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University of Mississippi, Oxford

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The University of Mississippi, byname Ole Miss, is a public research university in Oxford, Mississippi. Including its medical center in Jackson, the University of Mississippi is the state's largest university by enrollment and is considered Mississippi's flagship university.

The university was chartered by the Mississippi Legislature on February 24, 1844, and four years later admitted its first enrollment of 80 students. It operated as a Confederate hospital during the Civil War and narrowly escaped destruction by Ulysses S. Grant's forces. It was a center of activity during the civil rights movement when a riot erupted in 1962 prior to the integration of the university by James Meredith. The university has since taken measures to rebrand its image. The university is closely associated with William Faulkner, operating his home Rowan Oak and hosting an annual conference. Two sites on campus, Barnard Observatory and the Lyceum–The Circle Historic District, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Ole Miss is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity". The university is one of the 33 colleges and universities participating in the National Sea Grant Program and a participant in the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. Its research efforts include the National Center for Physics Acoustics and the Mississippi Center for Supercomputing Research. The university also operates interdisciplinary institutes such as the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. Its athletic teams compete as the Ole Miss Rebels in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Southeastern Conference, Division I.

The university's alumni include 5 US senators, 10 governors, 27 Rhodes Scholars, and one Nobel Prize Laureate. Its medical center performed the first human lung transplant and animal-to-human heart transplant. Its federally contracted marijuana facility serves as the only Food and Drug Administration-approved source for cannabis research.

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  • A beautiful campus rich with history is just a bit of what Ole Miss offers. Whether you’re there for school, for a ballgame, or just strolling and admiring the magnolia trees in bloom, this is a...  more »
  • Ole Miss is a typical southern university worthy of its SEC affiliation. Their footfall stadium is huge since all SEC schools seem to be obsessed with football. When we visited all of the Magnolia.....  more »
  • I loved it will not be able to come on Friday night at the house in front of me but I'ma be able to attend the meeting tomorrow night Friday night Rider
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