Alcorn State University Details
1000 ASU Drive
Serving the people since 1871
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Alcorn is located in Claiborne County, Mississippi, 7 miles west
of Lorman and 45 miles south of Vicksburg. Not far from Lorman is the
Windsor home, which was spared by Grant\'s torch during the Civil War. The
home was built in 1860 by approximately 600 slaves.
Mass bus transportation is 7 miles away; air transportation is 35 miles
away; and mass rail transportation is approximately 90 miles away in
Jackson, Mississippi, the state capital. Convenient transportation is
available daily to and from the campus for shopping and other recreational
activities in nearby cities.
Alcorn State University (ASU) is a four-year, state-supported, coed
college founded in 1871 as Alcorn University. Alcorn is the oldest
historically and predominantly black land-grant university in the United
States. It began as part of Oakland College, established in 1830 for white
men. In 1831, the first degree issued in Mississippi was conferred here.
During the Civil War, Oakland College closed; the state purchased the
school in 1871 as Alcorn University for the education of black men. In
1895, women were admitted. ASU\'s first president, Hiram R. Revels, was the
first African American elected to the U.S. Senate.
Under the 1862 Morrill Land Grant Act, Alcorn became a land-grant
institution in 1878; subsequently, the name was changed to Alcorn A&M
College of the State of Mississippi. The college\'s name changed to Alcorn
State University in 1974. In 1989, President Bush gave the commencement
address at Alcorn.
The primary aim of Alcorn is to assume the role of a citadel of learning,
where scholars are encouraged to seek new truths and make the proper
application of existing knowledge for the betterment of mankind.
Alcorn\'s eighty-nine-building campus includes the famed Oakland Memorial
Chapel. The campus is situated on 300 acres, with an additional 1,456
adjacent acres devoted to agriculture and research. Older historic campus
buildings stand in sharp contrast to the modern, air-conditioned
Alcorn State University is accredited by the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools to award the Associate of Science, Bachelor of Arts,
Bachelor of Science, Master\'s, and Educational Specialist degrees.
|Costs per Year
2001-02 Tuition: $4087
Room and board: $2229
Special fees: $175
Total cost: $7191
|In State Tuition
|Out of State Tuition
|Financial Aid-Institutional Funding
Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 80
Total amount of scholarships and grants: $1,615,521
May (fall); October (spring)
August 31; July 15 (priority)
High school diploma (or equivalent) with the
following Carnegie units: 4 English, 3 mathematics (algebra I and II and
geometry), 3 science (biology, advanced biology, chemistry, advanced
chemistry, physics, and advanced physics), 3 social sciences (U.S. history
and American government), 2 advanced electives (foreign language, math
beyond algebra II, or an extra science), and 1 computer course; official
transcript; proof of immunization against measles and rubella. No
application fee required.
Minimum of 128 semester hours, with 6 hours of
English, 6 hours of creative arts, 3 hours of oral communications, 12
hours of social science, 9 hours of natural science, 3 hours of
mathematics, 4 hours of physical education or military science, and 1 hour
of student adjustment. A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA is necessary, plus a
minimum GPA of 2.0 in the major field of study. Each student must pass the
English Proficiency Examination, taken at the beginning of the junior
year. Each student must complete a departmental examination or written
senior project. The last 12 hours of study must be completed at Alcorn
|Student Body Profile
Total enrollment: 3,100
Other regions: 26 states; 4 international
Campus Regulations: All students are expected to live in university
residence halls, with the exception of those who are within commuting
Campus Services: Health center; personal and psychological counseling;
career counseling and placement; and testing services for NTE, ACT, GRE,
GMAT, LSAT, GED, MCAT, Miller Analogies Test, National Engineering
Aptitude Search, Sanford Test of Academic Skills, and English Proficiency
Campus Activities: Social activities include theater, concert and marching
band, wind ensemble, Men's Glee Club, drama, choir, ROTC band and drill
team, and Jazz Ensemble. Students may work on the Alcornite yearbook or
the Greater Alcorn Herald, the student newspaper. Broadcasting students
can work at WPRL, a public broadcasting radio station run by the
Leadership opportunities are found in the student government association
(SGA) and other student-run organizations, such as Circle-K, NAACP, Black
History Month Society, Campus Union Board, Cheering Squad and Beate' Noire
Modeling Squad, Christian organizations, and department and class
organizations. Greek sororities include Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma
Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho, and Zeta Phi Beta; fraternities include Alpha Phi
Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, and Phi Beta Sigma. Honorary
societies are also represented on campus.
Housing Availability: Four dormitories for men and four for women,
totaling 2,000 spaces, are available. Separate dorms are designated for
freshmen, athletes, and women band members. Students who are not receiving
full financial aid are required to pay a deposit for the residence halls.
Handicapped Services: Wheelchair accessibility.
Number of faculty members: 193
Student-teacher ratio: 16:1
Faculty members with doctorates or other terminal degrees: 50%
Alcorn State University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic
Association (NCAA), Division I-A for basketball and Division I-AA for
other sports, Southwestern Athletic Conference.
Intercollegiate Sports: men\'s basketball, baseball, cross-country,
football, golf, tennis, and track and field; women\'s basketball, bowling,
cross-country, golf, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.
Intramural Sports: basketball, bowling, flag football, softball, and
Athletic Contact: Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Alcorn State
University, Lorman, Mississippi 39096; Telephone: 601-877-6500, 6501, or
Commencement and conferring of degrees: May
Two summer sessions.
Associate of Science: Nursing
Bachelor of Arts: Communications, Criminal Justice, Economics, English,
History, Music, Political Science, Sociology
Bachelor of Science: Accounting; Administration and Management;
Agricultural Economics; Agronomy; Animal Science; Biology; Business
Administration; Chemistry; Computer Science; Educational Psychology;
Elementary Education; Family and Consumer Science; Food and Nutrition;
General Agriculture; General Studies; Health, Physical Education, and
Recreation; Health Science; Industrial Technology; Mathematics; Music
Education; Nursing; Special Education; Vocational and Technical Education
Master\'s Degrees: Agriculture; Biology; Business Administration;
Communications and Information Sciences; Educational Administration;
Elementary Education; Nursing.