Mississippi State University.

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS4 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University for Agriculture and Applied Science, commonly known as Mississippi State University (MSU), is a public land-grant research university adjacent to Starkville, Mississippi. It is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity" and has a total research and development budget of $239.4 million, the largest in Mississippi.The university was chartered as Mississippi Agricultural & Mechanical College on February 28, 1878 and admitted its first students in 1880. Organized into 12 colleges and schools, the university offers over 180 baccalaureate, graduate, and professional degree programs, and is home to Mississippi's only accredited programs in architecture and veterinary medicine. Mississippi State participates in the National Sea Grant College Program and National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. The university's main campus in Starkville is supplemented by auxiliary campuses in Meridian, Biloxi, and Vicksburg. The 19th and current president of Mississippi State is Mark E. Keenum, a former United States Under Secretary of Agriculture. Mississippi State's intercollegiate sports teams, the Mississippi State Bulldogs, compete in NCAA Division I athletics as members of the Southeastern Conference's western division. Mississippi State was a founding member of the SEC in 1932. In their more-than 120-year history, the Bulldogs have won 21 individual national championships and 30 regular season conference championships. The school is noted for a pervasive baseball fan culture, with Dudy Noble Field holding 17 of the top 25 all-time NCAA attendance records and the school's Left Field Lounge being described as an epicenter of college baseball.


  • Offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 17,723 students
  • 0.27 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available
  • www.msstate.edu

Notable programs at Mississippi State University

Agricultural Economics
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Agricultural Economics, Animal Sciences, Food Science, Visual and Performing Arts, Biology, Botany, Molecular Biology, and Accounting.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

8,719 students out of 13,973 applicants were accepted into Mississippi State University. They had an average SAT score of 1195.

Tuition and costs

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at Mississippi State University was $22,358, while for in-state students it was $8,318. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $31,119.

The average financial aid at Mississippi State University is $7,291. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $15,067 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at Mississippi State University

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

80% of undergraduate students at Mississippi State University received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at Mississippi State University

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Mississippi State University was of $9,614 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200.

Diversity at Mississippi State University

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017