#7 Best Public Universities in Mississippi

Mississippi Valley State University

Itta Bena, Mississippi

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Mississippi Valley State University overview
Location Itta Bena, Mississippi
Online mvsu.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Remote Town
Mississippi Valley State University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU), located in Itta Bena, Mississippi, offers a quintessential rural campus setting surrounded by the rich Southern landscape. Established in 1950, MVSU is part of the historically black university system with a focus on providing quality education in the Mississippi Delta region. MVSU is within convenient driving distance from the city of Greenwood and approximately 100 miles north of the state capital, Jackson. The university is known for its concentrated academic programs in education, business administration, and the health sciences. With a moderately selective admissions process, MVSU attracts a diverse student body seeking both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. On-campus housing is available, providing residential students with the convenience of living close to academic and campus resources. Not widely celebrated for its athletic programs, MVSU nonetheless participates in NCAA Division I as a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, fielding teams across various sports, known as the Delta Devils and Devilettes.

In the most recent statistical year 2,436 prospective students applied, and 1,578 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 225 enrolled in the school.  1,148 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 731 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $7,394 plus fees of $20. Mississippi Valley State University is ranked 994 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

Mississippi Valley State University is a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) primarily serving the African-American community.
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Mississippi Valley State University is rated within the lower 25% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 3 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Extremely Easy
Mississippi Valley State University overview
ACT 13/22
GPA 2.9

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Mississippi Valley State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$2,400
Other Fees$20
Room and Board $8,112
Budget for Other Expenses$3,680
Total One Year Cost$21,606

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$26,600 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

24% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Mississippi Valley State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Education 29%
Business 23%
Human Services 19%
Biology 6%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 6%

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