Steps to Apply

To get admitted:
  • Complete application
  • $40 application fee
    • Effective January 3, 2017, the application fee will be $60 for international applicants.
  • Official Test Scores (ACT Code - 2220 / SAT Code – 1480)
  • Official Transcripts for 9th – 11th grade
  • Official Transcripts for any college coursework

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Admissions to Mississippi State University is conducted on a rolling basis. To be considered for admission, students must submit an application (online is recommended).

Admission Requirements

MS Residents

Full admission to Mississippi State University will be granted to high school graduates who complete the required College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) along with one of the following:

  • A minimum 3.20 grade-point average on the CPC.
  • A minimum 2.50 grade-point average on the CPC and a composite score of 16 or higher on the ACT or a combined score of *860 or higher on the SAT.
  • A minimum 2.0 grade-point average on the CPC and a composite score of 18 or higher on the ACT or a combined score of *940 or higher on the SAT.
  • Standing in the top 50 percent of the class with a composite score of 16 or higher on the ACT or a combined score of *860 or higher on the SAT.
  • Use College Board's SAT Score Converter to compare scores from the old SAT and the new SAT. 

*Scores listed are based on the new SAT.

Beginning in Fall 2015: Full admission to Mississippi State University will be granted to high school graduates who satisfy the National Collegiate Athletic Association standards for student-athletes who are full or partial qualifiers under Division I guidelines.

Non-Residents

Beginning in Fall 2015: Full admission to Mississippi State University for non-residents of Mississippi will be granted to high school graduates who complete one of the following:

  • Complete the College Preparatory Curriculum with a minimum 2.50 grade-point average and a composite score of 20 or higher on the ACT or a combined score of *1020 or higher on the SAT.
  • Use College Board's SAT Score Converter to compare scores from the old SAT and the new SAT. 
  • Satisfy the National Collegiate Athletic Association standards for student-athletes who are full or partial qualifiers under Division I guidelines.

*Score listed is based on the new SAT. 

International

In addition to the online application and the $60 application fee (effective January 3, 2017), international students must also submit by postal mail:

  • Certified, translated copies of all transcripts, mark sheets and diplomas, in a sealed, stamped envelope from your school. Mississippi State requires all school credentials from non-U.S. institutions must be submitted through a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services member (NACES member agency, http://www.naces.org/members.htm) for a course-by-course evaluation with grade point average calculation. 
  • Official ACT score of 20 or higher, official OLD SAT score of 940 or higher, or NEW SAT score of 1020 (only if your GPA is below 3.0 based on our evaluation of your transcripts OR if you are applying for scholarships). 
  • Use College Board's SAT Score Converter to compare scores from the old SAT and the new SAT. 
  • English Proficiency demonstrated through TOEFL or IELTS scores (minimum score for regular admission is 525 paper based / 71 IBT or 6.0 IELTS)
  • Please note: Some academic departments require higher test scores for either the SAT/ACT or TOEFL/IELTS. Please follow the link for more information on TOEFL/IELTS required scores. 
  • Students without TOEFL or IELTS Scores may apply directly to the English Language Institute.
  • Once you've been admitted, go to the International Student Services website for additional requirements.

International Student Services TOEFL/IELTS Requirements

Special Program for Academically Talented Students

SPATS is a great opportunity for academically talented high school juniors to earn college credit and experience life in the Bulldog family before their senior year of high school.

Special Program for Academically Talented Students

Academic Information

Entering freshmen who have both a high school grade-point average of less than 2.5 on the CPC and a composite ACT score of less than 21 will be placed in the undecided major and will be advised by the University Academic Advising Center until 30 credit hours of core classes have been completed.

Students may meet general admission requirements to the university, but not meet the requirements for a specific department. Applicants should contact the academic department in which they intend to major for additional requirements, specifically students interested in Architecture or Engineering.

For admission information or an application, or to inquire further about university admission requirements, contact:

Office of Admissions & Scholarships
P.O. Box 6334
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Phone: (662) 325-2224
E-mail: admit@msstate.edu