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Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi, known affectionately as Ole Miss, is the state's flagship university. A world-class public research university, the institution has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and innovative research. With nearly 24,000 students, Ole Miss is the state’s largest university, with a major medical school, a nationally recognized law school and 15 academic divisions. A student-to-faculty ratio of 18-to-1 provides time for professors to mentor students and for classmates to forge friendships. It has been ranked as one of Americas best college values by Kiplinger's and is located on a breathtaking campus ranked among the nation's most beautiful by multiple media outlets.

From outstanding academic programs and centers of excellence, such as the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, Croft Institute for International Studies, Center for Intelligence and Security Studies, Lott Leadership Institute and Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence, to opportunities for serving the community and world, Ole Miss provides students with an ideal balance of experiences to prepare them for life. For the seventh year in a row, Ole Miss earned top honors in The Chronicle of Higher Education Great Colleges to Work For survey.

With enrollment topping 23,800 in 2015, Ole Miss experienced its 21th consecutive year of growth. Ole Miss students attend graduate school and succeed in their careers. The university’s well-connected alumni network knows the value of an Ole Miss degree, and soon you will, too.

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Ole Miss is just that, a family. As with all families, Ole Miss recognizes time-honored traditions and continually welcome new ideas and faces. Renowned for its campus beauty, academic excellence, leadership development, safety and commitment to service, Ole Miss prides itself on being accessible to students and faculty from small towns across Mississippi to those hailing from places as far away as Russia and Asia.

The campus is nestled in the heart of Oxford, which is consistently named among the nation's best college towns. It is home to exceptional fine dining by James Beard Award-winning chefs, trendy shopping at local boutiques and one of the nation best independent bookstores, Square Books. Visitors can explore Rowan Oak, William Faulkner's historic home, as well as the home of L.Q.C. Lamar, an Ole Miss mathematics professor who went on to become a distinguished U.S. senator and Supreme Court justice.

Oxford has a thriving and diverse music scene, including two recording studios and several venues to hear live music. The "Thacker Mountain Radio" show broadcasts live from the Square over Mississippi Public Broadcasting, and the annual Double Decker Arts Festival brings artists, craftsmen and musicians from across the South to town each spring. For culture, there’s the annual Oxford Conference for the Book, Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference and Oxford Film Festival

Ole Miss is home to the award-winning University Museum, state-of-the-art Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, heart-pounding Southeastern Conference athletics competition, more than 250 student organizations, an acclaimed golf course, intramural activities and a recreation center that sponsors camping, skiing, hiking, rafting and other outdoor adventure trips.

In March 2015, the Ole Miss basketball team defeated BYU in the NCAA Tournament, the team's second trip to the "Big Dance" in three years. The team will being play in its new home, the $90 million Pavilion at Ole Miss, in January 2016. On football weekends, the campus transforms into a game day celebration that has been ranked as the nation best tailgating experience by Tailgater Monthly and Parade magazines, and featured on ESPN's "College GameDay." The Rebels have returned to national prominence in football, spending most of the 2014 football season in the Top 25, rising as high as No. 3.