MSU Fall Enrollment: Mississippi State continues to focus on student success and graduation

Contact: Harriet Laird

STARKVILLE, Mississippi – After seven years of unprecedented student growth, Mississippi is reporting a slight decline in freshman enrollment at the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (MPH) this fall. MPH today released information on enrollment in eight public universities covered by the system [Nov. 2].

According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, MSU saw a drop in first-year enrollment by 22 students and transfers fell slightly this fall.

Known for attracting a geographically diverse campus population from all 82 Mississippi counties, the state’s leading research university and land-granting institution grew by 10.6% from 2015 to 2021. MSU remains the number 1 high school graduate in Mississippi with 14,513 Magnolia state undergraduates enrolled, 64% of undergraduate students. Students also come from all 50 states, Washington, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Almost 90 countries are represented in this year’s student group.

Overall, the number of students at MSU fell by 1.9% compared to 23,086 in the fall of 2021, the highest number in the university’s 144-year history. MSU enrollments of 22,649 remain approximately 420 students higher than pre-pandemic levels.

“We continue to position Mississippi to recruit and retain students who want to pursue their dreams and be the best they can be,” said MSU president Mark E. Keenum. “Students and their families want to be part of our outstanding academic and inclusive programs in a vibrant campus community. They understand the amazing experience we offer and the value of a Mississippi State University degree ”.

The university is currently involved in the development and implementation of several on-campus initiatives, including a new strategic plan, strategic recruiting planning, comprehensive branding, and campus master plan progress. At the core of these wide-ranging efforts is a focus on student success, with MSU reorganizing its services as part of the new Student Success Center. A more extensive first-year experience program, additional courses for first-year students, and an improved learning center for academic performance are some of the important components.

“Successful recruiting efforts are of course of great importance, but graduation is key to our future,” said Keenum. “Our state needs more college graduates to compete for the jobs of the future. We want to do everything we can to ensure that our students not only progress in their studies, but also progress through this stage on the day of graduation. We are committed to doing our part. “

Mississippi alumni are enjoying significant success, according to the 2020-21 First Destination Survey conducted by the MSU Career Center. The survey found that 97% of these graduates reported being employed or continuing their education in the first six months after graduation. In addition, more than half of those reporting a place of employment said they stayed in Mississippi to work.

According to New York City-based financial technology company SmartAsset, Mississippi continues to rank number one in the state as “the best college with the best value,” with graduates earning higher salaries than any other college in the state.

The university’s veteran student population increased by 6.81%. MSU is consistently ranked as the top 10 university nationally for supporting the veteran community and has been listed in the Military Friendly Schools Ranking for three consecutive years.

As the enrollment at MSU continues to grow, so will the academic departments, degree offerings, and curricula. Only this year, the following additions have appeared at the university:

  • Interior Design Department raised from the program status
  • Building Construction Department raised from the program status
  • Master of Fine Arts in Monument Conservation
  • Master of Arts in Communication
  • Online Master of Science in Sustainable Bioproducts
  • Online Master of Science in Education for Nature Conservation, Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Engineering Leadership Excellence Program: Double Bachelor’s degrees in Industrial Engineering and Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Data Science
  • Online Bachelor of Science in Communication and Media
  • Online Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Online Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering

Other facts about college enrollment:

  • The College of Arts & Sciences is the largest with 4,929 students
  • Higher School of Forest Resources by 5.1%
  • University of Architecture, Art and Design by 4.6%
  • Shackoul’s Honors College up 0.48%
  • Pedagogical University, Diploma of Pedagogical Specialist by 24.2%
  • Gulf Coast website up 8.9%
  • Physician Assistant Program up 131.6%
  • Bachelor of Applied Science Program up to 30%
  • The youngest 15 enrolled, the oldest 84

The most important of this year’s first-time fellows are:

  • 42 presidential scholars
  • 36 National Merit Scholar finalists
  • 145 farewells and 79 salutes
  • 78 chairmen of student self-governments
  • 76 star students
  • 92 Eagle Scouts
  • 7 Girl Scout Gold Winners

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