Mississippi State University is a public, four-year institution of higher learning located in rural Oktibbeha County, Mississippi that was founded in 1878.
MSU was founded as The Agricultural and Mechanical College of the State of Mississippi. With a focus on agriculture, horticulture and mechanical arts, the college continued to expand its science fields, in addition to adding schools, such as the College of Business and Industry. By the 1950s, graduate programs were introduced and the school officially adopted the title Mississippi State University. Then in the 1970s, the College of Architecture, College of Veterinary Medicine, and School of Accountancy opened. Today, MSU retains the purposes of “learning, research, and service.”
MSU’s campus lies on more than 4,200 acres of farms, pastures, and woodlands with about 160 buildings. This campus is centered around a Drill Field that was used by the Corps of Cadets prior to the end of World War II. MSU’s Mitchell Memorial Library is the permanent location for Ulysses S. Grant's Presidential Library. The main MSU campus is located about 125 miles northeast of Jackson and 23 miles west of Columbus, Mississippi. An off-campus center is operated in Meridian that offers both undergraduate and graduate courses.
Students can participate in more than 300 student organizations. The most popular organizations on campus include Greek life, The Student Association, Famous Maroon Band, MSU Road Runners, Alumni Delegates, Orientation Leaders, The Residence Hall Association, the Black Student Alliance, the Mississippi State University College Democrats and Republicans, Music Maker Productions, and the Baptist Student Union. Greek life includes 19 fraternities (IFC and NPHC) and 13 sororities (Pan-Hellenic and NPHC). Approximately 20 percent of the student population participates in the Greek system. Student media includes WMSV radio station and the student newspaper, The Reflector. MSU students can also attend lectures of distinguished speakers each semester. Former speakers include John Grisham, Condoleezza Rice, Spike Lee, and Jeff Lieberman. Athletic teams include: men and women’s track, men’s baseball, men and women’s basketball, men’s football, men and women’s golf, women’s soccer, women’s softball, men and women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball. “The Bulldogs” compete in Division I of the NCAA and the Southeastern Conference.
Mississippi State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Statistical data at Mississippi State University includes:
- More than 20,000 students enrolled (about 16,400 undergraduates)
- Student-to-faculty ratio of 19:1
- About 92 percent of undergraduates and 50 percent of graduates study full-time
- Approximately 52 percent male student body
- Estimated 70 percent White student body
- Students represent 82 Mississippi counties, 50 states, and more than 75 countries
- About 13 percent of students are over the age of 25 years old
- Mississippi state residents making up 65 percent of the student body
- An overall graduation rate of 58 percent
Mississippi State University awards numerous certificates, undergraduate degrees, master’s degrees, and doctorate degrees. Pre-professional concentrations include:
- Pre-Clinical Lab Sciences
- Pre-Dental Hygiene
- Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine
- Pre-Occupational Therapy
- Pre-Physical Therapy
- Pre-Veterinary Medicine
The Center for Continuing Education offers Safety and Environmental Training, Continuing Education, Professional Development Courses, and Certifications. Special learning opportunities include ROTC (Army, Air Force), teacher certification, distance education, and study abroad. Student services include academic and career counseling, remedial services, employment services, placement services, and on-campus day care for student’s children.
Each year, Mississippi State University receives more than 10,000 applications for admission and accepts approximately 62 percent of students for admission. To apply for admission, students must complete the application for admission with a $40 application fee, submit official ACT/SAT test scores, submit official high school and college transcripts from each school attended, and provide proof of immunity to measles and rubella. Home-schooled students must submit home-school transcripts or portfolios and ACT/SAT scores. Admission will be granted to high school graduates who meet College Preparatory Curriculum requirements, have a minimum 3.2 GPA, stand in the top 50 percent of the class, and earn a score of 16 or higher on the ACT or a combined score of 770 or higher on the SAT. Students applying for graduate school admission must take the GRE General Test and provide three letters of recommendation in addition to submitting an application.
DISTANCE AND ONLINE EDUCATION
For added flexibility, students can complete online bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, in addition to certificate programs. Students enrolled in distance education will have access to MSU resources, including Distance Student Services and technical help via the Centers helpdesk. Online degrees include:
Bachelor of Science degrees
- Elementary Education with concentrations in Early Childhood or Middle School
- Geosciences with a concentration in Operational Meteorology
- Interdisciplinary Studies
- Technology Teacher Education
- Teaching - Community College Education, Middle Level Alternate, Secondary
- Teacher Alternate Route
- Business Administration - optional Project Management
- Aerospace Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Food Science, Nutrition, & Health Promotion, with a concentration in Health
- General Biology
- Geosciences with concentrations in Applied Meteorology or Teachers in
- Industrial Engineering
- Information Systems
- Workforce Educational Leadership
Doctor of Philosophy degrees
- Community College Leadership
- Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Engineering with concentrations in Aerospace Engineering or Civil Engineering
- Industrial and Systems Engineering
- Broadcast Meteorology Certificate
- Diversity Certificate
- Geospatial and Remote Sensing Technology Certificate
- Operational Meteorology Certificate
- Veterans’ Certificate Program Certificate
- Vision Specialist in Vocational Rehabilitation Certificate
COSTS AND FINANCIAL AID
About 89 percent of students at Mississippi State University receive financial aid. To apply for financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid each year. Financial aid at MSU is awarded in the form of grants, fellowships, loans, tuition waivers, and part-time employment.
Tuition at Mississippi State University is dependent upon state residency.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Sector Of Institution:4-year, Public
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctor's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:5,194
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