Mississippi State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Starkville, MS

Founded in 1878

Motto: "Learning, Service, Research"






Acceptance Rate

$8,910 / $25,950

Tuition In-state / Out-of-state


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The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Mississippi State University presents a broad array of opportunities for the study of life, encompassing eight departments and a school. CALS offers 17 majors and 45 concentrations for undergraduates and 13 majors and 34 concentrations for graduates. CALS prepares students to become leaders to feed and clothe a growing population. As a land-grant university, students are fully emerged in academics, research, and outreach to create a lasting impact on their communities. As an institution rated as very high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation, students have opportunities to work alongside scientists, making discoveries felt throughout the world. CALS faculty, staff and students are invested in improving the lives of people, environments and communities throughout the globe.

Agricultural Degrees Offered

  • Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Education and Communication
  • Agricultural Engineering Technology and Business
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Agronomy
  • Animal and Dairy Sciences
  • Environmental Economics and Management
  • Environmental Science in Agricultural Systems
  • Fashion Design and Merchandising
  • Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion
  • Horticulture
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Landscape Contracting and Management
  • Poultry Science
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Total Enrollment: 21,974

Agricultural Students: 2,479

Male Female Student Ratio: 50%/50%

Acceptance Rate: 57%


Application Fee: $40

Application Deadline: Rolling

Target GPA: 2.1

Target SAT Score: 1180

Target ACT Score: 26


In-State: $8,910

Out-of-State: $25,950

Room and Board: $5,914

More Info

Religious Affiliation: non-denominational

Faculty/Student Ratio: 20/1

Research Opportunities

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences includes 560 acres of working farm land, 10 greenhouses, 1,650 acres of pastureland, aquaculture ponds, an award-winning dairy and so much more. Hands-on experience in our working landscapes prepare students for rewarding careers in agriculture and the life sciences. Not only do we have the outdoor space to advance, we also have over 15 buildings on campus for classroom instruction including the University Florist, Custer Dairy Processing Plant, MAFES Sales Store, and the Child Development and Family Studies Center.