Jackson State University


Highest Degree Offered: Doctoral

College Type: Public

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Mississippi


Founded in 1877, Jackson State University is a historically black university located on a 125-acre campus in Jackson, Mississippi. JSU offers a range of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. Professional fields and the sciences are particularly popular among undergraduates. On the student life front, Jackson State has an active fraternity and sorority system. The school also has two Greek organizations for students involved in band, and The Sonic Boom of the South, Jackson State's marching band, has played at numerous college and professional athletic venues. In athletics, the Jackson State Tigers compete in the NCAA Division I Southwestern Athletic Conference. JSU fields eight men's and ten women's Division I athletic teams.

Most Popular Majors

Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Education, Health Management, Interdisciplinary Studies, Mass Communications, Psychology, Social Work

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 8377
Total Grad Students: 1785
Undergraduate Students: 6592
Faculty: 344

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 24:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 19:1

Percent Male: 38%
Percent Female: 62%

Financial Resources


Alumni Giving Rate: %

Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 16%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 47%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

1440 John R. Lynch Street
Jackson Mississippi 39217

Website: http://www.jsums.edu

Main Email:

Main Phone: 601-979-2121

Additional Campuses:

Admissions Contact:
Stephanie Chatman
Director, Admissions

Transfer Services Contact:

International Admissions Contact:

Athletics Contact:

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used?

High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:
The minimum GPA requirement for transfer admission consideration is a 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
Jackson State University does not accept transfer courses with D grades.

Credits (Min/Max):
A maximum of 64 semester hours of credit will be accepted from a 2-year, 98 from a 4-year. You are required to have the last session of residence or its equivalent at JSU and to complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of courses before graduation.

Test Scores for Applying:
Jackson State does not publish a requirement for the submission of standardized test scores.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Jackson State does not publish a requirement for letters of recommendation.

Essay(s) required:
Jackson State does not publish a requirement for an essay or personal statement.

Application Fee:
Jackson State does not publish an application fee.

Other Requirements:
If you do not freshman entrance requirements, you must have an overall C (2.0) on all college-level work and a C average in the following: 6 semester hrs of English composition; 3 of college algebra or above; 6 of lab science; 9 of electives.

Fall Deadline:

Spring Deadline:

Summer Deadline:
May 1 & June 1

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 17 20
English 16 21
Math 16 19
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied:

Transfers Accepted:

Transfer Percentage Accepted: %

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 31%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -31%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 2300

Other Expenses: 4800

Room and Board: 6596

Tuition and Fees: 13040

Total Cost: 26376

Tuition and Fees – In-State: 5050

Total Cost – In-State: 18746

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
The Office of Financial Aid at Jackson State University coordinates all financial assistance (federal, state, institutional and private) offered to students. The fundamental purpose of the financial aid program is to make it possible for students to attend

CSS/Profile Used?

Own Financial Aid Form?

Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 7082

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 97%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 93%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 76%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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