Alcorn State University

Alcorn State University

Alcorn State University is a public, land-grant university located in Lorman, Mississippi, United States. It was established in the year 1871. The campus spreads across an area of 1700 acres. Alcorn was the first state-supported higher education institution for African American students. The university was named in the honor of James L. Alcorn, the then governor of Mississippi. The university offers a variety of degrees and programs in over 45 areas of study. Alcorn is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College for Excellence
  • School of Agriculture, Research, Extension and Applied Sciences
  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Education and Psychology
  • School of Graduate Studies
  • School of Nursing

Alcorn's ahletics department supports several men's and women's sports teams. It is home to various clubs and organizations based on the varied interests of the students such as entertainment, academics, and cultural activities.

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Alcorn State University
1000 ASU Dr Ste 359
Alcorn State , MS 39096-7500
General Phone: (601) 877-6100

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Alcorn State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching141community college education, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, teacher ed
Liberal Arts133English, liberal arts and sciences, economics, political science, sociology, history
Nursing and Emergency Medicine100registered nursing, various nursing
Science71biology, chemistry
Business and Management49business management, accounting
Agricultural Science and Management25agriculture, agricultural management, agricultural economics
Therapy and Counseling16psychology
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy16parks and recreation studies, athletic trainer
Family and Social Work15food and nutrition, child development
Computer Science and Engineering14computer and info science, network management
Media11mass communication
Music11music performance
Security and Law Enforcement11criminal justice and safety
Engineering Technician8robotics tech

Number of programs and degrees for Alcorn State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree44227
Master's degree1439
Post-master's certificate01
Associate's degree401

Alcorn State Student Body

Alcorn State is a historically black college.

In 2007-2008, Alcorn State had a total enrollment of 3,668 students (3,234 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 40%
Women 60%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 80%
Graduate 20%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 8%
Black 90%
Hispanic 0%
Asian 0%
American Indian 0%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 22%
20-21 22%
22-24 19%
25-29 13%
30-34 7%
35-39 5%
40-49 8%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Alcorn State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 63 %

Alcorn State Room and Board (2007)

Alcorn State offers campus housing for 1,354 of its 3,234 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Port Gibson, Mississippi for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Mississippi Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Alcorn State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal370440
SAT Math360480
ACT Verbal1621
ACT Math1619
ACT Composite1620

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT7%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT93%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Alcorn State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,488
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 10,692
Room and board $ 5,128
Room charge $ 2,978
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,150
Books and supplies $ 1,392
Other expenses $ 4,640

Financial Aid:
Alcorn State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 239600)

Alcorn State Faculty

Alcorn State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2421
Non-tenured and not on tenure track3744

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year4$100,8252*
Associate professorcalendar year1*3$89,131
Assistant professorcalendar year2*6$70,034
Instructorcalendar year7$46,7511*
All faculty totalcalendar year14$66,80312$77,350

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year26$63,9744$60,938
Associate professoracademic year20$58,75014$55,508
Assistant professoracademic year17$57,57328$52,575
Instructoracademic year20$36,75520$38,331
All faculty totalacademic year83$54,84566$49,388

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Alcorn State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Southwestern Athletic Conference
Basketball Southwestern Athletic Conference
Baseball Southwestern Athletic Conference
Track Southwestern Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports104757

Alcorn State Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agricultural Business and Management, General
Agricultural Economics
Agriculture, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager

Education And Teaching
Community College Education
Elementary Education and Teaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

Engineering Technician
Robotics Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General

Mathematics, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Music Performance, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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