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Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS

Mississippi State University
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  1. MSU is recognized as top 10 Military Friendly School by VIQTORY.
  2. MSU is home to the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library.
  3. MSU holds the Carnegie Foundation R1-Very High Research Activity designation.

About This Campus

Mississippi State University is located in Starkville, a university town of 25,000 located in Northeast MS. Air transportation is available at the Golden Triange Regional Airport(GTR)located fifteen miles from campus. The over 2000-acre campus, the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, and the nearby Tennessee-Tombigbee waterway provide unlimited opportunities for recreation. The Sanderson Recreation center, with over 146,000 square feet, offers students the finest recreational facility in the state. MSU was founded in 1878 and is the largest university in the state and is the only institution in Miss. designated as a Doctoral I university by the Southern Regional Education Board. As a land grant university, MSU offers a large variety of undergraduate programs in the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Architecture, Art and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, Forest Resources, and Veterinary Medicine. MSU offers 81 undergraduate degree programs.

Location Information

Mississippi State University is located in Northeast Mississippi, 125 miles northeast of Jackson, MS, 175 miles southeast of Memphis, TN and 150 miles west of Birmingham, AL.

2023/2024 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2024/2025 Placement

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Fast Facts

Location | Mississippi State
Population | 25,000
Enrollment | 22,717
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home Payment
Term Dates
Fall | 08/18-12/9
Spring | 01/18-5/11

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 1%
Asian | 3%
Black | 18%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 3%
Hispanic/Latino | 3%
Two or more | 1%
White | 71%
Other | 0%
International | 3%


  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: According to class standing
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs

Data Science - pass Cal 1 with C or higher, min. of 30 hours of cumulative 2.5 or higher; Interior Design - Prefer Sophomore only and a portfolio is required; Communication courses are limited for exchange students.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Engineering - The Bagley College of Engineering has 7 departments that rank in the top 100 nationally in research and development expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation.
  • Geosciences - One in three of today's on-air broadcast meteorologist in the U.S. is a graduate of MSU's nationally recognized meteorology programs.
  • Data Science - New program here at MSU! Some limitations to this program (Must have passed Cal 1 with a C; passed a min of 30 hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.50).

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Accounting, Aerospace Engineering, African American Studies... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 525.00 paper, 197.00 computer or 71.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Home Pay
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept
Canadian Students
  • Will accept Home Payment Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 03/06/23

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment: 19

Financial Aid for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $75.00 Year Home Mandatory
Health Service Fee $176.00 Year Home Mandatory
Parking Fee $193.00 Year Home Mandatory
International Program Fee $150.00 Year Home Mandatory

Important Notes: Health Service Fee is an x-ray fee is required for international students from Canadian schools only. International Program Fee is required for international students from Canadian schools only.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 03/06/23

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 28% living on campus
  • Double: $3854.00
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • Maximum housing reserved for women: 4
  • Maximum housing reserved for men: 4
Off-Campus Housing Notes About Housing
Housing is limited. If you are coming without a vehicle I would recommend that you live on campus. Or in apartment close to campus. If you have a vehicle, you may want to consider living off-campus.

Meal Plans


Figures per Semester are current as of 03/06/23

Important Notes about Health Insurance
All international students (from Canadian schools) must pay for an x-ray at our student health center.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students do not need to purchase health insurance.


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