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Patterson School of Accountancy
Together, we can continue to strengthen our Accountancy School!

The stellar achievements of the University of Mississippi’s Patterson School of Accountancy (PSOA) are possible because of loyal alumni and friends joining together with support. 

Today, you can again invest in scholarships, programming, faculty or a new building to help transform the lives and career opportunities for our students. Your continued support will place the PSOA in a position of strength for decades to come.

When you make a gift to the Patterson School, you make an investment in a proven program of excellence:

  • The PSOA had six 2020 winners of the Elijah Watt Sells Award, the most prestigious CPA Exam Award worldwide. Criteria include passing all four parts of the CPA exam on the first sitting and averaging greater than 95.5 across the four sections. The Patterson School ranked No. 1 in the SEC and No. 2 nationally this year in number of Sells Award winners. There were 13 winners from SEC universities – six from Ole Miss and seven from all the rest of the SEC institutions combined!
  • While the Public Accounting Report annual national rankings were not conducted for 2020 due to COVID, one or more of our programs have been ranked in the top 10 nationally for each of the past nine years of rankings (and in the top 20 nationally for 12 continuous years of rankings). Over the past nine years, our undergraduate program has been No. 1 in the SEC four times and No. 2 four times; our master’s program has been No. 1 in the SEC five times and No. 2 twice; and our doctoral program has been No. 1 in the SEC six times and No. 2 twice.
  • We granted 547 degrees at the 2020 Commencement, an all-time high and as a comparison, more than double the 265 degrees granted in 2015. The total consisted of 346 BACCY degrees and 201 graduate degrees. Of the 198 master’s degrees, 94 were from our new graduate degrees in accountancy/tax and data analytics. Many of our graduate students accept full-time employment positions 16 months prior to graduation, with the job placement percentage approaching 100%.
  • The PSOA’s internship program, now in its 17th year, again enjoyed record results. We had 216 undergraduate interns in spring 2020 with 42 additional master’s interns during that same time. Our interns gained valuable experience working in 22 different states and three countries.
  • PSOA students reached another record-high average ACT score in the 2020-2021 academic year. Our freshman ACT average was 27.9, increasing steadily since the 24.1 average in the 2012-2013 year. Similarly, our overall undergraduate student body has an average ACT of 27 this fall, up from 24.4 in the 2012-2013 year by comparison. We now are second at the University in average ACT scores, behind only the School of Engineering. We admit all students into the PSOA who are admissible to the University as a whole. Scholarships funded by alumni and friends play a critical role in our ability to recruit outstanding students to the Patterson School.
  • Professor Emerita Dr. Tonya Flesher remains active professionally and received the 2020 AICPA Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education AwardThis honor recognizes one faculty member annually and is essentially the AICPA National Outstanding Educator Award. There have been 36 total award recipients, with six from SEC schools. Ole Miss is the only SEC university with more than one recipient; Dr. Dale Flesher also has won this prestigious award.  
  • COVID slowed progress on our new stand-alone PSOA building. Planned to be “Grove facing” in a prime “gateway to campus” location, the building will be constructed on the corner of Grove Loop and University Avenue (where the Yerby Center now sits). The projected building cost will be $65 million, and the PSOA is responsible for raising approximately $30 million. The groundbreaking will take place when the majority of funds has been raised.

On Giving Day, we prove that the University of Mississippi family is better together. Let’s all work as one to support the Patterson School of Accountancy. Together, WE are Ole Miss. 

Please celebrate Giving Day by making a gift! Thank you!


$25,000
Bailey Family Patterson School of Accountancy Challenge
Jackie Bailey (BBA 81) and her son, Matthew Bailey (BAccy06, MAccy07) of Byram and Jackson, MS, are challenging 60 people to contribute a gift to the nationally recognized Patterson School of Accountancy. If alumni and friends rise to their challenge, Jackie and Matthew have graciously committed $25,000 in support of exceptional scholarship opportunities.
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The Middleton Lunch Time Special!
The academic department or school that secures the most gifts between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on April 14 will earn an additional $2,000, thanks to the generosity of Dr. Randle Middleton (BA 82) and Lynda Middleton of Huntsville, AL. Make your gift now to help your favorite area of campus enjoy added resources!
Rank Prize Academic Giving Area Gifts
1 $2,000 School of Education 44
2 Student Affairs 32
3 University Bands 23
4 School of Law 22
5 The Ole Miss Fund 18
6 The Ole Miss Women's Council 9
7 Patterson School of Accountancy 8
8 Student Disability Services 8
9 Ole Miss First 6
10 School of Pharmacy 6
11 School of Engineering 5
12 Division of Diversity and Community Engagement 4
13 Love your Department 4
14 University Museum and Historic Houses 4
15 School of Business 3
16 Gertrude C. Ford Center for Performing Arts 3
17 School of Applied Sciences 3
18 Graduate School 3
19 William Magee Center 3
20 College of Liberal Arts 2
21 William Magee Center for Wellness Education 2
22 Career Center Gifts 2
23 University Health Center 2
24 Campus Recreation 2
25 University Counseling Center 2
26 Rebel Relief Disaster Fund 2
27 Veterans and Military Services 2
28 Grove Grocery (Food Bank) 2
29 Fraternity and Sorority Life 2
30 School of Engineering Dean's Fund 1
31 Christopher C. Holman Fund for Student Emergencies 1
32 Parents Campaign 1
33 School of Journalism and New Media 1
34 Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College 1
35 Center for Student Success & First Year Experience 1
36 Associated Student Body 1
37 Fraternal Leadership and Learning 1
38 Black Student Union 1
39 Rebel Retention Fund 1
40 Carolyn Staton Student Travel Fund 0
41 Southern Foodways Alliance 0
42 Excited about STEM 0
43 Skilling Up 0
44 Club Sports 0
45 Campus Safety 0
46 Dr. Linda Spargo Art & Rowan Oak Fund 0
47 Student Veterans 0
48 Living Music Resource 0
49 Club Sports 0
50 Croft Institute for International Studies 0
51 Class of 2020 for Grove Turf 0
52 University Libraries 0
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Early Bird Special
The academic department or school that secures the most gifts between 9 a.m. and noon on April 13 will earn an additional $2,000. Make your gift right away to help your favorite area of campus benefit from these funds!
Rank Prize Academic Giving Area Gifts
1 $2,000 School of Law 81
2 Student Affairs 31
3 School of Education 30
4 University Bands 29
5 William Magee Center 21
6 School of Pharmacy 16
7 College of Liberal Arts 12
8 Division of Diversity and Community Engagement 11
9 William Magee Center for Wellness Education 8
10 School of Engineering 8
11 Fraternity and Sorority Life 8
12 Dr. Linda Spargo Art & Rowan Oak Fund 7
13 The Ole Miss Fund 6
14 School of Journalism and New Media 4
15 School of Engineering Dean's Fund 4
16 School of Business 4
17 The Ole Miss Women's Council 4
18 Patterson School of Accountancy 3
19 Graduate School 3
20 University Libraries 3
21 Grove Grocery (Food Bank) 3
22 Ole Miss First 3
23 Black Student Union 3
24 Love your Department 3
25 University Museum and Historic Houses 2
26 Carolyn Staton Student Travel Fund 2
27 Southern Foodways Alliance 2
28 Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College 1
29 Student Disability Services 1
30 School of Applied Sciences 1
31 Excited about STEM 1
32 University Counseling Center 1
33 Gertrude C. Ford Center for Performing Arts 1
34 Skilling Up 0
35 Career Center Gifts 0
36 University Health Center 0
37 Center for Student Success & First Year Experience 0
38 Veterans and Military Services 0
39 Campus Recreation 0
40 Christopher C. Holman Fund for Student Emergencies 0
41 Rebel Relief Disaster Fund 0
42 Associated Student Body 0
43 Fraternal Leadership and Learning 0
44 Club Sports 0
45 Campus Safety 0
46 Rebel Retention Fund 0
47 Parents Campaign 0
48 Student Veterans 0
49 Living Music Resource 0
50 Club Sports 0
51 Croft Institute for International Studies 0
52 Class of 2020 for Grove Turf 0
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Total Dollars by Area
See which areas are in the lead with dollars raised.
Rank Department Raised
1 College of Liberal Arts $1,635,460.00
2 Forward Together (Triple Points) $326,040.00
3 School of Education $67,145.00
4 Gertrude C. Ford Center for Performing Arts $60,765.00
5 School of Pharmacy $47,510.00
6 Division of Diversity and Community Engagement $42,755.00
7 The Ole Miss Women's Council $39,130.00
8 Patterson School of Accountancy $36,705.00
9 School of Law $26,014.18
10 University Bands $24,524.12
11 School of Business $22,675.00
12 The Ole Miss Fund $18,044.80
13 Track and Field, and Cross Country $17,570.00
14 Ole Miss First $16,215.00
15 Love your Department $11,425.00
16 Dr. Linda Spargo Art & Rowan Oak Fund $7,750.00
17 School of Applied Sciences $6,680.00
18 William Magee Center for Wellness Education $6,155.00
19 School of Engineering Dean's Fund $4,875.00
20 William Magee Center $4,203.00
21 University Libraries $2,751.00
22 Softball $2,455.00
23 Soccer $2,170.00
24 Women's Basketball $2,075.00
25 University Museum and Historic Houses $2,000.00
26 School of Journalism and New Media $1,955.00
27 Graduate School $1,725.00
28 University Health Center $1,585.00
29 Football $1,465.00
30 Carolyn Staton Student Travel Fund $1,410.00
31 Career Center Gifts $1,390.00
32 Capital Building Projects $1,335.00
33 Fraternity and Sorority Life $1,172.00
34 Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College $1,145.00
35 Grove Grocery (Food Bank) $1,140.00
36 Living Music Resource $1,100.00
37 University Counseling Center $1,040.00
38 Men's Basketball $1,025.00
39 Parents Campaign $1,010.00
40 Student Disability Services $980.00
41 Baseball $890.00
42 Campus Recreation $840.00
43 Club Sports $515.00
44 Southern Foodways Alliance $385.00
45 Men's and Women's Tennis $385.00
46 Center for Student Success & First Year Experience $325.00
47 Excited about STEM $275.00
48 Skilling Up $250.00
49 Croft Institute for International Studies $225.00
50 Christopher C. Holman Fund for Student Emergencies $205.00
51 Veterans and Military Services $203.00
52 Rebel Relief Disaster Fund $200.00
53 Women's Rifle $150.00
54 Black Student Union $125.00
55 Volleyball $125.00
56 Women's Golf $100.00
57 Men's Golf $100.00
58 Student Veterans $100.00
59 Rebel Retention Fund $75.00
60 Associated Student Body $50.00
61 Fraternal Leadership and Learning $50.00
62 Campus Safety $50.00
63 Class of 2020 for Grove Turf $25.00
64 Club Sports $0.00
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Russell's Final Countdown Prize!
The academic department or school that secures the most gifts between 4 p.m. and 5:48 p.m. on April 14 will earn an additional $1,100, thanks to the generosity of Gail Russell (BA 76) of Louisville, KY. Act now by making a gift and help your favorite area of campus benefit from these funds.
Rank Prize Academic Giving Area Gifts
1 $1,100 University Bands 25
2 Student Affairs 8
3 School of Engineering 4
4 Love your Department 3
5 University Museum and Historic Houses 3
6 School of Education 3
7 The Ole Miss Women's Council 2
8 William Magee Center 2
9 Student Disability Services 2
10 Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College 2
11 Campus Recreation 2
12 School of Applied Sciences 2
13 Patterson School of Accountancy 1
14 College of Liberal Arts 1
15 Ole Miss First 1
16 School of Engineering Dean's Fund 1
17 School of Business 1
18 Division of Diversity and Community Engagement 1
19 School of Pharmacy 1
20 University Libraries 1
21 University Health Center 1
22 Croft Institute for International Studies 1
23 Class of 2020 for Grove Turf 1
24 The Ole Miss Fund 1
25 Career Center Gifts 1
26 Excited about STEM 0
27 Skilling Up 0
28 University Counseling Center 0
29 Center for Student Success & First Year Experience 0
30 Veterans and Military Services 0
31 Christopher C. Holman Fund for Student Emergencies 0
32 Rebel Relief Disaster Fund 0
33 Associated Student Body 0
34 Fraternal Leadership and Learning 0
35 Club Sports 0
36 Campus Safety 0
37 School of Law 0
38 Grove Grocery (Food Bank) 0
39 Carolyn Staton Student Travel Fund 0
40 Black Student Union 0
41 Rebel Retention Fund 0
42 Dr. Linda Spargo Art & Rowan Oak Fund 0
43 Parents Campaign 0
44 Fraternity and Sorority Life 0
45 Graduate School 0
46 Southern Foodways Alliance 0
47 William Magee Center for Wellness Education 0
48 Student Veterans 0
49 Living Music Resource 0
50 Club Sports 0
51 Gertrude C. Ford Center for Performing Arts 0
52 School of Journalism and New Media 0
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Happy Hour Special
The academic department or school that secures the most gifts between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on April 13 will earn an additional $2,000. Make your gift during this time to help your favorite area of campus benefit from these resources!
Rank Prize Academic Giving Area Gifts
1 $2,000 School of Law 30
2 University Bands 18
3 Patterson School of Accountancy 9
4 School of Education 7
5 Division of Diversity and Community Engagement 4
6 School of Engineering 4
7 The Ole Miss Women's Council 3
8 Student Affairs 3
9 Fraternity and Sorority Life 3
10 Love your Department 2
11 School of Engineering Dean's Fund 2
12 School of Pharmacy 1
13 William Magee Center for Wellness Education 1
14 University Libraries 1
15 Grove Grocery (Food Bank) 1
16 Dr. Linda Spargo Art & Rowan Oak Fund 1
17 William Magee Center 1
18 Christopher C. Holman Fund for Student Emergencies 1
19 School of Journalism and New Media 1
20 College of Liberal Arts 0
21 School of Business 0
22 Ole Miss First 0
23 Gertrude C. Ford Center for Performing Arts 0
24 School of Applied Sciences 0
25 Carolyn Staton Student Travel Fund 0
26 Graduate School 0
27 University Museum and Historic Houses 0
28 Career Center Gifts 0
29 University Health Center 0
30 Student Disability Services 0
31 University Counseling Center 0
32 Campus Recreation 0
33 Southern Foodways Alliance 0
34 Excited about STEM 0
35 Skilling Up 0
36 Center for Student Success & First Year Experience 0
37 Veterans and Military Services 0
38 Rebel Relief Disaster Fund 0
39 Associated Student Body 0
40 Fraternal Leadership and Learning 0
41 Club Sports 0
42 Campus Safety 0
43 Black Student Union 0
44 Rebel Retention Fund 0
45 Parents Campaign 0
46 The Ole Miss Fund 0
47 Student Veterans 0
48 Living Music Resource 0
49 Club Sports 0
50 Croft Institute for International Studies 0
51 Class of 2020 for Grove Turf 0
52 Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College 0
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Top Area by Gifts
See which Giving Area has secured the most gifts!
Rank Department Gifts
1 University Bands 289
2 Ole Miss Athletics Foundation 200
3 School of Law 171
4 Student Affairs 158
5 School of Education 141
6 The Ole Miss Fund 108
7 Patterson School of Accountancy 64
8 School of Engineering 59
9 College of Liberal Arts 57
10 School of Pharmacy 52
11 School of Business 50
12 The Ole Miss Women's Council 45
13 Division of Diversity and Community Engagement 41
14 Fraternity and Sorority Life 31
15 School of Applied Sciences 23
16 School of Journalism and New Media 20
17 Ole Miss First 18
18 University Museum and Historic Houses 18
19 William Magee Center for Wellness Education 17
20 Dr. Linda Spargo Art & Rowan Oak Fund 15
21 Gertrude C. Ford Center for Performing Arts 12
22 University Libraries 12
23 Graduate School 11
24 Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College 10
25 Southern Foodways Alliance 6
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