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Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University enrolls more than 20,000 students from all 50 states and some 88 countries. The state’s flagship research university, the institution is one of only 108 nationwide carrying the “very high research activity” classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The Carnegie Foundation also has designated MSU as a top “Community Engagement” university for its efforts in service learning. With the state’s only College of Veterinary Medicine and School of Architecture, MSU is home to the prestigious Bagley College of Engineering, known regionally and nationally as a leader in this field. Mississippi State is the most diverse university in the Southeastern Conference, with an African American population of 19 percent and with recognition as a top 20 “military friendly” institution.

The university offers more than 165 programs leading to baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. In addition to Veterinary Medicine and Architecture, MSU’s other academic colleges are Agriculture and Life Sciences; Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering; and Forest Resources. Most recently, the MSU’s Mitchell Memorial Library became the host of the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library, one of only five presidential libraries in the nation housed at a U.S. higher education institution.

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Mississippi State is a member of the highly competitive Southeastern Conference and fields seven intercollegiate sports for men and nine for women. Recreational and club sports also are a big part of campus life and include everything from ultimate Frisbee and rock climbing to paintball and weight lifting. Learning communities play a major role at MSU, with the Shackouls Honors College enrolling more than 1,400 and the Montgomery Leadership Program encouraging skills that turn students into world-class citizens. MSU also expands horizons for students through study abroad programs and, at the same time, brings global students into the Bulldog family through an active international education program.

Along with pursuit of academics, Mississippi State encourages its students to participate in service learning, having clocked more than 247,000 hours in local communities each year. With more than 300 student organizations, those new to campus have an array of fraternities and sororities, service clubs, and religious and political groups in which to find new friends. A variety of campus offices and departments are committed to the well-being of each student, with services available for academic support, career counseling, safety, physical disabilities, and more.