There is an assumed arrogance associated with Ole Miss. Many believe we think we are better than everyone else. They think we hold on to the ideas of the Old South because no one can make us change. Again, that’s a type of arrogance. The NCAA would love to knock us down a peg. Those preconceived ideas about who we are could have fueled their commitment to find something, anything. They would even offer immunity to other violators with the purpose of finding something on Ole Miss. The truth of the even is a little clouded. It may not matter to the NCAA.
The University of Mississippi was No. 18 on the 2012 Forbes Best Value Colleges list, part of the annual America's Top Colleges section. It was the only SEC school to make the Top 20 list.  In 2009–2012, the Chronicle of Higher Education named the University of Mississippi as one of the "Great Colleges to Work For", putting the institution in elite company. The 2012 results, released in The Chronicle's fifth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of more than 46,000 employees at 294 colleges and universities.  The University of Mississippi was included in "Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012" featuring more than 300 of the best and most interesting colleges and universities in three nations. UM is the only Mississippi institution included in the publication. In 2012, the Ole Miss campus was ranked safest in the SEC and in the top 10 nationally by .  . News & World Report ranks the Professional MBA program at the UM School of Business Administration as one of the top 14 in the nation.  The university's Patterson School of Accountancy is ranked No. 4 in the nation – atop all other SEC programs – for undergraduate education in the August 2013 issue of the Public Accounting Report. Also, the school's master's and doctoral programs are ranked at Nos. 5 and 8, respectively, in their categories.