Frequently Asked Questions

Questions

How do I change my major? How do I send an electronic transcript? If I participate in Open Enrollment, do I have to attend August Orientation? If I participate in Open Enrollment, do I have to attend Spring Orientation? What is Open Enrollment? Will my classes transfer? Are students required to live in university student housing? Does MSU have any special services for parents? How do I apply for scholarships? How do I find my proof of enrollment? How do I tour the campus? What is your contact information? Where do I send my admission materials? What majors does Mississippi State University offer? What should I bring to Orientation? When does the application for admission open? How do I "confirm" that I will be attending MSU? How do I find my Admissions Counselor? If I am an incoming freshman and I am required to live on campus, do I still need to apply for housing? Should I bring money to Orientation? What are the freshmen requirements for admission? What do I do if I have a “hold” on my account? Who do I contact for questions about tuition charges or billing statements? How are room assignments prioritized (housing priority)? How long does it take until I find out if I am admitted? I was awarded a private scholarship, so where should they mail the check? If I attend an earlier session of Orientation, will I have a better chance of getting classes? What are the transfer requirements for admission? Which session should I attend if I am participating in the College Ready Program? Who do I contact if I have additional questions about majors or attending MSU? Is there a program for parents? What is the MSU School Code for FAFSA? When are the priority dates? Where do I learn more about advance placement examinations? Where do I mail my transcript? Will I be able to live on campus after my freshman year if I would like to? How can I check the status of my grant, loan, work-study, or MTAG? I have not yet submitted the required immunization form. Can I still register for classes? What is the status of my application? I have mobility issues. Can I still participate in Orientation? What do I do if I forget my application login or password? How do I pay for my application fee? I have a disability. What accommodations can be made during Orientation? How do I qualify for an application fee waiver? What if I want to change my major at Orientation? Are there housing accommodations available during Orientation? How do I make changes to an application or withdraw my application? How do I apply if I have previously attended MSU? What if a session becomes full and it is the only one that I can attend? What if I cannot attend any of the sessions of Orientation? Students are encouraged to attend a session in which they can fully participate. What is the best way to contact the Office of Orientation & Events if I have additional questions about Orientation? Are immunization records required before admission? How do I cancel my application?

How do I change my major?

All major changes for prospective students must be submitted through the major change request form which can be found in the student’s application portal. *Currently enrolled MSU students must contact their academic department to change their major.

How do I send an electronic transcript?

Electronic transcripts should be emailed to admit@msstate.edu.

If I participate in Open Enrollment, do I have to attend August Orientation?

No. The main purpose of our August orientation session is to allow students to register for their fall courses if they have not already done so.

If I participate in Open Enrollment, do I have to attend Spring Orientation?

No. The main purpose of our August orientation session is to allow students to register for their fall courses if they have not already done so.

What is Open Enrollment?

After our last orientation session in the summer is over, usually mid-July, the university begins the Open Enrollment period for new students. During Open Enrollment, newly admitted students may contact their academic departments and ask to speak to an advisor who can help them register for their fall semester courses. If an advisor is not available or the department does not participate in Open Enrollment, the student is encouraged to participate in August Orientation where they will be able to register for classes. Students who choose to participate in Open Enrollment versus August Orientation will be assessed a one-time $30 registration fee, which will be added to their student account.

Will my classes transfer?

For Mississippi Institutions & select other Out-of-State Institutions, please visit the Transfer Course Equivalencies page.

For all other Out-of-State Institution Equivalencies, please call the Registrar’s Office at 662-325-2022 or send a detailed email to transferarticulation@registrar.msstate.edu requesting the course be reviewed. Email should include name of school, course symbol, course number, and course title.

Are students required to live in university student housing?

MSU does have a Freshman Residency Requirement (FRR). Full-time freshman students are required to live in university student housing. Research has shown living on-campus as a freshman has numerous educational and social benefits. To read more about the MSU FRR click here.

Does MSU have any special services for parents?

Yes, the Office of Parent Services is dedicated to creating a partnership with parents. For information about Bulldog Family Weekend and other resources, visit the Office of Parent and Family Services site.

How do I apply for scholarships?

Admission to the university is required for scholarship consideration. For specific scholarship information, check out the scholarships section for freshmen and transfers.

How do I find my proof of enrollment?

Login to your account on mybanner.msstate.edu and click the “Students” tab where you can find Enrollment Verification.

How do I tour the campus?

Campus Visits are offered Monday-Friday (except for University Holidays), and they do require an appointment so that we can provide adequate staffing to make your visit phenomenal.

You can attend an on-campus event, schedule a campus visit online here or by calling the Campus Visit line at 662-325-0539 and leaving a detailed message.

What is your contact information? Where do I send my admission materials?

Phone: 1-662-325-2224

Fax: 1-662-325-1MSU

E-mail: admit@msstate.edu

Physical Location: 25 Old Main, 101 Montgomery Hall

Mail:
Office of Admissions and Scholarships
P.O. Box 6334
Mississippi State, MS 39762-6334

What majors does Mississippi State University offer?

Check out our majors listed by college here.

What should I bring to Orientation?

It is recommended that you wear comfortable shoes and casual clothes (it will be hot!). We also recommend that you bring a raincoat and/or umbrella if the forecast calls for rain. Students and parents should bring money for meals on the second day (freshmen), coffee and soft drinks. Barnes & Noble at Mississippi State will be open throughout the program, as well, for textbook pre-orders, MSU apparel and other items.

When does the application for admission open?

Registration opens on August 1st at 12:01 a.m.

How do I "confirm" that I will be attending MSU?

Registering for Orientation is the way you "confirm" you are attending MSU!

How do I find my Admissions Counselor?

Check out the map here to find your Admissions Counselor and then you can see their profile, contact information, and social media links.

If I am an incoming freshman and I am required to live on campus, do I still need to apply for housing?

Yes! After you are admitted to you university, the Department of Housing and Residence Life will send you an email link prompting you to apply for housing.

Should I bring money to Orientation?

Yes. It would be a great idea to bring money for meals, snacks and beverages during the program. Even though lunch and dinner will be provided on the first day of freshman sessions and lunch will be provided during transfer sessions, you'll need money for any additional meals or refreshments during your time here on campus. Also, Barnes & Noble at Mississippi State will be open throughout the program, as well, for textbook pre-orders, MSU apparel and other items.

What are the freshmen requirements for admission?

Admission is granted to those who meet the freshmen admissions criteria. There are additional options for those that do not meet the requirements.

What do I do if I have a “hold” on my account?

Login to your MyState account and click “Holds” under the “Student Records” section.

Who do I contact for questions about tuition charges or billing statements?

Contact Account Services here or by phone at 662-325-2071

How are room assignments prioritized (housing priority)?

Housing priority is primarily based on a student’s date of application to the university (application for admission). The admission’s application goes live on August 1st of each year. Students must be admitted to the university before they can apply for housing. When students receive their acceptance to MSU they will receive emails, postcards, and other correspondence from MSU prompting them to apply for housing.

How long does it take until I find out if I am admitted?

Normally about 2-3 weeks after we have received all of your information. 

I was awarded a private scholarship, so where should they mail the check?

The Sponsored Student Office in Account Services processes all outside scholarships.

  • Sponsored Students
    662-325-8017
    Garner hall
    PO Box 5316
    Mississippi State, MS 39762

If I attend an earlier session of Orientation, will I have a better chance of getting classes?

The earlier you attend orientation the more choices you will have available for class selection (preferred times, professors, etc.). All students, no matter which orientation session they attend, will leave orientation with a schedule that works for their major. The Registrar’s Office works very closely with all departments during orientation to ensure that students leave orientation with the best possible schedule. All students who are registered for an orientation session will be pre-scheduled in 12-15 hours of classes. When a student attends orientation and participates in course registration, they can look at the classes they have been pre-scheduled in, make any changes, ask questions, etc. We have many students who are not able to attend one of our June sessions, which means students will be registering for classes all the way up until classes begin in August.

What are the transfer requirements for admission?

Admission is granted to those who meet the transfer admissions criteria.

Which session should I attend if I am participating in the College Ready Program?

College Ready students should select a June Orientation Session that works best for their schedule.

Who do I contact if I have additional questions about majors or attending MSU?

Your Admissions Counselor will be happy to answer any of your questions about majors, student life, or any topic about attending MSU. You can find your counselor by clicking here.

Is there a program for parents?

Yes! We have a two-day program for freshman parents and a one-day program for honors and transfer parents. Parents hear from university administrators and faculty, regarding their students' time here at MSU. Parents will also participate in information sessions regarding Housing and Residence Life, Money Matters, Greek Life, the Honors College, and a host of other student service opportunities.

When are the priority dates?

  • December 1 for Competitive Scholarships for freshmen (including Departmental and Private Scholarships)
  • April 1 for Financial Aid
  • April 1 for Freshman Housing Assignments
  • March 1 for Community College Transfer Scholarships
  • August 1 for Leadership & Service Scholarships

Where do I learn more about advance placement examinations?

Check out the Undergraduate Catalog for more information.

Where do I mail my transcript?

Office of Admissions and Scholarships
P.O. Box 6334
Mississippi State, MS 39762-6334

Will I be able to live on campus after my freshman year if I would like to?

Students who would like to renew their housing contract for the next year go through a process called Renewal Selection Verification Process (RSVP). RSVP allows students to apply to renew their housing contracts for the upcoming academic year. The Department of Housing and Residence Life will send out notifications letting students know about RSVP at the beginning of the spring semester each year.

How can I check the status of my grant, loan, work-study, or MTAG?

Please call the Office of Financial Aid at 662-325-2450

I have not yet submitted the required immunization form. Can I still register for classes?

Students must submit an MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) immunization form before they are allowed to register for classes. It is recommended that you return your completed form before attending Orientation. The Longest Student Health Center accepts immunization records from physicians and health departments. An MSU Immunization form can be downloaded at http://www.health.msstate.edu/healthcenter/forms/mmrform.pdf. Once completed, forms can be faxed to the Student Health Center at 662-325-8888. Please be sure to include your 9-digit MSU ID number on your form. You will receive an e-mail confirming the receipt of your immunization record. If you have general questions concerning the status of your immunization records, please contact the Health Center via e-mail: health@msstate.edu (preferred method) or by phone 662-325-0706.

What is the status of my application?

Log back into the application for admission to check your status here.

I have mobility issues. Can I still participate in Orientation?

Yes! We will provide alternate transportation for those with mobility issues to various locations during Orientation. In order for accommodations to be made, please contact our office to let us know if you will need alternate transportation.

What do I do if I forget my application login or password?

To reset your password, click on "Forgot Your Password?" on the log-in screen in your applicant portal here.

If you are still having issues, please contact us by phone at 662-325-2224 or by email at admit@msstate.edu.

If you are having trouble with your NetID or NetPassword (you will receive your NetID after being admitted), then you will have to contact the IT Department at 888-398-6394 or 662-325-0631 or visit here to reset your NetPassword.

How do I pay for my application fee?

  • Online – log in to your application and pay the fee with a credit card
  • By Phone – call the Office of Admissions at 662-325-2224
  • By Mail – mail the application fee to the address below
    • Office of Admissions and Scholarships
      P.O. Box 6334
      Mississippi State, MS 39762-6334

I have a disability. What accommodations can be made during Orientation?

Please notify the Office of Admissions and Scholarships at 662-325-2224 if you have a disability and require special accommodations. The Orientation staff team will work with the Office of Disability Support Services to provide assistance during the event.

How do I qualify for an application fee waiver?

Mississippi State University will waive the admissions application fee for freshmen applicants who submit an approved ACT/SAT or NACAC Request for Waiver of College Application Fee form obtained from and signed by their high school counselor. This waiver is need-based and not related to the scores received on the ACT/SAT test.

What if I want to change my major at Orientation?

It is recommended that you do so before attending an Orientation session. You can do this by e-mailing the Office of Admissions and Scholarships at admit@msstate.edu and providing your name, MSU ID number, and the major into which you would like to be placed. Staff members will also be available during Orientation to facilitate major changes.

Are there housing accommodations available during Orientation?

Yes! On-campus housing will be available during summer orientation sessions. Rooms will include individual bathrooms (please bring towels) and two extra-long twin beds with basic linens. Students and parents can reserve Orientation Housing after they have registered for their orientation session. Your confirmation email will include a link to the orientation housing registration page. Orientation Housing both on and off campus, fills quickly, so please make your reservations as soon as possible after you have successfully registered for your orientation session. There will be no available on-campus housing during August, Spring, Scholars, PTK or Summer School Orientation sessions, as the residence halls are in use during this time.

How do I make changes to an application or withdraw my application?

Students who have submitted an application or have been admitted to the university can log into their applicant portal and use the cancel form located at the bottom of the page to withdraw their application.

For other changes to your application, such as change of address, please log in to the student’s application portal and submit the change of address request form.  

All changes of majors for prospective students must be submitted through the major change request form which can be found in the student’s application portal. *Currently enrolled MSU students must contact their academic department to change their major.

How do I apply if I have previously attended MSU?

Contact the Registrar’s Office at 662-325-2022 with questions or apply online through the Registrar’s site under the Former Students section.

What if a session becomes full and it is the only one that I can attend?

In order to provide each student and parent the individual attention needed to successfully enter Mississippi State University, Orientation sessions are capped. Registration for each session has a first-come, first-served policy. However, if there are extenuating circumstances, students can make a written appeal to the Orientation Appeals Committee at orientation@msstate.edu . The Appeals Committee will review all requests and respond back within five business days.

What if I cannot attend any of the sessions of Orientation?

Students unable to attend Orientation should contact their respective academic department in July (after Orientation) to schedule an individual registration session. Students must then meet with an academic advisor within their department of choice and submit a $30 registration fee to the Office of Admissions and Scholarships in 200 Montgomery Hall. In order to register for classes, students must have submitted a required immunization form and be fully admitted to the university.

Students are encouraged to attend a session in which they can fully participate.

Students will not be allowed to register for classes until the designated academic advisement and registration time in the schedule.

What is the best way to contact the Office of Orientation & Events if I have additional questions about Orientation?

The best way to contact the Office of Orientation & Events with any additional questions regarding Orientation is by e-mailing our office directly at orientation@msstate.edu. We will respond to your e-mail within five business days.

Are immunization records required before admission?

No, immunization records may be submitted after you are admitted to MSU. For information on how to submit your forms, please see the Next Steps list.

How do I cancel my application?

Students who have submitted an application or have been admitted to the university can log into their applicant portal and use the cancel form located at the bottom of the page to withdraw their application.