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Our Distinctive Strengths

 

Millsaps students, first day of class

 

Millsaps College is the premier liberal arts college in the Gulf South.


At Millsaps, persistence in the pursuit of excellence creates a dynamic and transformative student experience through a unique combination of the humanities, sciences, and business education on a beautiful campus, enhanced by co-curricular opportunities across the street in the capital city of Jackson, Mississippi and in locations around the globe through international study programs and partnerships.

 

Millsaps’ Vision

Building on its motto, Ad Excellentiam, its strong heritage of social justice, freedom of thought, and reflection on life's most important questions, and its central location in the capital city of Mississippi, Millsaps engages students in a transformative learning and leadership experience that results in personal and intellectual growth, commitment to good citizenship in our global society, and a desire to succeed and make a difference in every community they touch.

 

Millsaps’ Mission

Millsaps College is dedicated to academic excellence, open inquiry and free expression, the exploration of faith to inform vocation, and the innovative shaping of the social, economic, and cultural progress of our region.

 

Program Excellence

Millsaps College has long sought to create programs that set the College apart from ordinary institutions. We have done this by constantly making and reinforcing the connection between academic pursuits and the real world. Students are embraced and engaged the moment they set foot on campus. They each play an active role in shaping their own education and their future.  Read more about our Academic Programs.  

 

A Unique Curriculum Integrating Liberal Arts and Business

Millsaps’ curriculum is designed to clarify, pursue, measure, and articulate what our students know and can do as a result of their educational experience at Millsaps. Student Learning Outcomes are the foundation of the curriculum:

  • Thinking and reasoning
  • Communication
  • Integrative and collaborative learning
  • Problem solving and creative practice

Millsaps incorporates a foreign language requirement for all students to reinforce their understanding of the world and their place as citizens of a global community, a business literacy course to provide students from all academic disciplines with valuable skills they will use throughout their lives, and capitalizes on an advantage we have that is rare among liberal arts colleges — the presence of a top-tier business school that helps inform our identity and values.

Retaining a strong interdisciplinary Humanities program as a requirement of all students sends an important signal of the course’s meaning and importance.    

Incorporating seminars on problem solving and communication into the first year experience of all students allows us to take advantage of our size, the intimacy of the Millsaps experience, and the opportunity to place new students in the close company of our extraordinary faculty.

The curriculum reinforces our commitment to community-engaged learning, a key component of Millsaps’ strategic plan.

The same may be said of the signature “Millsaps experience” that will be required of all students. Reinforcing the essential features of a liberal arts experience by ensuring that all students complete requirements in the “knowledge domains” of the humanities and sciences helps preserve the essence of the Millsaps educational experience.

 

Our Location: College in a Capital City

Millsaps College maintains a gorgeous and lush residential campus located in the heart of Jackson, the capital city of Mississippi, and fosters academic opportunities that take advantage of our location.  No matter which street you cross, Millsaps students are engaging in real-world learning and making a difference in the lives of others.

  • Millsaps lies just 1 mile north of the state Capitol with surrounding law and governmental offices, businesses, and museums.
  • Our campus is across the street from an extensive medical complex, which includes the University of Mississippi Medical Center (medical, dental, and nursing schools) and extensive research and internship opportunities in the health and natural sciences.
  • The Belhaven neighborhood community bordering the east side of campus along North State Street boasts many of the most magnificent homes in the state, with a rich literary and artistic heritage including the Eudora Welty Home and Museum.
  • The Midtown neighborhood on the west side of campus is an underserved but up-and-coming area where Millsaps students participate in community-engaged learning projects including with community gardens and elementary schools.

 

Faith & Work Initiative

The Millsaps College Faith & Work Initiative - through an array of seminars, courses, and internships - allows students to explore their personal and professional futures as they relate to issues of ethics, values, faith, and the common good. They learn to build fulfilling lives and careers characterized by service to others. 

 

Global Learning, Including Our Yucatan Experience

All students are encouraged to study abroad, and our faculty-lead programs are second-to-none.  Of particular distinction is Millsaps’ Kaxil Kiuic Biocultural Reserve in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, host to the only program of its kind in the nation. The 4,000-acre reserve contains a wealth of archaeological sites important to the understanding of ancient and modern Maya culture. The Yucatan Program offers faculty and students a living laboratory where they study the relationships among disciplines as varied as biology, English, business, the environment, and archaeology. The Reserve - which demonstrates connections between economic development, environmental policy, and cultural preservation - has become a national model for interdisciplinary studies.

 

Pre-Professional Preparation

Millsaps is justly famed for the strength of its pre-professional programs in medicine (including dentistry, nursing and veterinary medicine), law, engineering, and ministry.

Millsaps' Medical Mentoring Program pairs current undergraduates with medical professionals, many of whom are Millsaps alumni, for a semester-long experience. Millsaps' rigorous curriculum prepares students for entry into medical school. Millsaps provides a Pre-Health Advisory Committee that guides the students through each year's responsibilities, sponsors seminars with key personnel from the health-related schools, provides mock interviews, and more. Long recognized as a leader in pre-health education, Millsaps has an unusually high medical school acceptance rate, twice that of the national average.

 

Field Research

Field research programs at Millsaps promote the study of archaeology, biology, chemistry or geology in remote areas such as the Pacific Northwest, Yellowstone, the mountains of Albania, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and Yucatan. Additionally, nearly a third of Millsaps College students take advantage in study abroad opportunities in Costa Rica, England, Germany, Israel, Japan, China, Ghana, France, Italy, Greece, Belgium, Ireland, Mexico, Albania and Tanzania.

 

Optional Fifth Year MBA or Masters of Accountancy

Our accelerated business program gives you the opportunity to go from high school senior to MBA graduate in just five life-changing years. By combining the strengths of our liberal arts and business studies, Millsaps has developed a Master of Business Administration program unlike any in the nation.

Our MBA program broadens the perspectives of our students by enriching traditional business education with liberal arts studies - providing a graduate business education that cannot be found at most other business schools. Millsaps MBAs are known for that "indefinable something" - that combination of intellect, confidence, and hard work that adds up to success. The Masters of Accountancy (MAcc) program at Millsaps is also offered through the College's Else School of Management. The MAcc degree program provides post-baccalaureate professional education in the field of accounting, and is designed for students who intend to pursue professional careers in public accounting, business, and governmental/non- profit sectors. 

 

Writing - Across all Disciplines

Unique to our campus, Millsaps has developed a Writing Program that is independent of the English Department. Our program teaches students how to develop the art of communication, an essential skill that can be used in any major or career. Millsaps embraces the philosophy that writing cannot be taught in one semester of freshman composition. Instead, it is taught continuously, and within the context of the discipline, from English to biology, even accounting. The College was ranked by U.S. News as one of 17 colleges that "make writing a priority."

 

Athletics

Millsaps College is one of the few institutions of higher learning in Mississippi where the phrase "student athlete" has real meaning. Our athletes compete among 18 teams at the Division III level of the NCAA. For men, there's football, soccer, track & field, lacrosse, tennis, basketball, baseball, and golf; women can participate in volleyball, tennis, lacrosse, basketball, track & field, soccer, golf, and softball. Our teams of student athletes are not just competitive; they win championships. More important, an astounding 24 percent of the student body, men and women, compete in intercollegiate sports.

 

A Great Value

We know that planning and paying for college can be confusing, so we want to help you understand Millsaps' simplified scholarship selection system. While every applicant is reviewed individually, the table below allows you to use your grades and ACT (or SAT) score to estimate your merit scholarship range. Within each range, the award will be determined by additional criteria such as the rigor of a student's academic program and high school curriculum, leadership, extracurricular involvement, letters of recommendation, alumni/legacy relationships, institutional fit and demonstrated interest.