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Biloxi, Mississippi (MS) Colleges and Universities

While there is only one school in Biloxi, there are many schools located within a 50-mile radius. Read about the top schools in several categories, including most program variety and lowest net price, to find the school for you.

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Most Program Variety

Schools with a high number of academic programs may appeal to students who want flexibility in choosing a degree path. The following three schools have the most program variety in the Biloxi area.

1 - University of South Alabama

The University of South Alabama is a public, four-year school in Mobile, AL, that serves 14,769 students. About 102 degree programs are offered through 10 schools that encompass fields such as nursing, computing, business, engineering and education. According to 2011-2012 figures from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the school awarded 1,669 bachelor's, 718 master's and 158 doctoral degrees along with nearly 250 certificates. That year, the most popular programs were registered nursing for bachelor's and master's degree candidates, medicine for doctoral students and emergency medical tech training for certificate seekers.

2 - Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, located in Perkinston, MS, is a public, two-year institution with 9,972 undergraduates. This school offers about 72 academic, technical and career training programs. In 2011-2012, students earned 1,795 associate degrees and more than 200 certificates, the NCES reported. The general studies associate degree program and electrician certificate program had the highest enrollment in that year.

3 - Spring Hill College

Spring Hill College, a four-year, private school in Mobile, AL, with 1,439 students, was ranked #17 in 2013 among regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report. Students can choose from roughly 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. NCES statistics show that the most popular degree programs in 2011-2012 were business administration at the bachelor's level and liberal studies and religion at the master's level. During that academic year, the college awarded 242 bachelor's degrees, 61 master's degrees and more than 40 certificates.

Lowest Tuition

Cost can be a major deciding factor for choice of school. The NCES provides the estimated tuition and fees of schools for the 2012-2013 school year. Costs considered are for Mississippi residents at either Mississippi or Alabama schools. Financial aid, including scholarships and grants, can go a long way toward reducing the sticker price. These three schools have the lowest reported tuition and fees among traditional schools in the area for the 2012-2013 school year.

1 - Pearl River Community College

Pearl River Community College, based in Poplarville, MS, is a two-year, public college with 5,390 undergraduates. This school offers the lowest tuition and fees in the area, which totaled $2,380 for in-state and $4,778 for out-of-state students for the 2012-2013 academic year; on-campus room and board costs were $4,200. The NCES reported that, in 2011-2012, 67% of first-year undergraduates received an average of $4,371 in grant or scholarship aid, while 21% obtained federal student loans in the average amount of $4,199.

2 - Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College offers the second-lowest tuition and fees in the Biloxi region. In 2012-2013, in-state students paid $2,712 in tuition and fees, while the same costs were $4,558 for non-residents. On-campus room and board costs were about $3,810. According to the NCES, 82% of incoming freshmen received an average grant or scholarship award of $4,334 during the 2011-2012 school year, and 27% had an average of $4,671 in federal student loans.

3 - University of South Alabama

Prices jump moving from 2-year to 4-year schools. The University of South Alabama's out-of-state tuition was $13,020 for the 2012-2013 school year. The NCES also estimated that the cost of on-campus room and board was $6,270. During the 2011-2012 school year, 82% of first-year students had grants or scholarships in the average amount of $6,000, and 62% obtained an average of $7,579 in federal loans. According to the College Board, 14% of students had their full financial need met at the school in Fall 2012.

Highest Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rates reported by the NCES represent full-time students who graduated within 150% of the 'normal time' it takes to complete their degree program (e.g., six years for a bachelor's degree). These three schools have the highest graduation rates among traditional, not-for-profit schools in the Biloxi area.

1 - Spring Hill College

Spring Hill College has the highest overall graduation rate in the area at 61%. Among students who began their studies in 2005, 51% graduated within four years. The retention rate, indicating the amount of first-year students beginning in 2010 and returning to study in Fall 2011, was 76% for full-time students, according to the NCES.

2 - Remington College - Mobile Campus

Remington College in Mobile is a two-year, private college with 623 students. This school's overall graduation rate for students entering the university in 2008 was 59%. About a quarter of students beginning the same year finished their academic programs within 'normal time.' According to the NCES, 60% of full-time, first-year students in 2010-2011 returned to the university for their second year.

3 - University of South Alabama

The University of South Alabama had an overall graduation rate of 38% for students who began their degree programs in 2005; 17% of students beginning the same year transferred to other institutions. Among students pursuing bachelor's degrees, 17% graduated within four years. The university's first-year retention rate was 65% for full-time and 36% for part-time students between 2010 and 2011.

Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio

Students who want more personalized attention in their classes may choose schools with the fewest students for each instructor. The three schools listed below have the lowest student-faculty ratios among traditional, not-for-profit schools.

1 - Spring Hill College

Spring Hill College's student-faculty ratio of 13:1 is the lowest in the area among comparable schools. The NCES reported that the school employed 84 full-time and 43 part-time instructors in Fall 2012. The student population was 1,439 in 2011. During the same year, according to U.S. News & World Report, more than half of classes had fewer than 20 students.

2 - Pearl River Community College

Pearl River Community College has a student-faculty ratio of 16:1. In Fall 2012, there were 263 full-time and 112 part-time instructional faculty members teaching at the school, according to the NCES. The school enrolled 5,390 students in Fall 2011, of which 69% attended on a full-time basis.

3 - University of South Alabama

The University of South Alabama has a 21:1 student-faculty ratio, offering the third lowest student-faculty ratio in the area. According to the NCES, the total student population in Fall 2011 was 14,769. During the same year, the school employed 739 full-time and 326 part-time instructional faculty members. There were also 305 TAs teaching classes.

Biloxi Schools at a Glance

School Name Location School Type Program Levels Offered Area Ranking
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston, MS (27.4 miles from Biloxi) 2-year, public Less than one-year and one-year but less than two-year certificates; associate degrees 2nd Most Program Variety,
2nd Lowest Tuition
Pearl River Community College Poplarville, MS (48.6 miles from Biloxi) 2-year, public One- but less than two-year and two- but less than four-year certificates; associate degrees Lowest Tuition,
2nd Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio
Remington College - Mobile Campus Mobile, AL (46.5 miles from Biloxi) 2-year, private, not-for-profit Less than one-year and one- but less than two-year certificates; associate degrees 2nd Highest Graduation Rate
Spring Hill College Mobile, AL (46.4 miles from Biloxi) 4-year, private, not-for-profit Less than one-year and one- but less than two-year certificates; bachelor's and master's degrees; postbaccalaureate and post-master's certificates Highest Graduation Rate,
Lowest Student-Faculty Radio,
3rd Most Program Variety
University of South Alabama Mobile, AL (46.7 miles from Biloxi) 4-year, public Less than one-year, one- but less than two-year and two- but less than four-year certificates; bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; postbaccalaureate and post-masters certificates Most Program Variety,
3rd Lowest Tuition,
3rd Highest Graduation Rate,
3rd Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio
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