A close-knit community of leaders with vision
Founded in 1890, Millsaps College offers an open and exciting environment for eager minds. The dynamic and enthusiastic faculty work hand-in-hand with an engaged student body to open new doors in liberal arts education.
Get to know Millsaps College
Through extensive options for experiential learning, student involvement is extraordinarily high at Millsaps College.
Millsaps has a long tradition of offering one of the best and strongest pre-med programs in the state. Every year, graduates claim a significant number of the one hundred open slots at University of Mississippi Medical School. About 15 percent of each year’s graduates major in biology or chemistry. Millsaps also offers a strong pre-law program with its political science and history majors.
A FUTURE IN BUSINESS
Millsaps’ business program is fully accredited by AACSB and accounts for 15 to 20 percent of total graduate and undergraduate enrollment every year. Accounting, economics, and business administration are the main focuses in the business division.
The school also boasts an exceptionally strong anthropology department. Fieldwork is done at the college’s 4,500-acre biocultural reserve in the Yucatán province of Kiuic. Millsaps was the first school to begin excavation of this site, which was inhabited around 600 BCE. Geology, too, offers many experiential trips to Alaska, Yucatán, and Yellowstone National Park. Altogether, eight to nine courses in math, art, sociology, business, and other disciplines are offered in the college’s Yucatán programs. Through its solar-powered, neo-Mayan architecture on the reserve, Millsaps creates a living and learning environment for students.
There are many other opportunities to venture off campus and abroad, including lab research and NCUR conferences for chemistry and biology students. Millsaps offers language-immersion programs Nice, Costa Rica, and more, and students can attend summer business programs in London, Munich, and the Netherlands.
The college’s location just one mile from downtown Jackson, the state’s capital and financial center, affords students the opportunity to intern with high-level executives. Mentorship programs are in place for medicine, business, law, and all other areas of study.
FAITH & WORK INITIATIVE
The Millsaps College Faith & Work Initiative, funded by the Lilly Endowment, provides an array of seminars, courses, and internships that allow students to explore their personal and professional futures as they relate to issues of ethics, values, faith, and the common good.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 3%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 25%
White, non-Hispanic: 61%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 1%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 0%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 3%
Built around the framework of its nationally acclaimed Core Curriculum, Millsaps offers a variety of specialized instruction.
Millsaps’ faculty are dedicated to teaching. Research is secondary, but it frequently involves work with undergraduate assistants. The college boasts a 9:1 student-to-teacher ratio and an average class size of fifteen. Millsaps has ninety full-time faculty members, and virtually all of Millsaps’ tenure-track faculty hold a PhD or the terminal degree in their field.
Millsaps professors have won various teaching awards, including the McGraw-Hill Undergraduate Anthropology Teaching Award, the CASE Carnegie U.S. Professor of the Year Award, and three professor of the year awards for Mississippi in the last five years.
CREATIVE APPLICATION OF TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES
Millsaps’ Heritage program is a wide-ranging study of the history of ideas, cultures, religions, creative works, and pivotal problems that have shaped humanity for thousands of years. This program brings together history, literature, philosophy, religion, and the arts in an integrated approach to the study of a global cultural history. The program is the equivalent of two year-long courses.
Unlike many colleges, Millsaps has developed a writing program that is independent of its English department. The program teaches students how to develop the art of communication, which is essential for any career. Millsaps embraces the philosophy that writing cannot be taught in just one semester of freshman composition. Instead, it is taught continuously and within the context of every discipline. The college’s required writing portfolio allows students to gather and reflect on a variety of their academic writings. Millsaps is working to expand experiential education, internships, and study abroad, seeking to internationalize students through semester-long programs.
Cooperation and participation clearly define the overall philosophy of the Millsaps College campus.
JOIN A DYNAMIC COMMUNITY UNITED IN THE PURSUIT OF SUCCESS
The school has over a thousand undergraduates, with 80 percent of its students living on campus. There is currently one specifically designated residential service-learning community of twenty-five students, and steps are being taken to create further communities. Soon, residences will provide themed residences for those interested in the environment, leadership, and more. Nearly half of the student body is involved in Greek life, helping to support a vibrant community on campus.
First-year students at Millsaps take an introduction to liberal studies seminar, a rigorous reasoning- and writing-intensive course. Topics of the seminars vary, though all seminars cover the same objectives.
OPEN ARMS AND FULL INTEGRATION
Millsaps’ Student Foundations program is designed to help students adjust to their transition into college. Students meet once a week to learn about personal responsibilities such as dealing with alcohol, drugs, and other issues that may arise while living away from home.
There are many opportunities for service at Millsaps. Students are active in tutoring programs, Habitat for Humanity, local soup kitchens, and other organizations. The college’s One Campus, One Community program focuses on community-service projects in North Midtown (an area near Millsaps) and Jackson’s K-12 schools.
The city of Jackson features a number of cultural opportunities, including a symphony, ballet, art museum, and many jazz clubs. Farish Street, a historic district in town, is getting renovated to provide students with a number of other off-campus options.
Jackson, Mississippi—200 miles south of Memphis.
NCAA Division III, SCAC Conference. 14 varsity sports (7 men’s: baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, tennis; 7 women’s: basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball), 4 clubs, and 26 intramurals.
In every field imaginable, Millsaps College graduates continue to exceed expectations.
A CLEAR VISION FOR THE FUTURE
Along with eight Methodist bishops, distinguished Millsaps alumni include Joanne Edgar, cofounder of Ms. magazine, and Ellen Gilchrist, a distinguished novelist and winner of the American Book Award for fiction. Other alumni include founders of software companies, a Supreme Court Justice, and a former commandant of the Marine Corps.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
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