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Mississippi State University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn what degree programs Mississippi State University offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Mississippi State University

Established in 1878, Mississippi State University (MSU) is the largest land-grant public institution in Mississippi. Located in Starkville, it sits on 4,200 acres and has ranked among the nation's 100 Best Buy Colleges listed by Forbes magazine. Best-selling novelist John Grisham is an alumnus.


Mississippi State University has 8 colleges and an off-campus location in Meridian, MS. The institution offers more than 180 degrees, including 59 master's degree programs, 35 programs at the doctoral level and 8 educational specialist degree programs. The College of Arts and Sciences has the highest enrollment of all 8 colleges, with 5,241 students, and the College of Business is one of the South's oldest accredited business schools.

MSU staffs 963 faculty members, and 74% of them have doctoral or other terminal degrees. Students can study and conduct research at any of the school's 4 libraries. Among the institution's distinctive collections are the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Collection and the John Grisham Papers.

In addition to its traditional campus-based offerings, MSU also offers distance learning programs at the certificate, undergraduate and graduate levels. Study abroad opportunities are available to all enrolled students as well.


Prospective undergraduate students can start the admission process in early December, and notification will begin shortly after. In addition to completing the online application, students are required to submit their official ACT or SAT scores, official transcripts through the junior year and proof of immunizations.

In 2011, nearly 10,000 students applied for admission. The university accepted roughly 63% of the applicants for the freshman class. About 76% of MSU's students were from Mississippi, roughly 20% were from out of state and 4% were from other countries. Approximately 48% of the student population was female, 69% of the enrollees were white and 21% were African-American.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The annual base tuition for 2012-2013 is $6,264 for in-state undergraduates and $15,828 for out-of-state undergraduates. Additional charges for room ($4,936) and board ($3,550) will be the same for in-state and out-of-state students. School supplies and books are projected to cost about $1,200 per year for undergraduates.

Undergraduate students can pursue financial assistance options ranging from federal grants and loans to work-study awards. Mississippi residents may also qualify for the Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant or the Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant. Graduate students may qualify for assistantships or fellowships.

School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, post-master's certificates, doctorates**
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Rural *
Student Body More than 16,300 undergraduates and over 4,000 graduate students**
Student Housing 96% of freshmen and 25% of all undergrads live on campus**
Schools and Programs 8 schools and 180 degree programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 20 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Business Administration and Management, General (190)
Master's: Business Administration and Management (155)
Doctorate: Veterinary Medicine (73)*
Graduation Rate 30% in 4 years and 60% in 6 years for full-time students who started in 2005*
Admission Rate 63% in 2011*
Entering Class Size About 2,920 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 83% (full-time students), 33% (part-time students)*
Average ACT Score of Admitted Students 23.6 in 2011**
Application Due Date December 1st for scholarships, March 1st for other financial aid**
Tuition and Fees $6,264 for in-state undergraduates and $15,828 for out-of-state undergraduates (2012-2013)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of All Students Receiving It) In 2011: Grants and scholarships (76%), federal student loans (51%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 89% for 2010-2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Mississippi State University.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions and Scholarships, P.O. Box 6334, 25 Old Main, 101 Montgomery Hall, Mississippi State, MS 39762-6334
  • Phone: (662) 325-2224
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