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International students who are non-native English speakers are typically required to provide evidence of their English abilities before they are admitted into a US college or university. «IELTS» provides a fair, accurate and reliable measure of language skills, and is trusted by organizations worldwide as a proof of English proficiency.

English Language Institute

The English Language Institute (ELI - provides high-quality, affordable English language instruction to students, faculty, and community members from around the world who study at Mississippi State University (MSU).

ELI credit courses are available for both admitted MSU undergraduate and graduate international students to meet academic English requirements along with acquiring academic cultural awareness for university success. Non-credit, intensive English courses are available for non-degree seeking students who want full- or part-time courses for academic, personal, or professional reasons.

In addition, the ELI offers special programs which can be customized to meet the short-term language and culture study goals for groups or partners.

As part of its cross-cultural programming, the ELI also coordinates the Conversation Partner Program, matching ELI students with members of the MSU and Starkville communities to practice English conversation skills.

Make the memories of a lifetime by beginning your English language journey today, apply online now and be sure to check if you qualify for one of our Tuition Rewards!

Colleges offered at MSU

Mississippi State University

With eight undergraduate colleges and over 175 different degree programs, MSU is preparing its students for bright and productive futures.

Each of these programs has an emphasis on research and presents students with the opportunity to expand their education and equips them with invaluable job skills. 90% of students are either employed or accepted to graduate school after graduation. In addition, Mississippi State is ranked in the top 20 of Forbes Magazine’s Top 100 Best Colleges in America, and the university is ranked 58th among all U.S. public universities in research and development and holds more than 175 patents.

The National Science Foundation also ranks the university in the top 100 research facilities in the country. MSU offers conditional admission for undergraduate and graduate students who do not yet have the language proficiency to enter the university, and the ESL Center can help achieve the needed language proficiency.

Take a look at the different colleges we offer here at MSU.

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • College of Architecture Art and Design
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Forest Resources
  • College of Honors

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

The College of Agriculture and Life Science (CALS) presents a broad array of opportunities for the study of life, encompassing 9 schools and departments. Together, they offer 16 majors and 46 concentrations for undergraduates in specialties such as Agricultural Business, Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Economics, Agronomy, Biochemistry, Horticulture and Poultry Science. The college was recently ranked in the top ten for research in agricultural science by the National Science Foundation.

College of Architecture, Art and Design

A recent report from the National Science Foundation ranked MSU in the top 50 humanities programs. The School of Architecture offers an intense, carefully structured, and rich array of courses that constitute a solid foundation for architectural practice. While course work is comprehensive in scope,providing students with an awareness of the diversity and complexity of today's professional world, each course has its own important role in developing the unique knowledge and abilities required of architects in a modern world.

College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences provides all the general education courses and offers 23 degree programs in 14 departments. It offers degrees such as Economics, Anthropology, Biological Sciences, English, Geosciences, Microbiology, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology, as well pre-medical, pre-veterinary, pre-pharmacy, and foreign language concentrations. The faculty in the college is a talented group of researchers and teachers who have earned advanced degrees from over 60 distinguished universities located in 37 states and 12 countries. The faculty of the College of Arts & Sciences serves the people and the state of Mississippi through research that is innovative and internationally recognized and through award winning teaching. A recent report from the National Science Foundation ranked MSU 29th in social sciences, 49th in humanities and 75th in environmental science.

College of Business

The College of Business was recently ranked in the top 100 on the U.S. News and World Report Rankings for its MBA program. It is comprised of several different business administrative and finance programs. It offers degrees in Business administration, Accounting, Economics, Finance, and Marketing.

College of Education

The College of Education offers nine different degrees from five different departments, including Educational Psychology, Elementary and Secondary Education, Special Education, Industrial Technology, Information Technology, Kinesiology, and Music.The college also offers several online degree programs. The education department is also a leader in autism research for the state of Mississippi.

College of Engineering

As one of approximately 40 named engineering colleges in the nation, the Bagley College offers degree programs in eight different academic engineering departments and 10 certificate programs. Each academic program provides a challenging curriculum and an encouraging environment to allow students to achieve their full potential. The National Science Foundation report ranked MSU 45th in engineering. The college currently ranks 51st among all engineering colleges nationally in research and development expenditures according to the National Science Foundation. U.S. News and World Report ranks its undergraduate and graduate programs in the top 100 nationwide.In addition, the faculty at the college of engineering is committed to research and offers students the chance to participate in the cutting-edge development of engineering technology.

College of Forest Resources

The College of Forest Resources includes the departments of forestry; wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture; and sustainable bioproducts. The college offers two different degree programs, and eleven different concentrations within these two degree programs. The research arm of the College is the Forest and Wildlife Research Center and works closely with the Mississippi Agricultural and Experiment Station. The outreach arm of the College is the MSU Extension Service. The graduate program for the College of Forest Resources is ranked in the top 20 for the Gourman Report. It was recently named Conservationist of the Year by the Mississippi Wildlife Federation.

College of Honors

The College of Honors is an academic merit-based program. Students are accepted into college based upon an application process.

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Why Study in the United States?

Why Study in the United States

State-of-the-Art Infrastructure Facilities

Research Opportunities

Academic Flexibility

Cultural Experiences

Why Study at Mississippi State

Why Study at Mississippi State

19:1 Student to Faculty Ratio

1 of 13 land-, sea-, and space-grant institutions in the United States.

Pathfinders Program helps unddergraduate students successfully transition to college

Offers the second-largest cooperative education program in the South.

Safe and Pleasant Climate

Friendly Community, known for its Southern Hospitality

Our Shackouls Honors College enrolls more than 1,300 academically talented students

Our Football team was recently ranked No. 1 in the United States!

Why is MSU More Affordable?

Why is MSU More Affordable

We are a state land-grant public university

What does that mean?

It is the mission of Mississippi State University, as a public university, to provide quality education at an affordable rate to the people of Mississippi.

To allow greater access to Mississippi's flagship research university, the state keeps tuition costs low.

National Academic Rankings

National Academic Ranking

Mississippi State University is listed by Forbes magazine among the nation's 100 Best Buy Colleges

Mississippi State University was named a top producer of Fullbright faculty and hosts an average of 10 international Fulbright students and scholars at any given time

Mississippi State University has VERY HIGH RESEARCH designation from the Carnegie Foundation (Tier 1)

U.S. News & World Report in its first-ever listing of veteran-friendly institutions, ranked MSU 29th on the magazine's elite list of the 52 best national higher education schools for veterans, service members, dependents and survivors

About Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University, established in 1878, offers bachelor’s, master’s, educational specialist’s and doctoral degree programs. The university is home to more than 19,000 students who hail from every county in Mississippi, all 50 states and 75 countries. Currently, there are more than 750 international students and more than 100 exchange visitor scholars. MSU provides a wide range of opportunities and challenges for learning, research and discovery, as well as a diverse student body.

Mississippi State University is a home-away-from-home for international students. The university promotes multicultural events to help international students celebrate their home culture and tradition while at MSU. The events also help students to develop awareness and understanding of other cultures and traditions by meeting people from diverse backgrounds.

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International Services

International Services at Mississippi State

The first few days at Mississippi State are a busy and exciting time for incoming international students, and the university provides several programs to help students transition into their new lives as members of the Bulldog family. Each fall, MSU welcomes new students with Orientation, an event designed to introduce students to campus, academic advisers, and the Starkville community. During Orientation, students may register for classes, meet fellow classmates and learn more about all of the exciting opportunities at MSU. To help new international students adjust to a new culture, current domestic and international students will discuss student life at MSU, student involvement in campus activities, financial and time management, sports, university history and tradition, and academic life.

The International Services staff at Mississippi State is happy to assist the international student community in dealing with regulatory compliance obligations with both the federal government and Mississippi State. They also conduct international student Orientation and tax workshops, and provide immigration counseling for current students. The International Services staff at Mississippi State is happy to assist the international students. To move around campus at Mississippi State, our students enjoy utilizing the university transit system. MSU provides several different routes that allow students the ability to get around campus easily without a car. In addition to the campus routes, there is a university shuttle that runs every Saturday to various grocery stores and shopping centers in town. This is a free service for all MSU students, faculty and staff.



Academics at Mississippi State

As a Top 100 public academic institution, Mississippi State University has the programs, professors and facilities needed to educate you in your chosen field.

No matter what your dreams, our majors in aerospace, engineering, broadcast meteorology, international business, biomedical engineering, professional golf, management, education, architecture, political science, veterinary medicine, interior design, and many more will prepare you for a lifetime of accomplishments.

With eight colleges, 80-plus majors and the second-largest cooperative education program in the South, MSU offers a variety of paths leading to baccalaureate through doctoral degrees.

Our low 18:1 student-faculty ratio ensures you will receive the individual attention you may need to excel.

Student Life

Student Life

Student Life at Mississippi State

MSU is home to more than 300 student organizations. The Student Association allows you to experience politics, while the Blackfriars Drama Society nurtures the thespian in you. The Famous Maroon Band is only one of several groups making beautiful music on campus; another is Black Voices, a group that inspires through historical spiritual songs. Student disc jockeys learn broadcasting at our award-winning radio station, WMSV-FM. MSU’s award-winning newspaper, The Reflector, provides an outlet for creative students.

International student organizations at MSU provide exciting opportunities to participate in cultural programming throughout the year. There are 24 international student organizations representing Germany, China, Korea, India, Sri-Lanka, Philippines, Vietnam, Nepal, Bangladesh, Thailand, Taiwan, Turkey, Africa, Japan, Iran, Indonesia, and Pakistan, as well as Hispanic, Arab and Muslim students.


International Admissions

International Admissions at Mississippi State

The first step to begin your journey at MSU is to fill out the "Request More Information" on the previous page.

Then, expect to compile the following information for your admission application:
  • Complete the application for admission.
  • Submit a non-refundable $40 application fee. Applications will not be processed until the application fee has been received.
  • Send official or attested copies of academic documents from all former secondary and post-secondary schools in an attested sealed envelope directly from the secondary school, examination board or university. If transcripts, mark sheets or diplomas are in any language other than English, please have them translated and attested by the issuing institution.
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Testing Program (ACT) composite scores: Minimum acceptable ACT composite score: 18, Minimum acceptable SAT combined score: 860 (Official ACT or SAT scores must be sent to Mississippi State University directly from the testing centers. MSU’s ACT code is 2220; the SAT code is 1480.) NOTE: In lieu of an official ACT/SAT score, international students may submit an acceptable score on a national university entrance exam from their country of residence. Such scores will be reviewed for approval by the Office of Admissions and Scholarships.
  • International undergraduate students admitted to Mississippi State University must demonstrate English language proficiency* to register for academic courses offered through the colleges. *See English proficiency section.
  • The school is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students.


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