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Mississippi Valley State University

Itta Bena, MS
University Website: www.mvsu.edu
Apply Online: sutton2.mvsu.edu:7800/prod/bwskalog.P_DispLoginNon
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Mississippi Valley State University (commonly referred to as MVSU) is a historically black university located in unincorporated Leflore County, Mississippi, in the Mississippi Delta, near Itta Bena. MVSU is a member- school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

The institution, which opened in 1950, was created by the Mississippi Legislature as Mississippi Vocational College. The legislation to form the institution was signed into law by Governor Thomas L. Bailey on April 5, 1946. The legislature anticipated that legal segregation of public education was in danger (and would in four years be declared unconstitutional in the United States Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education the institution, hoping that its existence would draw African-American applicants who might have otherwise applied to attend Mississippi's premier whites-only institutions—the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, and the University of Southern Mississippi. Creating separate institutions of higher learning for Mississippi's black population, the state's political leaders hoped, would help ease the pressure to integrate the state's premier universities. To attract the support of those who opposed any government action to provide higher education to blacks, those proposing creation of M.V.C. used the term "vocational" to imply that the institution's main purpose would be to train blacks to take on blue-collar jobs.

The site selection committee appointed by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning had originally selected the Greenwood Army Air Base, which had many facilities ready for use and thus would have been a very cost-effective choice. The Greenwood Commonwealth celebrated the choice. However, residents of Carroll County, Mississippi objected to having the institution located near their property. Thus after further study, the proposed site was moved to Itta Bena. Even that town, however, objected to too close a proximity of a black institution, so the final site was chosen to place the college away from the downtown area, on cheap, uncultivatable land.

In 1964, Mississippi Vocational College was renamed Mississippi Valley State College.

In February 1969, a nonviolent student boycott which included 800 students, male and female was organized to protest President White's administration of the institution. The students were demanding required courses in black history, more library purchases of works by black writers, remedial courses in English and Math, scheduling of prominent black speakers and fewer curfew restrictions.

In the early 1970s, civil rights leaders continued to protest the inequalities in higher education opportunities offered to whites and blacks in Mississippi. In an effort to defuse some of the criticism, Gov. [William Waller] proposed changing the names of three black institutions from "colleges" to "universities." Thus, in 1974, the institution was renamed again, as Mississippi Valley State University'.

Following President White, Dr. Earnest A. Boykins took office in July 1971. Dr. Joe L. Boyer became MVSU's third president in January 1982 and was followed by Dr. William W. Sutton in July 1988. Dr. Lester C. Newman became the fifth president of MVSU on July 1, 1998. Dr. Donna H. Oliver became MVSU's sixth president and first female president on January 1, 2009. Effective December 2012, the Mississippi IHL appointed Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr. as the Acting President of the University. []

In 1998, the university renamed many of the buildings on campus, except for the ones named after Sillers, Wright, and J. H. White.

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Fast Facts

  • Public, Four or more years
  • students
  • $5,232.00 avg tuition

14000 Highway 82 West
Itta Bena, MS 38941-1400
(662) 254-9041

Apply online Admissions:
www.mvsu.edu/prospective_students/
Financial Aid:
www.mvsu.edu/prospective_students..

Areas of Study:

  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
  • Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Education
  • Engineering Technologies And Engineering Related Fields
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Health Professions And Related Programs
  • History
  • Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Physical Sciences
  • Public Administration And Social Service Professions
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts
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Mississippi Valley State University

Statistics:
Applied 4,278
Admitted 690 16%
Enrolled total 328
Full Time: 300
Part Time 28
Standards:
Test 25th % 75th %
SAT EBRW 0 0
SAT Math 0 0
SAT Written (2006-2015) Optional 0 0
ACT Composite 15 19
ACT English 14 19
ACT Math 15 18
ACT Writing 0 0
Retention / Graduation:
Retention rate 63%
4-year graduation rate 18%
6-year graduation rate 35%
Application Deadlines:
Regular Application Deadline
Early Admission Deadline
Early Decision Deadline
Financial Aid Deadline
Student Response Deadline
Transfer Student Application Deadline
Requirements:
Open Admissions Policy No
Secondary School GPA Required
Secondary School Rank Required
Secondary School Record Required
Formal Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission Test Scores Required
TOEFL Required
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended
Credit:
AP Credits Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Mississippi Valley State University

Tuition In-District In-State Out-Of-State
Avg Full-Time Undergraduate Tuition $5,232.00 $5,232.00 $5,232.00
Full-Time Undergraduate Required Fees $75.00 $75.00 $75.00
Part-Time Undergraduate Cost Per Credit Hour $218.00 $218.00 $218.00
Avg Full Time Graduate Tuition $5,886.00 $5,886.00 $5,886.00
Full Time Graduate Required Fees $75.00 $75.00 $75.00
Part-Full Time Graduate Cost Per Credit Hour $327.00 $327.00 $327.00
Expenses On-Campus Off-Campus
(without family)
Off-Campus
(with family)
Room and Board $6,200.00 $6,200.00 $4,400.00
Other Expenses $4,400.00 $4,400.00 $4,400.00
Additional Fees
Undergraduate Application Fee $0.00
Graduate Application Fee $0.00
Books and Supplies $1,400.00
Financial Aid
Percent receiving aid 98%
Percent receiving grant aid 95%
Avg amount of grant aid $7,151.00
Percent receiving student loan aid 96%
Avg amount of student loan aid $7,353.00

Mississippi Valley State University

Programs and majors Associate's Bachelor's Master's Doctorate
BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
Bioinformatics X
Biology/Biological Sciences, General X
BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES
Accounting X
Business Administration and Management, General X X
Office Management and Supervision X
COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS
Public Relations/Image Management X
COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES
Computer and Information Sciences, General X
EDUCATION
Elementary Education and Teaching X X
English/Language Arts Teacher Education X
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching X
Mathematics Teacher Education X
Music Teacher Education X
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching X
Social Science Teacher Education X
Special Education and Teaching, General X
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other X
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels X
ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS
Industrial Technology/Technician X
ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS
English Language and Literature, General X
Rhetoric and Composition X
HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS
Environmental Health X X
HISTORY
History, General X
HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration X
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies X
MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS
Mathematics, General X
PHYSICAL SCIENCES
Chemistry, General X
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS
Human Services, General X
Public Administration X X
Social Work X
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Political Science and Government, General X
Sociology X
VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
Music Management X
Music, General X
Visual and Performing Arts, General X

Mississippi Valley State University Scholarships

Name Amount Deadline
TJF Hungry For Education Scholarship $1,250 December 01, 2016

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