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Mississippi is home to thirteen private and eight public colleges and universities. Each year, more than 120,000 students pursue a wide range of disciplines in Mississippi institutions of higher learning.

Many of these colleges and universities are within a one-hour commute of Leake County.


To view a map of Mississippi's Institutions of Higher Learning click here (PDF).


Mississippi's colleges and universities include the following. 

Please click on the name of the institution to link to their official website. 




Institution of Higher Learning

mi km
University of Mississippi Medical Center 57 92
Belhaven College 58 93
Millsaps College 58 93
Tougaloo College 62 100
Jackson State University 65 105
Mississippi College 68 109
Mississippi State University 72 116
Mississippi Valley State University 94 151
Mississippi University for Women 96 155
Alcorn University 127 204
Delta State University 128 206
University of Mississippi 140 225
University of Southern Mississippi 156 251
William Carey College 160 258
Blue Mountain College 161 259
Rust College 170 274




The largest state university near Leake County is Mississippi State University. Mississippi State University is a public, land-grant, doctoral, research university classified as Doctoral/Research-Extensive by the Carnegie Foundation. Its mission is to provide access and opportunity to students from all sectors of the state's diverse population and to offer excellent and extensive programs in instruction, research, and outreach.


Enhancing its historic strengths in agriculture, natural resources, science, and engineering, Mississippi State entered the twenty-first century with additional strengths in a comprehensive range of graduate and undergraduate programs. These include architecture, the arts, business, education, the humanities, the social and behavioral sciences, and veterinary medicine. The Meridian Campus focuses on meeting the needs of place-bound students and working adults through upper division and graduate programs in education, business, liberal arts, and social work.


The State of Mississippi, while recruiting Nissan to build a manufacturing facility in central Mississippi, committed to the establishment and continued operation of the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS) at Mississippi State University (MSU) with a branch of CAVS to be located near the Nissan plant. The CAVS Research facility located at MSU and the CAVS Extension facility located at Canton opened in December 2003.


CAVS' mission is to research and develop design and manufacturing means and methods for producing superior quality vehicles with advanced features and functions at reduced costs and shorter product development times and exploiting the underlying technologies for broader industrial use. The mission also includes engineering extension, education and workforce training outreach for industry.


Research - Reducing product development time involves both the development of the product and the manufacturing start-up. This first "compelling issue" presents an opportunity to exploit existing MSU computational engineering expertise. To address these needs, CAVS is organized into three major research areas.



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