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Mississippi State University

I’m a bit late this week, as I’ve had some problems finding as much information about MSU as I’d like.  

Located in Starkville, MS, Mississippi State University is the second largest university in Mississippi.  The university has its roots as The Agricultural and Mechanical College of the State of Mississippi, and just like The University of Tennessee, The University of Mississippi, and The University of Florida, is a land grant university that was made possible by the Morill Act of 1862. The first students began in the fall of 1880. The university now boasts around 20,000 students.  The school colors are maroon and 

Today, Mississippi State University has an extension office in every county in the state of Mississippi, the largest of which is in Meridian, which offers degrees to both undergraduate and graduate students.  

The first building on campus, Old Main (or Main Dormitory) was built in 1880.  Additions were made to the building form 1901 to 1922 until it reached what is believed to have been the largest dormitory in the United States. Tragically, the building burned to the ground in January of 1959.  Out of the 1100 residents of the building, only one was killed in the incident.  Bricks from the structure were used to construct the Chapel of Memories.  Though not the most well known school in the SEC, Mississippi State University is an academic institution that has stood the test of time. 

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