Jackson State University Details

Email Address admissions@jsums.edu
Co_Education Yes
Campus Address 1400 John R. Lynch Street
City Jackson
State Mississippi
Zip 39217
Phone 601-979-2121
Total Enrollment 6820
Motto You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.
Level of Selectivity Slightly competitive
Location 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.
History 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 University. 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.
Band Program No
Religious Affiliation Yes
Accrediation 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 Books: $1000 Estimated total cost: $8633 (in-state); $12,803 (out-of-state)
In State Tuition 3206
Out of State Tuition 7376
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.
Financial-Aid Deadline Continuous notification; April 1 (priority); July 1 (Fall); November 1 (spring)
Admission Deadline August 15 (fall); December 15 (spring).
Entrance Requirements 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; 800-848-6817 (toll-free).
Graduation Requirements 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 In-state: 5,423 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
Diversity 209
Student Life Campus Services: Health center, personal and psychological counseling, career planning and placement, and transportation to some off-campus housing. 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.
Faculty Profile 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%
Athletic Program 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 Womenís Sports. Intercollegiate Sports: menís baseball, basketball, football, golf, tennis, and track and field; womenís basketball, track and field, and volleyball. 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 horseshoes. Athletic Contact: Director of Athletics, Jackson State University, P.O. Box 17810, Jackson, Mississippi 39217; Telephone: 601-979-2291; 601-979-7008 (fax).
School Calender August-May (semesters) Commencement and conferring of degrees: May One summer session.
Website http://www.jsums.edu/
Degrees 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; Urban Affairs 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
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