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Jackson, MS 39217
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Jackson State University

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Jackson State University (colloquially known as Jackson State and JSU) is a public research university located in Jackson, Mississippi. A historically black university (HBCU) and member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the institution currently awards bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.


Initially founded as a seminary in the town of Natchez in 1877, the school operated as a private church institution with an emphasis on training African Americans to become teachers. Construction began on the current Jackson campus in 1902 but the first baccalaureate degree was not granted until the 1920s.

In 1940, the state of Mississippi’s education system took over the school, which had been run by the American Baptist Home Mission Society until that time. After numerous name changes and reorganizations, the school received its current name in 1974.

The university, which has grown and expanded immensely since its inception, held its 125th anniversary celebration in 2002.


JSU is composed of the following schools:

  • College of Business
  • College of Education and Human Development
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Public Service
  • College of Science, Engineering and Technology
  • College of Lifelong Learning

The university has been designated a “high research activity” institution by the Carnegie Foundation. It is only one of two HBCUs with the distinction.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Jackson State is home to a number of unique centers and institutes, including the English as a Second Language Institute, Center for University Scholars, and the Institute for Educational Renewal.

The school also maintains the Mississippi e-Center, which expounds upon the university’s dedication to Internet technologies and provides a range of services to the State of Mississippi, including distance learning, electronic-based research, and community outreach.


Undergraduate applications, which can be submitted online, are accepted on a rolling basis. Prospective students must have completed college preparatory courses in English, math, sciences, social sciences, electives, and computer science and must have either a 3.20 high school grade point average (on a 4.0 scale); have either a 2.50 grade point average or rank in the top 50% of their class, and score 16 or higher on the ACT or SAT equivalent; have a 2.00 high school grade point average and score 18 or higher on the ACT or SAT equivalent; or meet NCAA standards for students who are “full qualifiers” under Division I guidelines. Students who do not meet any of these admissions requirements may still be eligible for admission by participating in a screening process that includes a diagnostic test.

As each graduate program has its own policies and procedures, prospective graduate students should consult the program they intend to pursue to find out specific admissions requirements.

Financial Aid

The financial aid office offers an impressive array of services to incoming and existing students, including financial counseling services for students and parents, workshops on the financial aid process, discrepancy resolutions, and coordination of aid awards with the Business Office.

Jackson State students may be eligible for need-based and/or merit-based financial aid. Types of financial aid that are commonly awarded include grants, such as Pell Grants; loans, such as Stafford Loans and Perkins Loans; and work study programs. Scholarships are another type of financial aid that does not have to be repaid.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2879th for the average student loan amount.
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The Center for Student Engagement and Inclusion (CSEI) helps build student and community involvement while nurturing first-year students during their college experience.

The university is home to more than 150 student clubs and organizations. These groups range from Greek organizations and other social groups to academic organizations, such as honor societies and major- or industry-specific groups, to religious groups, special interest clubs, and organizations that are only for the residents of certain areas of campus.

In addition to participating in clubs, students can enjoy the numerous seminars, challenges, events, activities, and performances that are sponsored by the school and held on campus throughout the year.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Jackson State University is an NCAA Division I school and a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. School colors are blue and white and JSU’s mascot is the Bengal tiger.

The Tigers’ sports for men include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Indoor Track
  • Outdoor Track

The Tigers’ sports for women include:

  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Track and Field
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

The university also has a dance line, known as the Prancing J-Settes, and a marching band, known as the Sonic Boom of the South.

Local Community

The JSU campus is located close to downtown Jackson, which is the largest city in Mississippi as well as the state’s capital. Jackson is home to 425,000 people and a bevy of musical, artistic, and historical entertainment. Visitors can play golf, enjoy a blues festival, visit the zoo, or take in a rodeo. Literature enthusiasts can visit the home and garden of famed author Eudora Welty and science buffs can take in a presentation at the Russell C. Davis Planetarium.

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Ranks 5th in Mississippi and 596th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Mississippi and 555th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 25 0.28
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 27 0.30
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 5 0.06
Arrest 4 0.04

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 634 0.36
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 52 0.03
Forcible Rape 126 0.07
Robbery 808 0.46
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4,722 2.71
Larceny 6,632 3.81
Vehicle theft 1,457 0.84

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2802

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1340th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,348 $6,348 $6,348
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A $9,204
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $265 $265 $649
FT Graduate Tuition $6,348 $6,348 $6,348
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A $9,204
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $511 $511 $864
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $20,640 $20,640 $29,844
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $19,848 $19,848 $29,052
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $13,748 $13,748 $22,952

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,050 $5,888 $5,050 $5,888 $13,040 $14,576
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $2,300(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $6,596 $6,706
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,800(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,100(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,100(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,100(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application FeeN/A
Graduate Application Fee$25
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,325 (1,767 male / 3,558 female)
Admitted 3,442 (1,204 male / 2,238 female)
Admission rate 65%
First-time Enrollment 1,103 (468 male / 635 female)
FT Enrollment 1,096 (466 male / 630 female)
PT Enrollment 7 (2 male / 5 female)
Total Enrollment9,134

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Southwestern Athletic Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Southwestern Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Southwestern Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Southwestern Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

1229th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 98%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 22
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 20
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 21

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,550
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$4,298
Board Fee$2,894

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 1,291 11 15 1 81 1,411
Accounting 55 2 5 1 7 71
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General 3 4
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 77 1 2 80
Business Administration and Management, General 97 1 4 103
Business/Managerial Economics 1 1
Chemistry, General 19 2 21
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 9 9
Civil Engineering, General 9 4 14
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 22 1 6 29
Computer Engineering, General 18 2 20
Computer and Information Sciences, General 18 1 1 3 23
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 10 10
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 69 70
Education, General 16 3 19
Education, Other 54 55
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 16 5 21
Elementary Education and Teaching 40 40
Engineering, General 2 2 3 7
English Language and Literature, General 27 2 29
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 14 1 15
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology 4 4
Environmental Science 1 1
Finance, General 8 8
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 1 1 2
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 41 42
History, General 9 9
Industrial Technology/Technician 19 1 20
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching 49 49
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 17 17
Mass Communication/Media Studies 29 30
Mathematics Teacher Education 3 1 4
Mathematics, General 7 7
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 120 2 5 128
Music Performance, General 4 5
Music Teacher Education 10 1 11
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 40 3 43
Physics, General 1 1
Political Science and Government, General 37 1 1 4 44
Psychology, General 30 1 32
Public Administration 15 15
Public Health, General 39 2 3 44
Reading Teacher Education 2 2
Rhetoric and Composition 9 9
Secondary Education and Teaching 3 1 4
Social Science Teacher Education 6 6
Social Work 104 6 110
Sociology 23 23
Special Education and Teaching, General 13 6 19
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 7 2 9
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 17 1 1 3 22
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education 14 1 1 1 17
Urban Studies/Affairs 2 2
Visual and Performing Arts, General 16 16
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor 15 15

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1900th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $63,623 ($67,524 male / $55,574 female)
Number of FT Faculty 373 (207 male / 166 female)
Number of PT Faculty 534
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $9,029,617

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