Mississippi State, founded in 1878, is a comprehensive, public, land-grant university, the largest in Mississippi. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Business and Industry, Education, Engineering, Forest Resources, and Veterinary Medicine. The university is particularly noted for its strengths in engineering and scientific agriculture. It is home to one of 27 engineering research centers designated by the National Science Foundation and ranks 61st among public universities in science and engineering research. MSU was one of five colleges and universities to receive the 1998 Truman Foundation Honor Institution Award for success in producing Truman Scholarship winners. The university offers one of four professional golf management degree programs sanctioned by the Professional Golfer's Association, and it offers the nation's only geosciences degree program with an emphasis in broadcast meteorology. Its 4,200-acre campus is located in Starkville, 16 miles west of Columbus.

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collegeType
Public
studentType
Coed
18,792
Undergraduates
9,509
Men - 50.6%
9,284
Women - 49.4%
3,434
Graduates
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Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
66% of 18,269 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA
3.53
SAT Math
530-650 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
540-630 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
26 average
22-33 range of middle 50%
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Cost of Attendance
In-state: $26,014
Out-of-state: $41,054
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $8,910
Out-of-state: $23,950
Room and Board
$10,436
Average Percent of Need Met
56%
Average Freshman Award
$16,164
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$31,060
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Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
1,043
Regular Class Size (Students)
2-9
10%
10-19
25%
20-29
30%
30-39
12%
40-49
8%
50-99
11%
Over 100
4%
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Not reported Population
21,869
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Not reported
Freshman Housing Guarantee
College offers housing to students
Students in College Housing
28% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Bulldog
Sororities
18% of women participate
Fraternities
14% of men participate
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.6%
Asian
1.4%
Black/African-American
17.9%
Hispanic/Latino
3.1%
Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
2.1%
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
0.1%
White
74.4%
Unknown
0.3%
International Students
1.3% from 59 countries
First-Year Students Returning
81.2%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
35.2%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
62%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
27.0%