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Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, Mississippi

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Mississippi State University overview
Location Mississippi State, Mississippi
Online msstate.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Rural Fringe
Mississippi State University overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Mississippi State University, located in Starkville, Mississippi, is a public land-grant institution established in 1878. Residing approximately 125 miles northeast of Jackson, the university?s rural campus spans over 4,200 acres, featuring a blend of contemporary and historic architecture. The university provides a range of on-campus housing options to accommodate its student body. Academically, Mississippi State is noted for its robust engineering programs, its College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the Bagley College of Engineering. With a moderately selective admissions process, the institution attracts a diverse range of applicants. The Bulldogs, Mississippi State?s athletic teams, compete in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference, particularly recognized for their baseball and football programs.

In the most recent statistical year 18,830 prospective students applied, and 14,158 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 3,367 enrolled in the school.  18,796 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 3,853 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $9,248 plus fees of $150. Mississippi State is ranked 523 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Mississippi State is rated within the top 47% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Mississippi State University overview
SAT 1070/1280
ACT 21/29
GPA 3.58

Applications Accepted

Mississippi State University overview
Applications Due Aug 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $40

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Annual Cost to Attend

Mississippi Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Mississippi State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$150
Room and Board $10,964
Budget for Other Expenses$5,545
Total One Year Cost$27,107

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Mississippi State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$150
Room and Board $10,964
Budget for Other Expenses$5,545
Total One Year Cost$43,153

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$47,500 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

60% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Mississippi State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 23%
Education 17%
Engineering 12%
General Studies 6%
Psychology 6%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=176080 IPEDS survey data for Mississippi State University.

Current students may use the Mississippi State University GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.