Student Services and Resources
The University of Mississippi is a friendly and open campus, widely recognized for it’s unusual beauty and mix of historic and modern buildings. Our host community, Oxford, is an ideal college town, noted by USA Today as one of “America’s Top Six College Towns.” Take a short virtual tour of the campus. To locate and view specific places on campus including academic buildings, residence halls, and athletic venues, check out the campus map.
The university promotes and offers a well-rounded program of leisure-time activities through the Department of Campus Recreation. Structured and unstructured recreational opportunities are available through intramural sports, sport clubs, Ole Miss Outdoors, Ole Miss Fitness, informal recreation, aquatics, and facility management. Skill level is not a prerequisite for entering into any of the programs, which are all offered to male and female students.
The Office of Information Technology (IT) offers students a wide array of services, from supercomputers to personal computing support to e-mail accounts and space for creating Web pages.. Students may contact the IT Helpdesk (http://www.olemiss.edu/helpdesk) by phone (662-915-5222), e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or walk-in( Galtney Center in Weir Hall) for technological assistance.
- Windows based and Apple computers
- Ceiling mounted projector
- Printing Services
IT maintains public computing labs in the Galtney Center in Weir Hall with approximately 70 desktop units distributed across PC/Windows and Macintosh platforms. These computers are configured with Web browsers, office application software, and other special-purpose programs.
Responsibilities of the Office of the Registrar include registration of students for classes, recording of class grades on official university records, maintaining and supplying transcripts of students’ academic work, and processing course withdrawals.
Responsibilities of the Office of the Bursar include the collection, custody, and disbursement of funds for the university.
In order to be considered for aid, students may be required to submit one or more applications to the Office of Financial Aid and the federal government. Incoming freshmen who wish to be considered for internal scholarships based on academics, leadership, and/or merit must complete the online scholarship application when applying for admission, but no later than the final deadline of April 1 in the year of enrollment. Students wishing to apply for all need-based scholarships and federal aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The University of Mississippi is committed to ensuring equal access to an education for enrolled or admitted students who have verified disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).
The office serves those with physical and nonphysical disabilities. University policy calls for reasonable accommodations to be made for eligible students with verified disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. It is the responsibility of students with disabilities to seek available assistance from the university and to make their needs known by contacting the Office of Student Disability Services (SDS) in a timely manner.
The Center for Student Success and First-Year Experience promotes student success through comprehensive, multifaceted, and dynamic initiatives to ensure a quality collegiate experience for our diverse student population.
The Health Professions Advising Office at The University of Mississippi is committed to helping students achieve their professional goals in medicine, dentistry, nursing, optometry, veterinary medicine, and allied health fields, including cytotechnology, dental hygiene, health information management, clinical laboratory science, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.
The Career Center provides a wide variety of programs for students of differing career needs. The services are offered to help students select a major, develop career goals, identify potential employment opportunities, and learn job search and marketing strategies. Services provided for university students include the following:
Career Exploration-Counseling is available for individual career concerns. Several decision-making, interest, and general self-assessment inventories are available.
Courses-Career and Life Planning (EDLD 301) is offered to juniors and seniors who desire job search training.
Independent study courses are those that are administered by the Department of Independent Study, that are asynchronous with the normal academic calendar, and that involve communication between the student and instructor by the mail (traditional correspondence course) or an electronic (Internet-based) mode. Students admitted to the university who wish to take a correspondence or an electronic independent study course must take it through the Department of Independent Study, if the desired course is available. Also, prior approval by the student’s academic dean is required before he or she can take an independent study course. Students have the same responsibilities and rights in online courses as they do in traditional courses.
The Office of International Programs assists international students with admission and placement, arrival services and orientation, counseling, and intercultural, social, and educational activities. The staff support and assist in the organization of intercultural activities and festivals, and other activities to encourage social interaction among students from throughout the world. International document processing and visa advisory services are offered for international students, researchers, staff, and faculty.
The Division of Outreach and Continuing Education provides professional development and public service for diverse populations within the state and across the region. The division’s courses and programs are offered on and off campus; these include study abroad, institutes, conferences, seminars, and teleconferences for professional development, as well as youth-oriented and general interest activities. Academic credit activities include independent study and online courses and off-campus courses at the Tupelo, Booneville, and Southaven locations.
The University sponsors direct exchange, short-term, and other study abroad opportunities at many locations, in programs originating at the university and through partner institutions. Participating students in approved programs pay fees to the university, receive University of Mississippi credit, and are considered to be in residence at the university so that grants, loans, and scholarships often may be applied to costs. To qualify for a study abroad program, a student must be in good academic and disciplinary standing and must meet whatever requirements are set by the specific program. An updated list of exchange sites can also be found at www.outreach.olemiss.edu/studyabroad.
The mission of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College (SMBHC) is to offer a vibrant center of academic and scholarly excellence in a public university setting. Merging academics with public service, the curriculum is designed for the academically versatile student who enjoys intellectual curiosity. Students from all majors and schools who meet the admission criteria of the college may participate in the program. Admission is based on a combination of considerations: grade-point average; SAT and/or ACT scores; writing ability; commitment to public service; and recommendations of teachers. Students must apply separately to the SMBHC in addition to applying to the university.
The Lott Leadership Institute was established in 1999 to honor U.S. Senator Trent Lott, a distinguished graduate of the university. The Lott Institute prepares students to assume positions of leadership in an increasingly complex world and develops a wide range of leadership and outreach programs to enhance the opportunities and lives of our citizens.
Through the College of Liberal Arts, students may earn a B.A. degree in public policy leadership through the Department of Public Policy Leadership. The program joins the systematic study of public policy with the study of the leadership qualities necessary for the successful formation and implementation of policy.
The Psychological Services Center (PSC) is an outpatient training clinic that serves the University, Oxford, and surrounding communities offering help with family, relationship, and self-concept problems as well as for problems that can be more severe, such as depression, panic attacks, agoraphobia, and sexual assault. PSC therapists are advanced doctoral students in clinical psychology who are supervised by staff psychologists.
The Student Health Service is a general practice medical clinic providing care to students. Routine clinic services are provided from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tuition covers the cost of the office visit of the health care professionals. Prescription and nonprescription drugs, laboratory tests, and X-ray procedures are provided to the student at a nominal fee. Prescriptions are dispensed at the Student Health Pharmacy, and charges may be billed to the student’s bursar account, or prescriptions may be filled at local pharmacies. All students born after Jan. 1, 1957, must show proof of two measles and one rubella immunizations prior to registration.
Psychological Counseling and Crisis Intervention. The University Counseling Center is a professional facility available to assist students, faculty, and staff with problems in their lives that may interrupt day-to-day functioning, such as depression, anxiety, family and relationship problems, alcohol and drug abuse, and other identity and trauma issues. The counselors provide short-term therapy, support groups, and assistance in locating the proper referral sources, if needed. A counselor is on call 24 hours a day for crisis intervention. Counseling staff include licensed professionals and other appropriately trained counselors and therapists.
Under the auspices of the Provost Office, the Center will work with faculty members to promote good teaching and learning, serving all teaching faculty, including tenure-track faculty, visiting faculty, adjunct faculty and graduate teaching assistants and instructors. Faculty appealing to the Center can expect to receive such services as guidance and resources in assembling and maintaining teaching portfolios; individual and confidential consultations regarding course plans, classroom management, presentation content and style; and classroom observations for self- evaluation and improvement.