Mississippi Valley State University 1

2014 Quick Stats
14000 Highway 82 W

Itta Bena, MS 38941-1400

Phone: (662) 254-9041
2012-2013 Tuition
rolling admission

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RNP Ranked Not Published.
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Regional Universities (South)

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Mississippi Valley State University is a public institution that was founded in 1950. It has a rural setting and the campus size is 450 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Mississippi Valley State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $5,703 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $5,703 (2012-13).

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

Major Functions: The major function of the institution is teaching with research activities being conducted as a complement to the instructional program. Public service is an important function of the institution as it attempts to impact the economic and cultural development of the region. Institutional research activities provide important data to be used in the planning and development of effective instructional programs, viable student support services, and adequate physical resources. Through public service activities, the University provides valuable professional and material resources to the community, ranging from the individual involvement of university faculty and staff to structured programs in continuing education, social awareness, and recreation. Skills And Attitudes to Be Acquired Developed by Students: Mississippi Valley State University considers itself to be an agent of change for the students who attend it. In addition to its role in the academic preparation of students, the University attempts to affect change in the students' social attitudes and behaviors in order that they may be prepared for positive and competitive interaction in the greater society. MVSU aims to produce graduates who can write, speak, think, and calculate at an effective level in our society, and who achieve sufficient depth of understanding and skill in their major field to find employment, continue graduate study, or become contributing members of society. In view of the adverse economic circumstances that impact the vast majority of its students, the University expects that the experiences it provides will result in an improvement in the students' social and economic status. The principal institutional goals supporting the Mission are as follows: Provide educational programs and services designed to serve students who can move at an accelerated pace, students who have adequate prior preparation, and students who are educationally deficient in their prior preparation; Produce graduates who can write, speak, think, and calculate at a functional level in our society; and who achieve sufficient depth of understanding and skill in their major field to find employment, continue graduate study, or become contributing members of society in some other way; Provide a broad range of student services that include counseling, career planning, placement, and financial assistance; Maintain a faculty that is excellent in teaching and that has some public service interest; Maintain a campus that has an inviting environment; and Be service-orientated and responsive to the educational and cultural needs of the community.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1950
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Mississippi Valley State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 17. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 16.1 percent.

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

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 16.1% 4
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 17

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Academic Life

The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 57.7 percent.

Class sizes N/A
Student-faculty ratio N/A 4
4-year graduation rate N/A
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
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Student Life

Mississippi Valley State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment N/A
Student gender distribution N/A
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Mississippi Valley State University offers a number of student services including placement service and health service. Mississippi Valley State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Mississippi Valley State University, 35 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Mississippi Valley State University.

Students who have cars on campus 35%
Health insurance offered No

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In-state tuition and fees $5,703 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $5,703 (2012-13)
Room and board $6,510 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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