Mississippi State University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$8,800
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$16,402
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
6.48%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
80%
16,127 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
22,986
83% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
64.2%
1,900 Graduates

About

Mississippi State University is a higher education institution located in Oktibbeha County, MS. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Mississippi State University were General Business Administration & Management (301 degrees awarded), Other Multidisciplinary Studies (284 degrees), and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (244 degrees).

In 2020, 5,238 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Mississippi State University. 52.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 47.6% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (3,933 degrees), 5.04 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (781 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Mississippi State University is $8,800, which is $−19,829 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Mississippi State University is $8,800, which is $−19,829 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $16,402.

In 2020, 86% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 45% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$8,800
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Mississippi State University was $8,800. The cost of tuition at Mississippi State University is $−19,829 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

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Average Net Price

$16,402
2020 Value
0.419%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Mississippi State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $16,402. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Mississippi State University grew by 0.419%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,436
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Mississippi State University was of $10,436 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 6.33% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

86%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
45%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

86% of undergraduate students at Mississippi State University received grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 4.88% with respect to 2019, when 82% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
6.48%
2018 Default Rate
268
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Mississippi State University was 6.48%, which represents 268 out of the 4136 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Mississippi State University received 16,127 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 12.1% annual decline. Out of those 16,127 applicants, 12,908 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 80% acceptance rate.

There were 22,986 students enrolled at Mississippi State University in 2020, and 6% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Mississippi State University has an overall enrollment yield of 25%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

80%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
12,908
Accepted Out of 16,127

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Mississippi State University was 80% (12,908 admissions from 16,127 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 53.9%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants declined by −12.1%, while admissions grew by 30.7%.

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SAT Scores

6%
Submission Percentage
205
Scores Submitted

6% of enrolled first-time students at Mississippi State University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Mississippi State University has a total enrollment of 22,986 students. The full-time enrollment at Mississippi State University is 19,078 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,908. This means that 83% of students enrolled at Mississippi State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Mississippi State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 71.1% White, 17.2% Black or African American, 3.42% Hispanic or Latino, 2.13% Two or More Races, 1.57% Asian, 0.596% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0783% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Mississippi State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (37%), followed by White Female (36.2%) and Black or African American Female (9.62%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (37.6%), followed by White Male (22.7%) and Black or African American Female (7.59%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

83%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Mississippi State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 22,986 students. The full-time enrollment at Mississippi State University is 19,078 and the part-time enrollment is 3,908. This means that 83% of students enrolled at Mississippi State University are enrolled full-time compared with 76.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

85%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Mississippi State University was 85%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84.5%), Mississippi State University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    16,336
  2. Black or African American
    3,955
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    785

The enrolled student population at Mississippi State University is 71.1% White, 17.2% Black or African American, 3.42% Hispanic or Latino, 2.13% Two or More Races, 1.57% Asian, 0.596% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0783% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 49.8% White, 15.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.74% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 164 students (0.713%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 252 more women than men received degrees from Mississippi State University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Mississippi State University is white (3,933 degrees awarded). There were 5.04 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (781 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Mississippi State University is General Business Administration & Management (301 degrees awarded), followed by Other Multidisciplinary Studies (284 degrees) and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (244 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Mississippi State University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Agriculture (259 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (142 degrees), and Engineering (843 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Mississippi State University are Software developers (410,880 people), Other managers (354,443 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (332,177 people), Civil engineers (273,029 people), and Mechanical engineers (201,921 people).

The most specialized majors at Mississippi State University are Agriculture (259 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (142 degrees), Engineering (843 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (270 degrees), and Architecture and Related Services (61 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Mississippi State University are Surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, and Diagnostic medical sonographers

The most specialized majors at Mississippi State University are Agriculture (259 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (142 degrees), Engineering (843 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (270 degrees), and Architecture and Related Services (61 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Mississippi State University are Architectural, engineering & related services (558,019 people), Computer Systems Design (425,079 people), Construction (338,705 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (237,768 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (189,182 people).

The most specialized majors at Mississippi State University are Agriculture (259 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (142 degrees), Engineering (843 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (270 degrees), and Architecture and Related Services (61 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Mississippi State University.
Most Common
  1. 301 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 284 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 244 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Mississippi State University was General Business Administration & Management with 301 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

2,493
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
2,745
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 2,493 degrees were awarded to men at Mississippi State University, which is 0.908 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,745).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 257 degrees were awarded to men at Mississippi State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.49 times more than the 173 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 173 degrees were awarded to women at Mississippi State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.673 times less than the 257 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

31%
100% Completion Time
58%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 31% of students graduating from Mississippi State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 58% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 60% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (77.8%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Mississippi State University is Female and Asian (77.8% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.158% of graduates (3 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    3,933 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    781 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    136 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Mississippi State University is white (3,933 degrees awarded). There were 5.04 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (781 degrees).

0.286% of degree recipients (15 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    2,019 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,914 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    469 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Mississippi State University is white female (2,019 degrees awarded). There were 1.05 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,914 degrees).

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Operations

Mississippi State University has an endowment valued at nearly $521M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $7.64M (1.47%), compared to the 3.48% average return ($10.5M on $302M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2020, Mississippi State University had a total salary expenditure of $793M. Mississippi State University employs 264 Assistant professors, 254 Associate professors, and 227 Professors. Most academics at Mississippi State University are Male Professors (177), Male Associate professors(169), and Male Assistant professors (156).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Mississippi State University are: Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 640 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 621 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 568 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$521M
2020 Endowment
1.54%
decline from 2019

Mississippi State University has an endowment valued at about $521M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Mississippi State University declined 1.54% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $219M higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $153M - Federal
  2. $22.2M - State
  3. $654k - Local

As of 2020, Mississippi State University received $153M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $22.2M from state grants and contracts, and $654k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$338M
2020 Salaries
4.46%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Mississippi State University paid a median of $338M in salaries, which represents 42.6% of their overall expenditure ($793M) and a 4.46% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.94% growth from 2018 and a 0.588% decline from 2017.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 238M (43% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$82.4M
Instructional Salaries
970
Number of Employees

In 2020, Mississippi State University paid a total of $82.4M to 970 employees working as instructors, which represents 24.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $69.9M (29.4%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
264 Employees
Computer, Engineering, and Science
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
640 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Mississippi State University were Assistant professor with 264 employees; Associate professor with 254 employees; and Associate professor with 227 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Mississippi State University were Computer, Engineering, and Science with 640 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 621 employees; and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 568 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Male Assistant professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Mississippi State University was Male Professor with 177 employees, Male Associate professor with 169 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 156 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Mississippi State University.

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