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Southern Miss Enrolls Most Academically Talented Student Body

The University of Southern Mississippi recently announced that its Fall 2014 entering class is the most academically talented in the institution’s recorded history.

With a renewed focus on student recruitment, retention, progression and graduation, the University’s newest students have the highest grade point average of any entering class. In addition, retention and graduation rates have improved.

In all, 14,845 students are enrolled for the Fall 2014 semester, slightly below the total from Fall 2013, when Southern Miss enrolled 15,249 students. With an average GPA of 3.26, Fall 2014 freshmen have also extended a five-year streak of rising grade point averages. In Fall 2013, the average high school grade point average of a first-time freshman was 3.21, up from 3.18 in Fall 2012, 3.15 in Fall 2011, 3.08 in Fall 2010, and 3.06 in Fall 2009. The new freshman class has an average ACT score of 22.5, the highest known in University history.

Additionally, Southern Miss has enrolled more transfer students for each of the past five years than any other IHL institution. This fall, the University welcomes a total of 1,531 new transfers who have an average GPA of 3.00.

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Flashback 1966-67
Three students show off their vehicle before racing it in the annual bed race.The academic year was 1967-67: The first Super Bowl was held, and on campus the School of Nursing was organized through a special legislative appropriation.

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