#6 Best Public Universities in Mississippi

Jackson State University

Jackson, Mississippi

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Jackson State University overview
Location Jackson, Mississippi
Online jsums.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
Jackson State University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Jackson State University (JSU), founded in 1877, is a public historically black university (HBCU) situated in Jackson, Mississippi. As an urban campus sprawling across a 245-acre land area, JSU offers a diverse range of academic programs, with a notable emphasis on science, engineering, business, and education. The university provides on-campus housing options to accommodate its student body. With its history rooted in service and leadership, JSU has developed an academic environment that emphasizes research and public service. The college is less selective, with an application process geared towards inclusivity. While Jackson State University is not primarily recognized for its athletics, the institution competes in NCAA Division I sports as the Tigers within the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).

In the most recent statistical year 12,583 prospective students applied, and 11,153 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,132 enrolled in the school.  5,156 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,750 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $8,270 plus fees of $175. Jackson State University is ranked 961 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

Jackson State University is a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) primarily serving the African-American community.
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Jackson State University is rated within the lower 29% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 3 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Very Easy
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SAT 1073/1210
ACT 16/21
GPA 3.1

Applications Accepted

Jackson State University overview
Applications Due Jul 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $25

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Jackson State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,400
Other Fees$175
Room and Board $10,445
Budget for Other Expenses$9,233
Total One Year Cost$29,523

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$32,800 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

40% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Jackson State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 20%
Education 14%
General Studies 12%
Biology 9%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 6%

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