Mississippi State University

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?

2022 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 199 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is other zoology/animal biology.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, Mississippi State is ranked #768 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Mississippi State is also ranked #1 out of 30 schools in Mississippi.

See all of the rankings for Mississippi State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Mississippi State?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Mississippi State University you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 62%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

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

With a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1, Mississippi State University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

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 85%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  85 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Mississippi State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Mississippi State University has a freshmen retention rate of 82%. 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  82 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

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Mississippi State University.

Mississippi State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 18,792 undergraduates at Mississippi State with 17,113 being full-time and 1,679 being part-time.

How Much Does Mississippi State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Mississippi State is $16,173. 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 +
$13,986 $13,799 $18,007 $19,558 $19,741

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. 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 8.3%. 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.

Get more details about paying for Mississippi State University.

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

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

Get more details about the 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
Website: https://www.msstate.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/msstate
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/msstate

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, 4,145 received undergraduate degrees and 939 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
Business Administration & Management 301 $32,100
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 284 $27,400
Health & Physical Education 244 $26,700
Teacher Education Grade Specific 205 $33,600
Mechanical Engineering 192 $70,300
Marketing 171 $37,800
General Psychology 155 $22,400
General Biology 147 $31,700
Communication & Media Studies 146 $24,800
Accounting 143 $46,200

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 is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2018-2019, 3,989 students took at least one online class at Mississippi State University. This is an increase from the 3,659 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 3,989 1,836
2017-2018 3,659 1,785
2016-2017 3,690 1,788
2015-2016 3,705 1,845
2013-2014 3,457 1,979

Learn more about online learning at Mississippi State University.

If you’re considering Mississippi State University, here are some more schools you may be interested in knowing more about.

Curious on how these schools stack up against Mississippi State? Pit them head to head with College Combat, our free interactive tool that lets you compare college on the features that matter most to you!

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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

Find Schools Near You