Mississippi State University

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#207, overall score 28.17/100

Fun Fact:

Fans ring cowbells during football games as an ode to the legend of a cow that wandered onto the football field during a game that resulted in a victory for MSU.

Why should Jewish students attend Mississippi State? While our Hillel is small, our membership is very tight knit and are friends outside of Hillel as well. Our Hillel gives people the opportunity to actively shape Jewish life on campus, and promotes inclusiveness for all groups of students to truly feel a part of the Bulldog Family. We have a large amount of support from the faculty, staff, and community, and we are in constant contact with the president of the university to help increase the quality of Jewish Life on our campus. We’d love to tell you more about our organization! - Jacob Craig, president, Hillel at Mississippi State University


  • Location: Starkville, Miss.
  • Region: South
  • Campus type: College town
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 18,090
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 20
  • Jewish population share: 0.1%
  • Student origin: 70% in-state / 30% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Reflector
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Bulldogs
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Dark Horses / Night Mares

COST & AID Score: 3.33/15

  • Score: 3.33/15
  • In-state tuition: $8,138
  • Out-of-state tuition: $22,358
  • Room & board costs: $9,614
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $6,352
  • Average loan debt: $30,721

ACADEMICS Score: 1.67/20

  • Score: 1.67/20
  • Acceptance rate: 73%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 20:1
  • Median SAT range: 1030-1320
  • Jewish Studies program: No
  • Jewish Studies major: No
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 11/20

  • Score: 11/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 3
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: None
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: No
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 9.33/11

  • Score: 9.33/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 1.53/1,000 students (low)
  • City crime rate: 1.53/1,000 people (low)
  • LGBT center: No

JEWISH LIFE Score: 2.83/34

  • Score: 2.83/34
  • Hillel: Hillel at Mississippi State University
  • Chabad: No
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: No
  • Jewish sororities: No
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Chicken soup hotline: No
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 10
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 0
  • Eruv: No
  • Where do Jewish students come from? A good number come from Mississippi, but Jews have come from New York, New Jersey, Georgia, Virginia, and Alabama, to name a few states.
  • Kosher food details: While they do not have an active kosher section, many vegetarian options are available at dining areas.

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