Mississippi contains eight schools that offer astronomy programs. Rice University, the highest-ranking astronomy school in MS, has a total student population of 5,576 and is the 28th highest ranked school in America.
Of the 8 astronomy schools in Mississippi, only 6 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Emory University comes out as the most expensive ($25,060/yr), with University of Georgia as the lowest recorded at only $9,224/yr.
Astronomy students from Mississippi schools who go on to become astronomers, astrophysicistss, lunar and planetary institute directors, national radio astronomy observatory directors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 1,240 people working as astronomers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $102,740. Also, Atmospheric and space scientists make on average $85,160 per year and there are about 8,320 of them employed in the US today.
Also, within the astronomy schools in Mississippi, the average student population is 2,783 and average student-to-faculty ratio is 17 to 1. Aside from astronomy, there are 2225 total degree (or certificate) programs in the state, with 2,759 people on average applying for a school. Undergraduate tuition costs are normally around $2,828, but can vary widely depending on the type of school.
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