Mississippi State University

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$7,780

3.71% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$15,628

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

7.44%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

55.7%

14,012 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

21,622

86.1% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

59.9%

1,609 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 Kinesiology & Exercise Science (271 degrees awarded), General Business Administration & Management (226 degrees), and Other Multidisciplinary Studies (211 degrees).

In 2016, 4,271 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Mississippi State University. 49.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 50.6% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (3,185 degrees), 5.07 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (628 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Mississippi State University is $7,780, which is $-18,076 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Mississippi State University is $7,780, which is $-18,076 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $15,628.

In 2016, 79% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 49% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$7,780

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Mississippi State University was $7,780. The cost of tuition at Mississippi State University is $-18,076 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

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Average Net Price

$15,628

2016 Value

1.31%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Mississippi State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $15,628. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Mississippi State University grew by 1.31%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,068

Room and Board

$1,200

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Mississippi State University was of $9,068 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 1.27% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

79%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

49%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

79% of undergraduate students at Mississippi State University received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a growth of 1.28% with respect to 2015, when 78% 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.

7.44%

2015 Default Rate

312

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Mississippi State University was 7.44%, which represents 312 out of the 4192 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 14,012 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 12.6% annual growth. Out of those 14,012 applicants, 7,801 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 55.7% acceptance rate.

There were 21,622 students enrolled at Mississippi State University in 2016, and 0% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Mississippi State University has an overall enrollment yield of 46.5%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

55.7%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

7,801

Accepted Out of 14,012

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Mississippi State University was 55.7% (7,801 admissions from 14,012 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 65.2%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 12.6%, while admissions declined by -3.93%.

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SAT Scores

0%

Submission Percentage

0

Scores Submitted

0% of enrolled first-time students at Mississippi State University in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Mississippi State University has a total enrollment of 21,622 students. The full-time enrollment at Mississippi State University is 18,615 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,007. This means that 86.1% of students enrolled at Mississippi State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Mississippi State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 70.7% White, 19.2% Black or African American, 2.76% Hispanic or Latino, 1.55% Two or More Races, 1.32% Asian, 0.402% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0832% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Mississippi State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (37%), followed by White Female (34.5%) and Black or African American Female (12%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (33.2%), followed by White Male (28.1%) and Black or African American Female (4.22%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

86.1%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Mississippi State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 21,622 students. The full-time enrollment at Mississippi State University is 18,615 and the part-time enrollment is 3,007. This means that 86.1% of students enrolled at Mississippi State University are enrolled full-time compared with 78.1% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

80%

2016 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 80%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), Mississippi State University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    15,276

  2. Black or African American

    4,148

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    597

The enrolled student population at Mississippi State University is 70.7% White, 19.2% Black or African American, 2.76% Hispanic or Latino, 1.55% Two or More Races, 1.32% Asian, 0.402% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0832% 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 51.9% White, 12.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.36% 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, 96 students (0.444%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 47 fewer women than men received degrees from Mississippi State University. The majority of degree recipients at Mississippi State University are white (3,185 degrees awarded). There were 5.07 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (628 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Mississippi State University is Kinesiology & Exercise Science (271 degrees awarded), followed by General Business Administration & Management (226 degrees) and Other Multidisciplinary Studies (211 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 (234 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (118 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (302 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 Miscellaneous managers (181,392 people), Postsecondary teachers (107,948 people), Architects, except naval (100,591 people), Physicians & surgeons (79,705 people), and Elementary & middle school teachers (78,245 people).

The most specialized majors at Mississippi State University are Agriculture (234 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (118 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (302 degrees), Physical Sciences (223 degrees), and Architecture and Related Services (63 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 Physicians & surgeons, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Dentists, Chief executives & legislators, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Mississippi State University are Agriculture (234 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (118 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (302 degrees), Physical Sciences (223 degrees), and Architecture and Related Services (63 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 Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (203,812 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (181,188 people), Elementary & secondary schools (152,947 people), Hospitals (146,663 people), and Construction (86,314 people).

The most specialized majors at Mississippi State University are Agriculture (234 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (118 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (302 degrees), Physical Sciences (223 degrees), and Architecture and Related Services (63 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.

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Mississippi State University was Kinesiology & Exercise Science with 271 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 2,159

  2. 2,112

In 2016, 2,159 degrees were awarded to men at Mississippi State University, which is 1.02 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,112).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 197 degrees were awarded to men at Mississippi State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.48 times more than the 133 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 175 degrees were awarded to women at Mississippi State University in Kinesiology & Exercise Science, which is 1.38 times more than the 127 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

30%

100% Completion Time

60%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 30% of students graduating from Mississippi State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 60% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 63% 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 Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Asian Female

Highest Graduation Rate (85.7%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Mississippi State University is Female and Asian (85.7% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

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, 0.497% of graduates (8 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,185 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    628 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    81 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Mississippi State University is white (3,185 degrees awarded). There were 5.07 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (628 degrees).

0.866% of degree recipients (37 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Male

    1,690 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    1,495 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    405 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Mississippi State University is white male (1,690 degrees awarded). There were 1.13 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (1,495 degrees).

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Operations

Mississippi State University has an endowment valued at nearly $449M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $1.92M (0.428%), compared to the 1.54% average return ($4.18M on $271M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, Mississippi State University had a total expenditure of $641M. Of that $641M, they spent $294M on salaries and $641M on benefits.

Mississippi State University employs 289 Assistant professors, 241 Associate professors, and 238 Professors. Most academics at Mississippi State University are Male Professors (190), Male Associate professors(165), and Male Assistant professors (163).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Mississippi State University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 657 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 606 employees, and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 594 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$449M

2015 Endowment

1.64%

decline from 2014

Mississippi State University has an endowment valued at about $449M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Mississippi State University declined 1.64% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $178M 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. $100M - Federal

  2. $20.8M - State

  3. $618k - Local

As of 2015, Mississippi State University received $100M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $20.8M from state grants and contracts, and $618k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

Expenditure values can vary depending on whether the institution is public or private, and are not available for private-for-profit schools.

$294M

Salary Expenditure

$641M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Mississippi State University had a total expenditure of $641M. Of that $641M, they spent $294M on salaries and $641M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at Mississippi State University as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$294M

2015 Salaries

4.81%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Mississippi State University paid a median of $294M in salaries, which represents 45.8% of their overall expenditure ($641M) and a 4.81% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 1.7% growth from 2013 and a 2.47% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 206M (43.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$77.8M

Instructional Salaries

956

Number of Employees

In 2015, Mississippi State University paid a total of $77.8M to 956 employees working as instructors, which represents 26.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $62.1M (30.2%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor

Most Common Instructor

289 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

657 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Mississippi State University were Assistant professor with 289 employees; Associate professor with 241 employees; and Associate professor with 238 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Mississippi State University were Office and Administrative Support with 657 employees; Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 606 employees; and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 594 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Male Associate professor

  3. Male Assistant professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Mississippi State University was Male Professor with 190 employees, Male Associate professor with 165 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 163 employees.

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

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