Jackson State University Details
1400 John R. Lynch Street
You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.
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Jackson State University is located in the heart of Jackson, the
capital of Mississippi, with a population of approximately 396,000. The
city features a zoological park, an art museum and gallery, house museums,
historic buildings, and a planetarium. Shopping malls are nearby. Annual
activities include the Mississippi State Fair, a blues festival, and the
Jubilee Jam. The city is served by mass rail and air transportation. New
Orleans, Louisiana, is approximately a 4-hour drive from the campus.
Jackson State University (JSU) is a four-year, state-supported, coed,
liberal arts university. It was founded in 1877 as the Natchez Seminary by
the American Baptist Home Mission Society in Natchez, Mississippi. The
purpose of the seminary was for the moral, religious, and intellectual
improvement of Christian leaders of the colored people of Mississippi and
the neighboring states. In 1882, the institution moved to Jackson because
of its central location in the state, and shortly thereafter the name was
changed to Jackson College.
For sixty-three years the school operated as a private church school. In
1940, the college became a state institution for training rural and
elementary school teachers. The first bachelorís degrees were awarded in
1944. In subsequent years, the name changed to Jackson State College.
Expansion of the curriculum and facilities elevated the college to
university status in 1974; thus, the name changed to Jackson State
In 1979, Jackson State University was officially designated the Urban
University of Mississippi, and as such, seeks solutions for urban problems
through its programs and activities. The University is pledged to the
advancement of a free society and continued progress of democracy.
In 1983, the University completed an $11.2-million capital campaign that
resulted in the renovation and improvement of several campus buildings and
provided for expanded programs offered in continuing education.
Jackson State University is accredited by the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of
Science, masterís, Education Specialist, and Doctor of Education degrees.
|Costs per Year
2002-03 Tuition: $3206 (in-state); $7376 (out-of-state)
Room and board: $2428 (room); $1824 (board)
Special fees: $175
Estimated total cost: $8633 (in-state); $12,803 (out-of-state)
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|Out of State Tuition
|Financial Aid-Institutional Funding
Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 90
Financial Aid Specific to the School
Army ROTC offers two- and four-year scholarships that pay tuition, fees,
books, and other expenses and provide a monthly stipend.
Continuous notification; April 1 (priority); July
1 (Fall); November 1 (spring)
August 15 (fall); December 15 (spring).
Graduation from an accredited high school (or
equivalent) and submission of an official transcript with the following
units: 4 English; 3 mathematics (algebra I, algebra II, and geometry); 3
science (1 lab, biology, advanced biology, chemistry, advanced chemistry,
physics, or advanced physics); 2 1/2 social sciences (U.S. history and
American government); and 1 elective. Recommended requirements include 2
units of a single foreign language, mathematics in the senior year, a
computer course, and typing proficiency. Proof of immunizations for
measles and rubella is required. No application fee is required.
Admission Application Deadline: August 15 (fall); December 15 (spring).
Admission Contact: Director of Admissions, Jackson State University, P.O.
Box 17330, Jackson, Mississippi 39217; Telephone: 601-968-2100 or 2237;
A minimum of 128 credit hours and completion of
the core requirements, including 15 to 21 semester hours in
communications, 9 semester hours in natural science, 12 semester hours in
social and behavioral science, 2 to 3 semester hours in health and
physical education, 2 semester hours in concepts for success, and
requirements in the major field of study. At least a 2.0 cumulative GPA
and a 2.0 cumulative GPA in all courses in the major field of study is
needed. Thirty hours of upper-level work in the major must be completed at
Jackson State. Must pass English proficiency exam.
|Student Body Profile
Total enrollment: 6,820
Full-time undergraduates: 4,809
Part-time undergraduates: 662
Graduate students: 1,349
Ethnic/racial makeup: African American, 6,467; Asian, 20; Caucasian,
189; Hispanic, 8; Native American, 5; International, 131
Campus Services: Health center, personal and psychological counseling,
career planning and placement, and transportation to some off-campus
Campus Activities: Social and cultural activities include theater,
musicals, orchestra, chorale, and dance. Interested students may work on
the Blue and White Flash (student newspaper) or the Jacksonian (yearbook).
Leadership opportunities are found in professional and departmental
associations or special interest groups, such as the chess club, karate
club, NAACP, or the Blue and White Flash, an independent newspaper on
campus. Students with musical, dramatic, or dance talent may join the
Orchestra Club, the Dunbar Drama Guild, or JSU Modern Dance Troupe. 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. Honor societies include four general
honor societies--Alpha Chi, Alpha Kappa Mu, Alpha Lambda Delta, and Phi
Kappa Phi--and fourteen departmental honor societies. The Religious
Council consists of seven clubs of various faiths.
Housing Availability: 2,596 housing spaces; four menís dormitories, an
honor dormitory, and two large womenís dormitory complexes.
Number of faculty members: 399
Student-teacher ratio: 16:1
Full-time faculty members: 319
Part-time faculty members: 80
Faculty with doctorates or other terminal degrees: 75%
Jackson State is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association
(NCAA), the Southwestern Athletic Conference Association of
Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, and the National Association of
Intercollegiate Sports: menís baseball, basketball, football, golf,
tennis, and track and field; womenís basketball, track and field, and
Intramural Sports: touch football, cross-country, table tennis,
basketball, bowling, volleyball, swimming, badminton, softball, golf,
tennis, billiards, track and field, chess, weight lifting, archery, and
Athletic Contact: Director of Athletics, Jackson State University, P.O.
Box 17810, Jackson, Mississippi 39217; Telephone: 601-979-2291;
Commencement and conferring of degrees: May
One summer session.
Bachelorís Degrees: Accounting; Art; Biology; Biology Education; Business
Administration; Business Education; Chemistry; Chemistry Education;
Computer Science; Counseling Education; Criminal Justice; Curriculum and
Instruction; Economics; Educational Foundation and Leadership; Elementary
Education; English; Environmental Science Education; Foreign Language;
Health, Physical Education, and Recreation; Human Resource Education;
Management; Marine Science; Marketing; Mass Communication; Military
Science; Music; Office Administration; Physics; Political Science;
Psychology; Public Policy and Administration; Rehabilitative Services;
Science Education; Sociology; Special Education; Speech; Theater Arts;
Masterís Degrees: Business Administration, Business Education, Chemistry,
Chemistry Education, Communication Disorders, Criminal Justice, Early
Childhood Education, Educational Administration and Supervision,
Elementary Education, English/Linguistics, Guidance and Counseling,
Health, History, Physical Education and Recreation, Professional
Accountancy, Public Health, Reading, Secondary Education, Sociology,
Special Education, Systems Management, Urban and Regional Planning
Doctorate Degrees: Business Administration, Chemistry, Early Childhood
Education, Clinical Psychology, Educational Administration, Environmental
Science, Mass Communication, Music, Public Administration, Social Work
Preprofessional: Dentistry, Health Recreation Administrator, Medical
Technology, Medical Records Administrator, Medicine, Nursing, Optometry,
Pharmacy, Physician Associate, Physical Therapy, Respiration Therapy,
Speech Pathology, Teaching Core, Veterinary Medicine