Mississippi State University
Mississippi State University, founded in 1878, is a comprehensive land-grant institution with a statewide enrollment of more than 16,000 students, the largest in Mississippi. Established as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Mississippi, the university has traditional strengths in engineering and scientific agriculture but has evolved into a comprehensive institution with a diverse array of programs in teaching, research and outreach.
Three-fourths of Mississippi State University students are from Mississippi, but almost every state and more than 60 countries around the world are represented as well. About 80 percent of the students are undergraduates, 48 percent are women, and about 19 percent are African-American. The nearly 300 campus student organizations include 29 social fraternities and sororities, Army and Air Force ROTC, and a variety of intramural and club sports. MSU is a member of the Southeastern Conference for intercollegiate athletics, offering six intercollegiate sports for men and eight for women.
MSU ranks 55th nationally among public institutions in research and development expenditures for science and engineering, according to the National Science Foundation, based on expenditures of $191 million in FY 2004. MSU is 31st among the nation's universities in engineering research and fifth in agricultural sciences research, and accounts for more than half of all research and development expenditures among all of Mississippi’s public and private colleges. University research capabilities have played a direct role in attracting new aerospace and defense related industries to the area. During 2004-05, MSU was cited by Southern Business and Development magazine as one of “Ten University Markets That Really Have Their Act Together.”
MSU is committed to expanding its partnerships with business and industry, communities, local governments, and public education to promote economic development and increased opportunities for the state's citizens. The Mississippi State Community Teams (MSCAT) and the Industrial Outreach Services unit were established to respond to the needs of communities and s small to medium sized manufacturing businesses across the state.