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Millsaps College

Jackson, Mississippi

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.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
760 undergraduate students
99% of undergrad students are full time
50% male — 50% female
55% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
97 full-time faculty
17 part-time faculty
9 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Highly residential: 88% of students live on campus.

School Location

Jackson, Mississippi—200 miles south of Memphis.

Retention Fall 2015

78% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

66% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 4%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Black or African American 13%
White 74%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 4%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 2%


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.

Other Information

Millsaps College is a four-year independent liberal arts college, founded in 1890 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

Academic Programs

Accounting; American Studies; Anthropology; Art; Biochemistry; Biology; Business; Chemistry; Christian Education; Classical Studies; Computer Science; Economics; Education; English; Environmental Studies; European Studies; Faith & Work Initiative; Film Studies; French; Geology; German; History; Human Services; International Studies; Mathematics; Music; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Public Management; Religious Studies; Sociology; Spanish; Teacher Licensure; Theatre; Women’s/Gender Studies; Writing Program.

Pre-professional programs in Pre-Dental, Pre-Engineering, Pre-Law, Pre-Medical, and Pre-Ministerial.

More Distinctions

  • Ranked in the top 100 liberal arts colleges by U.S. News’s "America’s Best Colleges."

  • Named as one of only 40 Colleges That Change Lives.

  • Cited by "Fiske Guide to Colleges" as one of the “Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Business” and for “its focus on scholarly inquiry, spiritual growth, and community service.”

  • Recognized as one of Princeton Review’s "The Best 361 Colleges" and “Best Southeastern Colleges,” with its management school receiving a #8 ranking nationally for “Best Professors” in the Best 282 Business Schools.

  • Identified as one of "Barron’s Best Buys in Education."

Through extensive options for experiential learning, student involvement is extraordinarily high at Millsaps College…

pre-professional programs

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.

study abroad

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.

Built around the framework of its nationally acclaimed Core Curriculum, Millsaps offers a variety of specialized instruction…

esteemed professors

Millsaps’ faculty are dedicated to teaching. Research is secondary, but it frequently involves work with undergraduate assistants. The college boasts an 11:1 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.

effective writers

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 seminar

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.

community service

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.

rich culture

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.

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.


Admissions Fall 2015

3,657 Total Applicants 
1,925 Total Admissions 
223 Total Freshman Enrollment

52.64% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 520 630
SAT Math 525 630
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 23 28
ACT Math 20 26
ACT English 22 31
ACT Writing    




Tuition $33,306
Fees $2,204
Total $35,510
Room and Board (on campus) $12,412
Room Only $7,006
Board Only $5,406
Estimated Total On Campus $47,922


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

99% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
59% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$26,041 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$6,941 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates