Mississippi Valley State University, MVSU or the Valley, is a historically black public university in Leflore County, at about one mile northeast of Itta Bena, Mississippi. It is a state-supported, four-year, coeducational, liberal arts institution, serving the Delta region.
The university was opened in 1946 as Mississippi Vocational College, endeavoring to impart training to teachers and provide vocational training. Later in 1964, the institution became Mississippi Valley State College and then in 1974 Mississippi Valley State University.
MVSU is accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools (SACS) and is governed by a 12-member Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning. Arts, Humanities, Sciences, and Technology are the major fields of study. Also, professional programs in Business, Education, Special Services, and pre-professional health services are offered. Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Master of Science are the degrees awarded. College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, College of Professional Studies, and College of Graduate Studies are the four academic units.
Spreading over an area of 450 acres, the campus features 33 buildings. James Herbert White Library has a collection of print and non-print materials that supports the university’s mission of research, teaching, and learning.
In addition to the main campus, the university has two off-campus sites, the Greenwood Center and the Greenville Center. Greenwood Center provides upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as non-credit workshops and short courses. The Greenville Higher Education Center mainly focuses on lifelong learning.