Ole Miss or the University of Mississippi is a public, co-ed, research university in Oxford, Mississippi. Founded in 1848, the university got its nickname of Ole Miss from a student contest that's aim was to name the yearbook. Known for a rich history that includes not only an active role in the Civil War and a front-row seat at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, the University of Mississippi is also respected in several academic arenas. The College of Pharmacy is ranks in the top 20 in the nation, the School of Accountancy is ranked 15th in the nation and the entire university is in the top 30 public institutions in terms of largest endowments per student.
Like any other large public university, athletics are a large part of life at the University of Mississippi. The school's nickname is the Rebels and all of the teams play under this name. The Ole Miss Rebels are NCAA Division-I and participate in the 12-member Southeastern Conference. The Rebels jerseys are Harvard Crimson and Yale Blue, selected in 1893 to mirror the prestigious schools in the ivy league. The Ole Miss mascot, Colonel Reb wears the colors with pride at all sporting events.
There are 14 men's and women's varsity sports being played at the University of Mississippi. The most popular sports on campus are Ole Miss Rebel football, Men's Rebel Basketball, Ole Miss Lady Rebel Basketball, Women's Volleyball and Golf. The Rebels also compete in track and field, softball and soccer. Rebels spots fans are known for getting rowdy in support of their team and often can be heard from neighboring towns on game days singing the Ole Miss school cheer, "Hotty Toddy". These chants get even louder when the Ole Miss Rebels play rivals the Mississippi State Bulldogs, the LSU Tigers and the Arkansas Razorbacks.
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