Location & Contact Information

14000 Highway 82 West
Itta Bena, Mississippi 38941-1400
Main Phone: (662) 254-3347, (800) 844-6885 (In state)
Main Contact: Jerald Adley

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Mississippi Valley State University

     MVSU prepares you for a successful life after college. With the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Professional Studies, Education and the Graduate School, MVSU provides its students with a variety of educational and future career opportunities.
     At the Valley, we know the importance of a healthy enriching life outside the classroom. Professional counselors assist students with clarifying interests, aptitude skills, values and experiences.
68% of our diverse and dedicated faculty holds doctoral degree. MVSU boasts a students body of students from all parts of the U.S, Canada and the world.
     U. S. News & World Report named MVSU as one of America’s best in the southern region. With innovative technology, MVSU is “One of the Best”. Valley students graduate prepared for the working world, graduate programs and other opportunities.

Quick Facts

Undergrad Population: 2210
Graduate Population: 426
Student Body: Coed
In State Tuition: $4781
Out of State Tuition: $11923
Room & Board: $5537
Applications Due: August 17th (No Fee)
Mascot: Devils
Online Classes: no
Percent Men: 50%
Percent Women: 50%

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Majors Offered

Agriculture & Related Sciences
•Agribusiness Operations
•Agriculture - General
•Animal Breeding
•Food Science

Arts, Visual & Performing
•Art - General
•Commercial/Advertising Art
•Drama/Theater Arts
•Music - General

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Business, Management, & Marketing
•Administrative/Secretarial Services
•Fashion Merchandising
•Management Information Systems
•Office Management
•Operations Management
•Sales and Distribution
•Tourism/Travel Services

Communications & Journalism

Communications Technologies
•Communications Technologies - General
•Graphic/Printing Equipment Operation

Computer & Information Sciences
•Computer/Information Sciences - General
•Data Processing Technology

Construction Trades
•Masonry/Tile Setting
•Power/Electric Transmission

•Business Teacher Education
•Elementary Education
•Physical Education
•Secondary Education
•Trade/Industrial Education

•Engineering - General

Engineering Technologies
•Civil Engineering/Technology
•Drafting and Design Technology
•Electrical Engineering Technologies

English Language & Literature
•English Language & Literature - General
•Rhetoric and Composition

Family & Consumer Sciences
•Child Care Management
•Family/Consumer Sciences - General
•Institutional Food Production

Foreign Language & Literature
•Sign Language Interpretation

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
•Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technology
•Dental Assistance
•Emergency Medical Technology
•Medical Laboratory Assistance
•Medical Records Technology
•Nursing - Practical
•Nursing Assistance
•Respiratory Therapy
•Surgical Technology
•Veterinarian Assistance

•History - General

Law & Legal Studies
•Legal Administrative Assistance
•Paralegal/Legal Assistance

Liberal Arts & Sciences
•Liberal Arts & Sciences

•Mathematics - General

Mechanic & Repair Technologies
•Aircraft Mechanics
•Auto Body Repair
•Electrical/Electronics Equipment Repair
•Heating/A.C./Refrigeration Mechanics
•Industrial Equipment Maintenance/Repair

Personal & Culinary Services
•Culinary Arts/Related Services

Physical Sciences

•Psychology - General

Security & Protective Services
•Criminal Justice Studies
•Fire Protection/Safety Technology

Social Sciences
•Political Science/Government

Sports & Extra Curricular Activities
Choral Groups, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Pep Band, Radio Station, Sororities, Student Newspaper
College History
     Legislation authorizing the establishment of the institution under the name Mississippi Vocational College was enacted by the Mississippi Legislature in 1946. The express purpose for the new college was to train teachers for rural and elementary schools and to provide vocational training.
     The groundbreaking ceremony was held February 19, 1950, with the late Honorable Governor Fielding Wright, the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, the first president of the University, Dr. James Herbert White, and interested friends participating.
     The college opened in the summer of 1950 with enrollment of 205 in-service teachers.
     The first academic year, 1950-51, opens with 14 regular students and seven faculty members. The college offered the bachelor of science degree in 14 areas and provided Extension Services.
     The name of the institution was changed to Mississippi Valley State College in 1964. The college was authorized to offer the liberal arts degree as well as the science and education degrees.
     Dr. Earnest A. Boykins, the college's second president, takes office in July 1971.
     The Honorable Governor William A. Waller signs into law the bill granting university status to the institution on March 15, 1974. The institution name has since been known as Mississippi Valley State University.
     The University began offering its first master's degree in 1976. The University now offers the master's degree in environmental health, elementary education, criminal justice, business administration, special education, rural public policy and the master of arts in teaching.
     Dr. Joe L. Boyer, the third president of MVSU, takes office in January 1982.
     Dr. William W. Sutton, the fourth president, takes office in July 1988.
     The Greenwood Center, an off-campus site of MVSU, opens in January 1996.
     Dr. Lester C. Newman, the fifth president of MVSU takes office on July 1, 1998.
     The Greenville Higher Learning Center, an off-campus site of MVSU, opens January 2001.
     Dr. Donna H. Oliver was named president of MVSU in October 2008 and took office effective January 1, 2009. She is the sixth president of The Valley and the first female president.
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News and Upcoming Events at Mississippi Valley State University

America's Oldest HBCU Classic, Turkey Day Classic, Schedule!
Turkey Day Classic & Hornet Homecoming Events The Turkey Day Classic event schedule features a host of exciting Homecoming festivities for your news ...
Devils News: Get to Know Our Queen and King
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College Hall I Scheduled for Uplift
Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) President William Bynum has announced the renovation of College Hall I to accommodate the growing number of ...
AMSC President Gary McGaha to Give MVSU Commencement Address
University will confer honorary degrees to Otis Clay (posthumous) and Bobby Rush Dr. Gary McGaha will give Mississippi Valley State University’s 64th ...
MVSU Hosts 36th Annual Social Work Conference
The Department of Social Work at Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) will host its 36th Annual Social Work Conference on April 14 - 15 at the L ...
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