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Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS 4-Year Public

About Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University is a public, state school located in the small town setting of Mississippi State, MS

Founded in 1878, the institution currently enrolls around 22,986 students a year, including 18,803 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

Mississippi State University's endowment was valued at $520,549,619 in 2021. For each full-time student, Mississippi State University spends about $7,516.

Admissions Facts About Mississippi State University

Acceptance rate: 80%

Average GPA: 3.58

Mean ACT score: 26

Early Decision or Early Action: No/No

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: September 1

What's the acceptance rate at Mississippi State University in 2021?

Mississippi State University is a moderately difficult school to get accepted to. Around 80 percent of all applicants are admitted to Mississippi State University each year.

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.58 /4.0. The mean ACT scores is 26.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 waitlisted students got accepted.

Is Mississippi State University a good school?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a school is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and graduation rates

About 85 percent of students who start at Mississippi State University return the next year. Out of the 3,149 students who started at Mississippi State University as first-time freshman, 1,107 graduate within four years.

Mississippi State University's six-year graduation for undergrads is 62 percent. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 59 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent grads have an average starting salary of $53,023 a year. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $25,339 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Mississippi State University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is Mississippi State University a good school for YOU?

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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

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Mississippi State University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Mississippi State University is Continuous processing.

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

Mississippi State University ACT Scores


ACT Range

22 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

33 and Above


22 to 33


22 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 26. Students with an ACT score of 33 and above have a good chance of getting into Mississippi State University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 22 and 33 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 22 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Mississippi State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

530 - 650


Reading SAT Range

540 - 630

Mississippi State University Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees


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Cost Breakdown
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State Tuition

Student Life

Wondering what life at Mississippi State University is like? There are approximately 22,226 students enrolled at Mississippi State University, including 18,792 undergraduate students and 3,434 graduate students. 91% 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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