According to the school, Mississippi State University is a land-grant and sea-grant institution founded in 1878, and is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research-Extensive institution and the largest university in Mississippi. MSU enrolls approximately 17,000 students, 20 percent of whom are graduate students; has slightly less than 1,100 full-time faculty members and more than 4,100 total full-time employees; has total revenues of approximately $500 million; and has research expenditures of more than $190 million. The university offers 78 bachelor’s degree programs, 59 master’s degree programs, and 35 doctoral degree programs through colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Architecture, Art and Design, Business and Industry, Education, Engineering, Forest Resources, and Veterinary Medicine.

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