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Students in maroon cheering and ringing cowbells from the stands at a MSU football game
Close up of cowbell on sidewalk at the Drill Field


Cowbell: the ultimate symbol of Mississippi State pride. Legend has it that a wandering jersey cow became a good luck charm after strolling on the field during a victorious home football game. Later, students started bringing the cow’s bell for luck and the tradition continues today!


View of the center of The Drill Field with students lounging and playing

The Drill Field

Located at the center of the MSU Campus, the Drill Field is a popular gathering place for students. When Mississippi A&M was founded in 1878, it was founded as a land grant institution. Early ROTC cadets would have morning and evening drill in this area of campus, which earned it the name of the Drill Field. 

The Drill Field Camera

Costume mascot bully taking photo with bulldog mascot Bully


Bully, an English Bulldog, is the official mascot of MSU. He can be found cheering on the Bulldogs all across campus along with his costume-clad counterpart also named Bully!


Students in maroon cheering and ringing cowbells at MSU football game

Maroon & White

The Maroon and White tradition dates back over a century to the very first football game ever played by the school's student-athletes on November 15. 1895, and current students still wear their maroon and white with pride! Be sure to listen for the Maroon & White Cheer on game day!


MSU band on football field as football team runs on to the field

Hail State Fight Song

Hail State was penned as the Mississippi State fight song in the 1930s and is still chanted proudly in the land of Maroon and White today!


Hail dear ol' State!
Fight for that victory today.
Hit that line and tote that ball,
Cross the goal before you fall!
And then we'll yell, yell, yell, yell!
For dear ol' State we'll yell like H-E-L-L!
Fight for Mis-sis-sip-pi State,
Win that game today!


Bully riding in a car for the Homecoming parade.


Homecoming is a Southern family reunion wrapped in maroon and white! Alumni and friends travel back to campus each Fall to watch the bulldogs play and celebrate their love of MSU, Starkville, and the Bulldog family.


Picture throwing ball at MSU Baseball field with stands in the background and sunset

Super Bulldog Weekend

Super Bulldog Weekend is an MSU sports fan’s paradise. The spring homecoming celebration is full of baseball games, the Maroon and White football scrimmage, Old Main Music Festival, the Cotton Districts Arts Festival, and so much more!


Assorted display of MSU cheeses

MSU Cheese

MSU Cheese is one of our tastiest traditions! It is manufactured and sold on campus as a part of teaching and research programs. Our famous Edam Cheese, the three-pound cannon ball, was the first, but the store also sells Jalapeno cheese, Cheddar cheese, juices, jams, meats, and so much more!


Overhead view at The Junction on game day

The Junction

The Junction is the heart of Bulldog tailgating. The Bulldog family gathers here in excitement on game day to watch the team enter the stadium during the Dawg Walk, to hear the Famous Maroon Band warm up, and to fill up on their favorite tasty tailgating treats!


Group photo with bully mascot at The Drill on the Drill Field

The Drill

The Drill is the official kick-off to the school year and is held on the first day of class day of the Fall semester. This is the official welcome for new students to both the academic year and the Fall athletic season.


Cheerleaders at MSU football game getting crowd pumped up

Cowbell Yell

The Cowbell Yell pep rally kicks off football season with a clang! Fans pack Davis Wade Stadium as coaches, players, spirit groups, the Famous Maroon Band, and even special guests pump up the maroon spirit.


Students sitting on the Drill Field at night watching a movie

Dawg Days

Dawg Days is an exciting collection of activities and events held to welcome new freshmen & transfer students to Mississippi State. Students enjoy two weeks of food and fun, music and movies, and countless new friends!


Bulldog Bash concert in the Cotton District at night

Bulldog Bash

Bulldog Bash is the largest free outdoor concert event in the State of Mississippi. The festival draws around 35,000 visitors and is held on a Friday night before an SEC home football game. Past performers include Jason Mraz, Third Eye Blind, Gavin Degraw, Sister Hazel, Big Daddy Weave, Eric Church, Bobby Valentino, and many more.


Collage of photos from people dressed in maroon for maroon Friday

Maroon Fridays

The Bulldog family shows off our pride and passion for MSU by wearing maroon on campus, at home, at work, and around the world every Friday, 52 weeks a year!