Mississippi State University

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PO Box 6018

Mississippi State, MS 39762

Phone: (662) 325-2323
2013-2014 Tuition
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rolling admission

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#142 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. National Universities

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Mississippi State University is a public institution that was founded in 1878. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 16,390, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 4,200 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Mississippi State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 142. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,722 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $16,960 (2013-14).

Mississippi State University is located in the city of Starkville, about 170 miles southeast of Memphis. Students at Mississippi State can choose from more than 160 academic degrees, including master's degrees through the Bagley College of Engineering and in the fields of business and education. Mississippi State also has a highly ranked program in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Mississippi State, often called MSU, has held onto many traditions that students still follow. For years, students have rattled cowbells at sports games, attended The Drill pep rally to start off the school year and athletic seasons and cheered with Bully, the live bulldog mascot.

The Mississippi Bulldogs varsity teams compete in about 15 sports and are members of the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference. Students can also get involved by joining MSU's more than 300 campus clubs, pledging with more than 30 fraternities and sororities or running for student government. Notable MSU alumni include bestselling author John Grisham, who earned a degree in accounting.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Mississippi State University, a land-grant and sea-grant institution founded in 1878, is a Carnegie Research University (high research activity) institution and the largest university in Mississippi. MSU enrolls approximately 17,000 students, 20 percent of whom are graduate students; has slightly less than 1,100 full-time faculty members and more than 4,100 total full-time employees; has total revenues of approximately $500 million; and has research expenditures of more than $190 million. The university offers 78 bachelor's degree programs, 59 master's degree programs, and 35 doctoral degree programs through colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Architecture, Art and Design, Business and Industry, Education, Engineering, Forest Resources, and Veterinary Medicine.

Mississippi State University continues to be listed among the "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" in Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine. The list
recognizes institutions that are "noteworthy for their combination of top flight academics and affordable costs." Now listed at 88th, the 131-year-old, land-grant university is the only Mississippi institution included in
the national publication's annual survey.

Forbes magazine has ranked Mississippi State University among the top 20 of its top 100 best college buys in America. Ranked in the national business publication's online edition, the university is given a higher designation
than all other Mississippi public and private institutions of higher learning.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1878
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $343,857,375


When applying to Mississippi State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at Mississippi State University is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 69.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 69.3%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Mississippi State University is 19:1, and the school has 37.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Mississippi State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Engineering; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 82 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 19:1
4-year graduation rate N/A
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 19%
Education 18%
Engineering 13%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 5%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 5%

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Student Life

Mississippi State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 16,390, with a gender distribution of 52 percent male students and 48 percent female students. At this school, 27 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 73 percent of students live off campus. Mississippi State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 20,365
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Mississippi State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Mississippi State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Mississippi State University, 95 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Mississippi State University.

Students who have cars on campus 95%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Mississippi State University, 61 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,109.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

In-state tuition and fees $6,722 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $16,960 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,647 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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