Jackson State University 1

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1400 J.R. Lynch Street

Jackson, MS 39217

Phone: (601) 979-2121
2012-2013 Tuition
Aug. 1
application deadline

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Jackson State University is a public institution that was founded in 1877. It has a urban setting and the campus size is 150 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Jackson State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $5,888 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $14,576 (2012-13).

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


A Historically Black Carnegie Doctoral/ [Research Universities (High Research Activity)] public institution of higher learning located in the metropolitan area of Jackson, Mississippi. Jackson State University educates a diverse student population from Mississippi, most other states and many foreign countries by providing a broad range of baccalaureate programs and a variety of masters and doctoral programs in its six Colleges: Business; Education and Human Development; Liberal Arts; Lifelong Learning; Public Service; and Science, Engineering and Technology. The learning process at Jackson State is enhanced through experiential learning in urban and rural areas throughout the city, state, nation, and global communities. Jackson State is a learning community for highly capable, as well as capable but under prepared students who require a nurturing academic environment.


JSU's adherence to the following Operating Principles will enhance the University's ability to effectively serve students, thereby ensuring productive graduates.

Values Based Learning Community

The University's core values are infused in every aspect of its existence: tradition: its history inspires and exemplifies positive societal change; accountability, the principled exercise of leadership and the belief in the sanctity of the public trust; learning, an environment where teaching , research and service are integrated and mutually reinforcing; nurturing, a community which affirms and welcomes persons from diverse backgrounds and experiences and supports the realization of their human potential; service, responding to the needs of society and expecting our graduates to do likewise; responsibility, accepting our duty to enhance each generation's capacity to improve the human condition.

Meeting Regional Learning Needs

Jackson State has primary responsibility for the higher education needs of central Mississippi. Its students, however, come from throughout Mississippi, most of the United States, and several foreign countries. The institution has locations throughout the city of Jackson: a 250-acre main campus, information technology, public health and health sciences, and lifelong learning satellite campuses. The College of Lifelong Learning also offers credit and non-credit courses at several Community Colleges primarily in central Mississippi.


e-City is a living/learning urban studio comprised of a 5-square mile area contiguously surrounding Jackson State University. It is a mutually beneficial, university-based economic and human development initiative where students engage in experientially enhanced learning through partnerships with the U.S. Department of Education, the Mississippi Department of Education, the Fannie Mae Foundation and Corporation, the City of Jackson, Jackson Public Schools and private and not-for-profit businesses. Concomitantly, the University serves as a lifelong learning resource for city employees, teachers, other professionals and community groups.

Fostering Research

Jackson State University recognizes that research is a key component of not only learning, but economic development as well. The University is internationally known in the field of computational computing and has a breath of research activity across all disciplines. It is expected that the Schools of Engineering and Public Health will continue to grow. Multi-disciplinary funded research in general is expected to expand, particularly in the areas of education and human development, communications technology, epidemiology, environmental health, homeland security and nanotechnology.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1877
Religious affiliation N/A
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2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Jackson State University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 31.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 31.3% 4
Application deadline August 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 74.5 percent.

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Student Life

Jackson State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

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Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Jackson State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Jackson 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). Of the students at Jackson State University, 11 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Jackson State University.

Students who have cars on campus 11%
Health insurance offered Yes

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In-state tuition and fees $5,888 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $14,576 (2012-13)
Room and board $6,706 (2012-13)
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