Alcorn State University

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1000 ASU Drive #359

Alcorn State, MS 39096

Phone: (601) 877-6100
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News rank Category Name
#77 Overall Score: 40 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Alcorn State University is a public institution that was founded in 1871. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,208, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 1,756 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Alcorn State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 77. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,096 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $15,096 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Alcorn State University, a Historically Black College and University, is a comprehensive land-grant institution that celebrates a rich heritage with a diverse student and faculty population. The University emphasizes intellectual development and lifelong learning through the integration of diverse pedagogies, applied and basic research, cultural and professional programs, public service and outreach, while providing access to globally competitive academic and research programs. Alcorn strives to prepare graduates to be well-rounded future leaders of high character and to be successful in the global marketplace of the 21st century.

Alcorn State University is a Historically Black University that has been committed to academic excellence for over 140 years. Alcorn is a premier comprehensive land-grant university that develops diverse students into globally competitive leaders, and applies scientific research through collaborative partnerships that benefit the surrounding communities, state, nation and world. Alcorn was founded in 1871 and is the oldest public historically black land-grant institution in the United States and the second oldest state supported institution of higher learning in Mississippi. Alcorn offers graduate and undergraduate programs in agriculture, business, robotic engineering, science and mathematics, criminal justice, industrial technology, education, nursing, and information technology among others. The University's academic programs are designed to challenge the mind, build intellectual integrity and create leaders of tomorrow. At Alcorn State University, education is a transformation: a discovery process in which students find voices and passions, learn to think critically and independently, gain new knowledge and build character.

Alcorn is a family oriented environment. Its social and cultural life is constantly evolving as the university seeks the most effective and efficient means to increase knowledge and character of its students. Currently, our social and cultural life reflects the University's rich history and traditions, and exposes students to social, cultural, academic, recreational, and governance programs that broaden their horizons and helps them to become globally competitive professionals and leaders.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1871
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $10,238,677


When applying to Alcorn State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 47.1 percent.

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Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 47.1%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Alcorn State University is 18:1, and the school has 41.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Alcorn State University include: Health Professions and Related Programs; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; and Social Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 68.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 18:1
4-year graduation rate 15%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 16%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 14%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 13%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 6%
Social Sciences 6%

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Student Life

Alcorn State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,208, with a gender distribution of 35.1 percent male students and 64.9 percent female students. At this school, 52 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 48 percent of students live off campus. Alcorn State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,950
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Alcorn State University offers a number of student services including placement service and health service. Alcorn State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Alcorn State University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Alcorn State University, 46.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,405.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,096 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $15,096 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,430 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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