Mississippi Valley State University Details

Email Address admissions@mvsu.edu
Co_Education Yes
Campus Address 14000 Highway 82, West
City Itta Bena
State Mississippi
Zip 38941
Phone 662-254-9041
Total Enrollment 3091
Motto Live for Service
Level of Selectivity Slightly competitive
Location Itta Bena is located in the heart of the Mississippi Delta region, known for its fish farms and blues music. The campus is approximately 8 miles from Greenwood, which is one of the largest cotton markets in the United States and has a rich American Indian history. Approximately 100 miles to the south is the city of Jackson, Mississippi, the state capital, with a population of approximately 209,000. To the north approximately 120 miles is the city of Memphis, Tennessee. Both cities offer an array of social and cultural activities.
History Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) is a state-supported, four-year, coed, liberal arts college. Endorsed by the Mississippi Legislature in 1946, the Mississippi Vocational College opened in the summer of 1950 to train teachMississippi Valley State University (MVSU) is a state-supported, four-year, coed, liberal arts college. Endorsed by the Mississippi Legislature in 1946, the Mississippi Vocational College opened in the summer of 1950 to train teachers for rural elementary schools and to provide vocational training. In 1964, the name of the institution was changed to Mississippi Valley State College to reflect the addition of a liberal arts and sciences curriculum. Ten years later, the governor of Mississippi granted university status to the school and, hence, the name changed to Mississippi Valley State University in 1974. Mississippi Valley’s mission is to serve all students: students who are accelerated, students with adequate college preparation, and students who require remediation. While the student population is from all over the country, the majority of students come from the predominantly black Mississippi Delta region. The thirty-three-building campus is located on 450 acres, 1 mile northeast of Itta Bena. In addition to dorms, classrooms, and administrative buildings, thirty-two faculty homes and 127 modern apartments are on the campus. Many faculty members and their families, as well as the University president, live on campus. This school is one of the traditional black colleges and universities.
Band Program Yes
Religious Affiliation No
Accrediation Mississippi Valley State University is accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools (SACS) to award the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Master of Science degrees.
Costs per Year 2002–03 Tuition: $3158 (in-state); $7375 (out-of-state) Room and board: $1542 (room); $1470 (board) Special fees: $275 (in-state); $2108 (out-of-state) Books: $800 Estimated total cost: $7245 (in-state); $13295 (out-of-state)
In State Tuition 3158
Out of State Tuition 7375
Financial Aid-Institutional Funding Financial Aid Specific to the School Athletic scholarships are available to students who participate in intercollegiate sports. Students should contact the Athletic Department.
Financial-Aid Deadline April 1 (priority); after April 1 awarded on availability of funds; May 1 (Pell Grant)
Admission Deadline August (fall); April (spring); rolling admission.
Entrance Requirements Graduation from an accredited high school (or equivalent). Students whose ACT scores are below 20 must have the following high school credits: 4 English; 3 mathematics (algebra I and II and geometry); 3 science, with a lab; 2 1/2 social sciences, including U.S. history and American government; and 1 elective, either a foreign language, mathematics, or extra science course. Students must submit proof of immunization for measles and rubella. No application fee. Admission Application Deadline: August (fall); April (spring); rolling admission. Admission Contact: Office of Admissions, Box 7222, Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena, Mississippi 38941; Telephone: 662-254-3347; 800-844-6885 (toll-free, in-state); 662-254-3759 (fax).
Graduation Requirements A minimum of 124 credit hours and completion of core requirements to include 12 hours in English, 3 hours in fine arts, 6 hours in social studies, 3 hours in speech, 3 hours in health education, 2 hours in physical education or ROTC, 3 hours in general psychology, 6 hours in science with lab, and 3 hours in college algebra. Students must complete the requirements of the major field of study with a C or better in each major course and earn a GPA of not less than 2.0. Students must complete the senior year or its equivalent on campus, with a minimum of 30 semester hours completed at MVSU, and pass the English Proficiency requirement.
Student Body Profile Total enrollment men/women: 908/2183 In-state: 2,909 Full-time undergraduates men/women: 748/1398 Part-time undergraduates men/women: 70/420 Graduate students men/women: 97/358 Ethnic/racial makeup: African American,881; Asian, 6; Caucasian, 153; Hispanic, 1; International, 15; Others/Unclassified, 35.
Diversity 90
Student Life Campus Regulations: Alcohol prohibited on campus. Campus Services: Health center, career counseling and placement, preschool program, and religious activities, including chapel. Campus Activities: Social activities include theater, orchestra, and band. Students may work on the Delvian (yearbook) or the Delta Devil Gazette (student-run newspaper). Leadership opportunities are found in the Student Government Association (SGA) or other organizations such as English Club, Future Teachers of America, and Trades and Industries Club. Housing Availability: Five residence halls for men and five residence halls for women.
Faculty Profile Number of faculty members: 168 Student-teacher ratio: 18:1 Full-time faculty members: 118 Part-time faculty members: 50
Athletic Program Athletic Contact: Director of Athletics, Recreation and Assembly Building, Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena, Mississippi 38941; Telephone: 662-254-3550; Fax: 662-254-3639; E-mail: athletics@mvsu.edu
School Calender August-May (semesters) Commencement and conferring of degrees: May One summer session.
Website http://www.mvsu.edu/
Degrees Bachelor of Arts: Art, English, History, Music, Music Education, Political Science, Social Science Education, Sociology, Speech Communication Bachelor of Science: Accounting, Architectural Construction Management, Biology, Building Construction, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Electronic Technology, Elementary Education, English Education, Environmental Health, Industrial Technology, Management Technology, Manufacturing Robotics, Mathematics, Military Science, Office Administration, Physics, Physical Education and Recreation, Secondary Education, Social Work Master of Science: Environmental Health
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