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Established in 1878, the Mississippi State University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the rural setting of the large town of Mississippi State (population range of 10,000-49,999 inhabitants), Mississippi. This institution also has a branch campus in Meridian. Officially accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Mississippi State University (MSU) is a large-sized (uniRank enrollment range: 20,000-24,999 students) coeducational US higher education institution. Mississippi State University (MSU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study table below for further details. This 146-year-old US higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic records and grades. The acceptance rate range is 70-79% making this US higher education organization a moderately selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. MSU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

University Snapshot


Mississippi State University's Control Typepublic


Mississippi State University's Entity Typenon-profit


Mississippi State University' Size by Total Enrollmentlarge-sized


Mississippi State University's Selectivity by Acceptance Ratemoderately selective

University Identity

Acronym MSU
Founded 1878
Motto Learning, Service, Research
Colours Maroon and white
Mascot Bully the Bulldog
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University Location

Address PO Box 6018
Mississippi State
39762 Mississippi
United States
Mississippi State University's location map and satellite view Location Map and Satellite View
Mississippi State University Phone Number +1 (662) 325 2323
Mississippi State University Fax Number +1
Other locations Meridian

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Fields of Study / Degree Levels


What is the difference between comprehensive/generalist and specialized universities in terms of the range of fields of study they offer, degree levels available and academic and carreer paths pros and cons? Read our guide article about generalist and specialized universities to learn more.

Fields of Study and Degree Levels Matrix

The following Mississippi State University's Fields of Study/Degree Levels Matrix is divided into 6 main fields of study and 4 levels of degrees, from the lowest undergraduate degree to the highest postgraduate degree. This matrix aims to help quickly identify Mississippi State University's academic range and degree level offering.

Programs and Courses

Courses and Programs

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Tuition Fees


Yearly tuition fees refers to the amount of money that a student is charged by a University for one academic year of full-time study. Read our guide article about tuition fees and financial aid options to learn more.

Yearly Tuition Fees Range Matrix

This Mississippi State University's Tuition Fees Range Matrix is divided into 2 types of students, local and international students, and 2 degree levels, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and aims to help students to have an approximate idea of the yearly tuition range they might expect to pay at Mississippi State University.

Mississippi State University: Tuition Fees Range Matrix

Undergraduate Postgraduate
7,500-9,999 US$
(6,830-9,110 Euro)
7,500-9,999 US$
(6,830-9,110 Euro)
20,000-24,999 US$
(18,225-22,780 Euro)
20,000-24,999 US$
(18,225-22,780 Euro)

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Admission Information

uniRank publishes below some basic Mississippi State University's admission information.

Mississippi State University's Gender Admission Policy Gender Admission

This institution admits Men and Women (coed).

Mississippi State University's Admission Selection Admission Selection

Has Mississippi State University a selective admission policy? Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic records and grades.

Acceptance Rate Admission Rate

Mississippi State University's acceptance rate range is 70-79% making this institution a moderately selective higher education institution.

Admission Requirements Admission Requirements

  • Secondary school GPA is required
  • Secondary school rank is recommended
  • Secondary school record is required
  • Completion of college-preparatory program is required
  • Recommendations are neither required nor recommended
  • Formal demonstration of competencies is neither required nor recommended
  • Admission test scores are required
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) is neither required nor recommended

Source: IPDES

Mississippi State University's International Students Admission International Students Admission

International students are welcome to apply for admission at this institution.

Mississippi State University has more than 600 international students.

Mississippi State University's Admission Office Admission Office

Box 6334
Mississippi State 39762
(662) 325 2224

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Size and Profile


University size and profile can be important factors to consider when choosing a university. Here are some potential reasons why University size and profile can affect students when choosing a university.

Size and Profile

uniRank publishes below some major size and profile indicators for Mississippi State University.

Mississippi State University's Total Student Enrollment Student Enrollment

Mississippi State University has an enrollment range of 20,000-24,999 students making it a large-sized institution.

Mississippi State University's Total Faculty/Academic staff Academic Staff

This institution has a range of 1,000-1,499 academic employees (Faculty).

Mississippi State University's Control Type Control Type

Mississippi State University is a public higher education institution.

Mississippi State University's Entity Type Entity Type

Mississippi State University is a non-profit higher education institution.

Mississippi State University's Campus Setting Campus Setting

This institution's main campus is located in a Rural setting.

Mississippi State University's Academic Calendar Academic Calendar

This institution adopts a Semesters type of academic calendar.

Land Grant Institution Land Grant

This institution is a land-grant university and has a special focus on promoting education and research in agriculture, engineering and other related fields. Land-grant universities are also well known to have a high commitment to public service and outreach.

Religious Affiliation

Mississippi State University does not have any religious affiliation.

Carnegie Classification


The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education is a framework for categorizing colleges and universities in the United States...

The classification was first created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 1970, and it has been updated periodically since then. The Carnegie Classification is based on a set of criteria, such as the level and types of degrees offered, research activity and enrollment size. Institutions are classified into one of several categories based on these criteria, ranging from "doctoral universities" with very high research activity to "special focus institutions" that primarily award degrees in a specific field, such as the arts or health professions. The classification allows for quick comparisons between institutions within and across categories.

Carnegie Classification

uniRank provides below the official Mississippi State University's Carnegie classification.

Basic Classification Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity
Size & Setting Four-year, large, primarily residential institution
Enrollment Profile High undergraduate
Undergraduate Profile Four-year, full-time, selective, higher transfer-in institution
Undergraduate Instructional Program Professions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program Research Doctoral: Comprehensive programs, with medical/veterinary school

Facilities and Services


What are the most common University facilities and services? Read our two guide articles about University Facilities and University Services to learn more.

University Facilities

uniRank provides below an overview of Mississippi State University's main facilities:

Mississippi State University's Library University Library

This institution has a physical Library. Visit Mississippi State University's Library

Mississippi State University's library has 6 branches. The library collection is comprised of both physical (i.e. books, medium, etc.) and digital/electronic items. In 2021 the library reported 1,973,248 physical volumes, 143,936 physical media, 16,864 digital/electronic media and 532 licensed digital/electronic databases. The library is managed by a total number of 156 full-time employees, including 28 librarians. Mississippi State University's library has a total library expenditure greater than $100,000 per year. Source: IPDES.

Mississippi State University's Housing University Housing

This institution provides housing services such as on-campus residences or dormitories.

In particular, the Mississippi State University provides on-campus housing and the total dormitory capacity, whether on or off campus, was about 5,333 students in the 2021 academic year. Source: IPDES.

Mississippi State University's Sport Facilities/Activities Sport Facilities/Activities

This institution features sporting facilities and organizes sports activities for its students.

Mississippi State University sport activities and facilities include Mississippi State University, a proud member of the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association), boasts a rich tradition of competitive collegiate athletics. Known as the Mississippi State Bulldogs, their teams participate in various NCAA Division I sports within the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The university's athletic program encompasses a wide range of sports, including:

  • Football
  • Men's and women's basketball
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Women's soccer

MSU's athletics facilities include:

  • A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre - Tennis
  • Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field - Football
  • Dudy Noble Field/Polk-DeMent Stadium - Baseball
  • Holliman Athletic Center
  • Humphrey Coliseum - Basketball
  • John H. Bryan Sr. Athletic Administration Building
  • Leo Seal Jr. Football Complex - Football
  • Newell-Grissom Building - Volleyball
  • Mike Sanders Track Complex - Track & Field
  • Mize Pavilion at Humphrey Coliseum - Basketball
  • MSU Golf Practice Facility - Golf
  • MSU Soccer Field - Soccer
  • Nusz Park - Softball
  • Palmeiro Center - Baseball/Football
  • Rula Tennis Pavilion - Tennis
  • Shira Complex

For more information on Mississippi State's athletics, visit www.hailstate.com

University Services

uniRank provides below an overview of Mississippi State University's main services:

Mississippi State University's Financial Aid Financial Aid

This institution offers one or more of the following financial aid for eligible students: scholarships, grants, loans, tuition waivers, emergency financial aid etc.

Mississippi State University financial aids include Federal Student Aid Programs. These programs include grants, loans, and part-time employment. Eligibility for most of these programs is based upon the "demonstrated financial need" of the student applicant and the applicant's family. Financial need is not an eligibility criterion for the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Student Loan, the Federal Direct Parent PLUS loan, and Grad PLUS Loan. Therefore, most federal student aid applicants will be eligible for some form of financial assistance through the federal student aid programs regardless of demonstrated financial need. In order for eligibility to be determined, federal student aid applicants must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.

  • The State Rep. Bill Kinkade Fostering Access and Inspiring True Hope (Faith) Scholarship
  • Children of Fallen Hero Scholarship
  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  • Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH GRANT)
  • Federal Work Study
  • Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

For more information, view the Student Financial Aid Handbook at https://www.sfa.msstate.edu/sites/www.sfa.msstate.edu/themes/sfa/pdf/sfa-handbook.pdf

Mississippi State University's Study Abroad Study Abroad

This institution offers study abroad and exchange program opportunities for its students.

Mississippi State University offers study abroad opportunities through its Office of Study Abroad (OSA). The OSA actively promotes international and intercultural understanding, aiming to broaden studentsí global perspectives and enrich their academic and cultural experiences.

They achieve this goal by:

  • Expanding the range and number of education abroad activities at MSU
  • Collaborating with faculty to develop academically-sound and sustainable study abroad programs
  • Encouraging cultural awareness through these faculty-led programs
  • Marketing all education abroad programs to students
  • Providing comprehensive support throughout advising, pre-departure, in-country, and returnee phases
  • Overseeing risk management for international group student travel

For further information, visit: https://www.international.msstate.edu/offices/study-abroad

Mississippi State University's Distance Learning Distance Learning

This institution provides a distance learning mode for certain programs or courses.

In particular, this institution offers some programs fully via distance education at the undergraduate level and at the graduate level. Source: IPDES.

Mississippi State University's Academic Counseling Academic Counseling

This institution offers students academic guidance and support to assist them in their academic pursuits.

Mississippi State University's Career Services Career Services

This institution offers career counseling, career assessments, job and internship postings, career events, alumni networking or other career-related services to assist students transition successfully from academic life to professional life.

Recognition and Accreditation


There are different types of legal recognition and quality assessment of higher education institutions around the world, depending on the country and its legal and higher education system... read our article about university accreditation and recognition to learn more.

Mississippi State University's Recognition or Accreditation Institutional Recognition or Accreditation

Mississippi State University is legally recognized and/or institutionally accredited by: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Year of first Recognition or Accreditation


Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

uniRank publishes the following list of the most important Mississippi State University's programmatic accreditations; feel free to submit any relevant missing specialized accreditations.

  • Accreditation and Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board
  • Accreditation Council for Cooperative Education
  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • American Animal Hospital Association
  • American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnostics
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
  • American Veterinary Medical Association, Council on Education
  • Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
  • Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation
  • Council for Interior Design Accreditation
  • Council on Rehabilitation Education
  • Council on Social Work Education, Board of Accreditation
  • Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
  • International Society of Wood Science and Technology
  • American Society of Landscape Architects, Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board
  • National Architectural Accrediting Board
  • National Association of School Psychologists
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
  • National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration, Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation
  • Professional Landcare Network
  • Society of American Foresters
  • Wildlife Society

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Memberships and Affiliations


University memberships and affiliations to external organizations can be important for several reasons... read our article about university affiliations and memberships to learn more.

Affiliations and Memberships

uniRank publishes the following list of the most important Mississippi State University's affiliations and memberships; feel free to submit any relevant missing higher education-related organizations this university is affiliated with.

  • Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (MIHL)
  • Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU)
  • Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)
  • National Athletic Association (NAA)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Academic Structure


Academic divisions can provide valuable insights into the range of fields of study and disciplines a University focuses on and the institution's level of specialization. Comprehensive or Generalist Universities typically offer a wide range of academic programs and have many academic divisions and subdivisions across different disciplines, while Specialized Universities tend to focus on a narrower range of programs within a specific field or industry and have fewer academic divisions and a simplified organizational structure. Read our guide article "Understanding Academic Divisions in Universities - Colleges, Faculties, Schools" to learn more about academic divisions and typical university organizational structures.

Academic Structure

uniRank shows a structural diagram of the first-level academic divisions of the Mississippi State University 's organizational structure; feel free to submit any relevant missing division.


Social Media


Social media can be a powerful tool for Universities to communicate with current students, alumni, faculty, staff and the wider community. But how can social media be important for prospective students? Read our article about the importance of Social Media for universities and prospective students to learn more.

Social Media

uniRank publishes brief reviews, rankings and metrics of some Mississippi State University's social media channels as a starting point for comparison and an additional selection tool for potential applicants.

Facebook Facebook

Mississippi State University's Facebook page Mississippi State University's official Facebook page

Twitter X (Twitter)

Mississippi State University's X (formerly Twitter) page Mississippi State University's official Twitter page

YouTube YouTube

Mississippi State University's YouTube channel Mississippi State University's official YouTube channel

Instagram Instagram

Mississippi State University's Instagram page Mississippi State University's official Instagram channel

LinkedIn LinkedIn

Mississippi State University's main LinkedIn profile

TikTok TikTok


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