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Mississippi State University Overview

Mississippi State University is a public institution situated in Mississippi State, Mississippi. The location of Mississippi State is a good match for students who are interested in living in a college town while they pursue their degree.

What Is Mississippi State University Known For?

3,923 Undergraduate Awards
$30,615 Avg Cost After Aid
62% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Mississippi State.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 86% of the faculty were full-time.

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Mississippi State University Rankings

Out of the 21 colleges in Mississippi, Mississippi State is ranked at #1.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Mississippi State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Online Other Engineering Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Instructional Media Design Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Most Popular Online Engineering Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Most Popular Online Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Most Popular Online Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Mississippi State has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#16 Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation College Factual
#25 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#42 Best General Biology Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#59 Best Education Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#63 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#90 Best Colleges for Education College Factual

Where Is Mississippi State University?

Location of Mississippi State University

Contact details for Mississippi State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Lee Boulevard, Mississippi State, MS 39762
Phone: 662-325-2323
Website: https://www.msstate.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/msstate
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/msstate

How Do I Get Into Mississippi State?

You can apply to Mississippi State online at: https://www.msstate.edu/future-students/apply

Admission Requirements for Mississippi State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Mississippi State?

62% Acceptance Rate
53% Of Accepted Are Women
0% Submit SAT Scores
Mississippi State has an acceptance rate of 62%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 47% of accepted students are men and 53% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 65%, and the acceptance rate for women is 61%.

Average Test Scores

About 0% of students accepted to Mississippi State submitted their SAT scores.Mississippi State received ACT scores from 87% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 30. Math scores were between 20 and 27. Composite scores were between 21 and 28.

ACT English Scores for Mississippi State University  ( 21 to 30 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Mississippi State University  ( 20 to 27 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Mississippi State University  ( 21 to 28 )
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36

Can I Afford Mississippi State University?

$30,615 Net Price
52% Take Out Loans
7.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Mississippi State is $30,615. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Mississippi State, approximately 52% of students took out student loans averaging $7,297 a year. That adds up to $29,188 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Mississippi State is 7.6%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Mississippi State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

16,839 Full-Time Undergraduates
50% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 18,490 undergraduate students at Mississippi State, with 16,839 being full-time and 1,651 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Mississippi State

There are also 3,484 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 16,839 full-time undergraduates at Mississippi State, 50% are male and 50% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Mississippi State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Mississippi State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Mississippi State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 249
Black or African American 3,284
Hispanic or Latino 462
White 12,141
International Students 226
Other Races/Ethnicities 477

Geographic Diversity

Mississippi students aren't the only ones who study at Mississippi State University. At this time, 40 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 81 countries are represented at Mississippi State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and Nepal.

Online Learning at Mississippi State University

1,785 Took All Classes Online
3,659 Took At Least One Class Online
-2.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 1 bachelor’s degree and 13 master’s degree programs available online at Mississippi State. In 2017-2018, 3,659 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Mississippi State has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 13th most popular in Mississippi for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Mississippi State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Mississippi State University was -2.5%. This is the #2,360 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Mississippi State regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Mississippi State majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Education 5%
Educational Administration 3%
Electrical Engineering 26%
Engineering 5%
Forestry 39%
Industrial Engineering 6%
Management Information Systems 13%
Mechanical Engineering 12%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 9%
Natural Resources & Conservation 30%
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 16%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 9%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Mississippi State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Mississippi State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Forestry #8
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering #23
Other Engineering #23
Industrial Engineering #27
General Engineering #35
Mechanical Engineering #37
Civil Engineering #39
Natural Resources & Conservation #45
Electrical Engineering #46
Management Information Systems #83
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #115
Engineering #120
Teacher Education Subject Specific #208
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #230
Educational Administration #256
Teacher Education Grade Specific #298

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Mississippi State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 248 0 88 6 342
Health & Physical Education 271 0 22 3 296
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 290 0 0 0 290
Teacher Education Grade Specific 196 0 44 0 240
Mechanical Engineering 179 0 22 0 201
General Biology 140 0 19 6 165
Communication & Media Studies 159 0 0 0 159
Geological & Earth Sciences 80 0 72 5 157
General Psychology 140 0 6 7 153
Accounting 92 0 47 0 139
Marketing 128 0 0 0 128
Liberal Arts General Studies 114 0 0 0 114
Civil Engineering 89 0 19 0 108
Chemical Engineering 99 0 0 0 99
Animal Science 91 0 0 0 91
Veterinary Medicine 0 0 0 91 91
Electrical Engineering 70 0 7 7 84
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 77 0 0 2 79
Finance & Financial Management 78 0 0 0 78
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 49 0 29 0 78
Biomedical Engineering 71 0 7 0 78
Computer Information Systems 62 0 13 2 77
Industrial Production Technology 77 0 0 0 77
Educational Administration 0 0 51 17 68
Industrial Engineering 39 0 17 7 63
Wildlife Management 44 0 17 0 61
Forestry 40 0 19 0 59
Criminology 59 0 0 0 59
Social Work 58 0 0 0 58
Teacher Education Subject Specific 41 0 7 4 52
Political Science & Government 48 0 2 1 51
Human Development & Family Studies 42 0 4 3 49
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 36 0 8 5 49
Agricultural Production 25 0 13 10 48
Management Information Systems 38 0 8 0 46
General Visual & Performing Arts 46 0 0 0 46
Plant Sciences 43 0 0 0 43
Agricultural Economics & Business 37 0 3 0 40
General English Literature 28 0 10 0 38
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 33 0 5 0 38
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 37 0 0 0 37
History 23 0 10 4 37
General Architecture 35 0 0 0 35
Special Education 20 0 15 0 35
Botany/Plant Biology 0 0 15 14 29
Mathematics 25 0 4 0 29
Chemistry 16 0 7 6 29
General Education 0 28 0 0 28
General Engineering 0 0 6 22 28
Other Engineering 20 0 2 6 28
Student Counseling 0 0 27 0 27
Natural Resources Conservation 8 0 0 19 27
Construction Management 26 0 0 0 26
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 26 0 0 0 26
Food Science Technology 25 0 0 0 25
Textile & Apparel Studies 23 0 1 0 24
Nutrition Science 0 0 22 2 24
Interior Architecture 23 0 0 0 23
Taxation 0 0 23 0 23
Instructional Media Design 23 0 0 0 23
Computer Engineering 22 0 0 0 22
Anthropology 13 0 8 0 21
Landscape Architecture 16 0 1 0 17
Petroleum Engineering 17 0 0 0 17
Sociology 9 0 3 3 15
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 0 0 8 6 14
Public Administration 0 0 14 0 14
Zoology 0 0 11 2 13
Philosophy 12 0 0 0 12
Business/Managerial Economics 11 0 0 0 11
Physics 3 0 6 0 9
General Family & Consumer Sciences 8 0 0 0 8
Economics 6 0 0 2 8
Statistics 0 0 6 0 6
Music 6 0 0 0 6
Health & Medical Administrative Services 5 0 0 0 5
Horticulture 4 0 0 0 4
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 4 4
Information Technology 0 0 3 0 3
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 3 0 0 0 3
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 2 2
Applied Mathematics 0 0 0 2 2
Biological & Physical Science 1 0 0 0 1
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 0 0 0
Systems Theory 0 0 0 0 0
Culinary Arts 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 3,923 28 751 270 4,972

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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