Founded in 1848, the school is composed of the main campus in Oxford, four branch campuses located in Booneville, Grenada, Tupelo, and Southaven, as well as the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. It also operates the University of Mississippi Field Station in Abbeville. It is both a sea-grant and space-grant institute. Fifty-one percent of undergraduates are from Mississippi and 25 percent of all students are minorities. International students come from 74 nations. Ole Miss is Mississippi’s largest university with a total enrollment of 22,286 in fall 2013. The Oxford campus is the second-largest main campus in the state with a fall 2013 enrollment of 18,423.
With 2,563 full-time employees on the Oxford and satellite campuses, including 779 full-time faculty, Ole Miss is the largest employer in Lafayette County. More than 82 percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degrees in their fields. 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; Finance, General; Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other; Biology; Psychology; and Business Administration and Management, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 80.8 percent.