Mississippi Valley State University

Itta Bena, MS
School Type:
4-year, Public
Student Population:
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Admission Requirements
Required GPA
Required SAT
20/22(out of state)
Required ACT
930/1020 (out of state)
Quick facts
  • Founded: 1950
  • Enrollment: 1,879
  • Mascot: Delta Devils
  • Colors: Forest Green and White
  • Motto: Live for Service
  • Campus Setting: Town
  • Campus Housing: Yes
Short description

Mississippi Valley State University, located in the town of Itta Bena, Mississippi, has a significant history that began in 1950. Originally established as Mississippi Vocational College, it was created to provide practical training in agricultural, industrial, and home economics fields for African-American students in the rural Mississippi Delta. The university has since evolved, expanding its academic offerings and playing a crucial role in the education and empowerment of its community.

Today, as a public four-year institution, Mississippi Valley State University boasts an enrollment of 1,879 students. It offers a range of Bachelor's and Master's degree programs, with popular majors including Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Biology, and Environmental Health. These programs reflect the university's commitment to providing education that meets the needs of a changing world while staying true to its roots in service and practical training.

Athletically, MVSU competes in the NCAA Division I within the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), with its teams known as the Delta Devils. This athletic participation adds to the vibrant campus life, fostering a sense of community and school spirit. The university's motto, "Live for Service," encapsulates its enduring commitment to serving its students and the wider community, making it a vital institution in the landscape of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Admissions & Financial Aid
  • Admissions: (205) 929-1656 
  • Admissions email: admission@miles.edu

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  • Financial Aid: (205) 929-1665
  • Financial Aid email: finaid@miles.edu

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Popular Majors
  • Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice
  • Biology
  • Environmental Health

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NCAA Division I - Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC Conference)

Team Name: Delta Devils

Men's Sports:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor)

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Softball
  • Soccer
  • Cross Country
  • Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor)

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