Privacy Statement

Mississippi State University (MSU) is committed to personal privacy. This privacy statement outlines what personal information MSU may collect about you and how the University may use it. The following explains MSU’s information collection and disclosure practices for the website www.msstate.edu and the official MSU Mobile App.

Please note, that many units of the University run and maintain their own websites on the msstate.edu domain.  These sites may provide additional information relating to the information they collect related to users’ web browsing experience, which may supplement this Privacy Statement.

The University may amend this privacy statement from time-to-time without notice; therefore, MSU asks that you review this statement periodically to ensure that you are aware of the most updated statement.

In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.  No method of transmission over the Internet or method of electronic storage, however, is 100% secure.  Consequently, the University does not insure or warrant the security of information you transmit, and you transmit information through our Website at your own risk.


Informaton Collected

When you view pages on our site, the web server and related systems automatically collect certain technical information from your computer and about your connection. We also collect information using the following methods:

Cookies and Web Beacons

A cookie is a file that is written to your computer containing information about your visit.  A web beacon (also known as a pixel tag or clear GIF) is a tiny transparent image embedded in a webpage or an email to measure usage and activity.  In some cases, a web beacon triggers the placement of a persistent cookie on your device.  If you prefer not to receive cookies, you may configure your browser not to accept them at all, or to notify and require approval before accepting new cookies. Some web pages may not function properly if the cookies are turned off, or you may have to provide the same information each time you visit those pages.

Third Party Services

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. including Demographics and Interest Reporting. Google Analytics uses cookies to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will be transmitted to and stored by Google. You can use the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-on to disable tracking by Google Analytics. For more information, please visit Google’s Privacy Policy.

Automatially Collected Information

Information automatically collected. When you view pages on msstate.edu, some information about your visit is automatically collected. This information includes:

  • Your IP address
  • The domain name from which you visit our site
  • User-specific information on which pages are visited
  • Aggregate information on pages visited
  • The referring website
  • The date and time of visit
  • The duration of visit
  • Your browser type
  • Your screen resolution
  • Your interactions with the web page
  • Aggregate information collected by Google Analytics

Manually Collected Information

Information you provide us. If you fill out an admissions or employment application, or complete an online form or purchase, then the University may collect personal information that you provide, including but not limited to:

  • Name
  • Residential or Mailing Address
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number
  • Social Security Number, Passport number, or driver’s license number
  • Credit or Debit Card Information

How We Use Information We Collect

By providing this information you acknowledge that, where permitted by federal or state law, MSU may use this information for the express purposes for which the information was provided, which may include to:

  • Respond to your requests for information
  • Process applications for admission or employment
  • Process information for administrative purposes
  • Process orders for goods or services
  • Notify you of products, services, or events
  • Improve online content and communications
  • Improve University services
  • Process information for purposes as may be detailed on University websites or mobile applications

Sharing Information with Third Parties

Mississippi State University works with many vendors and contractors who assist the University in fulfilling its mission. Personal information that you provide to MSU or which the University automatically collects is used or shared with these organizations for the express purposes for which the information was collected or as otherwise expressed in this privacy statement. University vendors and contractors are only permitted to use personal information for the express purposes permitted in their agreements with the University. Otherwise, personal information is not released to third parties unless permitted by applicable law, including in instances where the information needs to be disclosed to protect the safety and security of the University community or University property, or where the University is legally compelled by law or judicial order.  The University does not sell, rent, give away, or loan any personally identifiable information collected to any third party for commercial purposes. 


Links to Other Websites

This Site may contain links to other websites of interest.  The University does not control third-party websites and is not responsible for the privacy practices or contents of any linked website.  The University strongly suggests that you refer to their privacy statements, if available.


GDPR Compliance

For additional information regarding GDPR Compliance, please see the GDPR Compliance at Office of Compliance and Integrity.


Updated 08/08/2018