Jackson State University

Jackson State University

Jackson State University is a historical university located in Jackson, Mississippi. It was founded in 1877. Jackson State is a member school of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund. JSU offers a variety of degrees and programs through the following academic divisions:

  • College of Business
  • College of Education and Human Development
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Lifelong Learning
  • College of Public Service
  • College of Science, Engineering and Technology
  • School of Administrative Leadership
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Fine and Performing Arts
  • School of Instructional Leadership
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Policy & Planning
  • School of Social & Behavioral Science
  • School of Social Work
  • School of Science & Technology

The official mascot of JSU is the Tiger and they are sometimes referred to as the Blue Bengals. JSU is a member of the NCAA Division 1-AA's Southwestern Athletic Conference.

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Jackson State University
1440 J R Lynch St
Jackson , MS 39217
General Phone: (601) 979-2121

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Jackson State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching349educational administration, higher education administration, instructional media design, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, teacher ed, kindergarten/preschool teaching, ...
Business and Management254business management, accounting, managerial economics, finance, marketing
Liberal Arts167English, speech and rhetoric, interdisciplinary studies, political science, sociology, history
Science114biology, atmospheric sciences, chemistry, physics
Family and Social Work96public administration, social work
Therapy and Counseling74psychology, clinical psychology, communication disorders
Computer Science and Engineering57computer and info science, computer engineering
Security and Law Enforcement56criminal justice and safety
Media49mass communication
Engineering Technician43environmental engineering tech, industrial tech
Medicine32public health
Medical Administration15health care administration
Art Studies12visual and performing arts
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy12vocational counseling
Engineering11engineering, civil engineering
Conservation and Resource Management7environmental science
Architecture and Planning4urban planning
Music4music performance

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree37034
Doctor's degree5210
Bachelor's degree91536
Post-master's certificate224

Jackson State Student Body

Jackson State is a historically black college.

In 2007-2008, Jackson State had a total enrollment of 8,698 students (8,089 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 41%
Women 59%
Full-Time 1%
Part-Time 99%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 77%
Graduate 23%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 7%
Black 92%
Hispanic 0%
Asian 0%
American Indian 0%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
18-19 14%
20-21 19%
22-24 23%
25-29 18%
30-34 9%
35-39 6%
40-49 7%
50-64 4%
65+ 0%

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

(International Students)1%

Jackson State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 76 %
Part-Time 44 %

Jackson State Room and Board (2007)

Jackson State offers campus housing for 2,593 of its 8,089 (full-time) students.

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

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Jackson State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1621
ACT Math1619
ACT Composite1620

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT99%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Jackson State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,634
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 11,978
Room and board $ 5,720
Room charge $ 3,500
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,220
Books and supplies $ 2,100
Other expenses $ 4,600

Financial Aid:
Jackson State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 241000)

Jackson State Faculty

Jackson State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track7245
Non-tenured and not on tenure track4056

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year18$100,2577$86,218
Associate professorcalendar year13$76,8869$84,276
Assistant professorcalendar year2*2*
Instructorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year33$89,55019$81,707

*: 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 year20$67,74113$73,296
Associate professoracademic year39$63,37728$56,177
Assistant professoracademic year80$57,33654$53,694
Instructoracademic year22$43,53836$36,818
All faculty totalacademic year161$58,206131$51,532

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

Jackson 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 Sports116576

Jackson State Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

Art Studies
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Education, Other
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Science Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Civil Engineering, General
Engineering, General

Engineering Technician
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology
Industrial Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Music Performance, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Communication Disorders, General
Psychology, General

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What Sets Jackson State Apart:

Number of degree programs
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Top 7%Jackson State Number of degree programs
Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
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Top 9%Jackson State Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
Number of students
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Top 9%Jackson State Number of students
Minority % of student body
(vs. all colleges)
Top 9%Jackson State Minority % of student body
% of degrees in education and teaching
(vs. all colleges)
Top 11%Jackson State % of degrees in education and teaching
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 12%Jackson State Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
(vs. all colleges)
Top 12%Jackson State % of full-time faculty on tenure track
Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 17%Jackson State Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in science
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 19%Jackson State % of degrees in science

checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army, air force)
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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