STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) — Mississippi State University went public Thursday with its effort to raise $600 million for academics as well as athletics.
The university quietly started the fundraising effort in 2010 and has raised nearly $345 million so far.
Money raised in this campaign will go toward Mississippi State's eight academic colleges, its libraries, its athletic programs, the Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College and the university's campus in Meridian.
"This effort is going to give us the edge that we need to really push Mississippi State forward and really advance us into one of the leading research universities in the country," said Jerry Gilbert, provost & executive vice president.
A couple of reasons why university officials feel confident that they will be able to raise all of the money in time by their deadline is because there is such a wide spectrum of needs and such a wide spectrum of different areas that people can donate money too.
"The important thing to remember there is the money goes where the money wants it to go," added John Rush, vice president for development & alumni. "It's an ambitious goal, but we truly believe it's an attainable goal."
The university's largest fundraising effort will go toward things such as scholarships to endowed faculty positions, a new engineer and science facility and future projects with athletics along with campus enhancements.
Students say the capital campaign will definitely enhance the university experience.
"It's super exciting to hear all about the improvements they will be making over the next few years," adds Erin Williams, student. "Though we have a great university it's going to be really exciting to see what they do."
"I'm excited to see how it's going to get better and see more people come because everybody from all over the place come here anyways," said Kelsey Lopez, student.
"Mississippi State is already a great school and to know that they are raising so much money to make it even greater is really exciting," added Heather Forbes, student. "I can't wait to see how it turns out."
"I love going to Mississippi State, but it's nice to know that in the future there is going to be different changes and it's going to make the school an even better place to go," said Rachel Hybart, student.
Students also say the next wave of students will greatly benefit from the fundraising and call infinite impact an investment for the future.
"I think that the generations after I leave will be extremely grateful for the benefits that come with the construction and the new improvements," added Kaitlyn Moon, student.
Contributions for this effort will be accepted through the end of June in 2018.