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Mississippi State University Data & Information Overview

447 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
76% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Mississippi State University Ranked?

#186 Best Colleges in Nation
#1 Best Colleges in MS
Elementary Education Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 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 447 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is elementary education.

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Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2024 analysis, Mississippi State is ranked #186 out of 2,238 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Mississippi State held the #225 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 26 colleges in Mississippi, Mississippi State is ranked at #1.

See all of the rankings for Mississippi State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Mississippi State?

76% Acceptance Rate
58% Of Accepted Are Women
9% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Mississippi State University is 76%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that Mississippi State is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 9% of students accepted to Mississippi State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 520 and 640. Math scores were between 510 and 640.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Mississippi State University  ( 520 to 640 )

SAT Math Scores for Mississippi State University  ( 510 to 640 )
Mississippi State received ACT scores from 91% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 21 and 30.

ACT Composite Scores for Mississippi State University  ( 21 to 30 )

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Mississippi State University Faculty

17 to 1 Student to Faculty
85% Full Time Teachers

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

81% Freshmen Retention
35% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

Mississippi State University has a freshmen retention rate of 81%. 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  81 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When it comes to finishing their studies on time, those seeking a bachelor's degree from Mississippi State have a four-year graduation rate of 35%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  35 out of 100

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

Mississippi State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

17,089 Full-Time Undergraduates
25.0% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
50.4% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 18,803 undergraduates at Mississippi State with 17,089 being full-time and 1,714 being part-time.

How Much Does Mississippi State University Cost?

$16,122 Net Price
43% Take Out Loans
$28,460 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Mississippi State is $16,122. 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 +
$13,025 $13,553 $18,449 $20,432 $20,445

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 43% of students took out student loans averaging $7,115 a year. That adds up to $28,460 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Mississippi State is 6.4%. 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?

$46,141 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Mississippi State with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $46,141 in their early years. This is good news for future Mississippi State graduates since it is 9% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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

Location of Mississippi State University

Mississippi State
17,089 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
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.

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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

83 Majors With Completions
4,536 Undergraduate Degrees
974 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 83 majors graduated from Mississippi State University. Of these students, 4,536 received undergraduate degrees and 974 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 326 $35,222
Health & Physical Education 291 $27,480
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 240 $26,291
Teacher Education Grade Specific 226 $34,126
Marketing 219 $37,616
General Psychology 193 $24,831
Mechanical Engineering 192 $67,632
Communication & Media Studies 163 $30,675
General Biology 155 $22,403
Civil Engineering 108 $56,809

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

43% Take At Least One Class Online
16% Take All Classes Online

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 2020-2021, 9,823 students took at least one online class at Mississippi State University. This is a decrease from the 20,306 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 9,823 3,808
2019-2020 20,306 4,762
2018-2019 3,989 1,836
2017-2018 3,659 1,785
2016-2017 3,690 1,788

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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