Points of Pride
Mississippi State has joined just 16 other universities nationwide as holder of a green light rating from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. The national civil rights organization\'s highest award recognizes free speech protection and a commitment to giving students the best possible education and learning environment. Based in Philadelphia, Pa., FIRE is a nonprofit educational organization of civil rights and civil liberties leaders, scholars, journalists, and public intellectuals from across the political and ideological spectrum. Protections of individual rights, freedom of expression, academic freedom, due process, and rights of conscience at the nation\'s colleges and universities are its primary mission.
In 2012, the Mississippi State University Foundation celebrated its 50th anniversary of fundraising to support the land-grant institution. Since its 1962 incorporation, the foundation has raised more than $1 billion.
Mississippi State University is listed by Forbes magazine among the nation's 100 Best Buy Colleges.
For the Fall 2011 semester, 51 percent of students were male and 49 percent were female.
Mississippi State's fall 2012 enrollment was 20,365.
Mississippi State has more than 4,300 employees statewide, including 1,289 faculty members.
The university holds more than 2.1 million volumes in Mitchell Memorial Library and four branch locations.
Mississippi State awarded more than 3,700 degrees in the 2009-10 academic year. The university offers more than 160 degrees, including 14 master's degrees in 69 programs, an educational specialist degree in eight programs, and doctoral degrees in 44 programs.
Seven Mississippi State graduates are presidents of state community colleges.
About one-fourth of the teachers and administrators in Mississippi public schools hold at least one degree from Mississippi State.
The Alumni Association has 91 chapters in 14 states and 1 foreign country.
Mississippi State has more than 121,000 living alumni.