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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    C
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    C+
Jackson State is a public university located in Jackson, Mississippi. As a historically black college, JSU has a strong history of and commitment to the education of black Americans. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 4,840 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Jackson State acceptance rate is 69%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Biology, and Social Work and Youth Services. Graduating 38% of students, Jackson State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $25,100.
1400 John R. Lynch Street
Jackson, MS 39217
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Southwestern Athletic Conference

Jackson State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

JSU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
69%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
880-1080
ACT Range
17-21
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$14,050/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$9,555/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
98%

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
84%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.92 responses
73%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.103 responses
71%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.104 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
5
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
5
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    49%
  • On Campus
    37%
  • Online
    14%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,840Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
491
Undergrads Over 25
21%
Pell Grant
77%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 79 responses
  • Socialable
    65%
  • Combination
    11%
  • High Spirited
    9%
  • Stressed
    6%
  • Polite
    5%
  • Non socialable
    3%
  • Outgoing
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
57%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.127 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.147 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 99 responses
  • Black excellence
    25%
  • Pride
    24%
  • Tradition
    15%
  • Challenging minds and changing lives
    12%
  • Interesting
    10%
  • Challenging
    4%
  • Social
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$30,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
38%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
94%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.81 responses
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I have remained in my home country throughout the semester as a result of the covid-19 pandemic, so I had all my courses online. To start with, I'm not a fan of this schooling method because I love to participate in class physically. Imagine, I took my chemistry lab course online, which is supposed to be a very practical experience. Instead we mostly did the practicals theoretically and we used a laboratory app Judy once. The other courses like art appreciation, history of civilization, and speech arts were okay to me though. In some courses like general chemistry, I got to interact with some students which made it feel more like a classroom to me. The problems you're most likely to face during the online classes is either an internet issue or a software problem because you'd obviously need to work with a lot of applications. Above all the lectures are punctual and responsive.
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Jackson State has a remarkable campus! From on-line platforms to in-person lectures. The student body is like no other, with various organizations to join to help network within and outside of the university.
My experience at Jackson State University has been interesting and straightforward considering the way I had my classes as a freshman -which was online as a result of the pandemic. As an international student, it was really challenging when I first started because I could not integrate myself easily with the rest of the class. In all my classes, I was the only international student. Although, it was very easy interacting with the lecturers, they are very helpful plus I have a great academic advisor. The lecturers replied my mails promptly and they followed up with how I was coping with the classes. It wasn't easy I must say because of the time difference, I had my classes at home, in Nigeria. The time difference was 7 hours so 2pm classes there would mean I'd be taking them by 9pm, not to talk of the extra classes I joined 8pm there which was 3am here. Above all I really enjoyed the experience. I'm hoping to be on campus pretty soon so I can interact with other students.