Higher Education and Research

The Golden Triangle is home to several higher education institutions and is in close proximity to several universities and community colleges in Mississippi and Alabama.

Mississippi State University is located in Starkville and Columbus is home to Mississippi University for Women. East Mississippi Community College is located in the center of the region, providing world-class career and technical training. The University of Alabama and The University of Mississippi are located within 60 miles of the region.

Collectively, there are approximately 60,000 students within a 60-minute commute to the region.

Mississippi State University’s Bagley College of Engineering generates approximately 600 graduates annually including concentrations in Aerospace, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial & Systems and Mechanical Engineering.

The MSU Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS) is an interdisciplinary center focused on developing superior computational, engineering, manufacturing, design, and information technologies relevant to Mississippi and regional industries.

In 2015, Mississippi State University was chosen to operate the National Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems.



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  • The big decision for Airbus Helicopters, Inc., to come to Columbus was low tax base, the land was not expensive, you have a very talented pool of employees to pick from and the State of MS was very accommodating on us coming here. Several Industries have followed us and they’ve all been successful.

    Rob Boman

    Director/Site Manager, Airbus Helicopters, Columbus, Mississippi