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Mississippi State University Data & Information Overview

If you want to know more about Mississippi State University, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Mississippi State University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Mississippi State University was awarded 61 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is education.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Mississippi State as #597 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list.

Mississippi State is also ranked #3 out of 15 schools in Mississippi.

See all of the rankings for Mississippi State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Mississippi State?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Mississippi State University is a competitive 62%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

Mississippi State received ACT scores from 87% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 21 and 28.

ACT Composite Scores for Mississippi State University  ( 21 to 28 )

Learn more about Mississippi State University admissions.

Mississippi State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Mississippi State University, the student to faculty ratio is 20 to 1. Compared to the national average of 15 to 1, this is somewhat high. This could mean that class sizes may be larger than they are at other colleges or universities or that professors may be required to teach more classes.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Mississippi State University is 86%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  86 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Mississippi State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Mississippi State University has a freshmen retention rate of 79%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  79 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full-time students who get their bachelor's degree with four years. At Mississippi State this rate is 31%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  31 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at Mississippi State

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 18,490 undergraduates at Mississippi State with 16,839 being full-time and 1,651 being part-time.

Mississippi State Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 90.52 out of 100, Mississippi State is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  90.52 out of 100
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How Much Does Mississippi State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Mississippi State is $16,830. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Mississippi State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$14,632 $14,739 $19,202 $20,556 $20,849

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Mississippi State, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Mississippi State, approximately 52% of students took out student loans averaging $7,297 a year. That adds up to $29,188 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Mississippi State is 7.6%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Mississippi State Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Mississippi State make about $40,200 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


See which majors at Mississippi State University make the most money.

Location of Mississippi State University

Located in Mississippi State, Mississippi, Mississippi State University is a public institution. Mississippi State is a good match for students who enjoy small-town life.

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Location of Mississippi State University

Contact details for Mississippi State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Lee Boulevard, Mississippi State, MS 39762
Phone: 662-325-2323

Mississippi State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 86 majors graduated from Mississippi State University. Of these students, 3,923 received undergraduate degrees and 1,021 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 290 $27,400
Health & Physical Education 271 $26,700
Business Administration & Management 248 $32,100
Teacher Education Grade Specific 196 $33,600
Mechanical Engineering 179 $70,300
Communication & Media Studies 159 $24,800
General Biology 140 $31,700
General Psychology 140 $22,400
Marketing 128 $37,800
Liberal Arts General Studies 114 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Mississippi State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Mississippi State

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 3,659 students took at least one online class at Mississippi State University. This is a decrease from the 3,690 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 3,659 1,785
2016-2017 3,690 1,788
2015-2016 3,705 1,845
2014-2015 3,795 1,949
2013-2014 3,457 1,979

Learn more about online learning at Mississippi State University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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