Mis­sis­sip­pi State University

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The Mississippi State University of Agriculture and Applied Science is a public, 4-year school located in Starkville, MS and Mississippi State an unincorporated area in rural Mississippi. Founded in 1878 as The Agricultural and Mechanical College of the State of Mississippi, in 1932 the Legislature renamed the university as Mississippi State College. In 1958 the Legislature renamed the university as Mississippi State University. The immense 4200 acre campus, including farms, pastures, and woodlands of the Experiment Station, is set 125 miles northeast of Jackson, MS and features traditional collegiate red brick architecture. The campus is centered around a main quad called the “Drill Field” due to its use by Corp of Cadets during WWII. Among noted alumni of the university are Toxey Haas, founder and CEO of Haas Outdoors, Inc. (Mossy Oak), Hartley Peavey, founder of Peavey Electronics and author John Grisham.

Academic Programs

Mississippi State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges and offers Bachelor’s Degrees, Master’s Degrees, post-masters Certificates and Doctorates. The university also has a robust online degree program at all levels. The university is comprised of nine colleges: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences including the School of Human Sciences; College of Architecture Art and Design; College of Arts and Sciences; College of Business including the Richard C. Adkerson School of Accountancy; College of Education; James Worth Bagley College of Engineering including the Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering; Shackouls College of Honors; College of Forest Resources and College of Veterinary Medicine. Per the Mission Statement, the university aims “to provide access and opportunity to students from all sectors of the state’s diverse population… and to offer excellent programs of teaching, research, and service. Mississippi State is committed to its tradition of instilling among its students and alumni ideals of diversity, citizenship, leadership, and service.”

Student Life

There are over 16,500 undergraduate students enrolled in Mississippi State University, most residing on campus in one of the many residence halls. There is a strong Greek presence as well. The university sponsors over 250 clubs and student organizations including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the maroon and white Bulldogs, led by Bully, field teams in 9 sports and participate in NCAA Division I-A competition. Music is a common element in campus life, the annual “Bulldog Bash”, considered the largest outdoor concert in the state of Mississippi and the Old Main Music Festival takes place during the spring semester. Students become familiar with the Values of the school: “We place high value on nurturing scholarship in the study of educational leadership and educational foundations, and we hold in high esteem diversity, equity, advances in technology, and the mutual support found in collegiality and collaboration. We believe that successful pursuit of higher education requires dedication, discipline, and hard work, and that a person’s quality of life is improved immeasurably in such pursuit, not only in the acquisition of knowledge and skill, but in the cultivation of concomitant intellectual and social virtues.”

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