Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University is situated in Starkville, Mississippi and is a public university established in 1878. MSU is an accredited university, and awards doctoral, specialist, masters and baccalaureate degrees. MSU has the following schools and colleges under it:

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • College of Architecture Art and Design
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business and Industry
  • College of Education
  • College of Forest Resources
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering
  • James Worth Bagley College of Engineering
  • Richard Adkerson School of Accountancy
  • Shackouls Honors College

The sports teams of the university are named the Bulldogs. The official colors are white and maroon. Jess Dickinson, Mississippi Supreme Court Justice; James Cofer, President of the University of Louisiana at Monroe; Turner Catledge, former Vice President of The New York Times; Johnie Cooks, Former NFL Star; and MSNBC Chief Meteorologist Sean McLaughlin are among the famous alumni of the university.

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Mississippi State University
Mississippi State , MS 39762
General Phone: (662) 325-2323

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Mississippi State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching771education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, community college education, elementary/middle school admin, special ed, school counseling, college student counseling, elementary school teaching, ...
Business and Management713business, business management, operations management, accounting, managerial economics, finance, MIS, marketing, taxation, ...
Science362biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, bacteriology, physiology and pathology, toxicology, biological and physical sciences, chemistry, geology, ...
Liberal Arts328foreign language and literature, English, liberal arts and sciences, interdisciplinary studies, anthropology, economics, political science, sociology, history ...
Engineering319engineering, aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, various engineering courses ...
Media123communication studies
Family and Social Work119family and consumer science, food and nutrition, public administration, social work
Therapy and Counseling118psychology, educational psychology
Agricultural Science and Management91agriculture, agricultural management, agricultural operations, agricultural economics, food science
Architecture and Planning83architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture
Medicine81veterinary medicine, veterinary sciences
Conservation and Resource Management76forestry, wood science, forest technology, wildlife management
Real Estate and Construction Management68real estate, construction management
Computer Science and Engineering59computer and info science, computer engineering
Engineering Technician57industrial tech, industrial production tech
Animal Science and Care57animal science, poultry science
Landscaping and Horticulture47landscaping, agronomy, horticultural science, pest management
Art Studies38visual and performing arts
Mathematics30mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, systems science and theory
Religion and Philosophy9philosophy
Medical Support and Technology7clinical lab tech
Fine Arts1fine arts studies

Number of programs and degrees for Mississippi State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree2,55473
Master's degree78952
Doctor's degree11732
Post-master's certificate341
First-professional degree651

Mississippi State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Mississippi State had a total enrollment of 17,039 students (15,621 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 49%
Women 51%
Full-Time 95%
Part-Time 5%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 75%
Graduate 23%
First Professional 1%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 73%
Black 20%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 0%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 20%
20-21 26%
22-24 25%
25-29 13%
30-34 6%
35-39 4%
40-49 4%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

Mississippi State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 83 %
Part-Time 57 %

Mississippi State Room and Board (2007)

Mississippi State offers campus housing for 3,783 of its 15,621 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Starkville, Mississippi for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Mississippi Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Mississippi State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal490630
SAT Math480640
ACT Verbal2129
ACT Math1926
ACT Composite2027

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT15%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT96%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Mississippi State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,151
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 12,503
Room and board $ 7,333
Room charge $ 4,098
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,235
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 3,313

Financial Aid:
Mississippi State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 242300)

Mississippi State Faculty

Mississippi State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track17791
Non-tenured and not on tenure track235170

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year106$115,30811$111,844
Associate professorcalendar year39$85,92315$85,206
Assistant professorcalendar year24$75,56511$90,340
Instructorcalendar year5$61,6808$48,386
All faculty totalcalendar year174$101,69945$86,427

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year94$93,88825$81,857
Associate professoracademic year91$72,32845$65,555
Assistant professoracademic year145$63,69983$57,071
Instructoracademic year38$42,80668$37,780
Lectureracademic year19$30,25827$28,622
All faculty totalacademic year387$69,368248$52,722

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Mississippi State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Southeastern Conference
Basketball Southeastern Conference
Baseball Southeastern Conference
Track Southeastern Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports216283

Mississippi State Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
Agricultural Business and Management, General
Agricultural Economics
Agriculture, General
Food Science

Animal Science And Care
Animal Sciences, General
Poultry Science

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
Interior Architecture
Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)

Art Studies
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Operations Management and Supervision

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Forest Technology/Technician
Forestry, General
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management
Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology

Education And Teaching
Agricultural Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Community College Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other
Technical Teacher Education
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, General
Engineering, Other
Industrial Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Technician
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other
Industrial Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other

Landscaping And Horticulture
Agronomy and Crop Science
Horticultural Science
Landscaping and Groundskeeping
Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General
Systems Science and Theory

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sci, Gen (Cert,MS,PhD)

Music, General

Real Estate And Construction Management
Construction Management
Real Estate

Religion And Philosophy

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Molecular Biology
Physics, General
Physiology, Pathology, and Related Sciences, Other

Therapy And Counseling
Educational Psychology
Psychology, General

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