Mississippi Valley State University: Narrative Description

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14000 Hwy. 82 West
Itta Bena, MS 38941-1400
Tel: (662)254-9041
Admissions: (662)254-3344
Fax: (662)254-7900
Web Site: http://www.mvsu.edu/


State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1946. Setting: 450-acre small town campus. Research spending 2003-04: $257,978. Total enrollment: 3,621. Faculty: 173 (115 full-time, 58 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 31:1. 4,183 applied, 25% were admitted. Full-time: 2,712 students, 69% women, 31% men. Part-time: 377 students, 81% women, 19% men. Students come from 24 states and territories, 1 other country, 1% from out-of-state, 0.03% Native American, 0.2% Hispanic, 94% black, 0.03% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 45% 25 or older, 30% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 73% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; protective services/public administration; business/marketing. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, freshman honors college, honors program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Option: deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Required for some: 2.5 GPA for non-residents. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $3832 full-time, $160 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $8840 full-time, $209 per semester hour part-time. Full-time tuition varies according to course load. Part-time tuition varies according to course load. College room and board: $3506. College room only: $1788. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 53 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 20% of eligible men and 25% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Baptist Student Union, Black Student Fellowship, National Education Association. Major annual events: Homecoming, Black History Month, Founders' Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, controlled dormitory access. 1,800 college housing spaces available; 1,048 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. James H. White Library with 101,109 books, 355,603 microform titles, 347 serials, 500 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $904,678. 250 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

This is a rural community with a mild, temperate climate. Bus service provides transportation for the city and adjacent areas. Community services within the immediate area include churches of major denominations and a clinic. Shopping facilities are available within the surrounding communities. There is no part-time employment available for students.

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