Mississippi State Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

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Mississippi State University Admissions Overview:

Mississippi State University has an acceptance rate of 56%, making it neither open to all nor extremely selective. Interested students wishing to apply to the school will need to submit SAT or ACT scores along with an application and high school transcripts.

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Admissions Data (2016):

Mississippi State Description:

Since its doors first opened in 1880, Mississippi State University has become the largest university in Mississippi. The university's campus and grounds cover over 4,000 acres in the Starkville region of the state. High achieving students should check out the recently endowed Shackouls Honors College. The university gets high marks for the number of engineering degrees it awards, and for its low cost. In athletics, the Mississippi State Bulldogs compete in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference (SEC). The university made my list of the top Mississippi colleges.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 21,622 (18,090 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 50% Male / 50% Female
  • 92% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,780 (in-state); $20,900 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,200 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,418
  • Other Expenses: $5,184
  • Total Cost: $23,582 (in-state); $36,702 (out-of-state)

Mississippi State Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 97%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 94%
    • Loans: 54%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $12,015
    • Loans: $6,725

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Elementary Education, Marketing, Mechanical Engineering, Physical Education, Psychology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 80%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 32%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 60%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Cross Country, Football, Tennis, Track and Field, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball, Cross Country

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Mississippi State Mission Statement:

"The mission of Mississippi State University is to educate the workforce and leaders of the future, produce robust research for our state and nation, and provide expert services to our citizens, communities and businesses."