About Ole Miss

The University of Mississippi is transforming itself for the 21st century. The site of the first Presidential Debate in 2008, the university is also the first public university in Mississippi to shelter a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious undergraduate honor society. There has been significant growth in the university’s endowment, a huge jump in funding for research and new innovative academic programs. External funding for research, service and education projects on the Oxford and Jackson campuses topped $100 million each of the past six years. UM is home to more than 30 research centers.

The Journalism Department, located in Farley Hall, is part of that growth. The department is currently transforming itself into a School of Journalism with expanding offerings in new media and integrated marketing. Farley Hall recently underwent a major renovation. Classrooms are equipped with the latest technology. The Student Media Center, which houses a daily newspaper, daily television show and a commercial radio station with a Class A license, remains an independent unit but serves as an adjunct to the department. The student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has won the top regional award in four of the last five years. Students have interned at major publications in New York City and at far-flung locations such as China and Ireland.

In addition, adjacent to Farley Hall is the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics, funded with $5 million from The Freedom Forum. The center’s programs explore the relationship between journalism, politics and Southern studies.

Outside of the classroom, the 20-acre Grove is the heart of campus and the site of the university’s legendary tailgating parties. No cars are allowed. The tents feature catered food, floral arrangements and students dressed up in ties and sundresses. Sports Illustrated rates tailgating in the Grove as one of America’s premier college events.

Ole Miss also has a close relationship with Oxford, the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner and popular writer John Grisham. Southern Living, Conde-Nast Traveler and Modern Maturity frequently mention Oxford as among the nation’s premier retirement cities. The Square and its surrounding streets feature sophisticated restaurants, smart boutiques and Square Books, a top-rated independent bookstore.


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