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B-
Overall Niche Grade
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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
    B-
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 5,935 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Jackson State acceptance rate is 72%. Popular majors include Social Work and Youth Services, Biology, and Liberal Arts and Humanities. Graduating 34% of students, Jackson State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $25,100.
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
72%
Application Deadline
September 2
SAT Range
890-1090
ACT Range
17-21
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$14,116/ 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
$8,126/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
78%

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
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.101 responses
72%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.102 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,935Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
565
Undergrads Over 25
22%
Pell Grant
60%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 79 responses
Report
  • Socialable
    65%
  • Combination
    10%
  • High Spirited
    9%
  • Stressed
    6%
  • Polite
    5%
  • Non socialable
    3%
  • Diverse
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
58%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.125 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.145 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 97 responses
Report
  • Black excellence
    25%
  • Pride
    25%
  • Tradition
    15%
  • Challenging minds and changing lives
    11%
  • Interesting
    10%
  • Challenging
    4%
  • Social
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$30,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
34%
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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My experience is great everyone is friendly, its easy to fit in, and the food is amazing. My time here the academics was a challenge in a good way. Being here made me expand my mind more. If tour into Greek Life your really going to love the campus and if you are considering it DO IT! I enjoy going to the probate shows they always doing things on campus. But also if you think your going to be bored your not because there's always something to do on campus.
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Great people and great teaching status.Jackson State University is in the capital city of the Mississippi and is known to be a site of great history. The professors are very eager to teach us and see us excel in the classroom and in life. In the fall, you better be ready to witness competitive football against two HBCUs in the Capital City Classic.Jackson State University provides a distance learning option, study abroad programs, and evening/weekend study opportunity, which is a great option for those who work full-time. There are options for on-campus part-time employment at Jackson State University, which allows students to cover some of the tuition expenses
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!