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Study at Mississippi Valley State University

Mississippi Valley State University, also known as MVSU, is located in Itta Bena, Mississippi, United States. It was founded in the year 1950 by the Mississippi Legislature. Formerly, the university was known as Mississippi Vocational College. It gained university status in 1974. The university offers students academic majors in accounting, business administration, journalism, information science, and sociology. The degree-granting school and colleges of MVSU are:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Professional Studies
  • Graduate School
The male students of MVSU participate in sports such as basketball, baseball, football, tennis, cross country, golf, and track and field. The women of MVSU participate in basketball, softball, volleyball, soccer, bowling, track and field, cross country, tennis, and golf.

Profile of Mississippi Valley State University

Students attend Mississippi Valley State in Itta Bena, MS, a rural site not far from an urban area. The school is a public institution. Mississippi Valley State degrees go up to the Master's degree.

Course Topics

The school is known for its programs in education and teaching, family and social work, and security and law enforcement.

Mississippi Valley State Selectivity

Mississippi Valley State is selective and does not offer open admission. One sign of prestige is that the school only let in 25% of those who applied in 2007.


Mississippi Valley State has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

There are 3, 009 students at the school . Mississippi Valley State has a large minority student population.

Student Life

The school has a residential or campus feel. Mississippi Valley State offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. The school offers students meal plans. Mississippi Valley State values student athletics, and belongs to the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The school offers athletic financial aid to more of its students than do most colleges.

Mississippi Valley State Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Education and Teaching179kindergarten/preschool teaching, physical education teaching, teacher ed, elementary school teaching, special ed, music teaching, social science teaching, English teaching, . . .
Security and Law Enforcement70criminal justice and safety, criminal justice and administration
Liberal Arts64history, speech and rhetoric, sociology, English, political science
Family and Social Work63social work, public administration, human services
Business and Management54business management, accounting
Science27biology, bioinformatics, chemistry
Media16public relations
office and Administration11office management
Computer Science and Engineering8computer and info science
Engineering Technician7industrial tech
Music3music, music management
Art Studies2visual and performing arts
Medical administration2environmental health

Contact: Mississippi Valley State

Mississippi Valley State University

14000 Highway 82 West

Itta Bena, MS 38941-1400

General Phone: (662) 254-9041


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