Jackson, dubbed "the City of Soul," was central to the civil rights movement and the blues. Today it's known for its thriving arts and music scene, museums, and Southern cuisine. Students attending Jackson colleges may find the city quite affordable and the weather mild (save for the hot, humid summer months).
High school students in Jackson Public Schools can start earning college credit through dual enrollment and dual credit programs. These programs allow students to be enrolled in a community or state college while still in high school.
At Strayer University's Jackson campus, students can earn associate degrees in accounting, marketing, business administration, and information systems and technology. Bachelor's and master's degree programs are also available. Food Truck Fridays are held in the campus courtyard.
Beauty-minded students can pursue cosmetology and esthetician training at one of several cosmetology colleges in Jackson, like Magnolia College of Cosmetology and the Academy of Hair Design.
There are three main colleges in Jackson where students can earn bachelor's degrees.
In addition to a robust selection of degree programs, students at Jackson State University can enjoy a vibrant campus life, with more than 60 student organizations. The school's marching band, dubbed the Sonic Boom of the South, has performed at several NFL games.
Belhaven University is a Christian liberal arts college, founded in 1894. Business administration is by far their most popular degree program. Jackson is the main of its five campuses; it also offers online programs.
At Millsaps College, students can choose to engage in Greek life, 30 student organizations, and varsity sports for men and women. In 2019 it launched a dual degree nursing program with the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Several universities in Jackson have advance degree programs. Jackson State University offers dozens of graduate degree programs, many available online. Belhaven University's Jackson campus offers graduate degree programs in the fields of education, business administration, health/public administration and religious studies. And Millsaps College offers master's programs in business administration and accounting.
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