MUW Boasts Record Grads And Climbing Enrollment


COLUMBUS, Miss. – For the second year in a row, Mississippi University for Women has graduated its highest-ever number of students, officials reported today.


This is the highest number of degrees ever awarded in an academic year for The W. More than 860 graduated this year—a record for the institution.


Fall 2016 enrollment is 2,960, up 11 percent, from a year earlier. The W’s enrollment is up in all areas this year, including new freshmen, new transfers and continuing students.


“Students continue to seek our unique educational experience, which provides small class sizes and personalized instruction,” Borsig said.  “We will continue to focus on quality instruction that leads to successful completion.”


In other student characteristics:

  • 81 percent are female
  • 19 percent are male
  • 34 percent are African-American

The W also reported an increase in international and dual enrolled students.


Over the past five years, Borsig said The W has shown impressive gains in the numbers of students completing their degrees.


“We have seen a 22 percent increase in the number of degrees conferred from 2011-16.” Equally impressive, he said, the number of degrees conferred to African-American students has grown by 49 percent, and those conferred to male students by 63 percent. “We are serving a student body that reflects the demographics of our state.”


Borsig said The W also is providing highly qualified nurses who help meet the healthcare needs of Mississippi.  Since 2011, The W has seen a 206 percent growth in the number of bachelor of science nursing degrees conferred. The university has awarded 1,820 BSN degrees in that period.


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