MSU

Mississippi State University

B. S. Hood Rd, Starkville, United States
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  • Total Documents
    163
  • Class Notes
    87
  • Textbook Notes
    21
  • Study Guides
    55
  • Currently Enrolled
    543
  • Previously Enrolled
    336

Overview of Mississippi State University (MSU)

About this school

Mississippi State, founded in 1878, is a comprehensive, public, land-grant university, the largest in Mississippi. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Business and Industry, Education, Engineering, Forest Resources, and Veterinary Medicine. The university is particularly noted for its strengths in engineering and scientific agriculture. It is home to one of 27 engineering research centers designated by the National Science Foundation and ranks 61st among public universities in science and engineering research. MSU was one of five colleges and universities to receive the 1998 Truman Foundation Honor Institution Award for success in producing Truman Scholarship winners. The university offers one of four professional golf management degree programs sanctioned by the Professional Golfer's Association, and it offers the nation's only geosciences degree program with an emphasis in broadcast meteorology. Its 4,200-acre campus is located in Starkville, 16 miles west of Columbus.
  • Institution Type


    Public

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:18,312
    • Men:9,242 (50.5%)
    • Women:9,070 (49.5%)

Location

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Admission Information (MSU)

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Mississippi State University is moderately difficult: more than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is required

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
3
4
Science
3
4
Foreign Language
1
-
Social Studies
1
2
History
2
-
Academic Electives
1
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
August 15
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
SAT: No policy as of now ACT: No policy as of now

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
75 B.S. Hood Drive
City, State, Zip
Mississippi State, MS  39762
Phone
(662) 325-2224
Fax
(662) 325-3299
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
$40
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer Of Admission
Not reported
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student cannot defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
-
Early Action Notification
-

Application Form


Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
-
Letters Of Recommendation
-
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
73% of 13,817 applicants were admitted
Women
72% of 7,638 applicants were admitted
Men
75% of 6,179 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
5,500 (54%) of 10,144 admitted students enrolled
Women
2,752 (50%) of 5,488 admitted students enrolled
Men
2,748 (59%) of 4,656 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.43
375 And Above
34%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
14%
2.50 - 2.99
16%
2.00 - 2.49
5%

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
Not reported
• Score 700 - 800
Not reported
• Score 600 - 700
Not reported
• Score 500 - 600
Not reported
• Score 400 - 500
Not reported
• Score 300 - 400
Not reported
• Score 200 - 300
Not reported
Sat Critical Reading
Not reported
• Score 700 - 800
Not reported
• Score 600 - 700
Not reported
• Score 500 - 600
Not reported
• Score 400 - 500
Not reported
• Score 300 - 400
Not reported
• Score 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
25 average |21-28 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
17%
• Score 24 - 29
40%
• Score 18 - 23
39%
• Score 12 - 17
5%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid (MSU)

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - In-state: $8,318|Out-of-state: $22,358
  • Room & Board: - $9,614 (59.89284824320957%)
  • Other Expences: - $1,200 (7.4757039621231%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $5,238 (32.63144779466733%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Mississippi State University accepts prepayment plan, installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 1
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning December 1
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 002423
Free
State Aid Form
-

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
3,061 (84.5%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
2,550 (83.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
2,524 (99.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
760 (30.1%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
61%
Average Award
$16,612
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 2,443 (96.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,352
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,769 (70.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,446
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 364 (14.4%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
1,046 (28.9%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $4,036

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
12,236 (73.3%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
10,519 (86.0%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
10,337 (98.3%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
2,540 (24.6%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
60%
Average Award
$14,785
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 9,195 (89.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,091
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 7,934 (76.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,280
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 788 (7.6%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
3,735 (22.4%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $4,568

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
56%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$30,721
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
10.0%
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
1.0%

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Agriculture, Architecture, Area/Ethnic Studies, Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Education, Engineering/Technologies, English, Foreign Languages, Health Fields, Home Economics, Humanities, International Studies, Library Science, Mathematics, Military Science, Physical Sciences, Premedicine, Religion/Biblical Studies, Social Sciences
Creative Arts/Performance
Applied Art and Design, Art/Fine Arts, Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Creative Writing, Dance, Debating, Journalism/Publications, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Special Achievements/Activities
Cheerleading/Drum Major, Junior Miss, Leadership, Memberships
Special Characteristics
Adult Students, Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Educators, Children of Faculty/Staff, Children of Public Servants, First-Generation College Students, Handicapped Students, Local/State Students, Out-of-State Students, Previous College Experience, Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Public Servants

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$3,450

Academics & Instruction (MSU)

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Required

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


970

Part-Time Faculty


172

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


68%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 10% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 25% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 30% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 12% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 8% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 11% of classes
  • Over 100 students: - 4% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 31% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 27% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 14% of discussion sections/labs
  • 30-39 students: - 17% of discussion sections/labs
  • 40-49 students: - 3% of discussion sections/labs
  • 50-59 students: - 7% of discussion sections/labs
  • Over 100 students: - 0% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
Over 100 students
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
546,614

Computing


Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
1000
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Mississippi State University provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


79.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


31.5%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


54.4%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


60.0%

Programs & Majors (MSU)

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (73)


  • Accounting
  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
  • Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Teacher Education
  • Agriculture, General
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Animal Sciences, General
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business Teacher Education
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry, General
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Construction Management
  • Criminology
  • Culinary Science/Culinology
  • Economics, General
  • Educational Psychology
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Engineering, Other
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
  • Finance, General
  • Food Science
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • Forestry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • History, General
  • Horticultural Science
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other
  • Industrial Technology/Technician
  • Insurance
  • Interior Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Landscaping and Groundskeeping
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music, General
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Poultry Science
  • Psychology, General
  • Real Estate
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
  • Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General
  • Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Some online degree programs

Special Programs


Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Business/marketing, Engineering, Interdisciplinary studies, Parks and recreation

Online Degrees


None

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Taxation, Master of Science, Master of Science in Instructional Technology, Master of Public Policy Administration, Master of Agribusiness Management, Master of Business Administration, Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Arts, Master of Professional Accountancy, Master of Engineering, Master of Science in Information Systems

Master's Programs of Study (99)


  • Accounting
  • Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering
  • Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Education
  • Agricultural Sciences--General
  • Agronomy and Soil Sciences
  • American Studies
  • Animal Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Economics
  • Applied Physics
  • Applied Psychology
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Business Education
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Civil Engineering
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Community College Education
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Counselor Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • Entomology
  • Ergonomics and Human Factors
  • Exercise and Sports Science
  • Finance and Banking
  • Fish, Game, and Wildlife Management
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Foreign Languages Education
  • Forestry
  • French
  • Genetics
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geosciences
  • German
  • Health Promotion
  • Higher Education
  • History
  • Horticulture
  • Human Development
  • Human Resources Development
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Management
  • Industrial/Management Engineering
  • Internet and Interactive Multimedia
  • Kinesiology and Movement Studies
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Meteorology
  • Middle School Education
  • Molecular Biology
  • Nutrition
  • Operations Research
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Plant Pathology
  • Plant Sciences
  • Political Science
  • Project Management
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy
  • Reading Education
  • Rehabilitation Counseling
  • School Psychology
  • Science Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Sports Management
  • Statistics
  • Student Affairs
  • Sustainable Development
  • Systems Engineering
  • Taxation
  • Veterinary Sciences
  • Western European Studies

Campus Life (MSU)

Location & Geography

Population


21,869

Nearest Metropolitan Area


4,200 acres

Environment


Small town/city

Campus Size


Weather


Temperature
32.7 average low in January, 90.6 average high in September
Rain
112 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
120 mile(s) from campus in Jackson
Nearest Bus Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Starkville
Nearest Train Station
84 mile(s) from campus in Greenwood (Tuscaloosa-87)

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing

Students of College Housing


27% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshmen are required to live on campus

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


73%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Bulldog
School Colors
Maroon and white

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross-Country Running
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross-Country Running
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
basketball, bowling, equestrian sports, football, golf, racquetball, riflery, ultimate Frisbee, water polo, weight lifting

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Mississippi State University offers choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, student association, black student alliance, residence hall association, fashion board, campus activities board

Sororities


17% of women participate

Fraternities


14% of men participate

ROTC


Army ROTC offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered on campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


16,803

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
18,312
Women
9,070
Men
9,242

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.5% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 1.2% Asian
  • 20.6% Black/African-American
  • 2.8% Hispanic/Latino
  • 1.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 72.5% White
  • 0.5% Unknown

International Students


1.2% from 49 countries

Average Age


22

Number of Graduate Students


3,571

Student Resources (MSU)