led some to suggest that it originated with Virginia Tech's regimental band, The Heighty Tighties.[][] Other proposed origins are "hoity-toity", meaning snobbish,[][] or the alcoholic drink hot toddy.[]

On game days, the Grove, a 10 acre plot of trees, hosts an elaborate tailgating tradition,[72][] with the The New York Times noting, "Perhaps there isn't a word for the ritualized pregame revelry 'Tailgating' certainly does not do it justice." The tradition dates back to , when cars were banned from the Grove.[72] Prior to each game, over 2, red and blue barrels called "Dixie Cups" are placed throughout the Grove. This event is known as "Trash Can Friday". Each barrel marks a tailgating spot.[] The spots are then claimed by tailgaters who erect a "tent city" of 2, shelters.[72][] Many of the tents are extravagant—featuring chandeliers and fine china—and typically host meals of Southern cuisine.[] The university maintains "Hotty Toddy Potties"—elaborate portable bathrooms on wheeler platforms—to accommodate the crowds.[72]

Student organizations[edit]

The first sanctioned student organizations were two literary societies established in , the Hermaean Society and the Phi Sigma Society. Weekly meetings, for which attendance was mandatory, were held in the Lyceum until and then in the chapel.[] With the university's emphasis on rhetoric, public orations—organized by students on the first Monday of every month—were popular. Studies were sometimes canceled so students could attend speeches of visiting politicians such as Jefferson Davis and William L. Sharkey.[]

In the s, extracurricular and nonintellectual activities proliferated on campus, and interest in oratory and the now voluntary literary societies diminished.[]Turn of the century student organizations included Cotillion Club, the elite Stag Club, and German Club among several others.[] In the s, the local YMCA began publishing a list of the organizations in the M-Book.[] As of , the handbook is still provided to students.[][]

The Associated Student Body (ASB), established in ,[] is the Ole Miss student government organization. Students are elected to the ASB Senate in the spring semester, with leftover seats voted on in the fall by open-seat elections. Senators can represent Registered-Student Organizations such as the Greek councils and sports clubs, or they can run to represent their academic school.[] The University of Mississippi's marching band, called The Pride of the South, performs in concert and at athletic events. Although formally organized in ,[] the band existed prior to that date as a smaller organization led by a student director.[] A Phi Beta Kappa chapter was established in , the only such one at a public institution in Mississippi.[]


Starship Technologies robots on campus
Starship Technologiesrobots on campus. A traditional dorm can be seen in the foreground: larger modern dorms can be seen in the background.

Approximately 5, students live on campus in 13 residence halls, 2 residential colleges, and 2 apartment complexes.[] Students are required to live on-campus during their first year.[] Within residence halls, students designated as community assistants provide information and resolve issues.[] In the early 20th century, the university provided cottages for married students.[] In , the Vet Village was constructed to room the surge in World War II veteran applicants.[]

Ole Miss provides the Oxford University Transit, a shuttle system free for students, faculty, and staff.[] In early , Starship Technologies introduced an automated food delivery system on campus. Consisting of a fleet of 30 robots, it was the first such system among any SEC school.[][]

Two dining services on campus—Catering at UM and the Rebel Market—are the only Certified Green restaurants in the state of Mississippi.[] In , Ole Miss opened a 98, square-foot recreation center. It contains a gym, indoor climbing wall, basketball courts, and other services.[]

Greek life[edit]

Greek life at the University of Mississippi comprises 32 organizations and around 7, affiliated students.[] Greek societies are housed along Fraternity Row and Sorority Row, which were constructed with federal funds in the late s.[]

The first fraternity founded in the South was the Rainbow Fraternity, founded at Ole Miss in [][][note 2] Other early fraternities established at the university include Delta Kappa Epsilon (), Delta Kappa (), Delta Psi (), and Epsilon Alpha ().[] By , a majority of University of Mississippi students were members of a fraternity or sorority. Non-Greek students felt excluded on campus and tensions between the two escalated. The University Magazine denounced the Greek societies as "the most vicious institution that has grown up in any college".[] In , Lee Russell, a poor Ole Miss student allegedly rejected by the fraternities, appeared before the board of trustees to criticize the Greek societies.[][note 3] In response, the board threatened to abolish Greek life if non-Greek students continued to be ostracized. In , rumors spread that Greek and non-Greek students were preparing to "meet in combat".[] Multiple state legislative investigations were held to address the issue.[] All Greek life at Ole Miss was suspended from to due to statewide anti-fraternity legislation.[][]

As part of a larger crackdown on embarrassing fraternity incidents, Chancellor Gerald Turner ended the traditional Shrimp and Beer Festival in [] In , Phi Beta Sigma, a black fraternity, was preparing to move into a house on the all-white Fraternity Row when their house was burned by arsonists. An alumnus helped purchase another house, and Fraternity Row was integrated two months later.[] In a incident, fraternity members dropped naked students painted with racist slurs at the historically black Rust College.[] In , three fraternity members placed a noose and Confederate symbol on the Meredith statue,[][] and in , fraternity members posed in front of an Emmett Till historical marker with guns.[]


The first student publication at the University of Mississippi was The University Magazine, founded in and published by the literary societies.[] The rivalry between Ole Miss and Mississippi State originated, not from football, but an condemnation by The University Magazine of a Mississippi State publication which had written that Ole Miss "lacked dignity".[] The first student newspaper, The University Record, began publication in Both the Record and the Magazine suffered financially and were suspended in [23]

In , the university's newspaper was revived by the YMCA and student athletic organization as the Varsity Voice.[23] In , this newspaper was superseded by another student-published newspaper, The Daily Mississippian.[23][] The paper is editorially independent and is the only daily college newspaper in the state. The paper is also published online as TheDMonline.com, with supplementary content.[]

Established in , NewsWatch is a student-produced, live newscast, and the only local newscast in Lafayette County.[] Ole Miss has one of the only university-operated commercial FM radio stations in the United States, WUMS Rebel Radio, which began broadcasting in []

Notes and references[edit]


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