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Mississippi University for Women

Founded in 1884 as the first public college for women in the United States, MUW is a tradition-rich university that has been home to such noted personalities as Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eudora Welty, among others. Over 30 years ago, MUW opened its doors to men. 


MUW has always shown an ability to adapt and change with the times. In 1920, shortly before newly enfranchised II & C graduates elected their former president Henry Whitfield Governor of Mississippi, The Industrial Institute and College became Mississippi State College for Women. 


Our students say there's something special about The W. You might think they're talking about our ranking among the top Southern public master's universities or our small class sizes, or our best value ranking in U.S. News & World Report and Washington Monthly. Sure those are important. But what students say gives their education that extra something, is our community - down to earth, welcoming, and intellectually curious. It's what makes them feel at home. 


MUW values research, scholarship, and creativity. While MUW is primarily a teaching institution, the university supports research, scholarship, and creativity to enhance the professional development of faculty and staff in order to better prepare students.


The W's Office of Career Services strives to provide an environment that will enhance classroom experiences and assist students, faculty, staff, and alumni with their educational and career goals.

Student services

The Dean of Students’ Office, a department within the Division of Student Affairs, serves as a key link between students, parents, administration, and academia. The office supports both the academic mission of Mississippi University for Women and the Division of Student Affairs by providing programs, services, resources, and advocacy for the needs and interests of all students at Mississippi University for Women.

Housing services

The W has six residence halls, offering a variety of amenities and housing options. Here's a look at what our halls offer.

  • Residence Halls for Men: Kincannon, Grossnickle, Columbus
  • Residence Halls for Women: Kincannon, Grossnickle, Jones, Hastings-Simmons, Callaway
  • Residence Halls for Freshmen: Kincannon
  • Residence Halls for Upperclassmen: Callaway, Columbus, Hastings-Simmons, Jones
  • Residence Halls for Honors: Grossnickle 

Library services

Fant Memorial Library is located on 5th Avenue South between Serenade Drive and MSCW Drive.

Medical services

All MUW and MSMS students, faculty and staff are eligible to use the Health Center. No fee is charged for routine visits to the Health Center. Spouses and dependent children over the age of three years also are eligible to use the health center for a fee of $15.00.

Campus life

Here at The W, it's easy to find a fit in one of more than 70 student organizations. You can plan a concert, compete in intramural sports, serve in student government, participate in a social club, sorority, or fraternity. You can even start your own organization. There's plenty to do!

Sports facilities

Campus Recreation strives to provide quality recreation opportunities for the MUW community and to create a safe environment that fosters development of the mind and body. 

Student clubs

We have nine four-year social clubs, three two-year social clubs, three local fraternities, one local sorority, three National Pan-Hellenic sororities, and one National Pan-Hellenic fraternity. Each has its own traditions and opportunities for leadership.

Mississippi University for Women (MUW) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award degrees at the levels of associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate. 

Columbus, Mississippi, United States

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