Ole Miss is a prime example of Southern hospitality combined with the opportunity for greatness. Founded in 1848, the legendary university offers “‘big-time’ SEC athletics in the safe, quaint, and picturesque town of Oxford.” Many of the school’s services “are cheap if not free,” and the school “puts on many programs that bring together lots of different people of different backgrounds.” “It has a togetherness about it…there is something for a person with any interest here,” says a student. There is also “a highly academic side to Ole Miss that many outsiders do not see.”
Most of the professors “hit the ball out of the park” when it comes to teaching, being available, and helping students acquire internships. Professors constantly organize discussion groups, dinner events, and other gatherings in order to “develop our ability to speak academically in a non-academic setting.” Going to class is “critical”; professors “add much more than the textbook has to offer.” Classes are designed to be “informative but also engaging and dynamic,” and there is a deep understanding that individuals have an effect on the whole. “The teachers care, the university cares, [and] the students all care about the school and what it stands for.”
It can be said again and again, but even beyond the “world-class programs and faculty,” the thing that students at Ole Miss value the most is the traditions and legacy of this school. People “are proud to have graduated from Ole Miss,” and the tremendous amount of alumni support “gives Ole Miss a lot of confidence.”
The closeness of the community makes it easy to feel part of the University. “You’ll hear the term the ‘Ole Miss family,’ and it won’t seem forced or strange,” explains a student. Oxford is also very appealing due to its “small, hometown feel,” and the rich history you see everywhere you go (the Square is the center of town life, and most students can be found there at some point in a week). Basically, “there is never a dull moment, especially on the weekends.”
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