Commonly referred to as “The Valley”, Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) is a historically black university which opened in 1950. It was created as the Mississippi Vocational College by the Mississippi Legislature. It occupied a site in Itta Bena far from the downtown area due to objections of the town itself to the proximity of a black institution. It was renamed the Mississippi Valley State College in 1964 and later in 1974 as the Mississippi Valley State University in an effort to defuse criticism about inequalities in higher education opportunities between whites and blacks in Mississippi.
Total present enrollment is 3,162. Student/faculty ratio is 21:1. Offering academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels through the College of Professional Studies and the College of Graduate Studies, MVSU also offers majors in a variety of fields. Areas of study in the bachelor’s level include English, Public Administration, Industrial Technology, Education, Mathematics, Biology, and Environmental Health. Graduate programs are offered in the areas of Teaching, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, Environmental Health and Special Education.
MVSU is located at 14000 Highway 82, West Itta Bena, Mississippi with a surrounding environment which is largely rural farmland. Majority of residents are of African-American descent. Cultural attractions as well as entertainment and outdoor activities are offered by nearby Greenwood.
Average tuition for full-time undergraduate study is $ 4,625.00 for in-state residents or $ 11,460.00 for out-of-state residents. On-campus room and board rate is approximately $ 4,542.00. Cost of books and supplies is estimated at $ 1,400.00.
Faculty members number at 166, 83% of whom are employed full-time. Student services include health clinic, personal/psychological counseling and academic advising. Further information can be obtained by calling 662-254-3344.