Mississippi State University (MSU)

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MSU can be found in Mississippi State, MS, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. MSU enrolls approximately twenty three thousand students per year.

Students can report either the ACT or SAT scores at MSU. A score between 1070 - 1280 on the SAT exam, or 22 - 30 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among accepted students. We were able to estimate the Mississippi State University (MSU) average GPA (3.23 - 3.64) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. 54% of all those who apply are accepted to Mississippi State University, from which 35 percent choose to enroll. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected Mississippi State University (MSU) acceptance rate 2021 is estimated to be 53%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at .admissions.msstate.edu.

Overall Mississippi State University (MSU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Mississippi State University was reported as 53.9% in Fall 2020 with over 18,300 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • MSU ACT Scores: 22 - 30
  • MSU Average GPA: 3.23 - 3.64

How Hard Is It to Get into Mississippi State University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to MSU is considered high, with many applicants scoring in the top percentiles on the SAT or ACT exam, as well as having an excellent high school GPA.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for MSU has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 55.7%
  • 2017-2018: 62.4%
  • 2018-2019: 56.9%
  • 2019-2020: 53.9%
  • Projected MSU Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 52.6%

How Does Mississippi State University (MSU) Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for MSU is five percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
The University of Alabama82.7%
University of Mississippi88.1%
University of Alabama at Birmingham73.7%
University of Memphis84.8%
University of Southern Mississippi96.9%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Mississippi State University (MSU) (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading540 - 630
Math530 - 650
Total Score1070 - 1280
ACT®Score Range
English22 - 33
Math21 - 28
Composite Score22 - 30
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