James Worth Bagley College of Engineering
For more than 100 years, the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University has been at the forefront of education and research. Advancing in every aspect, the college is committed to pursuing excellence in education, as well as providing an environment for personal growth and development.
As one of approximately 40 named engineering colleges in the nation, the Bagley College offers degree programs in eight different academic engineering departments and many certificate programs. Each academic program provides a challenging curriculum and an encouraging environment to allow students to achieve their full potential.
The Bagley College of Engineering is Mississippi State’s third largest college. It currently ranks 51st among all engineering colleges nationally in research and development expenditures according to the National Science Foundation. U.S. News and World Report ranks its undergraduate and graduate programs in the top 100 nationwide.
A report published by the National Action Council on Minorities in Engineering stated that African Americans comprise only 5% of all engineering bachelor’s degrees achieved, with the same percentage of career holders in the engineering workforce. The Bagley College of Engineering is committed to the growth and development of our diversity initiatives including mentoring and helping our students transition into the engineering profession. It is that commitment that has our African American enrollment at 11%, as well as awarding 8.65% of bachelor degrees in 2018/19 to 62 African American engineers. We recognize that diverse teams built across departments and with industry leaders can create the effective solutions for the challenges facing our ever-growing world.
According to a recent report from the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, female engineers represent only about 14% of the total engineering workforce. The low numbers of women practicing in the engineering profession can be discouraging, but the Bagley College of Engineering is changing that situation. The college is hiring more female professors, conducting teacher education workshops, and offering outreach and mentor programs that teach elementary and high school girls the reasons to consider engineering as a profession. As a result, undergraduate female enrollment rates are up and graduate enrollment rates are above the national average.