The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) delivers a quality education in one of the most affordable college towns in the U.S. (Great Value Colleges, 2014). Here, you will experience Southern hospitality and culture at its best. Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi is one of 130 universities included in the “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity” category by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Only one hour from Mississippi Gulf Coast beaches, the Hattiesburg campus sits on 300 acres and is conveniently located to on- and off-campus housing, shopping, restaurants and a vibrant, historic downtown area. In addition, we are located in close proximity to several major metropolitan areas (New Orleans, 180 km; Atlanta, 600 km; Dallas, 780 km).