Mississippi Valley State University


Highest Degree Offered: Masters

College Type: Public

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Mississippi


Mississippi Valley State University first opened its doors in 1950 as a teacher training college. Today it is a comprehensive university offering bachelor's and master's degree programs in a wide range of academic areas (education remains extremely popular). MVSU is a historically black university located on 450 acres just outside of Itta Bena, a small town in the Mississippi Delta. The school sits roughly midway between Jackson, Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee. The university has numerous student organizations including an active Greek system. MVSU does well with financial aid, and nearly all students receive some form of grant aid. On the athletic front, the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils compete in the NCAA Division I Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). The school fields nine women's and seven men's Division I teams.

Most Popular Majors

Biology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Physical Education, Social Work

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 2929
Total Grad Students: 719
Undergraduate Students: 2210
Faculty: 136

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 22:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 16:1

Percent Male: 38%
Percent Female: 62%

Financial Resources


Alumni Giving Rate: %

Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 18%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 35%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

14000 Highway 82 West
Itta Bena Mississippi 38941

Website: http://www.mvsu.edu

Main Email:

Main Phone: 662-254-9041

Additional Campuses:

Admissions Contact:
Counselor, Office of Admissions & Recruitment

Transfer Services Contact:

International Admissions Contact:

Athletics Contact:

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used?

High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:
A transfer student must have an overall 2.00 GPA to be accepted as a transfer student. Mississippi Valley State University reserves the right to decline admission to any student with less than a 2.0 GPA.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
A transfer student must have a grade of "C" or above to be accepted as transfer credit.

Credits (Min/Max):
All students must complete their last 30 semester hours in residence at this University.

Test Scores for Applying:
Applicants with less then an AA or AS must submit their standardized test scores.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Must be in "good academic standing" and eligible to return to the last college/university of attendance. Letter of Recommendation are considered.

Essay(s) required:
There is no essay requirement.

Application Fee:
There is no application fee.

Other Requirements:
Transfer students who have completed an applicable associate degree, a higher level degree or its equivalent, are exempt from freshman admission requirements.

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Spring Deadline:

Summer Deadline:

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 15 19
English 14 19
Math 15 18
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied:

Transfers Accepted:

Transfer Percentage Accepted: %

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 16%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -16%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 1400

Other Expenses: 4400

Room and Board: 6200

Tuition and Fees:

Total Cost:

Tuition and Fees – In-State: 5307

Total Cost – In-State: 17307

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
The office is responsible for administering financial aid, regardless of source, for all eligible students. We are committed to partnering with students and their families to achieve their educational goals and finance a college education.

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Own Financial Aid Form?

Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 4725

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 58%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 51%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 32%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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