Mississippi Valley State University

Mississippi Valley State University

Mississippi Valley State University, also known as MVSU, is located in Itta Bena, Mississippi, United States. It was founded in the year 1950 by the Mississippi Legislature. Formerly, the university was known as Mississippi Vocational College. It gained university status in 1974. The university offers students academic majors in accounting, business administration, journalism, information science, and sociology. The degree-granting school and colleges of MVSU are:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Professional Studies
  • Graduate School

The male students of MVSU participate in sports such as basketball, baseball, football, tennis, cross country, golf, and track and field. The women of MVSU participate in basketball, softball, volleyball, soccer, bowling, track and field, cross country, tennis, and golf.

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Mississippi Valley State University
14000 Highway 82 West
Itta Bena , MS 38941-1400
General Phone: (662) 254-9041

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Mississippi Valley State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching160special ed, elementary school teaching, teacher ed, kindergarten/preschool teaching, English teaching, math teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, social science teaching, ...
Family and Social Work89human services, public administration, social work
Security and Law Enforcement85criminal justice and administration, criminal justice and safety
Liberal Arts51English, speech and rhetoric, political science, sociology, history
Business and Management48business management, accounting
Computer Science and Engineering16computer and info science
Science14biology, bioinformatics, chemistry
Media12public relations
Office and Administration10office management
Medical Administration7environmental health
Engineering Technician6industrial tech
Music1music, music management
Art Studies0visual and performing arts

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree37529
Master's degree1297

Mississippi Valley State Student Body

Mississippi Valley State is a historically black college.

In 2007-2008, Mississippi Valley State had a total enrollment of 3,009 students (2,855 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 54%
Women 46%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 85%
Graduate 15%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 4%
Black 95%
Hispanic 0%
Asian 0%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 19%
20-21 18%
22-24 19%
25-29 15%
30-34 9%
35-39 7%
40-49 9%
50-64 4%
65+ 0%

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


Mississippi Valley State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 65 %
Part-Time 60 %

Mississippi Valley State Room and Board (2007)

Mississippi Valley State offers campus housing for 1,109 of its 2,855 (full-time) students.

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

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Mississippi Valley State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1520
ACT Math1517
ACT Composite1619

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT98%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Mississippi Valley State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,624
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 11,165
Room and board $ 4,748
Books and supplies $ 1,400
Other expenses $ 4,400

Financial Aid:
Mississippi Valley State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 242400)

Mississippi Valley State Faculty

Mississippi Valley State has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year5$71,3063$74,937
Associate professorcalendar year7$74,3691*
Assistant professorcalendar year6$64,0193$69,488
Instructorcalendar year1*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year19$69,0128$71,268

*: 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 year10$61,9481*
Associate professoracademic year10$59,4773$51,945
Assistant professoracademic year26$50,54735$47,581
Instructoracademic year10$41,11316$39,488
All faculty totalacademic year56$52,49355$45,697

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

Mississippi Valley State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Southwestern Athletic Conference
Basketball Southwestern Athletic Conference
Baseball Southwestern Athletic Conference
Track Southwestern Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports115162

Mississippi Valley State Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Education And Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Social Science Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other

Engineering Technician
Industrial Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Human Services, General
Public Administration
Social Work

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Political Science and Government, General
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Public Relations/Image Management

Medical Administration
Environmental Health

Music Management and Merchandising
Music, General

Office And Administration
Office Management and Supervision

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

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What Sets Mississippi Valley State Apart:

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% of degrees in family and social work
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% of degrees in education and teaching
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% of degrees in security and law enforcement
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Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
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Top 12%Mississippi Valley State Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
% of accepted students who choose to enroll
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 15%Mississippi Valley State % of accepted students who choose to enroll
Female % of student body
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Top 18%Mississippi Valley State Female % of student body
% students on athletic fin. aid
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Top 19%Mississippi Valley State % students on athletic fin. aid

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