Miss has to be one of the most beautiful campuses
in America. I've heard it's even lovelier today than when
i graduated. Oxford is nice, good music and food, somewhat
boring, but there's always Memphis. I don't mind the rural
South as much as some.
The academic side was
wonderful. Great buildings, wonderful approachable professors. Other than the 101
classes they all knew you by name and encouraged me
to achieve. I still keep in contact with two of
my professors 5 years after graduating. class size is quite
small...once you reach your 300 level classes for your major
it's about 15 - 1 student to teacher. The course
work was fine, but it was not hard to ace
the classes. I am from Virginia and attended private school,
to be brutally honest competing with Mississippi public school kids
was easy. There is an apathy amongst many about doing
well in school. Many of the “society sort” had jobs
lined up after graduation no matter their marks. This attitude
all but vanished once I reached the serious junior/senior level
The Greek System is annoying. Many of them are
nice once you get them away from group thought. I'd
say the upperclassmen had dispensed with the bulls*** and it
was the “newly” initiated that acted like jerks. It was
not so bad once you made your friends and lived
The dorm life is terrible. Once you become
a sophomore you will defnately want to live off campus.
The cost of living in Oxford is low in my
Freshman year was awful but after surviving it I
learned to love it.
It's an SEC school, the games
are fun, but the athletes get away with near murder,
be aware females. 1% is reported of what really goes
Lot's of drugs and date rape...shame too...but you only
risk that if you follow that crowd. If you play
it smart the campus is real safe.
Too much group
thought. I'm a conservative but would agree that my liberal
friends would have a hard time with their viewpoints. This
is changing though. Anti-outsider mentality is vanishing. Race relations have
improved although blacks and whites self segregate more than in
Virginia. I found racism from both groups but more subtle
not overt as was the case 40 years ago.
Confederate thing is an issue, but I support it's historic
display. Funny is going there changed my mind, learned much
about the Civil Rights movement (great school for that subject
you might be surprised) and learned that those symbols should
ONLY be used appropriately and not waved in someone's face.
I think it's changed greatly though. Black enrollment increased from
3% - 12% in my four years there. This is
a positive sign of the change.
I'd say if more
folks put down the beer occassionaly and picked up a
book the place would be all right. In 10 years
I think many of my issues will be resolved.
you have good principles and can think for yourself...freshman year
real hard for this..you'll do fine. If you fit the
model of the Greek system you for one won't get
what I'm saying and love it blindly...for others, knowing what
to expect ahead of time will help you greatly.