Currently celebrating its tenth year, the University of Mississippi MFA in English has been ranked one of The Atlantic Monthly‘s “Top Five Up and Coming Programs,” and is listed among the Top Fifty MFA Programs by Poets & Writers. The Poets & Writers MFA rankings “measure sixteen distinct program features for each of the 148 full-residency programs.”
Features include funding, cost of living, selectivity, teaching load, curricular structure, and placement of graduates. That a program only ten years old has cracked the Tier One ranking is a notable accomplishment—congratulations to our current students, our growing list of distinguished alumni, our faculty and our supportive administration for this recognition.
Our program is small (about 6-8 students are accepted with full funding each year) and supportive. Students here benefit from our well-endowed readings series (the fall of 2010, Visiting Writers included Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, and Natasha Trethewey) and interactions with the John and Renee Grisham Writer-in-Residence (a yearly appointment for an emerging Southern writer).
A student-run readings series and our literary magazine, The Yalobusha Review, are just some of the opportunities that our students can take advantage of. Our environment is close-knit and encouraging, and the University of Mississippi was ranked in The Chronicle of Higher Education‘s 2010 list of “Great Colleges to Work For.” We are located in Oxford, Mississippi, home of Faulkner’s Rowan Oak, literary conferences, the best bookstore in the South, an active music scene, and great restaurants, 70 miles from Memphis.