Mississippi State University began as a national Land-Grant College called the Agricultural and Mechanical College of the State of Mississippi. It was created by the Mississippi Legislature in 1878 and received its first students in 1880. It was renamed the Mississippi State College in 1932 and adapted its present name in 1958. The university is dedicated to the purposes of learning, research and service by virtue of its historic origins as a land-grant institution.
Comprising the university are its academic units which include the College of Agriculture and Industry (including the School of Human Sciences); the College of Business and Industry (including the Adkerson School of Accountancy); the College of Arts and Sciences; the Division of Academic Outreach and Continuing Education; the College of Education; the Bagley College of Engineering (including the Swalm School of Chemical Engineering); the Office of the Graduate School; the College of Forest Resources; and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Assisting in the university’s teaching and serving functions are the ten branch stations of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. The university’s Extension Service also offers programs and services through campus and county offices as well as personnel.
The university occupies a 4,200-acre campus which houses various facilities including farms, pastures and woodlands of the Experiment Station. It is located in the Town of Starkville in the eastern part of north-central Mississippi which has been experiencing tremendous growth in the agricultural, commercial and industrial aspects. Its other campus, the MSU-Meridian, serves a twelve-county region in Eastern Mississippi and Western Alabama. Distance Learning courses are also offered in the form of online classes, independent study, correspondence courses and workshops.
Mississippi residents are charged approximately $ 2,222.00 for tuition and required fees while non-residents are charged an additional amount of $ 3,675.75. Room and board cost is about $ 3,666.50 while approximate cost of books and supplies amount to $ 500.00. Undergraduate tuition fee per hour is $ 185.25 while graduate tuition fee per hour is $ 247.00 for residents.