Skip Navigation
small NCES header image
College Navigator
College Navigator

Name of School

States (use map for more than 1 state)

use map
ZIP Code 


 0 Items Selected

Level of Award  help

Institution Type help

waiting for map to load
Loading map...

IPEDS ID: 176080
OPE ID: 00242300
add to favorites
Mississippi State University
Lee Boulevard, Mississippi State, Mississippi 39762
General information:  (662) 325-2323
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  Town: Remote
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  20,161 (16,399 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  19 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Research Universities (very high research activity)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty1,140180
Research and public service20032
Total graduate assistants-950
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,200$1,200$1,200$1,2000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$7,729$8,162$8,486$8,6471.9%
Off Campus
Room and board--$8,486$8,6471.9%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$19,198$19,975$20,902$21,6703.7%
Off Campus$6,661$7,005$20,902$21,6703.7%
Off Campus with Family$6,661$7,005$12,416$13,0234.9%
On Campus$27,538$28,840$30,466$31,8584.6%
Off Campus$15,001$15,870$30,466$31,8584.6%
Off Campus with Family$15,001$15,870$21,980$23,2115.6%
This calculator uses estimated student expenses data to estimate the total tuition and fees charged over the duration of a typical 4-year program at this school.
1. Select starting academic year
2. Select tuition inflation rate

% (0-100 allowed)
  • This school has a tuition prepayment plan which may reduce the total estimated tuition and fees over the duration of a program. For further details please contact the institution.
  • The output is only an estimate and not a guarantee of the actual amount the student may be charged; it is not binding on the Secretary, the institution of higher education, or the State; and it may change, subject to the availability of financial assistance, State appropriations, and other factors. The student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible for, and receive, an actual financial aid award that includes federal grant, loan, or work-study assistance.
  • The estimated price does not include room and board, books and supplies, &c. (where applicable) and is based on previous years' tuition and fees data. Tuition and fees may vary by program. Please contact this institution for detailed price information.
  • Estimated yearly tuition and fees may not sum to totals because of rounding.
Estimate the total tuition and fee costs over the duration of a typical program.
 Multiyear Tuition Calculator
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
In-state tuition$6,772
In-state fees$0
Out-of-state tuition$16,960
Out-of-state fees$0
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition planX
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid12,69293%————
Grant or scholarship aid2,56989%$19,083,797$7,428
Federal grants94333%$4,401,638$4,668
Pell grants93832%$4,240,349$4,521
Other federal grants1425%$161,289$1,136
State/local government grant or scholarships1,06537%$1,462,100$1,373
Institutional grants or scholarships1,89366%$13,220,059$6,984
Student loan aid1,59055%$10,795,476$6,790
Federal student loans1,57455%$9,645,353$6,128
Other student loans993%$1,150,123$11,617
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid112,46676%$80,872,378$6,487
Pell grants5,59734%$23,447,725$4,189
Federal student loans8,27050%$61,011,418$7,377
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$13,270$14,708$15,422
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$11,206$13,166$14,153
$30,001 – $48,000$12,942$14,597$14,173
$48,001 – $75,000$16,294$16,987$17,671
$75,001 – $110,000$17,076$17,981$19,016
$110,001 and more$17,344$17,873$18,846
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
Net Price Calculator
An institution’s net price calculator allows current and prospective students, families, and other consumers to estimate the net price of attending that institution for a particular student.
Visit this institution's net price calculator
Fall 2013
Total enrollment20,161
Undergraduate enrollment16,399
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment1,534
Graduate enrollment3,762
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 92%
Part-time: 8%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 52%
Female: 48%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 1%
Black or African American: 21%
Hispanic/Latino: 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 72%
Two or more races: 1%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 89%
25 and over: 11%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 65%
Out-of-state: 34%
Foreign countries: 1%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 51%
Part-time: 49%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 5%
Enrolled in some distance education: 7%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 88%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 30%
Enrolled in some distance education: 5%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 65%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $40
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2013
Number of applicants11,1915,0936,098
Percent admitted65%66%64%
Percent admitted who enrolled44%44%43%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2013 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading480620
SAT Math490630
ACT Composite2028
ACT English2130
ACT Math1927
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 79%
Part-time students: 33%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 67 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 61%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
4-year: 30%
6-year: 60%
8-year: 63%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 59%
Female: 63%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 50%
Asian: 71%
Black or African American: 43%
Hispanic/Latino: 56%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 100%
White: 66%
Two or more races: 56%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 79%
Non-resident alien: 55%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations12---
Agricultural Business and Management, General-3--
Agricultural Economics2---
Agriculture, General17246-
Agronomy and Crop Science15---
Animal Sciences, General44---
Food Science40---
Horticultural Science5---
Landscaping and Groundskeeping15---
Poultry Science17---
Category total167276-
Architecture and Related Services
Interior Architecture21---
Landscape Architecture184--
Category total664--
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General118224-
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology13---
Molecular Biology--0-
Physiology, Pathology, and Related Sciences, Other-97-
Category total1673112-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General203167d3-
Business/Commerce, General-0--
Business/Managerial Economics1011-
Construction Management15---
Finance, General53---
Management Information Systems, General429d--
Marketing/Marketing Management, General112---
Real Estate14---
Category total594219d4-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Speech Communication and Rhetoric160---
Category total160---
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General32168-
Category total32168-
Agricultural Teacher Education1013--
Business Teacher Education36---
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services--0-
Community College Education-258-
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-601-
Curriculum and Instruction--3-
Education, General--124
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-16--
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship--6-
Elementary Education and Teaching18980-
Music Teacher Education12---
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching26528--
Secondary Education and Teaching7522d--
Special Education and Teaching, General2513--
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other346-
Technical Teacher Education-4--
Category total615193d2524
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering3010d--
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering3781-
Chemical Engineering482--
Civil Engineering, General6020d--
Computer Engineering, General2055-
Electrical and Electronics Engineering364d3d-
Engineering, General-6d18-
Engineering, Other901-
Industrial Engineering326d5d-
Mechanical Engineering9515--
Category total36776d33d-
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other24---
Industrial Technology/Technician30---
Category total54---
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General2811--
Category total2811--
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General71---
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General-204-
Category total71204-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General445--
Category total445--
Health Professions and Related Programs
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist3---
Veterinary Medicine--77-
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General-129-
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant21---
Category total241286-
History, General4534-
Category total4534-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies8---
Category total8---
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General--3-
Mathematics, General194--
Statistics, General-4--
Category total1983-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences32--
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other163---
Systems Science and Theory--0-
Category total16620-
Natural Resources and Conservation
Forest Technology/Technician--10-
Forestry, General297d--
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management3912--
Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology-8--
Category total6827d10-
Personal and Culinary Services
Culinary Science/Culinology1---
Category total1---
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Category total10---
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General1825-
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other--2-
Geology/Earth Science, General7090--
Physics, General84--
Category total96967-
Educational Psychology5151-
Psychology, General12717--
Category total178221-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration-284-
Social Work54---
Category total54284-
Social Sciences
Economics, General3---
Political Science and Government, General590--
Category total120111-
Visual and Performing Arts
Music, General6---
Visual and Performing Arts, General55---
Category total61---
Grand total3,21581120824
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-A MenWomen
All Track Combined65105
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges1/1/1926 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Dietetic Association, Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education
Didactic Program in Dietetics7/1/1976 -  Accredited
American Psychological Association, Committee on Accreditation
School Psychology (SCPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs12/10/1996 -  Accredited
American Veterinary Medical Association, Council on Education
Veterinary Medicine (VET) - Programs leading to a D.V.M. or D.M.V. degree(!)7/1/1979 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1985 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1991 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools1/1/1961 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession5510
Drug law violations404243
Liquor law violations1208172
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession233
Drug law violations322321
Liquor law violations453745
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter001
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible213
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault210
Motor vehicle theft222
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter001
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible110
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year20102009
Default rate9.6%7.2%
Number in default280197
Number in repayment2,8912,710
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
Would you like to help us improve our products and website by taking a short survey?

YES, I would like to take the survey


No Thanks

The survey consists of a few short questions and takes less than one minute to complete.
National Center for Education Statistics -
U.S. Department of Education