In 1878, the Mississippi Legislature founded the Agricultural and Mechanical College of the State of Mississippi. It wasn’t until 1880 that the first students enrolled, but by 1979 expansion included the addition of more than half a dozen colleges and schools within the system and enrollment reached the 10 thousands. Today, Mississippi State University enrolls more than 20,000 students and is ranked No. 160 in National Universities by U.S. News & World Report in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges. Mississippi State University was also recognized by Forbes among the nation’s 100 Best Buy Colleges. In 2011, Mississippi State University enrolled more than 20,000 students and, according to U.S. News, 83% of the freshmen returned the following year. Freshman retention rate is a strong indicator of student satisfaction.
Mississippi State University created online bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees to expand education opportunities to distance learners around the world. These fully accredited programs are available in education, science, business administration, engineering, and other popular areas of study. The online delivery platform accommodates various learning styles and teaching methods and provides the tools necessary for effective communication: calendar, email, bulletin board, and chat. Online quizzes are automatically graded and students can log in to view their progress, grades, and assignments. Distance learning provides busy working adults with the means to achieve their educational goals without compromising work or family obligations. Though the format is highly flexible, the actual programs are equal in quality, value, and rigor to the main campus courses, and are held to same standard of academic integrity.
Mississippi State University is accredited as a degree granting institution by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Specific programs have been awarded specialized accreditation by more than 27 other organizations.
In order to be admitted to Mississippi State University, applicants must meet admission/readmission requirements prior to enrollment. For undergraduates, this entails completing an online application, and submitting official transcripts from any previously attended college or university. Undergraduate applicants will also need to submit a nonrefundable $40 application fee. Graduates who have never attended Mississippi State University are required to complete and submit a Classified Graduate Admissions Application and a Statement of Purpose Form. Additionally, they must provide one official transcript from every school attended prior to Mississippi State University along with three recommendation letters. Depending on the specific program, a graduate entrance exam may be required. The application for graduate enrollment necessitates a $60 application fee, also nonrefundable. For more information about the admission requirements/process, click here.