At the University of Mississippi, we are committed to producing well-rounded individuals who are committed to scholarship and leadership of others. To get the most out of your time on campus, we encourage you to get involved with campus life and throughout the Oxford and Lafayette County communities. From cheering on the Rebels in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Saturday afternoons to serving those in need at the Ole Miss Food Bank, the social programs and service opportunities available to our students are unparalleled.
According to the Princeton review of colleges, Ole Miss ranks very favorably in many categories that will make your time with us pleasurable. Primarily, we are ranked 12th in the nation for happiest students. In general our students say that being a Rebel is a great experience. Our campus is rated the fourth most beautiful campus in America. We happen to think it will stack up against any university in the world. Our relationship with the surrounding community, Princeton’s ‘Town-Gown’ rating, is number eleven. Oxford and the University are closely linked and unlike some other cities, Oxford citizens love our students. Finally, for either good or bad, Ole Miss is ranked as the 14th best party school.
If you are a student athlete…
Ole Miss has a world renowned Sports and Athletics program for both men and women. Baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, rifle, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, volleyball, and spirit squads are all available to student athletes. If you want to make the most of your athletic talent then let the professional coaches and trainers of Ole Miss sports help.
If you like sports but are not quite team material…
The Ole Miss department of recreation runs the Intramural Sports Program. It is a very structured program that offers individual, dual, and team sports for male and female participation. Intramural activities range from traditional sports such as flag football, basketball, soccer and slow-pitch softball to nontraditional sports such as wiffleball or 3-on-3 basketball. Some activities are scheduled over an extended period (5 to 6 weeks) while others take place during one or two afternoons/evenings. Most teams play once a week, and contests are scheduled during the late afternoon and evening hours. For a complete list of sports offered visit IMLeagues.
A key aspect of a CME education is learning the importance of serving other people. We hold as one of our core beliefs that serving other people is the best way to achieve your goals in life. Our students have participated in dozens of volunteer efforts providing technical guidance, physical labor support, and emotional support.
Whatever your interest, there is an opportunity to help. The following list is only a sample of the types of volunteer opportunities that exist near the Ole Miss campus.
- Arts Advantage
- A network of arts organizations that work together to enhance the impact of the Arts in Mississippi.
- Doors of Hope Transition Ministries
- The purpose of this organization includes, but is not limited to, guiding homeless families and at-risk homeless families in Lafayette County, Mississippi toward self-reliance and stability.
- Lafayette County Literacy Council
- Our mission is to improve the quality of life in Oxford and Lafayette County through literacy and reading. Our ABLE program provides one-on-one literacy and GED coaching for adults.
- Lafayette County And Oxford Public Library
- The written word is the most powerful creation mankind has ever invented. Help make this tool available to everyone.
- The Leap Frog Program
- The mission of Leap Frog is to provide a nurturing environment in which “at-risk” students can develop and enhance necessary skills for academic success, build productive, ongoing relationships with adults, and improve their self-esteem.
- Lovepacks provides supplemental food for school age children in need, on weekends and holidays. We can stop hunger! We hope to be able to help as many children as are in real distress.
- Family Crisis Services, Inc.
- We support human rights for all people. We support a persons right to live free of violence and exploitation. We support strong families as the building blocks for our society.
- Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network (MSAN)
- MSAN supports healthy farms and communities to develop economically and ecologically responsible local food systems throughout Mississippi.
- North Mississippi Rural Legal Services
- Since 1966, North Mississippi Rural Legal Services (NMRLS) has provided access to the legal system to low-income families and other residents in north Mississippi that would have been unavailable to them because of their economic situation.
- The North Mississippi VISTA Project
- We work to build sustainable systems that connect the University of Mississippi and its resources to low-income communities throughout a 23-county area.
- The Oxford Film Festival
- An organization committed to celebrating the art of independent cinema from across the globe while also focusing on moviemaking and enhancing the arts in Oxford and North Mississippi.
- Oxford City and Lafayette County School Districts
- The public school systems located in the city and county around Ole Miss are always looking for volunteers to help improve the educational opportunities for students in the community.
- Oxford-Lafayette Habitat For Humanity
- Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
- Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society
- Local affiliate of the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization. We are the leading animal advocacy organization, seeking a humane world for people and animals alike.
- Rotary Club
- The local membership works to prevent diseases, enhance maternal and child health, improve basic education and literacy, and help our community develop.
- Sustainable Oxford
- Sustainable Oxford fosters growth and sustainability through encouraging locally-based food systems and locally-based economic endeavors.
- United Way of Oxford & Lafayette County
- Our mission is to improve lives and meet community needs by uniting people and resources, with a focus on the building blocks of a good life: good health, quality education, and financial stability.
- The UM Green Fund
- The UM Green Fund provides funding for the implementation of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability projects, programs, and policies. Any UM student, faculty or staff member can propose a project.
- VOX PRESS
- An art education group that has established the Prison Writes Initiative (PWI), Mississippi’s only liberal arts education program for Mississippi’s inmates.
- Yoknapatawpha Arts Council
- Founded in 1975 the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council remains committed to a diverse offering of artistic and cultural opportunities.
- Yokna Sculpture Trail
- A community group that supports the Yokna Sculpture Trail which provides opportunities to Mississippi artists and students to present public works of art in a community wide sculpture trail.
The CME Student Advisory Board schedules activities on a regular basis exclusively for CME students. These activities include but are not limited to meals, game nights, movie nights, themed parties, and holiday occurrences. We encourage all of our students to not only participate in these activities but also to participate in the CME Student Advisory Board.
The CME also has some standing yearly events. Here are a few examples:
- In April we take a crew of students to Bay Springs, Mississippi to race in the Hammerhead 500 Brick Street Derby. Each crew is responsible for building their own car but the CME provides the materials, machinery, and work space to do so.
- Also in the spring we have the CME cookout/picnic/low country boil. The exact food changes every year but the outcome is the same. We all get together on a warm spring evening and share in some delicious food.
- For Halloween we have a Pumpkin Carving Competition. It is not only fun to participate but also to see the creativity and effort put into designing and carving the best pumpkins.
If you are looking for something to do on campus that is not specifically CME related, checkout Campus Recreation. They offer myriad programs and facilities for Ole Miss students, faculty, staff, and community members. Structured and unstructured, traditional and nontraditional recreational opportunities are offered throughout the school year.
If you would rather get away from campus, look into other Food and Entertainment opportunities.
The first place to look for entertainment should be the Student Activities Association. They are responsible for a wide array of activities throughout the school year. They host events such as Welcome Week and Homecoming Week in the fall, the Ole Miss Movie Series, and Hotty Toddy Holidays. Special Events also oversees the annual Ole Miss Idol competition held in the Spring. The SAA also sponsors the annual Christmas tree lighting of the University Christmas Tree. Local acts and bands playing in town are showcased on the Union Plaza during the noon lunch hour on Tuesdays or Thursdays. And, a few times each year the SAA schedules big musical acts to perform in the grove.
The Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts on the Oxford campus will sate your appetite. At six stories tall and 88,000 square feet, the Ford Center features two performance spaces, state-of-the-art theatrical production facilities, excellent acoustic qualities, well-appointed lobbies and comfortable seating for 1,050 in the main hall.
Ole Miss Department of Theatre Arts produces a full season of main-stage shows every season. All students are welcome to audition and BAs and freshmen are frequently cast.
If you prefer student lead theatre, look into Ghostlight Repertory Theatre. Ghostlight is the student run theatre organization at the University of Mississippi. Any student can become a member.
Perhaps you prefer music? The Ole Miss Department of Music generally has multiple performances every week. The performances include the Ole Miss Band, the Mississippians Jazz Ensemble, choirs, symphony orchestra, African drum and dance, steel orchestra, percussion ensemble, and opera.
If your idea of entertainment runs somewhat more seriously try the Overby Center. The Overby Center for Southern Journalism & Politics’ mission is to create better understanding of the media, politicians and the role of the First Amendment in our democracy. As part of this goal, speakers, panels, and performances are offered in their 225 seat auditorium.
In addition to all of this on-campus entertainment, the city of Oxford is blessed with a plethora of entertainment options. Downtown Oxford, the square, has dozens of venues that offer music and dancing every week. The Malco company offers 18 movie theater screens in two facilities as well as an outdoor performance area and a bowling facility with 20 lanes.
If you are hungry, Oxford is a great place to be. We can’t list every dining opportunity in Oxford but here are a few of our home-town favorites.
- 6’n Tubbs Italian Restaurant – What happens when a New York family relocates to Oxford? We get great NY style pizza and fresh cooked bagels.
- Abner’s Famous Chicken Tenders – One of the several restaurant chains that were founded and started in Oxford. The original and still the best is located just off the square.
- Ajax Diner – One of Eli Manning’s favorite restaurants, Ajax has been named “Best Downhome Soul Food” by Mississippi Magazine three years in a row, in addition to the magazine’s “Best Cornbread” and “Best Plate Lunch” titles. Ajax holds many local titles, including The Oxford Eagle’s “Best Plate Lunch,” “Best Burger,” “Casual Dining” and “Best of the Best.” Needless to say, Ajax is definitely a spot you need to try if you’re in Oxford.
- Big Bad Breakfast – Whether it’s the house-cured Tabasco/Brown Sugar Bacon, crispy southern fried chicken, Original Grit Girl grits, or the Anson Mills Steel Cut Oatmeal, you’ll be talking about coming back before you’ve left the table.
- Bottletree Bakery – Get your fill of European Style Breads & Pastries, Deli Sandwiches and Specialty Coffee.
- Bouré – Decidedly Creole in its overall scope, the restaurant isn’t easily labeled.
- China Royal – It is a Chinese buffet and possibly the best deal in town for a hungry student.
- Coop DeVille – This chicken restaurant delivers over a dozen flavors of wings and over a dozen different chicken sandwiches. Oh, and most importantly, they are open until 3:00 A.M.
- H2O Oriental Café – Located in a tiny place just off the square, this is easily the best Pho in Oxford.
- Handy Andy Grocery & Market – Barbecue, steak sandwiches, hamburgers, and banana pudding. They are family owned and have been around forever. Also, they have arguably the best burger in town.
- James Food Center – Technically this is a convenience store but they have been serving lunches for a long time and the food is good and affordable.
- Kabuki Sushi Bar & Steak House – Dinner and a show. The hibachi chefs are fun and the food is great. One of two sushi and hibachi places in town, don’t ask us to choose. They are both great.
- Maharaja Indian Cuisine – Might we suggest the butter chicken and lots of naan?
- McAlister’s Deli – There are a few hundred McAlister’s around the country now but the original is here in it’s original location.
- Newk’s Eatery – Another home town favorite that has grown to be something more. There are dozen’s of Newk’s across the country but we have the first.
- Old Venice Pizza Co. – Pizza and pasta that will satisfy most appetites.
- Phillip’s Grocery – Its mostly burgers and sandwiches but they are done so very well.
- Pizza Den – One of the oldest dining establishments in Oxford. Their pizza is good but we suggest trying their sandwiches. The roast beef and gravy sandwich makes our mouth water just thinking about it.
- Proud Larry’s – Not only do they have good food but they have live music almost every weekend.
- Rice & Spice Thai Kitchen – If you are in the mood for some heat this is the place to go. The food and service are both great.
- Snack Bar – French Bistro meets North Mississippi Cafe to produce a unique upscale dining experience.
- South Depot Taco Shop – Located on the square with lots of room and fast good food.
- Square Pizza – Easily the best square pizza served on the square.
- Taylor Grocery – Technically its not in Oxford, its in Taylor, but we claim it as our own. Eat Or We Both Starve is their motto and if you leave there hungry its your own fault. Live music and catfish plates, what could be better?
- TeQuilas Mexican Grill & Bar – One of many Mexican restaurants in town. This happens to be our favorite.
- The Taco Shop – This tiny restaurant serves basically one thing, tacos. They are simple but impeccably delicious.
- Toyo Sushi Bar & Hibachi – Dinner and a show. The hibachi chefs are fun and the food is great. One of two sushi and hibachi places in town, don’t ask us to choose. They are both great.
- Volta Taverna – Delicious Mediterranean inspired food. Start with some Greek Pimento Cheese with Pita and follow up with a Lamb & Beef Gyro.