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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 mid-size institution with an enrollment of 6,507 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Jackson State acceptance rate is 63%. Popular majors include Social Work and Youth Services, Biology, and Liberal Arts and Humanities. Graduating 38% of students, Jackson State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $23,700.
About Jackson State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Southwestern Athletic Conference
Address
1400 J R Lynch Street
Jackson, MS 39217
Website
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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.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
63%
Application Deadline
September 2
SAT Range
820-1060
ACT Range
17-21
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$12,873/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $13,066/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,242/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,536/ year
  • $76-110k
    $16,269/ year
  • $110k+
    $16,273/ year
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Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
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.93 responses
73%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.94 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,507Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
23%
Pell Grant
70%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 71 responses
Report
  • Socialable
    66%
  • Combination
    8%
  • High Spirited
    8%
  • Stressed
    7%
  • Polite
    6%
  • Non socialable
    3%
  • Outgoing
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
59%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.117 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.137 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 89 responses
Report
  • Pride
    26%
  • Black excellence
    24%
  • Tradition
    17%
  • Interesting
    11%
  • Challenging minds and changing lives
    8%
  • Challenging
    4%
  • Social
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$29,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
38%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
National
83%
94%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.81 responses
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Jackson State University has been an amazing experience. I was surrounded by other students of different backgrounds and learned from highly qualified experienced teachers who deeply care about their students. JSU is definitely the best HBCU out there, as it provides students with multiple opportunities as minorities to put their name on the map. I am a proud to call Jackson State my home and ALMA MATER!
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Thee Jackson State University is one of the top 10 best HBCU schools in the nation! This school has given those who attended and are currently attending, a place to call home. The environment is beyond a blessing and has only blossomed more and more each year. Religion plays a huge part in this school as well as education. Education is greatly important and the professors/educators who work here have shown the care, respect, and patience with those students who try their best to be the succeed. Everyday is a great day at Jackson State!
Jackson State University thee I live is a place anyone wants to be, but I feel the treatment of international student isn't right, though the teachings are Good, the environment Is condusive and the student life is OK, I think more should be done for the international students, as international students, your housing and application is with the general US citizens, and the school does not provide a dedicated housing for international students, also, the scolarship opportunities available for international students is limited, and you would have to struggle to get as little as $500 scolarship.
The athletics aspect of JSU is fantastic, and the student life is great for US citizens