Jackson State University


Enrollment: 6,509.

Student Body: 62% female, 38% male, 18% out-of-state, 1% international. African American 87%, Caucasian 2%.

Retention and Graduation: 66% freshmen return for sophomore year. 14% freshmen graduate within 4 years. 13% grads go on to further study within 1 year. 6% grads pursue law degrees. 7% grads pursue medical degrees.

Faculty: Student/faculty ratio 18:1. 354 full-time faculty, 76% hold PhDs, 82% are members of minority groups, 46% are women.


Degrees: Bachelors, masters, post-master’s certificate.

Majors with Highest Enrollment: Education, other; elementary education and teaching; social work.

Special Study Options: Cooperative education program, distance learning, double major, dual enrollment, English as a Second Language (ESL), honors program, independent study, internships, study abroad, teacher certification program, weekend college, Undergrads may take grad level classes. Off-Campus Programs: Research semester at Lawrence Berkeley Lab. Co-Op Programs: Business, Computer Science, Natural Science.

Honors programs: Honors College Special programs offered to physically disabled students include note-taking services, tape recorders, tutors.

Career services: Career/job search classes, career assessment.

Career services highlights include: They both are important in assisting students for job placement after graduation.


Housing: Men’s dorms, women’s dorms 100% of campus accessible to physically disabled.

Special Academic Facilities/Equipment: Research center.

Computers: Students can register for classes online. Administrative functions (other than registration) can be performed online.


Environment: Metropolis.

Activities: Choral groups, concert band, dance, drama/theater, jazz band, literary magazine, marching band, music ensembles, opera, pep band, radio station, student government, student newspaper, student-run film society, symphony orchestra, television station, yearbook.

Organizations: 150 registered organizations, 20 honor societies, 11 religious organizations. 4 fraternities, 4 sororities.

Athletics (Intercollegiate): Men: Baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track/field (outdoor), track/field (indoor), volleyball. Women: Basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, Softball, tennis, track/field (outdoor), track/field (indoor), volleyball.


Freshman Academic Profile: Average high school GPA 2.9. 31% in top 25% of high school class, 58% in top 50% of high school class. 85% from public high schools. ACT middle 50% range 16-20. Minimum paper TOEFL 525. Minimum computer TOEFL 300.

Basis for Candidate Selection: Very important factors considered include: Academic GPA, rigor of secondary school record, standardized test scores. Important factors considered include: level of applicant’s interest.

Freshman Admission Requirements: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted. Academic units required: 4 English, 3 mathematics, 3 science, 3 social studies, 2 academic electives.

Freshman Admission Statistics: 8,052 applied, 39% admitted, 29% enrolled.

Transfer Admission Requirements: High school transcript, college transcript(s), minimum college GPA of 2.0 required. Lowest grade transferable C.

General Admission Information: Nonfall registration accepted.


Average book expense $800.

Required Forms and Deadlines: FAFSA, institution’s own financial aid form, state aid form

Notification of Awards: Applicants will be notified of awards on a rolling basis beginning 2/15.

Types of Aid: Need-based scholarships/grants: Federal Pell, SEOG, state scholarships/ grants, private scholarships, the school’s own gift aid. Loans: FFEL Subsidized Stafford, FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford, FFEL PLUS, Federal Perkins, college/ university loans from institutional funds.

Student Employment: Federal Work-Study Program available. Institutional employment available. Highest amount earned per year from on-campus jobs $2,200. Off-campus job opportunities are good.

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