Mississippi State University

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Mississippi State University

Founded in 1878, Mississippi State University (MSU), officially known as the Mississippi State University of Agriculture and Applied Science, is a four-year university located in the rural town of Starkville, Mississippi. MSU is recognized as a doctoral research institution and has the largest campus of any university in the state. In addition to the main campus in Starksville, MSU has branch campuses in the cities of Biloxi, Meridian, and Vicksburg. MSU is consistently ranked among the top agricultural schools in the nation and was recently ranked No.18 in the nation by Forbes magazine. It is also well know for its exceptional graduate level programs in veterinary medicine and engineering.

Mississippi State University offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in various academic fields and disciplines through its eleven academic school and colleges, which include the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering; College of Arts and Sciences; College of Architecture Art and Design; James Worth Bagley College of Engineering; College of Business;
Richard C. Adkerson School of Accountancy; College of Forest Resources; Shackouls Honors College;
College of Veterinary Medicine; and College of Education.

Roughly 20,000 students attend MSU each year. At over 4,200 acres, the MSU campus is the largest state. It contains over 150 buildings, several farms, and a variety of other student facilities. The university owns over 80,000 acres statewide which it employs for various educational purposes.

Mississippi State's athletic teams compete as the Bulldogs in the Division I of the National College Athletic Association (NCAA). They belong to the western division of the Southeastern Conference.

General Information

Admission Office

Box 6334

Mississippi State, MS 39762

(662) 325-2224

Fax: (662) 325-1678

Contact: Phil Bonfanti

Director of Admissions and Scholarships
Main Address

PO Box 6018

Mississippi State, MS 39762

(662) 325-2121


Total undergrads: 13,991

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,489

Degree-seeking undergrads: 13,204

Graduate enrollment: 3,537


Rural setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $35

Online application fee: $35
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 65%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 84%

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agribusiness Operations B
Agricultural Economics B
Agriculture – General B
Agronomy/Crop Science B
Animal Sciences B
Food Science B
Horticulture Science B
Landscaping B
Pest Management B
Poultry Science B

Architecture & Related Programs

Architecture B
Interior Architecture B
Landscape Architecture B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Arts – General B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Bacteriology B
Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Construction Management B
Finance/Banking B
Insurance/Risk Management B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Real Estate B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Agricultural Education B
Business Teacher Education B
Elementary Education B
Instructional technology B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Secondary Education B
Special Education B


Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering B
Biomedical Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computational engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Industrial Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Agricultural engineering technology and business B
Industrial Technology B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Family/Consumer Sciences – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Foreign Language & Literature – General B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Veterinary medical science B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Biological/Physical Sciences B
Interdisciplinary studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Forestry – General B
Wildlife/Wilderness Management B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Educational Psychology B
Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Mississippi State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(662) 325-2323
Type of School:4-year, Public
Apply Online:www.msstate.edu/web/applyonline.php
Address:Lee Boulevard, Mississippi State, MS 39762
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:21,622
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):61%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:20 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:17,917 (83% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$7,780
Out-of-state Tuition:$20,900
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:97%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$12,015

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Mississippi State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Mississippi State University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences932
Architecture and Related Services31
Biological and Biomedical Sciences324
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services951
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services111
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields2
English Language and Literature/Letters11
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences122
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics11
Health Professions and Related Programs321
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Mathematics and Statistics121
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies21
Natural Resources and Conservation331
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies11
Personal and Culinary Services1
Philosophy and Religious Studies1
Physical Sciences332
Public Administration and Social Service Professions111
Social Sciences532
Visual and Performing Arts2
Grand total1745531

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Mississippi State University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services2
Natural Resources and Conservation1
Grand total133

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Mississippi State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,200

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid3,34597%
Grant or scholarship aid3,26694%$12,015
Student loan aid1,86054%$6,725

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid13,79279%$8,587
Federal student loans8,51449%$7,091

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Mississippi State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Mississippi State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants14,0126,2827,730
Percent admitted100%57%55%
Percent admitted who enrolled26%27%25%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Mississippi State University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment21,622
Undergraduate enrollment18,090
Graduate enrollment3,532

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Mississippi State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • School Psychology (SCPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • American Veterinary Medical Association, Council on Education
    • Veterinary Medicine (VET) - Programs leading to a D.V.M. or D.M.V. degree (College of Veterinary Medicine)
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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