Mississippi State University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition
$8,208
5.5% growth from 2016
2017 Average Net Price
$16,056
After Financial Aid
2016 Student Loan
7.66%
Default Rate
2017 Acceptance Rate
62.4%
13,973 Applicants
2017 Enrolled Students
21,883
85.8% Full-Time
2017 Graduation Rate
57.9%
1,671 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 Other Multidisciplinary Studies (265 degrees awarded), Kinesiology & Exercise Science (264 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (206 degrees).

In 2017, 4,541 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Mississippi State University. 50.5% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 49.5% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (3,456 degrees), 4.85 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (713 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Mississippi State University is $8,208, which is $-18,292 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Mississippi State University is $8,208, which is $-18,292 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $16,056.

In 2017, 80% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 48% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$8,208
2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Mississippi State University was $8,208. The cost of tuition at Mississippi State University is $-18,292 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

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Average Net Price

$16,056
2017 Value
2.74%
1 Year Growth

In 2017 Mississippi State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $16,056. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Mississippi State University grew by 2.74%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,418
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Mississippi State University was of $9,418 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 3.86% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

80%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
48%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

80% of undergraduate students at Mississippi State University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 1.27% with respect to 2016, when 79% 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.
7.66%
2016 Default Rate
297
Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Mississippi State University was 7.66%, which represents 297 out of the 3879 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 13,973 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 0.278% annual decline. Out of those 13,973 applicants, 8,719 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 62.4% acceptance rate.

There were 21,883 students enrolled at Mississippi State University in 2017, and 0% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Mississippi State University has an overall enrollment yield of 39.4%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

62.4%
Acceptance Rate in 2017
8,719
Accepted Out of 13,973

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Mississippi State University was 62.4% (8,719 admissions from 13,973 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 55.7%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants declined by -0.278%, while admissions grew by 11.8%.

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SAT Scores

0%
Submission Percentage
0
Scores Submitted

0% of enrolled first-time students at Mississippi State University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Mississippi State University has a total enrollment of 21,883 students. The full-time enrollment at Mississippi State University is 18,775 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,108. This means that 85.8% of students enrolled at Mississippi State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Mississippi State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 70.6% White, 18.8% Black or African American, 2.87% Hispanic or Latino, 1.7% Two or More Races, 1.28% Asian, 0.48% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0868% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Mississippi State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (36.9%), followed by White Female (34.8%) and Black or African American Female (11.6%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (33.8%), followed by White Male (26.3%) and Black or African American Female (4.61%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

85.8%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Mississippi State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 21,883 students. The full-time enrollment at Mississippi State University is 18,775 and the part-time enrollment is 3,108. This means that 85.8% of students enrolled at Mississippi State University are enrolled full-time compared with 78% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

79%
2017 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 79%. 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
    15,443
  2. Black or African American
    4,110
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    627

The enrolled student population at Mississippi State University is 70.6% White, 18.8% Black or African American, 2.87% Hispanic or Latino, 1.7% Two or More Races, 1.28% Asian, 0.48% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0868% 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 51.5% White, 13.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.57% 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, 126 students (0.576%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 49 more women than men received degrees from Mississippi State University. The majority of degree recipients at Mississippi State University are white (3,456 degrees awarded). There were 4.85 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (713 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Mississippi State University is Other Multidisciplinary Studies (265 degrees awarded), followed by Kinesiology & Exercise Science (264 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (206 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 (236 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (123 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (291 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 Other managers (404,369 people), Software developers (374,137 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (321,908 people), Civil engineers (236,146 people), and Mechanical engineers (177,067 people).

The most specialized majors at Mississippi State University are Agriculture (236 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (123 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (291 degrees), Physical Sciences (203 degrees), and Engineering (658 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, Dentists, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, and Derrick, rotary drill, & service unit operators, & roustabouts, oil, gas, & mining

The most specialized majors at Mississippi State University are Agriculture (236 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (123 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (291 degrees), Physical Sciences (203 degrees), and Engineering (658 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Mississippi State University are Computer Systems Design (442,603 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (434,137 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (365,353 people), Construction (287,465 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (231,697 people).

The most specialized majors at Mississippi State University are Agriculture (236 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (123 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (291 degrees), Physical Sciences (203 degrees), and Engineering (658 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. 265 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 264 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 206 degree-majorss awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Mississippi State University was Other Multidisciplinary Studies with 265 degree-majorss awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men
  1. 2,246
  2. 2,295

In 2017, 2,246 degrees were awarded to men at Mississippi State University, which is 0.979 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,295).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 188 degrees were awarded to men at Mississippi State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.66 times more than the 113 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 154 degrees were awarded to women at Mississippi State University in Other Multidisciplinary Studies, which is 1.39 times more than the 111 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

31%
100% Completion Time
60%
150% Completion Time

In 2017, 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, 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 (76.2%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Mississippi State University is Female and Asian (76.2% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 1.5% of graduates (25 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    3,456 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    713 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    67 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Mississippi State University is white (3,456 degrees awarded). There were 4.85 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (713 degrees).

0.374% of degree recipients (17 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Male
    1,750 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    1,706 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    426 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Mississippi State University is white male (1,750 degrees awarded). There were 1.03 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (1,706 degrees).

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Operations

Mississippi State University has an endowment valued at nearly $472M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $4.09M (0.866%), compared to the 5.91% average return ($16.9M on $287M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2017, Mississippi State University had a total salary expenditure of $717M. Mississippi State University employs 281 Assistant professors, 236 Professors, and 214 Associate professors. Most academics at Mississippi State University are Male Professors (188), Male Assistant professors(162), and Male Associate professors (148).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Mississippi State University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 621 employees, Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 594 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 493 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$472M
2017 Endowment
6.19%
growth from 2016

Mississippi State University has an endowment valued at about $472M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Mississippi State University grew 6.19% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $185M 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. $105M - Federal
  2. $22.7M - State
  3. $690k - Local

As of 2017, Mississippi State University received $105M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $22.7M from state grants and contracts, and $690k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$313M
2017 Salaries
0.243%
growth from 2016

In 2017, Mississippi State University paid a median of $313M in salaries, which represents 43.6% of their overall expenditure ($717M) and a 0.243% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 6.24% growth from 2015 and a 4.81% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 215M (42.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$77.6M
Instructional Salaries
944
Number of Employees

In 2017, Mississippi State University paid a total of $77.6M to 944 employees working as instructors, which represents 24.8% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $61.3M (31.9%) for similar Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
281 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
621 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Mississippi State University were Assistant professor with 281 employees; Professor with 236 employees; and Professor with 214 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Mississippi State University were Office and Administrative Support with 621 employees; Computer, Engineering, and Science with 594 employees; and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 493 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

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

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Mississippi State University was Male Professor with 188 employees, Male Assistant professor with 162 employees, and Male Associate professor with 148 employees.

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

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