The University of Mississippi!

Greetings Parents,

Carolina Orrego

Carolina Orrego

We have had an exciting start to the year here at Ole Miss, and I am thrilled your students have been a part of it! If you have not heard, the total enrollment of students on the Oxford campus is 17,142, a figure that includes almost 3,400 freshmen. While it might seem kind of crowded around campus, our students continue to make the best of it, and they seem to be having a lot of fun.

We had a hugely successful Fall Family Weekend, a record-breaking Rebel Run and a history-making homecoming election during which the first African-American homecoming queen was crowned. Why are these events important? Because they have made your students truly feel part of the Ole Miss family. Students’ bonding with the university is a critical step in their retention, success and graduation. We are doing our best to ensure that happens.

You are also a major factor in the success of your students. Your students trust you more than anyone else they know. They usually turn to you in times of trouble and success. This is one of the reasons why we have this monthly newsletter. We want to keep you updated on what is happening on campus since you are part of the Ole Miss family, just like your students.

This issue includes articles on Fall Family Weekend and the latest enrollment and freshman ACT stats at Ole Miss, as well as a profile of homecoming queen Courtney Pearson. As you read, be sure to remember a couple of things you can share with your students such as Academic Calendar deadlines. As always, call us, visit, and give us your feedback. We love hearing from you, and so do your students!

Warmest regards,

Carolina Orrego
Assistant Director of Enrollment Services for Orientation and Parent Programs

Academic qualifications surge as UM enrollment tops 21,500 students

After watching enrollment grow by more than 6 percent each of the past two years, University of Mississippi officials took steps to control out-of-state admissions this fall. Even with the tougher standards, Ole Miss enrollment hit a new all-time record this fall. Read More…

Courtney Pearson first African-American to be elected homecoming queen at UM

Campaigning was challenging and winning the election was rewarding, but making history in the process is mind-boggling for Courtney Roxanne Pearson, who became the University of Mississippi’s first African-American homecoming queen. Read More…

Families experience Ole Miss hospitality during special weekend

Fall Family Weekend is a tradition that has existed at the university for more than 20 years. The weekend provides a chance for families to become better acquainted with the Ole Miss campus and enjoy the experience with their students. Read More…


To see the full academic calendar, go to www.olemiss.edu/depts/registrar/acal.html