University of Southern Mississippi Men's Baseball


  • Top 22% in men's baseball in Division I for avg athletic scholarship
  • Top 44% for spending per athlete in men's baseball in Division I
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Meet Dave

Director of Experiential Education

Dave Payne heads Sparks' experiential education division - namely, sport camps across the US and in Europe and New Zealand. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Education and a M.S. in Chemistry from the University of California at San Diego and is a former collegiate athlete and high school head coach. He has worked at Sparks since 2011; Dave's passion is synthesizing athletic environments that encourage holistic growth.

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Academic Information

Undergraduate Population:
Tuition Category:
In-state, On Campus
Average Net Price:
Classroom Ratio:
17 to 1
Campus Setting:
City: Small
Institution Type:
4-year, Public
Overall Graduation Rate:
% Students on Campus:
% Students from out of State:
Housing Options:
  • Disabled Student
  • Theme Housing
  • Frat Sorority
  • Dorms Female
  • Dorms Male
Testing Required:
ACT Midpoint:
SAT Midpoint:
Top 3 Majors:
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Psychology, General
Majors and Degrees Bachelors
Architecture and Related Services
Interior Architecture 3
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization 0
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 90
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 19
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting 89
Business Administration and Management, General 92
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 11
Business/Managerial Economics 3
Fashion Merchandising 3
Finance, General 30
Hospitality Administration/Management, Other 4
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 18
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 72
International Business/Trade/Commerce 12
Marketing, Other 9
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 58
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Advertising 8
Journalism 63
Radio and Television 3
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 44
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General 23
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician 32
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness 4
Elementary Education and Teaching 175
Music Teacher Education 25
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 30
Special Education and Teaching, General 12
Polymer/Plastics Engineering 0
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician 49
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician 7
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 1
Industrial Technology/Technician 11
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General 61
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Apparel and Textiles, General 6
Family Systems 51
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 26
Health Professions and Related Programs
Athletic Training/Trainer 9
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 56
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 15
Dietetics/Dietitian 17
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 2
Public Health, General 53
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 168
History, General 61
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 66
Forensic Science and Technology 38
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 22
Library Science
Library and Information Science 8
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General 27
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences 1
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 79
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 74
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 36
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 11
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy 2
Religion/Religious Studies 3
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General 16
Chemistry, Other 16
Geology/Earth Science, General 8
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical 5
Physics, General 5
Psychology, General 164
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Social Work 48
Social Sciences
Anthropology 5
Geography 19
International Relations and Affairs 6
Political Science and Government, General 28
Sociology 14
Visual and Performing Arts
Dance, General 12
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 27
Fine/Studio Arts, General 4
Music Management 37
Music, General 20
Visual and Performing Arts, General 26

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