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I am bound to be a bulldog?  - What’s your Statement?
Bulldog Bound

Bound and determined? Then sign up to be Bulldog Bound! College is about choices and we believe the choice you make to continue your education at Mississippi State University after community college will be a major key to your success. We offer two campus locations, one in Starkville and one in Meridian, so which one will you choose? See what is required to transfer to either campus, then apply today!

When you transfer to the state’s largest university - you will see that transfer students are important at MSU. Over 40% of our current students at the main campus in Starkville are transfers and nearly 100% of students on our Meridian campus are transfers - so we know how to help you make the transition as seamless as possible. Transfer students even lead our institution - Dr. Mark Keenum, President of MSU, was a transfer student himself!

Sign up to be Bulldog Bound, and we’ll keep you connected with everything Maroon and White through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and a monthly Bulldog Bound e-Newsletter.

The Bulldog family is diverse and full of champions. What’s your statement?
About MSU

MSU is nationally recognized in learning, service and research. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching categorized MSU for our “very high research activity”. As the only institution in the state to earn this designation and one of only 108 in the nation, this places MSU in stellar company as a leading major research university. In addition, MSU has received the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification, demonstrating our commitment to local communities and to involving our students in service learning.

The Starkville campus is home to over 20,000 students representing all 82 Mississippi counties, all 50 states and over 80 foreign countries, and the MSU-Meridian campus presently serves over 700 students from thirty Mississippi counties and seven counties in Alabama. Mississippi State truly is an outstanding choice for tomorrow’s scholars and leaders.

Award-winning Students & Faculty

Our students and faculty are award-winning as well in a wide variety of disciplines. Mississippi State University students have won the Orrin H. Swayze Jr. Scholar Award given by the Mississippi Young Bankers six out of the last seven years. Students on the Top Gun robotics team from MSU’s main campus recently won first place in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics annual robotics competition. Meridian professor Dennis J. Mitchell has received numerous accolades for his new book, “A New History of Mississippi.” The American Institute of Chemical Engineers' Computing and Systems Technology Division awarded Dr. Jason Keith with the Himmelblau Award for innovative teaching; he was previously honored with the Fahien Award for outstanding teaching effectiveness and educational scholarship. These stories are just a small sample of the award-winning students and faculty at our Starkville and Meridian campuses.

Unique History & Traditions

Although cutting-edge research and state-of-the-art facilities are part of daily life at MSU, there is a strong sense of history here and great pride in our traditions. Through events like “The Drill” and “The Cowbell Yell”, students can learn the history behind some of our greatest traditions and join the generations of graduates before them by becoming part of the decorated history of MSU themselves.

The first time I visited campus, I knew MSU was the place for me. What’s your statement?
Visit Campus

Plan a visit and let us show you first hand all that Mississippi State has to offer prospective students. Visits to our main campus in Starkville include a tour with a Roadrunner (student recruiter) and a meeting with an admissions counselor to discuss admissions, scholarships, campus life, and other aspects of being an MSU student. Our tours feature walking portions as well, so please dress comfortably for your campus visit. When you schedule your visit, if you would like to meet with an academic college, you will be directed how to do so.

If you would like to schedule tours for high school or community college groups of 10 or more students, please email us at visit@msstate.edu.

Visits to our Meridian Campus include a personalized campus tour where you can meet with an academic advisor, discuss financial aid, and learn about scholarship opportunities. For Meridian Campus Tours call (601) 484-0112 or email meridianinfo@meridian.msstate.edu

Starkville: Mississippi’s College Town

Mississippi State's main campus is located in Starkville, Mississippi’s College Town, http://www.starkville.org/ where you can experience Southeastern Conference athletics, internationally known performers and lecturers, and the charm of a historic, yet trendy downtown area just a short bike ride from campus.

The Starkville community offers a unique blend of old Southern charm and 21st century technology. Starkville's assorted citizenry boasts not only native southerners, but "new southerners" from across the nation, university students, and a diverse international population.

Many popular events connect campus and community, including Bulldog Bash, a gigantic street party in Starkville that draws thousands to eat, socialize and listen to popular bands. In the spring, MSU hosts Old Main Music Festival, a musical partner to the Cotton District Arts Festival and Taste of Starkville at our historic downtown area.

Of course, there are many other things going on at MSU and the surrounding community: plays, sports, art exhibitions, and concerts. And, if you just want to get back to nature, the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge in rural Oktibbeha County offers 48,000 acres of beautiful lakes, trails and woodlands only minutes from campus.

Meridian: Where Music, Culture, and History Thrive

The Meridian Campus is located in a city full of rhythm and history. Meridian is the hometown of Jimmie Rodgers, the Father of Country Music, and hosts numerous concerts and festivals. It is also home to Mississippi’s oldest restaurant, Weidmann’s, nine historic districts, and the Dentzel Carousel, the world’s only two row stationary Dentzel menagerie in existence. Scenic beauty and recreational opportunities abound in Meridian. Bonita Lakes, a 3,300-acre park, features two large lakes and lots of walking and riding trails, plus there are a variety of sports complexes and golf courses in the city as well.

The campus and the thriving city are intertwined, so MSU-Meridian provides a unique Mississippi State experience. The campus consists of the College Park Campus and the Downtown Campus. The Downtown Campus is in the heart of the Meridian downtown district, which is the largest collection of historic buildings in the state, and it includes the MSU-Riley Center, the Newberry Building, and the Kress Building. The MSU Riley Center for Education and Performing Arts is a state-of-the-art facility with a rich heritage. The fully renovated building was originally constructed in 1889, but it reopened its doors in 2006 and now hosts a variety of cultural, artistic, and educational experiences.

A degree from MSU will take me where I want to go. What’s your statement?

Mississippi State University has lots of options for you - the Starkville campus offers 80+ majors and even more concentrations and emphases, plus the Meridian Campus offers dozens of majors as well. MSU can help you attain your career goals through a focused academic plan. With a 19:1 student to faculty ratio on our main campus and a 15:1 student to faculty ratio on our Meridian campus, professors have the opportunity to get to know you, and undergraduates often have the opportunity to work with faculty on original research. Our professors are serious about advising students and working to help each student succeed.

Starkville Campus

Our academic programs are divided into 8 colleges. Visit the individual websites below to find out more about your particular program or check out our full list of majors, concentrations and emphases. You can also review degree requirements and courses of study in the MSU Course Catalog.

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Business
College of Education
College of Architecture, Art and Design
College of Engineering
College of Forest Resources
College of Veterinary Medicine

Meridian Campus

Our academic programs are divided into 3 divisions. Visit the individual websites below to find out more about your particular division.

Transferring Courses

Mississippi State has worked with all the community and junior colleges in Mississippi to develop a transfer course equivalency table. Reviewing this table will let you know which courses at your community or junior college match courses offered at MSU, and help keep you on track for a seamless transition.

If you are transferring from a community college outside Mississippi or from another institution, no worries. Feel free to contact one of our Transfer Admissions Counselors at bulldogbound@msstate.edu for assistance.

The SHC challenges me to explore my full potential. What’s your statement?
Shackouls Honors College

The Shackouls Honors College is open to both transfer students and entering freshmen on the main campus. The SHC draws regional and national attention because of its size and structure. Though the College includes over 1,000 students, Honors classes are typically limited to no more than twenty students. Students receive individualized instruction from faculty members who challenge them to explore their potential.

Members of the Shackouls Honors College enjoy the following benefits:

  • Priority registration status
  • Honors housing in Griffis Hall (spaces are limited and assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis by the date of MSU admissions application)
  • Freedom to explore and challenge themselves in small classes taught by outstanding professors
  • Special Honors distinction on your transcript
  • Working side-by-side with MSU’s cutting-edge research faculty
  • Traveling with faculty and participating in a variety of global adventures in countries like England, Scotland, Australia, Jamaica, Italy, and Spain
A degree from MSU is a great investment.  What’s your statement?


Mississippi State University is ranked as one of the nation’s three best “returns on investment” by the Wall Street Journal, combining competitive costs with the best academics, research, student life, and career preparation. Mississippi State makes an excellent education at an affordable price possible. Check out our current tuition prices on the Starkville Campus or here for the Meridian Campus tuition prices.


Of course, obtaining a scholarship makes affording college even easier. Our community/junior college transfer scholarships reward students who have distinguished themselves academically at the community or junior college level. Leadership and service activities are also a plus. Non-resident Tuition Scholarships are available to community/junior college transfer students who meet the requirements, and these awards typically cover 100% of the non-resident portion of tuition. Also, MSU-Meridian has several local scholarships that are awarded annually in addition to those offered by the university. Be sure to complete the scholarship resume as part of your application for admission before the priority date of June 1.

Time counts. Apply by the priority date to make the most of your opportunities. Applications and resumes received after the priority date will be considered on a competitive and funds-available basis.

Beyond the university-wide scholarships, students should contact the department that houses their major to find out if there are additional departmental scholarships available. Priority dates for these scholarships vary by department and are typically earlier in the spring semester.

Students must be enrolled full-time and must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester to receive scholarships. Academic scholarships will be deferred during the work phase for co-op students. Renewal of scholarships is based on full-time enrollment and maintaining a 3.00 overall GPA.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid works the same way at MSU as it does at your community or junior college. Federal student financial aid applicants looking for grants, loans and work study should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1 of the year you plan to transfer. Just be sure to use MSU's Federal School Code: 002423. Filing taxes electronically as soon as possible after January 1 and using the IRS Data Retrieval Match can ease the financial aid process and decrease the amount of documentation necessary.

For residents of Mississippi, the state aid programs work the same way. You have to apply yearly, so be sure to indicate your intent to transfer to Mississippi State when you submit the online state aid application, preferably as soon as possible after January 1 of the year you plan to transfer. Such programs as the Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG), Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant (MESG), William Winter Teacher Scholar Program and other aid programs are available through this application process.

I immediately felt at home at MSU. What’s your statement?
Housing & Residence Life

On-Campus Housing

On-Campus housing is only available at our Main Campus in Starkville where the residence halls are a lot more than just a place to sleep - they’re part of the thriving “city” of campus. In most cases, you’re a quick walk away from classrooms, meeting places and dining facilities.

Our halls aren’t like your parents’ old “dorm” rooms. All rooms offer Internet access and cable TV. Each room is also equipped with a refrigerator/freezer/microwave combination unit, and the newer halls have private bathrooms and all the best amenities. Take a quick tour of all our residence halls and see for yourself.

And it’s not all about convenience. We also strive to keep our residence halls safe. Each hall has controlled card-reader access, fire extinguishers and a fire security system. Each room, in turn, is equipped with a smoke detector and deadbolt lock.

Off-Campus Housing

Main Campus

Transfer students can also choose to live off-campus in the Starkville Community. The Dean of Students Office maintains an Off-Campus Housing Website to assist in your search for a rental property, a home for purchase, even finding a roommate or buying furniture.

Meridian Campus

All students at the Meridian Campus live in off-campus housing, which allows the students to become part of the vibrant community surrounding the campus.


What would college life be without good food? With more than a dozen different eateries on campus, MSU Dining has you covered. From chicken tenders to sushi, you're bound to find something pleasing to your palate.

Grab a Chick-fil-A biscuit on the way to class, or a fruit smoothie from Freshens after your morning workout. Meet your friends at Marketplace@Perry for a salad and a slice of pizza and make plans for the weekend. Fuel that last-minute cram session with a Starbucks caramel macchiato, and round out your day with a grilled chicken sandwich from Burger King.

And, with an MSU meal plan, even one especially for commuter students, you'll never have to worry about digging through the couch cushions for change. Consider it your all-access pass to dining on campus!

Get Involved: 'Find your Place - Make a Statement'
Get Involved

Never a dull moment - the People’s University has something for everyone. Whether you’ve been a leader on your community/junior college campus or you’re just now discovering your passion, it’s easy to get involved at MSU!

Main Campus

With everything Mississippi State has to offer, each student can enjoy enriching experiences through organizations, clubs, and groups. Our PTK Alumni Association is an active group that is easy for community/junior college transfers to plug into. There are more than 300 additional student organizations representing educational majors, religious groups, Greek affiliations, and club-level sports. Research shows that students who are involved in at least one organization are happier, have higher grades, better retention and higher graduation rates. The Difference is One!

The Sanderson Center also offers a multitude of choices through fitness activities and recreational sports. You can find all the fun and excitement you need as well as an enriching learning environment at Mississippi State University. The Maroon Volunteer Center provides opportunities for community service, and the Montgomery Leadership Program selects students through an application process for 3-semesters of leadership development.

If you like to just hang out, we have places for that, too. The Colvard Student Union is a three-story “campus living room” including the Dawg House, Starbuck’s, a Food Court and a Beauty Salon.

Meridian Campus

Students on the Meridian Campus can get involved in the Student Association and a variety of organizations in the Division of Arts & Sciences, the Division of Business, and the Division of Education. The Student Association hosts a variety of activities throughout the year including Welcome Week, food drives, tailgates, and toy drives; and they also participates in community events like Habitat for Humanity, area Christmas Parades, and Main Street events. Additional opportunities include Blood Drives and GRE Workshops hosted by the Psychology Club, Etiquette Workshops hosted by the Students for Advancement of Management, and many other activities to find your place and get involved!


And, if you’d rather watch than play, MSU students love to show their Bulldog spirit! With free tickets to all sporting events except football, the MSU Athletic Teams know they can count on loyal - and spirited - fans who know all the cheers. Southeastern Conference (SEC) sports bring you together with your friends at MSU and from SEC schools to cheer and tailgate in the Junction before the game, get rowdy in The Hump, or grill out in the Left Field Lounge during baseball season. Just wear your maroon on Fridays and don’t forget your cowbell!

MSU provides me with all the support I need. What’s your statement?
Get Involved

Whether you’re looking for more challenge or more support, Mississippi State provides all the resources and services you need to make your college career and beyond a success.

The Career Center assists students with all facets of career planning: choosing a major, helping with a resume, finding an internship, landing that first job out of college and everything in between! The Career Center has excellent online resources but also provides Career Center liaisons committed to providing the tools necessary to make career dreams a reality. Cooperative Education http://www.coop.msstate.edu is another valuable opportunity where you can explore your chosen career while gaining the hands-on experience that could make your resume shine.

The Center for America’s Veterans works to develop and implement a variety of programs to provide student support services focused on the special needs of today’s military veterans, service members, dependents, and survivors. The center offers a comprehensive educational benefits counseling program to help students maximize their VA educational benefits.

The Dean of Students’ Office serves as a key link between students, parents, administration, and academia. The Office provides programs, services, resources, and advocacy for the needs and interests of all students at Mississippi State University.

The Holmes Cultural Diversity Center (HCDC) provides support and encouragement for minority students to achieve academic excellence, to assist with their adjustments to college life, to provide culturally enlightening programs, to provide cultural diversity workshops and classroom lectures, and to make the overall college experience for students a productive and successful endeavor.

The Learning Center (TLC) helps students improve their academic performance through both credit courses (such as Study Skills and Speed Reading) and non-credit services (such as free tutoring in most major subjects for fall, spring and summer semesters). Equipment checkout, individualized study skills sessions and computer labs are also available through the TLC.

The Math Domain is a computer lab equipped with nearly 100 computers where students can complete class assignments and take quizzes and test. The MD is also staffed with tutors to help students who have questions or need assistance with assignments beyond the classroom.

Mitchell Memorial Library houses over 2 million volumes in printed publications and provides numerous facilities and services for students such as study rooms, presentation rooms, an Instructional Media Center, reference specialists, research guides, access to special collections, and much more.

The Phil Hardin Foundation Library is the Meridian Campus branch of the Mississippi State University library. It provides a local resource for print and electronic materials, reference assistance, as well as meeting and study space.

Student Counseling Services (SCS) offers a variety of individual, couples and group counseling services provided by counselors, psychologists and social workers. Full or part-time students who are currently enrolled at Mississippi State and who are not full-time MSU employees are eligible for a free, voluntary and confidential counseling appointment.

Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally-funded program through the U.S. Department of Education. It is a TRIO program designed to assist eligible low income college students, first generation college students, and college students with disabilities to succeed in completing their college education.

The Office of Study Abroad currently offers over 1,000 study abroad programs in more than 40 countries. Undergraduate and graduate students can earn credit towards their degrees through study abroad programs. Study Abroad can be designed to meet any academic major’s requirements.

The Longest Student Health Center offers a wide variety of services to the students, faculty and staff at MSU. With a full medical staff, students can receive comprehensive medical care that would be similar to those provided at any other family medical clinic. Should a referral be necessary, the Health Center will help in locating an appropriate specialist. The SHC also provides Health and Wellness Education and programming, as well as programming and outreach to remedy the effects of negative behavior and to do our part to prevent Relationship Violence.

The University Academic Advising Center serves the needs of undergraduate students who are undecided about their major.

The Writing Center dedicates itself to helping all MSU students develop as writers. Tutors assist students at all skill levels who visit the Writing Center at any stage in the writing process. Its services are available free of charge to MSU students.

The Meridian Campus has several local amenities, and many of the main campus services can also be accessed online. For more information about resources and services, please contact the Meridian Office of Student Services.

My path is leading me to MSU. What’s your statement?
Important Links

Are you bound for Mississippi State? Over 51% of Mississippi State graduates started out as transfer students, so we know how to help you make the transition as seamless as possible. Check out our Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) program and make it even easier by guaranteeing your admission to MSU for up to 3 years!

If you applied to MSU as a high school senior and were admitted, then take the opportunity to maintain that “admitted” status by applying for our TAG program. Follow these simple steps:

  • Log back into your application
  • Update your contact info and tell us where you’re attending community/junior college
  • Click the “TAG ME” button
  • Attend only regionally accredited community/junior colleges
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA
  • Transfer to MSU within 3 years

If you have never applied to MSU, but you plan to transfer here after community/junior college, you can join the TAG program, too. You’ll need to meet freshman admissions requirements and complete the application for admission. Once admitted to TAG, you’ll follow the same simple steps as above:

  • Update your contact info and tell us where you’re attending community/junior college
  • Attend only regionally accredited community/junior colleges
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA
  • Transfer to MSU within 3 years

No matter which path above you take to “Get Tagged”, when you’re ready to enroll at MSU, it’s easy. Simply log back into your application and:

  • Select the term you plan to enroll
  • Select the campus you plan to attend
  • Complete your scholarship resume

In order to be considered for scholarships or processed for financial aid, you’ll also need to submit an in-progress transcript. A final transcript will be needed before your first day of class, but the in-progress transcript sets the wheels in motion.

Why Get Tagged?

Sometimes the transfer process can seem daunting, so we want to help you stay on your path to MSU. The sooner you “Get Tagged”, the more support we can provide.

  • Sharing success stories of students just like you who have already transferred
  • Information from Career Services, Study Abroad, the Center for America’s Veterans and other sources of support and opportunities
  • Links to information on housing, priority dates and campus services
  • Special TAG meetings each semester on your campus
  • Monthly e-newsletters and publications to help you stay on course academically and socially