The University of Mississippi (colloquially known as Ole Miss) is a public research university in Oxford, Mississippi. Including the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, it is the state's largest university by enrollment. The university was chartered by the Mississippi Legislature on February 24, 1844, and four years later admitted its first enrollment of 80 students. The university is classified as an "R1: Doctoral University—Highest Research Activity" by the Carnegie Foundation and has an annual research and development budget of $121. 6 million. The university ranked 145 in the 2018 edition of the US News Rankings of Best National Universities.