College Guide: The W, Mississippi University for Women


Personal, Affordable, Quality Education

Our students say there’s something special about The W. You might think they’re talking about our beautiful historic campus, our small class sizes, accessibility, or the fact that we’ve been consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report and Washington Monthly Magazine.

Sure those are important. But what students say gives their education that extra something is our community, which is down to earth, welcoming, and intellectually curious. It’s what makes them feel at home.

The W is known for its intimate setting; history and traditions; and “like family” attitude.

Physical Environment
Unique in the marketplace, The W provides a walkable, open campus; a large number of buildings on The National Register of Historic Places; and a geographic location in easy distance of its host community, Columbus, Mississippi.

Social/Psychological Environment
A campus known for its Southern hospitality, The W has a commitment to each student that closely aligns with its mission; a strong sense of service; a familiar tradition; and a closeness with faculty that allows building relationships that last.

Quality of Instruction and Academic Excellence

Our university has an experienced faculty; an institutional reputation for strong academics and program offerings; strong peer interaction; and a favorable 14:1 student faculty ratio. The W was founded in 1884 on a pretty daring idea: women should have the chance for higher education. Today, the university attracts both female and male students from around the region and around the world. It has established one of the premier nursing programs in the state, offering degrees from the associate’s through the doctor of nursing practice, and has developed a nationally recognized program in culinary arts. The W’s colleges include the College of Arts, Sciences, & Education, the College of Business & Professional Studies and the College of Nursing & Health Sciences. We know college is not just about academics. It’s hard not to find a fit in one of more than 75 student organizations. Help plan a concert, compete in intramurals, serve in student government, join a social club, sorority, or fraternity. Or start your own organization. We’re all about you!

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