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Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate76%
Acceptance Rate76%

About Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University Overview

Mississippi State University is a public, state school in the small town setting of Mississippi State, MS. Mississippi State University was founded in 1878 and the school presently has around 23,086 students per year, which includes 18,584 undergraduates. Mississippi State University provides housing for up to 6,000 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to Mississippi State University for Fall 2023 is August 1.

Student Involvement at Mississippi State University

Love music or performing? At Mississippi State University you can join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Mississippi State University students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in joining a fraternity or sorority? Mississippi State University has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Mississippi State University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Mississippi State University on the Student Life page.

2022 Mississippi State University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 76%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.6
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 9%
In-State Tuition $9,248
Out-of-State $24,790
Percent of Need Met 53.91%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $15,333

Is Mississippi State University a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is.

Let's take a closer look at these factors to get a clearer view of what Mississippi State University offers and if it seems like the right college for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University is moderately difficult to get into. Around 76% of applicants get into Mississippi State University each year. Last year, 17,707 students applied to Mississippi State University and 13,478 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Mississippi State University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 81% of students who start at Mississippi State University come back for their second year of college. Around 60% of students who started at Mississippi State University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for Mississippi State University Grads

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from Mississippi State University by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads. Within six months of graduating, 49% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent Mississippi State University grads have an average starting salary of $50,909 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.

Mississippi State University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of Mississippi State University's endowment was $698.1 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. The school spends $7,745 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Mississippi State University

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Mississippi State University meets 53.91% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $15,333 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $25,674 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Mississippi State University.

Based on this information, does Mississippi State University seem like a good fit? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Mississippi State University a good school for you?

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Where is Mississippi State University?

Mississippi State University is located in the small town setting of Mississippi State, MS.

If you would like to see Mississippi State University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Highway 82 to Mississippi State, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Golden Triangle Regional.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Mississippi State University and Mississippi State are like without leaving home.

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College Info

75 B.S. Hood Drive Mississippi State, MS 39762

Campus Setting: Small Town

Mississippi State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Mississippi State University is Aug 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Mississippi State University is Aug 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Mississippi State University is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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Mississippi State University ACT Scores


ACT Range

21 - 30

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

30 and Above


21 to 30


21 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Mississippi State University is 25. Students with an ACT score of 30 and above have a good chance of getting into Mississippi State University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 21 and 30 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 21 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Mississippi State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1060 - 1290


Math SAT Range

520 - 660


Reading SAT Range

530 - 640

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1290 and Above


1060 to 1290


1060 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Mississippi State University students is 1170. Applicants with SAT scores of 1290 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Mississippi State University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1060 to 1290 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1060 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Mississippi State University.

Mississippi State University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Mississippi State University is like? There are approximately 23,086 students enrolled at Mississippi State University, including 18,584 undergraduate students and 4,502 graduate students. 90% percent of students attend school full-time, 68% percent are from MS and 32% percent of students are from other states.


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