Why Attend MSU?


  • 17:1 student to faculty ratio
  • 175+ programs leading to a baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degree
  • 22 pre-professional programs
  • Average entering freshman GPA for Fall 2019:  3.78
  • Average entering ACT score for Fall 2019:  26.1
  • Average entering SAT score for Fall 2019:  1230
  • Top 100 Research Institution ranked by the National Science Foundation, which means lots of opportunities for hands-on learning even for undergraduates!
  • #1 in the SEC in social science research expenditures (for seven consecutive years) according to the National Science Foundation
  • Top 15 in the nation in agricultural science Research according to the National Science Foundation
  • The College of Business is ranked #6 worldwide for entrepreneurship research – Journal of Small Business Management
  • 1 of 13 land-, sea- and space-grant institutions nationwide
  • 1,800+ Shackouls Honors College students in Fall 2019
  • Pathfinders Program to help students successfully transition to college

Career Preparation

  • At MSU’s Career Day events, hundreds of potential employers recruit for co-op, internship and full-time positions.
  • Our Academic and Career Planning Class, the Strong Interest Inventory and our Career Center can help students discover exciting career paths.
  • The Career Center’s Resume Writing & Review service and Mock Interviews help students prepare for the next step.
  • The E-Center works with 120 new startups annually. In the last five years, several of these companies have together raised nearly $4 million to help students step into a job they created.

Community and Student Life

  • 22,000+ students, from every state and 80 countries
  • 4,200-acre campus, founded in 1878
  • Numerous Living-Learning Communities within 15+ furnished residence halls – 7 of which have private baths constructed since 2005
  • 20+ dining options on campus, including Chick-fil-A, The Fresh Food Company, The Marketplace at Perry, and Provisions on Demand (PODs)
  • 400+ student organizations – from Fraternity and Sorority life and intramural to improv comedy and eSports

Southeastern Conference Sports

  • 8 varsity women’s teams
  • 6 varsity men’s teams
  • In 2019, State’s baseball team made it to the College World Series for the 11th time in MSU history.
  • An MSU Record, 13 teams made the post-season during the 2019-2019 season: football, softball, baseball, soccer, men’s tennis, and men’s and women’s teams for basketball, golf, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field.
  • MSU claimed 2 SEC championships in 2019 – in women’s basketball and men’s tennis.
  • The Bulldogs placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Javelin at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
  • In the 2019 season, our football team scored its tenth straight bowl game.