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Mississippi State University

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Introduction

Mississippi State University (MSU) is a public university located just outside of Starkville, Mississippi, with a branch campus in Meridian. MSU was founded in 1878 as a land-grant college and received university status in 1958. The school now awards bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, doctoral, and professional degrees. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

MSU began as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of the State of Mississippi in 1878, primarily as an agricultural and technical trade school. When it was first accredited in 1926, MSU consisted of eight different college, schools, and centers. The university adopted its current name in 1958.

MSU defines its mission as one of “to provide access and opportunity to students from all sectors of the state’s diverse population and to offer excellent and extensive programs and instruction, research, and outreach.”

Academics

Eight colleges make up the primary undergraduate offerings at Mississippi State, including the College of Agriculture and Life Science, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education, the James Worth Bagley College of Engineering, College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Forest Resources, and the College of Architecture, Art and Design.

Bachelor’s degrees are awarded in a number of different disciplines, including accounting, agribusiness, the sciences and humanities, education, music, social work, wildlife and fisheries, management, landscape architecture, and poultry science. There are some interdisciplinary majors available. Concentrations are available in a number of majors, and include such areas as botany, French, photography, pre-law, printmaking, forestry, and zoology. There are certificates in broadcast meteorology, criminal justice and corrections, entrepreneurship, environmental sciences, gerontology, materials engineering, operational meteorology, software engineering, teaching, and women’s studies.

Master’s degrees are awarded in approximately 60 areas, with an emphasis on education, engineering, and agriculture. The school awards over 40 doctoral degrees, in fields such as education, agriculture, biology, engineering, public policy and administration, and weed sciences. The University also offers several educational specialist (Ed.S.) degrees.

Library Resources

The MSU library system offers a wide range of electronic catalogs and on-line databases, in additional to physical volumes stored on site. The library houses a number of different collections including manuscripts, Mississippi materials, rare books, the university archives, and United Nations official documents and records.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Bugs, Bugs, Bugs

The Entomology Museum boasts more than 1 million insects, available for study regarding agriculture, crop effects, and insect biology. The collection is in part attributed to the detailed collections acquired by famed entomologist William H. Cross. The Museum offers an Insect Zoo that is open to the public and educates visitors on the vast array of insects that populate our world.

Trees, Trees, Trees

The Department of Forestry encourages hands-on, outdoor experience for its students and facilitates the acquisition of internships and, in some cases, employment for its graduates. The program results in a Bachelor of Science degree and is accredited by the Society of American Foresters. Students can major in Environmental Conservation, Forest Management, Wildlife Management, or Urban Forestry.

Admissions

Applications to the undergraduate programs are accepted with no set deadline, but the priority date for scholarships is February 1 for the fall semester, with a modest application fee for out-of-state students only. Applications can be submitted online.

Along with ACT or SAT scores, a six-semester high school transcript must be mailed from an applicant’s high school to the Office of Admissions. Applicants with a GPA less than 2.5 and an ACT score of less than 20 are placed on “undeclared major” status. For students with a 3.20 or greater GPA, ACT or SAT scores are not required. Student athletes must qualify under NCAA Division I guidelines.

Prospective students are expected to have successfully completed four units of English, three units of mathematics, three units of natural science, three units of social sciences, two units of advanced electives, and at least half a unit of computer.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available with a combination of grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs. Students are automatically considered for scholarships and waivers upon submitting their application for admission. Scholarship awards for entering freshmen are based on high school grades and ACT or SAT scores. Students must be enrolled for 12 credit hours per semester and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.85 at the end of each fall semester to maintain eligibility. Inquiries regarding awards from specific departments or disciplines should be directed to that particular college.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3413th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Mississippi.

Students

Mississippi State offers over 300 student clubs and organizations throughout its campus to meet virtually every personal or professional interest.

Student residences include separate dormitories for female and male first-year students, as well as two co-residential dorms and a dormitory for students from all four years. Once all first-year dorms are filled, incoming students are assigned to the remaining dorms.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The athletic department at MSU is known as the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs compete in NCAA Division I athletics and the Southeastern Conference. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, football, golf, tennis, and track & field. Women’s sports include basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, and volleyball. Spirit groups include a co-ed cheer team, a pom squad, and a mascot. Prospective student athletes can use the Mississippi State web site to download questionnaires or contact coaches directly with questions about becoming part of the teams.

Traditions

A standout tradition at Mississippi State is the cowbell. Though its origins are unknown, hordes of students gather at various sporting events and clang their festively decorated cowbells as loudly as possible. Some sport authorities and other schools have attempted to get these symbols of spirit banished, only to make supporters more adamant about keeping them around.

Local Community

The Starkville area boasts over 23,000 residents. Aside from MSU, it is best known for the nearby 48,000 acre Noxubee Wildlife Refuge Park, which offers innumerable fishing, boating, and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Bibliography

  • 2010 Fact Book. Mississippi State University. Web. 20 June 2011.
  • Colleges. Mississippi State University. Web. 20 June 2011.
  • Fiske, Edward B. Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011. Chicago: Sourcebooks, 2010. Print.
  • Pope, Loren. Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That’s Right for You. New York: Penguin. 2007. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 2nd in Mississippi and 346th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Mississippi and 305th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.00
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.00
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 1 0.00
Burglary 56 0.27
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.01
Arrest 47 0.23

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Mississippi State, MS 39762
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population856 (856 urban / N/A rural)
Households1 (4.00 people per house)
Median Household IncomeN/A
Families1 (4.00 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (very high research activity)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2803

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1189th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,772 $6,772 $16,960
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $282 $282 $707
FT Graduate Tuition $6,772 $6,772 $16,960
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $376 $376 $942
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $21,670 $21,670 $31,858
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $21,670 $21,670 $31,858
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $13,023 $13,023 $23,211

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Tuition $16,891 $42,091
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Required Fees $1,891 $1,891

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,805 $6,264 $5,805 $6,264 $14,670 $15,828
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,162 $8,486
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,808 $4,952
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A $8,486
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A $4,952
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A $4,952

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application Fee$60
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 11,191 (5,093 male / 6,098 female)
Admitted 7,254 (3,344 male / 3,910 female)
Admission rate 65%
First-time Enrollment 3,156 (1,474 male / 1,682 female)
FT Enrollment 3,149 (1,469 male / 1,680 female)
PT Enrollment 7 (5 male / 2 female)
Total Enrollment20,161

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Southeastern Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Southeastern Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Southeastern Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Southeastern Conference

ACT Test Admission

234th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 84%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 30
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 27
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 28

SAT Test Admission

298th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 16%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 480 / 620
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 490 / 630
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 970 / 1250

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity4,666
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,097
Board Fee$3,550

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 121 623 62 42 19 3,098 43 4,050
Accounting 7 18 1 3 110 1 142
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 2 1 1 36 40
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations 1 11 12
Agricultural Business and Management, General 3 3
Agricultural Economics 2 2
Agricultural Teacher Education 23 23
Agriculture, General 12 1 1 26 1 41
Agronomy and Crop Science 15 15
Animal Sciences, General 2 2 40 44
Anthropology 1 20 1 22
Architecture 2 1 21 2 27
Biochemistry 2 3 1 1 28 36
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 5 1 2 35 1 45
Biological and Physical Sciences 1 4 5
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 5 22 1 3 109 140
Business Administration and Management, General 10 49 10 6 8 277 6 370
Business Teacher Education 19 1 16 36
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics 1 1 8 1 11
Chemical Engineering 2 1 2 44 50
Chemistry, General 3 2 13 20
Civil Engineering, General 2 4 2 71 1 80
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 1 2 3
Community College Education 10 1 1 13 25
Computer Engineering, General 2 2 20 25
Computer and Information Sciences, General 6 5 1 1 35 48
Construction Management 2 12 1 15
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 20 1 38 60
Criminology 7 20 27
Culinary Science/Culinology 1 1
Economics, General 3 3
Education, General 13 11 24
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 5 11 16
Educational Psychology 18 36 1 56
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 4 4 2 2 28 40
Elementary Education and Teaching 16 2 179 197
Engineering, General 2 4 6
Engineering, Other 1 1 6 1 9
English Language and Literature, General 1 4 1 1 31 39
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 20 4 47 71
Finance, General 3 8 40 53
Food Science 2 5 1 1 31 40
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 2 1 1 16 20
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 4 3 3 2 1 36 49
Forestry, General 1 1 34 36
Geology/Earth Science, General 3 4 5 3 136 4 160
History, General 8 1 39 48
Horticultural Science 5 5
Industrial Engineering 4 3 3 27 1 38
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other 24 24
Industrial Technology/Technician 6 2 20 30
Insurance 3 1 33 37
Interior Architecture 3 18 21
Landscape Architecture 1 20 22
Landscaping and Groundskeeping 15 15
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 1 6 8
Management Information Systems, General 3 13 2 33 51
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 6 1 99 5 112
Mathematics, General 2 5 1 15 23
Mechanical Engineering 4 10 1 91 2 110
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology 1 2 9 13
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 66 1 95 163
Music Teacher Education 1 11 12
Music, General 2 4 6
Philosophy 2 8 10
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 2 60 4 1 220 4 293
Physics, General 5 1 6 12
Physiology, Pathology, and Related Sciences, Other 2 7 9
Political Science and Government, General 11 1 44 2 59
Poultry Science 10 1 6 17
Psychology, General 1 33 1 1 105 2 144
Public Administration 10 17 1 28
Real Estate 1 13 14
Secondary Education and Teaching 13 1 78 3 97
Social Work 26 2 25 1 54
Sociology 1 8 11 20
Special Education and Teaching, General 7 30 38
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 21 3 2 133 160
Statistics, General 2 2 4
Taxation 2 6 8
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other 3 4 7
Technical Teacher Education 2 2 4
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General 1 3 8 12
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant 1 3 16 21
Visual and Performing Arts, General 6 2 1 42 1 55
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 2 48 51
Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology 7 1 8

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 906th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $76,405 ($85,280 male / $57,486 female)
Number of FT Faculty 940 (577 male / 363 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,088
FT Faculty Ratio 0.9 : 1
Total Benefits $27,005,952
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