Mississippi Valley State University




MVSU, originally named Mississippi Vocational College, was established in 1946 to train teachers for rural and elementary schools and to provide vocational training. The institution was granted university status in 1974; two years later, it offered its first master’s degree. MVSU is the nation’s youngest HBCU, consisting of four colleges and more than a dozen undergraduate degree-granting departments.

Notable Alumni Include: Katie Hall, former U.S. Representative from Indiana; pro-football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice; Dr. Gary A. McGaha, president of Atlanta Metropolitan State College.