Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, Mississippi

#182 National Colleges

53.86% Admission Rate
Somewhat Selective

18,388 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Public
  • Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity
  • Four-year, full-time, selective, higher transfer-in
  • Four-year, large, primarily residential
Mississippi State University for Agriculture and Applied Science, commonly known as Mississippi State University (MSU), is a public land-grant research university adjacent to Starkville, Mississippi. It is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity" and has a total research and development budget of $239.4 million, the largest in Mississippi. It is also the largest institution of Higher education in the state.

The university was chartered as Mississippi Agricultural & Mechanical College on February 28, 1878 and admitted its first students in 1880. Organized into 12 colleges and schools, the university offers over 180 baccalaureate, graduate, and professional degree programs, and is home to Mississippi's only accredited programs in architecture and veterinary medicine. Mississippi State participates in the National Sea Grant College Program and National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. The university's main campus in Starkville is supplemented by auxiliary campuses in Meridian and Biloxi.

Mississippi State's intercollegiate sports teams, the Mississippi State Bulldogs, compete in NCAA Division I athletics as members of the Southeastern Conference's western division. Mississippi State was a founding member of the SEC in 1932. In their more-than 120-year history, the Bulldogs have won 21 individual national championships, 30 regular season conference championships, and 1 national championship title. The school is noted for a pervasive baseball fan culture, with Dudy Noble Field holding 17 of the top 25 all-time NCAA attendance records and the school's Left Field Lounge being described as an epicenter of college baseball.

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Mississippi State, Mississippi

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Town: Remote (in urban cluster more than 35 miles from an urbanized area)

Southeast (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Graduate degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Engineering 16.7%
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 15.8%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 7.4%
Education 7.1%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies 6.9%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 6.5%
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences 5.7%
Psychology 4.5%
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 4.1%
Social Sciences 3.4%
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 2.9%
Physical Sciences 2.5%
Natural Resources And Conservation 2.4%
Engineering Technologies And Engineering-Related Fields 2.0%
Architecture And Related Services 1.9%
Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 1.9%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 1.6%
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 1.5%
Visual And Performing Arts 1.3%
Health Professions And Related Programs 0.9%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 0.8%
English Language And Literature/Letters 0.7%
Mathematics And Statistics 0.6%
History 0.6%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 0.3%


In State Tuition

Out of State Tuition

Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1246 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 650 590 530
Verbal 630 585 540

ACT Scores

26 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 28 25 21
English 33 28 22