USM Reorganization: Designed with You in Mind

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It’s a great time to be an online student at Southern Miss. The University has set records for online student enrollment while maintaining the highest quality in academics and keeping classes affordable.

Wow! Golden Eagles have a lot to be proud of. #SMTTT This includes the University’s efforts to constantly improve and adapt in today’s changing world.

Part of this change is the academic reorganization of the University. Named Vision 2020, the Plan for Academic Reorganization was created with you in mind – the student – to enhance the distinctiveness of academic programs and to create a sustainable model for academic programming.

Our ability to evolve will determine our level of success in today’s competitive landscape of higher education.

-USM President Rodney Bennett

What does that mean to you?

First, it means the University has made efforts to improve the organization of the University to benefit you, today’s student, and tomorrow’s students as well. Second, it means your academic department name may have changed.

But don’t worry, we are here to help. It is easy to find your way with this list of all the newly organized academic departments, colleges, and schools: Southern Miss College and School Directory.

Need a PDF? We can help there, too. Just click here for a PDF with all the same information.

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Do you have questions or need assistance? The Office of Online Learning is here for you. We have a team of dedicated specialists driven to help you find your way. From online student support to help with exam proctoring and even 24/7 Canvas Support, you can count on us. We are just an email away at

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