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West Point, Mississippi 39773
Main Phone: (662) 495-5100 or (800) 634-2749 MS Only
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Mary Holmes College

CLOSED in 2005

Mary Holmes College is an open admission, two-year, historically Black, coeducational, primarily residential institution related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The college was founded in 1892 as a Presbyterian Institution dedicated to educating the daughters of former slaves. Since then, Mary Holmes has offered opportunity to all who seek knowledge and personal enhancement, making it possible for many without opportunity to achieve success in such diverse fields as religion, education, law, and medicine. The announcement that the school had closed its doors was made March 3, 2005.

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Undergrad Population:
Graduate Population:
Student Body: Coed
In State Tuition: $4255
Out of State Tuition: $4255
Room & Board: $3890
Applications Due: Rolling Admissions (No Fee)
Mascot: Eagles
Online Classes:
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Majors Offered

Popular majors
•Education 48%
•Liberal arts 16%
•Business per marketing 10%
•Computer and information sciences 8%
•Health professions 8%

Physical Sciences

Multiple or Interdisciplinary
•Biological/Physical Sciences

Business, Management, & Marketing
•Administrative/Secretarial Services
•Business – General
•Business Administration/Management
•Information Processing/Data Entry

Philosphy and Religion
•Religion/Religious Studies

Computer Science
•Computer Programming – General
•Computer/Information Sciences – General

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

School of Visual and Performing Arts
•Music – General

English Language and Literature

•Psychology – General

Communications & Journalism

Health and Clinical Sciences
•Preveterinary Medicine

•Mathematics – General

Social Sciences
•Social Sciences – General

•Business Teacher Education
•Early Childhood Education
•Education – General
•Elementary Education
•Health Teacher Education
•Mathematics Education
•Physical Education
•Secondary Education
•Social Science Teacher Education
•Social Studies Teacher Education
•Special Education

Sports & Extra Curricular Activities
Honors Program, Intramural Sports
College History
     Mary Holmes College was founded in 1892 as Mary Holmes Seminary by the Board of Missions for Freedmen of the Presbyterian Church.
     Conceived and initiated through the efforts of the Reverend Mead Holmes and his daughter, Miss Mary Holmes, the school was named for Mrs. Mary Holmes, wife and mother, who had long been a tireless and dedicated missionary in the field of Freedmen’s Mission.
     Originally built in Jackson, Mississippi, the school was dedicated to the Christian education of Colored girls, largely in the domestic arts. When fire destroyed the original school, it was rebuilt in West Point, Mississippi, where it is now located, and where, in spite of two more destructive fires, it continues to seek to educate youth for worthy, purposeful lives.
     In 1932, the school became coeducational and also added the college department, with the primary purpose of training elementary teachers. At this time private schools like Mary Holmes were the primary sources for the preparation of Black teachers in the s outh, and the well-prepared Mary Holmes graduates were in great demand.
     By 1959, the State of Mississippi had assumed a greater responsibility for the elementary and secondary education of its youth and so the high school department of Mary Holmes was dropped, leaving her free time to expand and develop her role in the lives of many as Mary Holmes Junior College.
     Originally, the college was owned and operated by the Board of Missions of the United Presbyterian Church, USA. The institution still operates with close ties to the parent church, but its stance has always been non-sectarian. Mary Holmes is officially li sted as one of the institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
     In June, 1969, the State of Mississippi granted a charter making the institution a legal entity under the name of Mary Holmes College, Inc. Since that date it has operated under its own Board of Trustees.
     Regardless of change of form and fortune, Mary Holmes remains dedicated to her duty - the education of the needy, worthy youth of whatever color, country, or creed in the service of humanity.
     Despite many valiant efforts to continue operations, the Mary Holmes College Board of Trustees voted on April 22, 2004 to pursue bankruptcy. The PCUSA assumed control of the property on February 1, 2005.
     The announcement that the school had closed its doors was made March 3, 2005.
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