Meridian Mission & Vision


Mississippi State University – Meridian will serve the region of East Mississippi and West Alabama by providing highly educated and strongly motivated leaders in the fields of education, business, social services, the humanities, healthcare and technology. The MSU Riley Center will provide entertainment and enrich lifelong learning to improve the quality of life for people through education and the arts.


Mississippi State University – Meridian is an extended campus of a public, land-grant university whose mission is to provide access and opportunity to students from all sectors of the state’s diverse population and to offer excellent programs of teaching, research, and service. The MSU Riley Center for Education and Performing Arts enriches the culture of the region and the state.

MSU-Meridian offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs that include education, the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and health sciences.

The university embraces its role as a major contributor to the economic development of the East Mississippi/West Alabama area through targeted research and the transfer of ideas and technology to the public, supported by faculty and staff relationships with industry, community organizations, and government entities.

MSU-Meridian provides a broad range of fields into which community college students may transfer to complete undergraduate degrees through traditional and technical pathways.

MSU-Meridian strategically extends its resources and expertise throughout its service area for the benefit of citizens, offering access for working and place-bound adult learners through convenient course offerings.

The university further serves the needs of professionals throughout the region by providing opportunities for completion of graduate degrees education, health sciences, and mental health.

Mississippi State is committed to its tradition of instilling among its students and alumni ideals of diversity, citizenship, leadership, and service through life-long learning.

As an off-campus site of Mississippi State University, MSU-Meridian supports the overall mission of MSU.