Mississippi State holds the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s designation as a Doctoral/Extensive institution. Representative of the American land-grant tradition and distinctive in its own character and spirit, it is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, specialist and doctoral degrees. A body of energetic researchers, both faculty and other, are assisted by an effective research administration to place Mississippi State among the top 100 universities in the nation in research and development in the sciences and engineering. MSU is ranked 9th nationally in agricultural and natural resources research, and has been ranked in the Top 10 in agriculture for the better part of two decades. Starkville holds the title of Mississippi’s college town and is an excellent mix of town and gown. It boasts a vibrant business community, attractive and safe neighborhoods, good public and private schools, concerts, and plays. Starkville is a great place to raise a family due to its low cost of living and diverse blends of races, ethnicities, and cultures. There are major metropolitan areas within a c...ouple hours’ drive and a regional airport only 25 minutes away. There are also abundant opportunities to watch nationally competitive MSU sports teams at world-class venues.