The University of Mississippi (colloquially known as Ole Miss) is an American public research university located in Oxford, Mississippi. The University of Mississippi is Mississippi’s flagship and largest university with a total enrollment of 24,250 in fall 2016. It is both a sea-grant and space-grant institution and is classified as an “R1: Doctoral University — Highest Research Activity”. Across all its campuses, it comprises approximately 2,200 faculty members, 10,600 staff members, and 24,000 students, and has a total budget of roughly $2 billion. About 55 percent of its undergraduates and 60 percent overall come from Mississippi, and 23 percent are minorities; international students come from 90 nations.

The student-faculty ratio at University of Mississippi is 19:1, and the school has 47.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Mississippi include: Elementary Education and Teaching; Marketing/Marketing Management, General; Accountancy, Finance, General; Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other; Biology, Psychology and Criminal Justice; and Business Administration and Management, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student success and satisfaction, is 86.5 percent.