Points of Pride

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Mississippi State President Mark E. Keenum received the 2010 Leadership Award from the Congressional Award Program.


Alumni

Mississippi State is ranked among the top 100 by Washington Monthly College Guide and Rankings.
The publication rates schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

The Mississippi State Alumni Association continues to establish membership records, with more than 39,000 active members in 2010.
Founded in 1885, the association has 91 chapters.

Four of nine Mississippi Supreme Court justices, including the chief justice, are MSU graduates.
They include Chief Justice William L. "Bill" Waller Jr., 1974; Presiding Justice George C. Carlson Jr., 1969; Associate Justice Jess H. Dickinson, 1978; and Associate Justice David A. Chandler, 1972, 1974 and 1988.

Best-selling novelist John Grisham is a 1977 MSU accounting graduate.

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.

Mississippi State has more than 122,000 living alumni.

Athletics

Mississippi State student athletes posted a 79 percent graduation success rate over the four year period beginning in 2001, according to the NCAA. The 79 percent marks the fourth-highest success rate in the Southeastern Conference.

The NCAA-record postseason baseball attendance at Dudy Noble Field was rated by Rivals.com as the 2007 top story of the NCAA Super Regionals in a season-ending review by the Internet-based publication.
Despite drawing 11 a.m. Friday and Saturday start times, the Mississippi State-Clemson games drew 26,335 at Dudy Noble Field. The series-opener, the first NCAA Super Regional game on the MSU campus, drew an NCAA Super Regional-record 12,620 fans. A day later, MSU fans re-set the Super Regional attendance record when 13,715 fans packed the Bulldogs' home facility as MSU completed a two-game series sweep to advance to its eighth appearance in the prestigious NCAA College World Series.

The men's basketball Bulldogs won the 2009 Southeastern Conference Tournament Championship in March. Including 2010-11, the Bulldogs have claimed the SEC Western Division crown five times in 12 seasons.

All of MSU's 16 varsity sports exceeded the NCAA's baseline Academic Progress Rate for the 2009-10 academic year.
Fifteen of the 16 improved upon or remained constant from their previous four-year ratio.

The MSU men's tennis team registered a 3.85 GPA in the fall of 2010, the highest cumulative GPA by any MSU sports team ever in one semester.

Mississippi State's men and women athletes finished the 2009 fall semester with an aggregate 2.99 grade-point average, the highest combined mark in school history.
Men's sport programs posted a 2.84 GPA for the term, its highest, while the women's program averaged a 3.20 classroom mark. Overall, 76 scholarship student-athletes made either the Dean's Scholar (3.5) or President's Scholar (3.8) list. In addition, 152 of the 282 scholarship student-athletes (53.9 percent) recorded a 3.0 GPA or better during that fall.

Mississippi State women's basketball coach Sharon Fanning-Otis and the 2009-10 Lady Bulldogs turned in the most successful season in school history with a final record of 21-13 and a Sweet 16 run in the team's sixth appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

In the final event of the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the Bulldog 4x100 team of Tavaris Tate, Dwight Mullings, O'Neal Wilder and Emanuel Mayers finished second in the with a time of 3:01.66, the second fastest in school history.
This helped lift the team to a final ranking of 17 for the second consecutive season.

MSU's men's tennis team made its 20th NCAA appearance in 2011 while also claiming the Southeastern Conference Western Division title for the first time since the league went to divisions in 2002.
State finished the season ranked 20th nationally. Head coach Per Nilsson was named SEC Coach of the Year and Bulldog Malte Stropp was named SEC Freshman of the Year.

Mississippi State has 69 student-athletes named on the 2011 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll.
SEC Academic Honor Roll requires student-athletes to have compiled a grade point average of 3.00 or better for the preceding academic year or have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.

Bulldog center Jarvis Varnado capped off a stellar MSU basketball career in 2010, earning SEC and NCAA defensive player of the year awards after becoming the NCAA's all-time leading shot blocker and concluding his collegiate career with 564 blocks.
He also became the first player in the history of college basketball to score 1,000 points, total 1,000 rebounds and block 500 shots.

In their second year under head coach Dan Mullen, the Bulldogs took command of the gridiron to turn in a 9-4 record and a Gator Bowl win, ending the season ranked 15th in the AP poll and 17th in the USA Today Coaches poll.
The 52-14 win over the University of Michigan marked the team's first nine-win season since 1999 when the State finished 10-2 including a Peach Bowl win over Clemson on their way to a #12 national ranking.

Mississippi State women's basketball coach Sharon Fanning-Otis and the 2009-10 Lady Bulldogs turned in the most successful season in school history with a final record of 21-13 and a Sweet 16 run in the team's sixth appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

In the second year under head coach Dan Mullen, the Bulldogs took command of the gridiron to turn in a 9-4 record and a Gator Bowl win, ending the season ranked 15th in the AP poll and 17th in the USA Today Coaches poll.
The 52-14 win over the University of Michigan marked the team's first nine-win season since 1999 when the State finished 10-2 including a Peach Bowl win over Clemson on their way to a number 12 end-of-season rank.

Bulldog center Jarvis Varnado capped off a stellar MSU basketball career in 2010, earning SEC and NCAA defensive player of the year awards after becoming the NCAA's all-time leading shot blocker and concluding his collegiate career with 564 blocks.
He also became the first player in the history of college basketball to score 1,000 points, total 1,000 rebounds and block 500 shots.

In the final event of the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the Bulldog 4x100 team of Tavaris Tate, Dwight Mullings, O'Neal Wilder and Emanuel Mayers finished second in the with a time of 3:01.66, the second fastest in school history.
This helped lift the team to a final ranking of 17 for the second consecutive season.

Mississippi State has 61 student-athletes named on the 2010 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll.
SEC Academic Honor Roll requires student-athletes to have compiled a grade point average of 3.00 or better for the preceding academic year or have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.

Nine Mississippi State University softball team members were included in the Southeastern Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll.
Team members Chelsea Bramlett, Jessie Bailey, Ali Bainbridge, Misty Flesher, Courtney Nesbit, Jessie Spain, Allie Heon, Elizabeth Woolven, and Ka'ili Smith were all named to the SEC Academic Honor roll for Spring 2010.

The men's basketball Bulldogs won the 2009 Southeastern Conference Tournament Championship in March.

Quick Facts

U.S. News & World Report in its first-ever listing of veteran-friendly institutions, ranked MSU 29th on the magazine\'s elite list of the 52 best national higher education schools for veterans, service members, dependents and survivors.

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.

Research

Mississippi State is the lead institution for a $3.5 million federal grant to help fund a center of excellence for transportation research.
The grant is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation's University Transportation Center program, which works to advance technology and expertise required to meet national needs for the safe, efficient and environmentally sound movement of people and goods.

A biography of pioneering feminist Margaret Fuller, written by an MSU English professor, has earned the Choice Award from the American Library Association.
Meg McGravran Murray's "Margaret Fuller: Wandering Pilgrim" received the organization's award for Outstanding Academic Title.

Mississippi State University Libraries has expanded access to critical research materials in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences by more than 4.5 million publications, archives, and collections and one million digital resources by enrolling in the Center for Research Libraries consortium.

Turf grasses licensed by Mississippi State University are on the fields at the Rose Bowl, Petco Park, Kauffman Stadium, and the Home Depot Center, as well as MSU's own Scott Field.
The grasses generate about $3 million annually in license revenues for Mississippi State.

USDA designated the university's Mississippi Entomological Museum an Eastern Region Identification Center.
It plays an integral role in identifying and controlling insects that pose a major threat to American agriculture.

David Perkes, of MSU's Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, was part of a four-person team receiving the 2011 American Institute of Architecture's prestigious Latrobe Prize.
He shared the $100,000 research grant with colleagues at Design Corps; the University of Illinois at Chicago; and Portland State University.

A new program conducted by MSU's Extension Service is looking at ways to stop a pest that kills an estimated 12 million cubic feet of the state's pine forests annually.
MSU experts believe preventive measures will better control the southern pine beetle, and they have been working with the U.S. Forest Service to provide landowner education and financial incentives for foresters and loggers.

Mississippi State University cotton breeders in Stoneville are developing lines of cotton that show great potential against the reniform nematode, a pest that caused a loss of about $130 million to the national crop last year.

Mississippi State reached its highest-ever level of giving in Fiscal Year 2011, with $80.3 million in outright private gifts and pledges of future support.
The total was a 23 percent increase from the previous year.

The Water Resources Research Institute provides research and outreach to improve water quality, preserve water resources, and protect the water supply.
It is a state institute housed at Mississippi State to provide a coordinated research and development program.

The Franklin Furniture Institute, a part of the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, provides business solutions, export assistance, lean manufacturing, workforce training, and testing services for Mississippi's furniture industry.

A Forest and Wildlife Research Center study confirmed the success of a new technique to reduce nutrients in runoff water and protect downstream waters, including the Gulf of Mexico.
Scientists tested the effectiveness of weirs, small dams used to collect water runoff from agricultural fields. Results showed they removed contaminants effectively, in combination with vegetation that also absorbs.

Scientists in Mississippi State's Forest and Wildlife Research Center are exploring multiple land use achieved by growing southern pine trees with corn, milo, soybeans, and switchgrass.
The studies will evaluate management alternatives that may allow landowners to increase their revenues and improve cash flow.

Scientists in forest products have found a new way to turn wood into highly absorbent charcoal and parts for automobiles.
The process takes advantage of nanotechnology, which involves the creation, exploration and manipulation of materials measured in nonometers, or billionths of a meter.

The Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems Extension Office earned the 2010 Award of Excellence in Business Assistance and Entrepreneurship, presented by the national University Economic Development Association.
The award recognized the center's contributions to rapid commercialization of Navistar Defense's plant in West Point, Miss.

In 2010, the Social Science Research Center--the oldest university-level research center on campus--marked its 60th anniversary.
With an annual $8 million budget that supports about 40 research projects, the center has focused on key areas such as tobacco control, highway safety, and children's health care, among others.

Mississippi State is one of only 108 universities nationwide recognized in 2010 as a "very high research activity university" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
In FY 2010, Missisippi State secured $201 million in external research funding. MSU is the only Mississippi university with the "very high research" designation.

MSU's EcoCAR www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=4901 has consistently placed in the top finalists of a multi-year competition--the NeXt Challenge--sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors and the Canadian government, among others.
The competition challenges North American engineering majors to "re-engineer" a GM-donated vehicle to minimize fuel consumption and emissions, while maintaining its utility, safety and performance. The MSU team has twice earned the top place and has finished once in the top 10.

An internationally recognized Mississippi State faculty member in high-voltage research received the university's 2010 Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award.
Stan Grzybowski is a professor in the Bagley College of Engineering's department of electrical and computer engineering. He also directs the High Voltage Laboratory, the largest such facility at a North American public university.

Stephen Demarais of the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, was named a Fellow by the international Wildlife Society.
A certified wildlife biologist, he was honored by the professional organization for his work on white-tailed deer biology and management.

Richard M. Kaminski, a nationally recognized North American waterfowl and wetlands scientist, holds the James C. Kennedy Endowed Chair in Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation in Mississippi State's College of Forest Resources.
The chair conducts research to guide conservation and management of waterfowl habitat and populations.

Correspondence, photographs, books, memorabilia, and other documents related to the military career and presidency of Ulysses S. Grant are housed at Mississippi State.
Through an agreement with the Ulysses S. Grant Association, the university's Mitchell Memorial Library is the official host of the Grant papers.

The Charles H. Templeton Sr. Music Museum features 192 self-playing instruments, some 12,000 recordings and more than 22,000 pieces of sheet music.
The musical collection of the late Starkville businessman and 1949 MSU graduate is displayed on the fourth floor of Mitchell Memorial Library.

Mississippi State holds more than 175 patents, ranging from the technology for acoustical test structures to a vaccine for channel catfish.

Service

A senior policy analyst at Mississippi State's John C. Stennis Institute of Government received the 2012 Joan Fill Bishop Award presented by the American Society for Public Administration.
Lydia Quarles, also an assistant professor of political science and public administration, received the honor which recognizes those who have helped increase women's participation in public administration.

Mississippi State's Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems received the 2012 Community Economic Development Award presented by the Mississippi Economic Development Council.
The award recognized CAVS' work with Nissan at its auto assembly plant in central Mississippi.

Mississippi State is one of seven Souteastern Conference universities recognized nationally for community service activities.
The university is among only 100 institutions selected for the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction.

An administrator who is part of the university's International Institute was selected in 2012 for the prestigious Fulbright Scholars Alumni Ambassador program.
Stephen Cottrell will serve in the leadership program administered by the Institute of International Education in Washington, D.C.

The university's police department holds accreditation from the national Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.
It is one of only two university police departments in Mississippi with the accreditation, and one of six statewide.

Architecture professor David J. Perkes, director of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, was recognized as a 'Champion of Change' by President Barack Obama.
An arm of the School of Architecture, the center he heads in Biloxi has worked since 2005 to design affordable and sustainable housing in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

In 2010, more than 109,000 youth participated in one or more 4-H Youth Development Programs offered through the MSU Extension Service.

John Marszalek, Giles Distinguished Professor Emeritus, is one of 22 experts participating in a public history project organized through the Washington Post as part of the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's winning the U.S. presidential election.
Through a Washington Post blog called "A House Divided," Marszalek will write about events and people associated with the Civil War.

Mississippi State was recognized in 2010 as one of the top 20 colleges and universities nationwide for military personnel and veterans.
Military Times EDGE, a career and education supplement published with the Military Times newsweeklies, evaluated 4,000 colleges and universities for the ranking.

Mississippi State President Mark Keenum is serving as a three-year trustee for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' Commission on Colleges.
He will help determine policy and review and make decisions regarding accreditation for regional institutions of higher learning.

Mississippi State received the 2010 Community Engagement Classification, awarded by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
The honor recognized the university's alignment among mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practices in support of "dynamic and noteworthy" community engagement.

Janet S. "Jan" Odom received an outstanding recognition award from the National Academic Advising Association.
She was selected for an Outstanding Advising Certificate of Merit/Primary Role category award. Odom is a member of the University Academic Advising Center professional staff.

Stephen Cunetto, systems administrator for Mitchell Memorial Library, was chosen by the Mississippi Library Association as the organization's 2011 vice president and moves to the top position in early 2012.

Mississippi State President Mark E. Keenum received the 2010 Leadership Award from the Congressional Award Program.
The honor recognizes his support of the partnership between MSU and the Congressional Awards Program, which has promoted initiative, achievement and service by young people through 4-H programs since 1979.

MSU's Soil Testing Laboratory processes 25,000 soil samples each year for Mississippi's citizens.

The College of Veterinary Medicine annually sponsors a "Human-Animal Bond" week to highlight topics such as pet overpopulation, pet loss and bereavement, and animal abuse.
One of only 28 veterinary colleges in the nation, MSU's veterinary program also has an endowed professorship that focuses on issues related to the humane and ethical treatment of animals.

The MSU Riley Center in Meridian has earned, among many honors, ConventionSouth magazine's annual Readers' Choice Award.
It is a performing arts, convention and education center that has become a major Southern venue.

Computer science faculty members at Mississippi State developed digital forensics training for "wounded warriors," taught in cooperation with Walter Reed Army Hospital.
The goal is to help veterans improve job opportunities after leaving the military. The department also developed a digital forensics training program for law enforcement officials. It has been completed by more than 2,400 law enforcement officers from more than 20 states.

Dr. Lucy Senter, head of laboratory animal resources at MSU, is a director of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine.
The organization is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association as the certifying body for laboratory animal medicine.

The Animal Health Center, part of the College of Veterinary Medicine, is open to the public and functions as a primary care and referral center for the treatment of companion animals, horses and livestock in Mississippi, as well as the surrounding states.
The center's latest figures show that it treats approximately 9,000 animals annually.

The College of Veterinary Medicine has prevented tens of millions of dollars in losses to catfish, poultry, beef, and swine producers through nutrition and disease prevention research.

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision based at Mississippi State is the only one in the nation.

The university's College of Architecture, Art and Design hosts an annual summer Design Discovery program to introduce high school students to architecture.

The university's T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability, established in 1995, is a research facility that helps remove barriers for persons with disabilities.
It serves clients with mobility, hearing, visual, communication, and cognitive impairments.

Students

The Mississippi State chapter of business education honor society Pi Omega Pi ranked No. 1 in the nation for 2012.
The honor society's purposes include the promotion of scholarship, service, and high ethical standards in business education, as well as the creation of fellowship among teachers of business subjects. MSU's chapter has ranked in the national Top 10 consistently for several years.

For the fifth year in a row, a Mississippi State student is the top banking and finance major in Mississippi higher education.
William J. "Will" Robbins, a senior finance major from Pontotoc, was selected the 2012 Orrin H. Swayze Jr. Scholar of the Mississippi Young Bankers Association.

Mississippi State University students have claimed the last three Miss Mississippi titles.

Mississippi State's student chapter of the Society of American Foresters has been named the best in the nation.
The chapter competed with 75 chapters nationally for the recognition. Led by MSU associate forestry professor Robert Grala, the chapter is judged on service to members, the community and the forestry program, among other criteria.

A team of students and faculty from the geosciences department are national forecasting champions for the second consecutive year.
The Weather Challenge competition includes more than 70 colleges, universities, and research institutions from the United States and Canada.

Claire Fellman, a fourth-year veterinary medicine student from Ocean Springs, received a Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Student Scholars grant to study immunosuppression in dogs.
Her research has implications for both animals and humans. Fellman placed first in the national competition among students from some of the nation's most prominent colleges of veterinary medicine and students from Argentina, Australia, and the Netherlands.

New software developed by a College of Forest Resources student will provide insight into deer populations by analyzing rack sizes on bucks from trail camera photographs.
After seeing a demonstration of the software at a national meeting, a Texas-based company obtained a license agreement from MSU to market the software as BuckScore. The software will be available to educators, scientists, and hunters to age and score antlers. of white-tailed deer.

The student chapter of the Society of American Foresters has been recognized as one of the top three student chapters in the nation for the last 11 years.
The chapter also has received the award for best website for the last 8 years.

In partnership with the Barnes & Noble campus bookstore, a textbook rental program saved university students more than $125,000 during the 2010 fall semester.
The program allows students to rent their textbook for less than 50 percent of the purchase price of a new printed textbook.

MSU has a thriving Greek Life community with more than 30 fraternities and sororities on campus.

Professional Golf Management students have worked at more than 1,500 golf courses worldwide.
The program has a 100 percent job placement rate following graduation.

Mississippi State has had 12 students named a national Barry M. Goldwater Scholar.
The official U.S. tribute to the late former Arizona Republican senator and prominent American statesman recognizes excellence in the sciences.

Mississippi State ranks among the top 100 institutions across the country in the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to African-Americans.

The Department of Housing and Residence Life provides homes to nearly 4,000 MSU students, including 100 percent of first-time freshmen.

Teaching

MSU online programs rank highly in U.S. News and World Report
MSU is listed in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report rankings on the nation's colleges, getting especially high marks for online engineering and business graduate programs. No. 12 - 2013 Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs; No. 12 - 2013 Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs; Also, The College of Business earned a No. 38 rank for Best Online Graduate Business Programs, and the College of Veterinary Medicine ranked No. 23.

Michael Kardos, co-director of the university's creative writing program, won the 2012 award in fiction, presented by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.
He was honored for "One Last Good Time," a 2011 collection of short stories.

W.L. Giles Distinguished Professor Keith H. Coble of agricultural economics received the Southeastern Conference's 2012 Faculty Achievement Award.
The SEC honor recognizes university professors for achievement in research, scholarship and service.

A teacher preparation program developed by MSU's Research and Curriculum Unit was designated a national model.
The Teachers Academy is designed as a high school pathway for students planning careers in education and training. It was one of two recognized by the Future Educators Association as "excellent."

Mississippi State's College of Business is one of the South's oldest business schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

For 30 years, Mississippi State has published the semiannual literary and arts journal Jabberwock Review.
The journal publishes work by writers from around the region and around the country, including both first-time authors and winners of major literary awards.

The College of Veterinary Medicine's large animal ambulatory service helps prepare students for practice in rural communities.
In 2010, the service made 853 calls to farms. Faculty spent 1,363 hours on farms teaching students and delivering veterinary care to large animals.

The food science, nutrition and health promotion department joined with Mississippi University for Women to provide a new bachelor's degree program in culinology.
MSU's department, along with MUW's Culinary Arts program, will offer the joint degree, one of only 12 such programs in the country.

The poultry science department boasts a 100 percent job placement rate for its graduates, with most employed in the state.

MSU's department of geosciences in 2010 was ranked in the top 100 hydrogeology programs in North America by the National Ground Water Association.
More than 400 programs were considered in the rankings, based on the length and strength of programs, along with quality of faculty.

John Forde, head of the communication department, was elected to the College of Fellows of the Public Relations Society of America, one of only 14 professionals nationwide named in 2010.

Veteran political science faculty member Rick Travis was named 2010 Mississippi Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
The annual program salutes outstanding undergraduate instructors nationwide.

The University Florist has operated on campus for more than 75 years.
Mississippi State is one of few U.S. universities offering degrees in floristry retail management. While a full-service commercial enterprise, the florist serves as a hands-on instructional laboratory.

Mississippi State's education programs have continuously received accreditation since 1961.
Accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education ensures the university's programs meet the highest professional standards.

Mississippi State has one of the largest cooperative education programs in the Southeast, with more than 500 students enrolled.
The program is a charter member of the Accreditation Council for Cooperative Education. More than 10,000 students have participated in the program since the inception in 1955.

The Shackouls Honors College draws regional and national attention because of its size and structure.
Although the college includes more than 1,000 students, honors classes typically are limited to no more than 20 students. Students receive individualized instruction from faculty members who challenge them to explore their potential.

Mississippi State's Professional Golf Management program, is the second oldest program sanctioned by the Professional Golfers' Association of America.