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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?

16,803 Full-Time Undergraduates
$16,830 Avg Cost After Aid
62% Acceptance Rate
  • The doctor's degree is the highest degree offered at Mississippi State.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 86% of the faculty were full-time.

Mississippi State University Rankings

Mississippi State is ranked #597 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. It is also ranked #3 out of 15 schools in Mississippi.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Mississippi State has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Mississippi State

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Veterans 227
Best Colleges for Diversity 334
Best Colleges for International Students 427
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 450
Best Colleges for the Money 592
Best Colleges 597

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?

$16,830 Net Price
52% Take Out Loans
7.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Mississippi State is $16,830. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Mississippi State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$14,632 $14,739 $19,202 $20,556 $20,849

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

16,803 Full-Time Undergraduates
50% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 18,312 undergraduate students at Mississippi State, with 16,803 being full-time and 1,509 being part-time.

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

There are also 3,571 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 16,803 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 202
Black or African American 3,463
Hispanic or Latino 436
White 12,058
International Students 203
Other Races/Ethnicities 441

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, Mississippi State University awarded 7,846 undergraduate degrees and 2,042 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 92 47 0
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 49 29 0
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 37 3 0
Agricultural Production 0 25 13 10
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 26 0 0
Animal Science 0 91 0 0
Anthropology 0 13 8 0
Applied Mathematics 0 0 0 2
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 77 0 2
Biological & Physical Science 0 1 0 0
Biomedical Engineering 0 71 7 0
Botany/Plant Biology 0 0 15 14
Business Administration & Management 0 248 88 6
Business/Managerial Economics 0 11 0 0
Chemical Engineering 0 99 0 0
Chemistry 0 16 7 6
Civil Engineering 0 89 19 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 36 8 5
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 3 0 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 159 0 0
Computer Engineering 0 22 0 0
Computer Information Systems 0 62 13 2
Construction Management 0 26 0 0
Criminology 0 59 0 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 2
Economics 0 6 0 2
Educational Administration 0 0 51 17
Electrical Engineering 0 70 7 7
Finance & Financial Management 0 78 0 0
Food Science Technology 0 25 0 0
Forestry 0 40 19 0
General Architecture 0 35 0 0
General Biology 0 140 19 6
General Engineering 0 0 6 22
General English Literature 0 28 10 0
General Family & Consumer Sciences 0 8 0 0
General Psychology 0 140 6 7
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 46 0 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 80 72 5
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 5 0 0
Health & Physical Education 0 271 22 3
History 0 23 10 4
Horticulture 0 4 0 0
Human Development & Family Studies 0 42 4 3
Industrial Engineering 0 39 17 7
Industrial Production Technology 0 77 0 0
Information Technology 0 0 3 0
Instructional Media Design 0 23 0 0
Interior Architecture 0 23 0 0
Landscape Architecture 0 16 1 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 114 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 33 5 0
Management Information Systems 0 38 8 0
Marketing 0 128 0 0
Mathematics 0 25 4 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 179 22 0
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 37 0 0
Music 0 6 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 8 0 19
Nutrition Science 0 0 22 2
Other Engineering 0 20 2 6
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 290 0 0
Petroleum Engineering 0 17 0 0
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 4
Philosophy 0 12 0 0
Physics 0 3 6 0
Plant Sciences 0 43 0 0
Political Science & Government 0 48 2 1
Public Administration 0 0 14 0
Social Work 0 58 0 0
Sociology 0 9 3 3
Special Education 0 20 15 0
Statistics 0 0 6 0
Student Counseling 0 0 27 0
Taxation 0 0 23 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 196 44 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 41 7 4
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 23 1 0
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 0 0 8 6
Veterinary Medicine 0 0 0 91
Wildlife Management 0 44 17 0
Zoology 0 0 11 2
Total 0 7,846 1,502 540

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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