Millsaps is an accredited, privately-supported, national liberal arts college founded by members of the Methodist Church in 1890. Consistently ranked as one of the best values in higher education, Millsaps has been praised by Colleges That Change Lives, The Princeton Review, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, the John Templeton Foundation, The Fiske Guide to Colleges, and Insight Magazine. Millsaps College is a member of the Annapolis Group; visit Liberal Arts Success to learn more.
Millsaps is a selective undergraduate institution located on 100 beautiful acres in the heart of Jackson, the capital of Mississippi—a progressive southern metropolitan city of nearly half a million population. The city of Jackson is served by an international airport with six passenger airlines and Interstate highways 55 and 20.
- 750 total enrollment
- 57% of undergraduates from outside Mississippi including 26 states and 23 countries
- 56% from public secondary schools, 24% from parochial, 19% from independent schools, and 1% from home schooling, totaling over 150 high schools per class
- 51% male; 49% female
- Middle 50% score 23–29 on the ACT, 1050–1260 on the SAT
- 33% of Millsaps students come from the top 10% of their high school classes; 86% from the top 50% of their classes
- 87% have above a 3.0 cumulative GPA in high school; 23% have a cumulative 4.0 high school GPA on a 4.0 scale
Millsaps employs 97 full-time faculty members. Of those, 94 percent of Millsaps tenure-track faculty hold a Ph.D. or the final degree in their field. The faculty/student ratio at Millsaps is 1:9, and the average class size is 14.
- 33 majors, 47 minors including the option for a Self-Designed Major
- Student-developed honor code (created in 1994)
- First college or university in Mississippi with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter
Facilities and Activities
- 86% of students live on campus. More information about student housing.
- The Millsaps-Wilson Library has over 220,000 items and 25,000 online journals and is available seven days a week.
- $17+ million Campus Life Complex includes Physical Activities Center, renovated and expanded student center and student plaza.
- Computer labs with Internet and library access, email, photography darkrooms, rehearsal halls, research and language labs, a writing center, and other amenities are provided.
Member of NCAA Division III, Southern Athletic Association. The Millsaps Majors compete in 18 intercollegiate sports: baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, and track and field for men; and basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, and track and field for women.
School colors: Purple and White
School mascot: The Millsaps Major
Else School of Management
Millsaps offers the Master of Business Administration and Master of Accountancy through the Else School of Management. The management school is accredited by AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).
Millsaps College began its continuing education program in 1972 with the Community Enrichment Series, a noncredit program offering more than 60 courses for adults three times a year. The office also directs the semester-long Great Topics Seminars in the Humanities and Sciences and organizes a College-Board endorsed Summer Institute for high school teachers of Advanced Placement courses. In 2009 the office took over the Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series, which is now in its 45th year of presenting lectures, political and musical programs to the greater community. Day long continuing education courses for teachers are offered throughout the year, and summer enrichment camps and workshops for kids take place in the summer months.
Dr. Robert Pearigen became the 11th president of Millsaps College in 2010.