Jackson State University

Jackson, MS, USA
3.94 Average Rating

Founded in 1877, Jackson State University is a public Historically Black College and University in the Mississippi state capital of Jackson and one of the largest HBCUs in the nation. A member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Jackson State is home to six colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees. In addition to classroom facilities, the Jackson State campus features the Margaret Walker Center, a museum of African American history and culture. For musically-inclined students, the Jackson State marching band is known as The Sonic Boom of the South and has performed for numerous prestigious functions including the Motown 30th anniversary and NAACP Image Awards.

Admissions

Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
Public
  • Not for Profit
  • HBCU
  • Coed

Need Blind

This school does not consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Small city

0
100
72%
Acceptance Rate

Admissions Requirements

SAT
Yes
ACT
Yes
Transcript
Yes

Important Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

The college has rolling admissions, which means applications are accepted any time throughout the year.

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
47%
Out-Of-State Students
51%
89%
Submitting ACT
11%
Submitting SAT
Average ACT Composite: 19
0
36
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Academics

Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Doctorate
Total Number of Students
8,558
Total Number of Undergrads
6,500
Academic Calendar

Semester

Classroom Sizes

0
100
19%
Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
0
100
34%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
17:1
US National: 21:1
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Tuition, Cost & Aid

Key Financial Stats

Average Net Price
$14,116
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Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$7,876
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$19,104
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$10,861
Books and Supplies
$1400

Aid & Grants

0
100
54%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
73%
Average Aid Per Year
$7,498
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
73%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$5,210
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$9,383

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
63%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$6,931
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$28,000
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$298
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Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Student Gender
Male
Female
37%
63%
Student Organizations
67
Size of Town
Small city
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
Yes
On Campus Women's Center
No

Housing

0
100
27%
Undergrads Living on Campus
On-campus living required of freshman
No

Athletics

Divisional Sports Nickname
Tigers
School Colors
White/Navy Blue
Varsity Athletics Association
NCAA
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Southwestern Athletic Conference

Campus Safety

24-HR security patrol
Yes
Campus emergency phones
Yes
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After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Top 5 Cities
Jackson
Atlanta
Dallas
Chicago
Memphis
Average Salary
6 years after graduation
$30,000
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What Students Are Saying

3.94 Average Rating
Jackson State University is a medium sized campus and very diverse. The campus is beautiful, the professors care and the campus is full of history. I made a great decision of picking my HBCU, I hope others do the same! :)
Jasmyne from Saint Louis, MO
Jackson State is a great school and simply the best HBCU experience there is. If you want a nurturing, challenging, spirited, engaging, and exciting college experience that will help you grow and mature as well as set you up for success, this is definitely the school for you. J-S-U rocks the house!!!!!
Chris Coleman from Chicago, IL
Jackson State has a supportive network of professors and alumni. There is a warm, welcoming, helpful atmosphere whether you are experiencing your first tour, going to class, or handling business in any of the offices. There are multiple opportunities to get involved with clubs and organizations, which are great opportunities to acquire community service hours.
Keleigh from Hereford, AZ
Jackson State is GREAT place to jump-start your life, socially, mentally and emotionally. Jackson is one big family, and that couples with the professionalism that the student body embodies and you will surely feel right at home. Like our motto states We are in the business of Changing Minds and Changing Lives.
Joiya from Chicago, IL
Jackson State University is a wonderful place to get your foot in the door and a jumpstart on your career. Combine the family environment with the professional of the student body and youll see why we are one of the best HBCU'S. At JSU we are in the business of challenging minds and changing lives.
Kasey

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