Consumer Information for Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University prides itself on its three broad purposes in education—teaching, research, and service. MSU hires high-quality faculty, staff, and administrators to support well-designed and comprehensive academic programs that will assist students in leading constructive lives and achieve their personal and professional goals.

Our university is proud to provide the information on this site to demonstrate the caliber of our programs and services. This site discloses all of the requirements in accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act that was reauthorized in 2008 (, but we have provided additional information beyond federal disclosure requirements.

We invite students, parents, alumni, employees, and other interested parties to explore the many facets of our university in order to make informed decisions about MSU. This site includes discussions and links to supporting web sites in the following areas:

General Institutional Information

In fall 2017, the University enrolled 21,883 students, 18,775 (85.8%) of which were full-time students. Of those who reported race or ethnicity and gender, 6,046 (27.9%) were reported minority students and 10,852 (49.6%) were female. The majority of the students, 18,312 (83.7%) are undergraduate students, and 3,210 (14.7%) are graduate students. The remaining 361 (1.6%) are professional students in veterinary medicine.

Educational Programs & Outcomes

Known throughout our history as "The People's University," our university provides the academic, leadership, and social opportunities to help each person excel. How do we know that our educational programs are successful? Mississippi State University engages in continuous improvement processes, known as institutional effectiveness. The information in this section demonstrates the types of outcomes that our institution uses to measure institutional effectiveness and to maintain excellence in its programs.

During 2016-17, MSU awarded 4,541 degrees. Our 6-year graduation rate was 60%, and our freshman to sophomore retention rate was 79.2%. Compare our institution with other institutions at the National Center for Education Statistics, IPEDS Data Center.

Every year, MSU collects job placement data on graduates. The most recently available data is from 2017 with a 72% response rate. The Career Center shares data about students’ job placement after graduation:

As of December 4, 2017, MSU employed 1,142 instructional faculty. To support the research and service mission of the institution, MSU also employed 95 research faculty, 99 extension faculty, and 74 clinical.

Financial Information

Student financial aid is economic assistance to help students finance their college education. This assistance can come in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, employment, or waivers. Our staff in the Department of Student Financial Aid is happy to help students with questions about and the process for obtaining financial assistance.

Health and Safety

Mississippi State University is committed to creating and maintaining a community in which students, faculty, and staff can work together in a safe atmosphere. Every member of the university community should be aware that the university considers personal physical safety of students and employees to be a minimal prerequisite for the establishment of a learning environment.

The MSU Police Department is a full-service agency that is available 24 hours a day, throughout the year. The MSU Police Department is comprised of professional commissioned police officers who receive the same level of training as municipal and county law enforcement officers.


Mississippi State is among the nation's leading major research universities, according to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The NSF Higher Education Research and Development Survey for Fiscal Year 2016 (released in 2017) placed Mississippi State at 93 overall among public and private institutions based on $239.4 million in total research and development expenditures. Nationally, MSU is ranked 60 in non-medical school R&D expenditures and 64 among public institutions. The 2016 survey ranked 640 institutions.

View more information about Research at Mississippi State University.

Service & Outreach

To meet its outreach and public service mission, Mississippi State University operates various research units, extension systems, and centers and institutes. The Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station operates research sites throughout the state. Additionally, the University offers programs and services through its Extension Service to educate the people of the state to help them make decisions about their vocations, families, and environment. Both of these systems combined form the MSUcares, or Coordinated Access to the Research and Extension System. These scientists, specialists, and agents work daily to solve problems and to educate the people all across the State of Mississippi.

Additionally, the Maroon Volunteer Center offers opportunities for students and employees to participate in services, programs, and events in support of the MSU community.

The Carnegie Foundation reclassified Mississippi State University Community Engagement Classification in 2015. This classification is based on voluntary participation for institutions that collaborate with their local, state, regional, national, or even global communities. The institution initially received this honor in 2010. Currently, 361 institutions in the nation have this designation.

Last updated: March 21, 2018