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Mississippi State University Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into Mississippi State University? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 8,120 out of 12,446 applicants or 65% were admitted making Mississippi State University a moderately competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores. Mississippi State University typically accepts and attracts B+ average high school students. Only 43% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 6,714 5,732 12,446
Accepted 4,368 3,752 8,120
Acceptance Rate 65% 65% 65%
Enrolled 1,839 1,632 3,471
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 42% 43% 43%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Mississippi State University and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that Mississippi State University regularly accepts students with ACTs of 21 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 17 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 25 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 29 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 85 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Mississippi State University.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1040 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 900. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1180 out of 1600. 15 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1040 1320
SAT Reading 530 660
SAT Math 510 660
ACT Composite 21 29
ACT English 19 26
ACT Math 20 27

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
29 and Above Good >76%
25 to 29 Avg + 65%-76%
21 to 25 Avg - 52%-65%
17 to 21 Reach 39%-52%
Less than 17 Low <39%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1320 and Above Good >76%
1180 to 1320 Avg + 65%-76%
1040 to 1180 Avg - 52%-65%
900 to 1040 Reach 39%-52%
Less than 900 Low <39%

Estimated GPA Requirements

You will need above average high school grades to get into Mississippi State University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Mississippi State University was 3.32 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Mississippi State University accepts 65% of students who apply.

What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 31% Good
3.50 to 3.75 13% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 13% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 15% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 19% Avg -
2.50 to 2.75 8% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 1% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Mississippi State University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=176080 IPEDS survey data for Mississippi State University.