Mississippi State University forms a cohesive higher education-municipal community with Starkville, a growing agricultural-commercial-industrial city of nearly 24,000. Located in the eastern part of north-central Mississippi, MSU is 125 miles northeast of Jackson and 23 miles west of Columbus. It is served by U.S. and state highways 82,12 and 25,along with feeder air service.
At Mississippi State, classroom teaching and learning are combined with endless experiences for students to apply their knowledge in meaningful ways. With more than 175 programs leading to a baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degree, MSU is preparing its students for bright, productive futures where academics is combined with the proper tools for tackling today’s tough issues and making a difference in society.
Mississippi State is one of only a few schools to earn both research and community engagement rankings from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Moreover, the National Science Foundation ranks Mississippi State among the nation’s top 100 research institutions. As the Magnolia State’s leading research university, MSU’s research expenditures totaled $226 million in 2015, accounting for 55% of the total $408 million in research and development expenditures reported by all Mississippi institutions.
There's a spirit here you won't find anywhere else. A spirit of inquiry. Innovation. Energy. Investment in others. In our work, our studies, our play, Mississippi State University is committed to one thing: making a difference in the world around us. We challenge students in their class assignments, give them unequaled chances to participate in research, and offer an abundance of leadership opportunities to develop skills for a lifetime.