UM Ranks Best in State for Tuition Value, Career Prospects

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi has been named the “Best Total Package College” in the state, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education compiled in a new ranking from

The ranking takes into account the most recent College Scorecard Data released by the Department of Education. Zippia, a career expert website, ranked all colleges in each state from best to worst with the following determining factors: cost, debt, job prospects and earnings.

The data shows Ole Miss graduates had an average debt of $19,500, an average annual cost of $24,822 and annual median earnings of $56,600. Those low-cost tuition and average earnings figures placed the university at the top of the state in the rankings and among only a handful of other SEC schools, including the University of Tennessee, University of Arkansas and Auburn University.

The ranking comes on the heels of another top placement in which Ole Miss students were named the state’s best at finding employment and keeping it. That data showed that after 10 years, 91 percent of UM graduates are still employed. In that ranking, the university was one of only two Power 5 institutions on the list for 2020.