About MSU: 'Mississippi State University - Make a Statement' About MSU

With an enrollment representing all 82 Mississippi counties, 50 states and over 75 foreign countries, Mississippi State truly is an outstanding choice for tomorrow's scholars and leaders.

We may be located in a small town in Mississippi, but there's more going on at Mississippi State University than you might know. We offer Southeastern Conference athletics, internationally known performers and lecturers and world-class professors at the state's largest university.

A day in the life of an MSU student can be anything he or she wants it to be - whether it's studying under a tree near the
Drill Field or playing flag football on the intramural fields. We
hope you'll join our diverse student body and experience
Mississippi State for yourself.

Generations of graduates stand behind the seal of Mississippi State University promoting learning, service, and research. Strolling through the campus, there is evidence of our strong history through monuments, buildings, and people. Every student that enrolls at Mississippi State University becomes part of our history.

Visit Campus: 'Step into Your Future - Make a Statement' Visit Campus

Plan a visit and let us show you first hand all that Mississippi State has to offer prospective students. Campus visits include a tour of campus with a Roadrunner (student recruiter) and a meeting with an admissions counselor to discuss admissions, scholarships, campus life, and other aspects of being an MSU student. Our tours feature walking portions, so please dress comfortably for your campus visit. When you schedule your visit, if you would like to meet with an academic college, you will be directed how to do so.

If you would like to schedule tours for high school or community college groups of 10 or more students, please email us at visit@msstate.edu.

City of Starkville: 'Join the Community - Make a Statement' City of Starkville

Welcome to Starkville, Mississippi, home of Mississippi State University. The Starkville community offers a unique blend of old Southern charm and 21st century technology. Our growing economy is supported by a strong base of manufacturing and small businesses, as well as state-of-the-art research and technology companies. Starkville's assorted citizenry boasts not only native southerners, but "new southerners" from across the nation, university students, and a diverse international population. Downtown Starkville and its shops and restaurants are within walking distance of campus.

Many popular events connect campus and community, including Bulldog Bash, a gigantic street party in Starkville that draws thousands to eat, socialize and listen to popular bands. In the spring, MSU hosts Old Main Music Festival, a musical partner to the Cotton District Arts Festival and Taste of Starkville at our historic downtown area.

Of course, there are many other things going on at MSU and the surrounding community: plays, sports, art exhibitions, and concerts. And, if you just want to get back to nature, the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge in rural Oktibbeha County offers 48,000 acres of beautiful lakes, trails and woodlands only minutes from campus.

On-Campus Recruiting Events: 'Be Our Guest - Make a Statement' Recruiting Events

Get fired up about Mississippi State! Let us show you what being a bulldog is all about. Excited or unsure about going off to college, then come to a campus recruiting event. See first hand why you are going to love college life at MSU. From nationally recognized academics, student involvement, and SEC sports, we've got it all. Spend the day with us and you'll see why we are so passionate about our bulldog family.

Campus events are designed to give you a crash course in what it's like to be a student at Mississippi State University. Preview Days are held during regular class days to give you a taste of what a day in the life of an MSU student is all about.

Interested in joining the largest honors college in the state? Then Scholars Recognition Day may be just for you. This invitation only event will open your eyes to all the possibilities afforded to members of our Shackouls Honors College

Check out our campus events webpage to learn about all of our upcoming events. We are excited about sharing our bulldog spirit with you. Hope to see you soon!

Academics: 'Find Your Path - Make a Statement' Academics

Mississippi State University has been included in Forbes "Best College Buys" every year since 2009 for our top-notch academic programs and affordability. Our professors are serious about advising students and working to help each student succeed. If you're undecided about your major, you'll soon find out that we have lots of options for you at Mississippi State. With a 19:1 student to faculty ratio, professors have the opportunity to get to know you and undergraduates often have the opportunity to work with faculty on original research.

From biotechnology to landscape architecture, professors are focused on your success. They answer your questions, they take time to talk with you, and they care about how you're doing. Sure, our faculty has open office hours, but you're as likely to connect with them through email, on their cell or having coffee at
Starbucks. So, whether you're looking for more challenge or
more support in your college experience, Mississippi State
can deliver.

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Business
College of Education
College of Architecture, Art and Design
College of Engineering
College of Forest Resources
College of Veterinary Medicine
Shackouls Honors College: 'Expand Your View - Make a Statement' Shackouls Honors College

The Shackouls Honors College draws regional and national attention because of its size and structure. Though the College includes over 1,000 students, Honors classes are typically limited to no more than twenty students. Students receive individualized instruction from faculty members who challenge them to explore their potential.

Members of the Shackouls Honors College enjoy the following benefits:

  • Priority registration status
  • Honors housing (space in Griffis Hall is limited and housing assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis by the date of MSU admissions application)
  • Freedom to explore and challenge themselves in small classes taught by outstanding professors
  • Special Honors distinction on their transcript
  • Working side-by-side with MSU's cutting-edge research faculty
  • Traveling with faculty and participating in a variety of global
    adventures in countries like England, Scotland, Ireland,
    Australia, Jamaica, Ecuador, Italy, and Spain
  • Individualized mentoring and help applying for national and
    international fellowships and awards
Transfer: 'Join the Bulldog Family - Make a Statement' Transfer

College is about choices and we believe the choice you make to continue your education at Mississippi State University could be the best decision of your life. When you transfer to the state's largest university - you will see that transfer students are important at MSU.

We hope you find information here that will prove helpful in your search for the right place to continue your education. Mississippi State wants your transition to be seamless and we are ready to help you!

Welcome Home to MSU and the Bulldog Family!

Tuition Expense & Financial Aid: 'Spend Wisely - Make a Statement' Scholarships

Federal student financial aid applicants looking for grants, loans and work study should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1st of the year they plan to start college. MSU's Federal School Code is 002423.

State student financial aid applicants (Mississippi residents only) should also submit the online state aid application as soon as possible after January 1st of the year they plan to start school. Such programs as the Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG), Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant (MESG), William Winter Teacher Scholar Program and other aid programs are available through this application process.

Scholarships: 'Apply for a Scholarship - Make a Statement'

At Mississippi State, our scholarships are as diverse as you are. We look beyond your GPA and ACT to see if you have been involved with any other activities that may qualify you for a scholarship. Scholarships also recognize students for leadership and volunteer roles, even work experience.

Complete your resume and optimize your opportunities. When you complete your admissions application, fill out the online scholarship resume that details your awards, honors, leadership and volunteer roles, as well as your work experience.

If you've already applied, go to www.apply.msstate.edu and log in to complete your scholarship resume.

That's all you need to be in the running for university-wide scholarships. Be sure to ask the college or division where you're enrolling about department-based scholarships for which you may be eligible.

Time counts. Apply by the appropriate priority date to make the most of your opportunities. Applications and resumes received after the priority date will be considered on a competitive and funds-available basis.

Freshman Priority Dates

Freshman Academic & Competitive Scholarships - December 1
Leadership and Service Scholarships - August 1

Transfer Priority Date

Community College Transfer Scholarships - June 1

Students must be enrolled full-time and must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester to receive scholarships. Academic scholarships will be deferred during the work phase for co-op students. Renewal of scholarships and non-resident tuition scholarships is based on full-time enrollment and maintaining a 3.00 overall GPA at the end of each fall semester.

Housing & Residence Life: 'Your New Home - Make a Statement' Housing & Residence Life

Mississippi State's residence halls are a lot more than just a place to sleep - they're part of the thriving "city" of campus. In most cases, you're a quick walk away from classrooms, meeting places and dining facilities.

Our halls aren't like your parents' old "dorm" rooms. All rooms offer Internet access and cable TV. Each room is also equipped with a refrigerator/freezer/microwave combination unit, and the newer halls have private bathrooms and all the best amenities.

And it's not all about convenience. We also strive to keep our residence halls safe. Each hall has controlled card-reader access, fire extinguishers and a fire security system. Each room, in turn, is equipped with a smoke detector and deadbolt lock.

Dining Services: 'Hungry? - Make a Statement' Dining Services

What would college life be without good food? We've got you covered and then some. With more than a dozen different eateries on campus, MSU has lots to offer in the way of dining. From chicken tenders to sushi, you're bound to find something pleasing to your palate.

Grab a Chick-fil-A biscuit on the way to your 8 a.m. class, or a fruit and yogurt parfait from Bleecker Street after your morning workout. Meet your friends at RFOC@Perry for a salad and a slice of pizza and make plans for the weekend. Fuel that last-minute cram session with a Starbucks caramel macchiato, and round out your day with a grilled chicken sandwich from Burger King.

And, with an MSU meal plan, you'll never have to worry about digging through the couch cushions for change. Consider it your all-access pass to dining on campus!

Athletics: 'Join the Dawgs - Make a Statement' Athletics

MSU students love to show their spirit! With free tickets to all sports except football, the Bulldog teams know they can count on loyal - and spirited - fans who know all the cheers. Southeastern Conference (SEC) sports bring you together with your friends at MSU and from SEC schools to cheer and tailgate in the Junction before the game. Grill out in the Left Field Lounge during baseball season. Just wear your maroon and white and don't forget your cowbell. Mississippi State is way beyond an agricultural school, but students and alumni ring those cowbells loudly and proudly. BTW, our awesome baseball field holds the record for attendance in an on-campus game (14,992) and Sports Illustrated kudos as the #1 place in the U.S. to watch a game.

Get Involved: 'Find your Place - Make a Statement' Get Involved

Never a dull moment - the People's University has something for everyone. With everything Mississippi State University has to offer, each student can enjoy enriching experiences through organizations, clubs, and groups. There are more than 350 student organizations representing educational majors, religious groups, Greek affiliations, and club sports.

And if you like to just hang out, we have places for that too. The Colvard Student Union is a three-story "campus living room" housing the Dawg House, Starbuck's, a Food Court and a Beauty Salon.

The Sanderson Center also offers a multitude of choices through fitness activities and specialized classes. You can find all the fun and excitement you need as well as an enriching learning environment at Mississippi State University.

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