Mississippi boasts 8 public universities (view map) providing a variety of academic programs, technical and workforce training, and industrial outreach. Two of these universities are within 60 miles of Choctaw County.
Mississippi State University
25 miles from Choctaw County in Starkville, MS; www.msstate.edu
With an enrollment of over 18,000 students at the Starkville campus, this public land-grant institution is accredited to award bachelor’s master’s, educational specialist’s and doctoral degrees. MSU has strengths in engineering, mathematics, natural and physical sciences, agriculture, and natural resources and is internationally recognized for the excellence of its academic programs.
- 18 to 1 student to faculty ratio (2009)
- 4,300 employees including 1,289 faculty members
- Branch campus in Meridian, MS
Selected Degrees Conferred (2009/2010)For a full list of degrees, visit http://www.ir.msstate.edu/degrees09_10.pdf.
Industry-related research and technology transfer
MSU works closely with industry, community organizations and government entities in research to develop new technologies to encourage economic development in Mississippi. Some of these programs include:
- Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems
- Industrial Assessment Center
- Research & Curriculum Unit for Workforce Development
Mississippi University for Women
52 miles from Choctaw County in Columbus, MS; http://web2.muw.edu/
Listed in the top tier of Best Regional Universities by U.S. News and World Report (2011), MUW is accredited and authorized to award the Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees for both women and men. MUW’s four colleges, Business, Education and Human Sciences, Nursing and Speech Language Pathology, and Arts and Sciences, have over 50 majors and concentrations.
- 14 to 1 student to faculty ratio
- 2,587 students enrolled in Fall 2010
- 276 employees including 130 faculty
Selected Degrees Conferred (2010)
Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship
The university fosters and supports new start-up and existing businesses through the Center for Entrepreneurship. Through programs and events that offer training, counseling, and promotes resources, staff provide support and offer consultations to Mississippi’s small businesses. Although the Center focuses on women and underserved entrepreneurs, all businesses are offered the Center’s assistance.