Croft students form a special community within the University. You’ll find yourself among a group of diverse but academically-minded students, with whom you’ll quickly form friendships and forge intellectual bonds based on shared interests and common academic challenges. The Institute is housed in its own beautifully restored pre-Civil War building centrally located between the famous Ole Miss Grove and the University Circle on the Oxford Campus. The veranda overlooks the Grove and provides year-round lounge and table seating reserved for our students and faculty. From the student lounge on the first floor to the computer lab on the third floor, students feel at home in our building or in Croft-designated housing located on certain floors within the residence halls. Not only do we offer wireless internet throughout and our own, up-to-date computer lab, but an unlimited supply of hot coffee or tea and the occasional free snack from our third-floor kitchen. All International Studies classes are held right in the building. Our students are represented by the Croft Senate, which keeps the faculty and staff informed of students’ needs and plans social activities and service opportunities for Croft students.
The Croft staff is dedicated to helping you make the most of your time at the Institute. They serve as academic advisors for all International Studies majors, helping you choose courses, internships, and study abroad programs that will allow you to achieve your goals at Ole Miss and beyond. The staff also host the new student retreat, regional and thematic dinners at Dr. Gispen’s house, and a Visiting Speaker Series that brings experts from all over the world to address vital contemporary issues.
"Throughout my time at Ole Miss, Croft has provided me with an unforgettable experience on many different levels. I am amazed by the transformation I've seen in myself as a student, a person and a member of such a close-knit community. Croft has given me an opportunity to challenge myself academically by gaining critical thinking skills as well as develop relationships with my classmates and professors inside as well as outside the classroom. In a caring and encouraging environment, I have found a strong community in Croft."
Alex Bucaciuc, 2010 Croft graduate