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Alcorn State

Founded: 1871 Alcorn State
Nickname/Mascot: Braves / Alcorn A's
Colors: Purple, Gold
Motto: Achieving With Excellence
Location: Lorman
This Historically Black University opened on the site of Oakland  College, which had closed during the civil war so the students could defend the Confederacy and never re-opened. It is named for Governor Alcorn.

Belhaven College

Founded: 1883 Bellhaven College

Bellhaven Marker
Nickname/Mascot: Blazers
Colors: Forest Green, Vegas Gold
Motto: Non Ministari Sed Ministare
(Not To Be Served But To Serve)
Location: Jackson
Belhaven is the culmination of three separate institutions of higher learning which merged over the years. Belhaven College was chartered in 1894 in Jackson as a privately-owned institution. In 1911 Belhaven was merged with McComb Female Institute, and in 1939 merged with the Mississippi Synodical College. The founding date of the latter institution, 1883, was adopted by the Board of Trustees as the official founding date of Belhaven College.

Jackson State University

Founded: 1877 Jackson State Univeristy
Nickname/Mascot: Tigers
Colors: Royal Blue, White
Motto: Changing Minds, Changing Lives
Location: Jackson
An HBCU in Jackson, JSU was the site of student riots in 1970 following the shootings at Kent State, and during protests in a confrontation with the police, the police opened fire, killing two students.

Among the famous alums is football great Walter Payton, who is memorialized on the campus near the athletic complex.
Walter Payton Memorial Jackson State  Walter Payton Memorial Jackson State Back

Millsaps College

Founded: 1890 Millsaps College
Nickname/Mascot: Majors / Mr. Major
Colors: Purple, White
Motto: Ad Excellentiam
(Towards Excellence)
Location: Jackson
Founded in 1890 by Confederate Veteran Major Reuben Webster Millsaps. Major Millsaps would go on the next year to build the first golf course in Mississippi. The first night intercollegiate football game in Mississippi was played between Millsaps and Mississippi State.

Mississippi College

Founded: 1826 Mississippi College

Mississippi College Plaque
Nickname/Mascot: Choctaws
Colors: Blue, Gold
Motto: Veritas et Virtus
(Truth and Virtue)
Location: Clinton
Besides being the oldest college in Mississippi, it is also the second oldest Baptist affiliated college in the world.

Tougaloo College

Founded: 1869 Tugaloo College
Nickname/Mascot: Bulldogs
Colors: Royal Blue, Scarlet
Motto: Where History Meets The Future
Location: Tougaloo
This Historically Black College has one of the most interesting dorms that NOT has ever encountered.
Tugaloo College Dorm

University of Southern Mississippi

Founded: 1910 University of Southern Mississippi
Nickname/Mascot: Golden Eagles/ Seymour d'Campus
Colors: Back, Gold
Motto: Southern Miss to the Top
Location: Hattiesburg
Officially also known as Southern Miss (gotta love a campus with an official AKA, originally were the Mississippi Southerners, until they became the Golden Eagles in 1971.

William Carey University

Founded: 1906 Wiliam Carey University
Nickname/Mascot: Crusaders
Colors: Red, Black, White
Motto: Expect Great Things From God, Attempt Great Things For God
Location: Hattiesburg
Founded in 1906 and operating for decades as Mississippi Woman's College, William Carey College was renamed in honor of the founder of modern missions in 1954 when the school became coeducational.


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Updated December 2011