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Jackson State University Admission Requirements

Jackson, Mississippi

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Chances of getting into Jackson State University

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
90%
Admission Difficulty for Jackson State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Extremely Easy 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into Jackson State University and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Jackson State University is 90%.  It ranks #12 in Mississippi for lowest rate of acceptance. Jackson State University is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 8,594 out of 9,551 applicants were admitted.

The school has extremely easy admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 74 percent (SAT 890/1050 ACT 17/20). Jackson State University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.1. 7% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Jackson State University application fee is $0 and applications are due by May 15.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Jackson State University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

Jackson State University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
890-1050
Applicants Submitting SAT 
23%
SAT Scores for Jackson State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 450
SAT Math 25th 440
SAT Composite 25th 890
SAT Scores for Jackson State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 520
SAT Math 75th 530
SAT Composite 75th 1050
Average SAT Score 970

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Jackson State University?

Jackson State University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 79 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 890 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 810. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 970 out of 1600. Jackson State University ranks #10 in Mississippi for highest average SAT composite score. 23 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Jackson State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1050 and Above Good >94%
970 to 1050 Avg + 90%-94%
890 to 970 Avg - 83%-90%
810 to 890 Reach 71%-83%
Less than 810 Low <71%
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Jackson State University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
17-20 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
77%
ACT Scores for Jackson State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 16
ACT Math 25th 16
ACT Composite 25th 17
ACT Scores for Jackson State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 21
ACT Math 75th 19
ACT Composite 75th 20
Average ACT Score 18

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Jackson State University?

Admission data indicates that Jackson State University regularly accepts students with ACT's of 17 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 69 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 18 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 20 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #12 in Mississippi for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 77 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Jackson State University.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Jackson State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
20 and Above Good >95%
18 to 20 Avg + 90%-95%
17 to 18 Avg - 85%-90%
16 to 17 Reach 79%-85%
Less than 16 Low <79%
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Jackson State University GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.1
Typical High School Grades 
B

What GPA do you need to get into Jackson State University?

Applicants need about average high school grades to get into Jackson State University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Jackson State University was 3.1 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #12 in Mississippi for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.1 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Jackson State University accepts 90% of all applicants.

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High School GPA's for admitted Jackson State University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 4.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 7.0% Good
3.50 to 3.74 16.0% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 15.0% Avg +
3.00 to 3.24 20.0% Avg -
2.50 to 2.99 27.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 10.0% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 1.0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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Admission Statistics

Jackson State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 6,594 2,957 9,551
Accepted 6,052 2,542 8,594
Acceptance Rate 92% 86% 90%
Enrolled 384 239 623
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 6% 9% 7%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
May 15, 2023
Days left to Apply
230

Applicants have 230 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on May 15, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Jackson State University is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Jackson State University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Jackson State University Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Jackson State University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=175856 IPEDS survey data for Jackson State University.

FAQs

Does Jackson State University prefer SAT or ACT?

23% of students submit their SAT scores to Jackson State University. 77% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Jackson State University?

90% of those who apply are granted admission to Jackson State University. Admission competition is and the college has extremely easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Jackson State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 890 and 1050. 23% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Jackson State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 17 and 20. 77% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.