Best Value Colleges in Mississippi

Named after the mighty Mississippi River, the Magnolia State boasts southern charm, culture, and a variety of higher education institutions, both public and private.  Read More

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1Mississippi State University (MSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$379,000
Total 4 Year Cost$85,200
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,900
2Mississippi State University (MSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$339,000
Total 4 Year Cost$125,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,900
3University of Mississippi(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$247,000
Total 4 Year Cost$86,500
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,300
4University of Mississippi(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$205,000
Total 4 Year Cost$129,000
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,300
5Belhaven University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$192,000
Total 4 Year Cost$132,000
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,500
6Mississippi College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$187,000
Total 4 Year Cost$107,000
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$23,200
7William Carey University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$144,000
Total 4 Year Cost$99,700
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$19,500
8University of Southern Mississippi (USM)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$143,000
Total 4 Year Cost$78,100
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,800
9Mississippi University for Women(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$117,000
Total 4 Year Cost$66,200
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,400
10University of Southern Mississippi (USM)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$110,000
Total 4 Year Cost$111,000
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,800
11Mississippi University for Women(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$79,800
Total 4 Year Cost$103,000
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,400
12Delta State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$46,300
Total 4 Year Cost$72,700
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,700
13Delta State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$29,400
Total 4 Year Cost$89,600
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,700
14Jackson State University (JSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$11,200
Total 4 Year Cost$80,300
Grad Rate43%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$32,300
15Jackson State University (JSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI($24,000)
Total 4 Year Cost$116,000
Grad Rate43%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$32,300

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

The state itself is known for its impact in classic American literature and its influence on creating blues music. Mississippi is also rich with history, specifically its role in the civil war era. If you're thinking about attending a college in this great state, use PayScale as a guide to ensure you're getting the most out of your tuition dollars.

Ranked 313th nationally on our list, Mississippi State University is a fantastic option if you're looking for a public college. Tuition at MSU starts at $85,200 for in-state students, and most alumni report a median 20-year net ROI of $379,000. When it comes to getting the best bang for your buck in Mississippi, MSU is the way to go. Back in the day, MSU was started as an agricultural and mechanical college called Mississippi A&M, and in 1958 the name was officially changed to Mississippi State University to reflect its refined curriculum. MSU is located in Starkville, MS, where students can enjoy the perks of walkable areas around the college, like the Cotton District which is filled with eclectic restaurants and bars tucked in amongst the historical Victorian architecture. With a rich Greek life, MSU students can join any of the 19 IFC fraternities or 13 Panhellenic Greek organizations. Around 20% of the student population at MSU participates in Greek life.

If you have your sights set on attending a private school in Mississippi, Belhaven University is a great option. The private, Christian college is located in the Jackson metro and is well-known for its commitment to the arts. Belhaven offers 27 areas of studies, including a nursing major which was introduced in 2014. Belhaven is one of only 36 schools that offer the full spectrum of the major arts including visual arts, music, dance and theatre. Attending Belhaven will set you back about $132,000 in tuition dollars. Alumni from Belhaven report a median 20-year net ROI of $192k.

Coming in nationally at 666th, the University of Mississippi -- better known as Ole Miss -- is another public college option. With a student enrollment of 23k, Ole Miss is slightly bigger than MSU. Located in the city of Oxford, Ole Miss students are known for being passionate sports fans -- they're boisterous supporters of the Rebels, as their teams are known -- and they enjoy an incredible and diverse music scene in the heart of the town; students can visit The Lyric for a music show, or grab a read at the best independent book store in the country, called Square Books. And they're all conveniently within walking distance. Oxford gained further renown when Bob Dylan wrote a song inspired by the town, called "Oxford Town." Students at Ole Miss pay a tuition of $86,000 and report a median 20-year net ROI of $247,000.