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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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

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
74%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.102 responses
72%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.103 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 80 responses
Report
  • Socialable
    64%
  • Combination
    10%
  • High Spirited
    9%
  • Stressed
    6%
  • Polite
    5%
  • Diverse
    3%
  • Non socialable
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
58%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.126 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.146 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 98 responses
Report
  • Black excellence
    24%
  • 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
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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Based on my college experience, Jackson State University has been extremely helpful when it comes to obtaining my degree. Jackson State University prepares you for the real world and your future career. Jackson State University has taught me numerous life and school skills. There are professors and staff workers there who teach you with respect while making sure you know the accurate information that goes towards your degree. Although most people see Jackson State University as a party and a fun place, it is totally the opposite. I can see my experience at Jackson State University getting better and better.
Overall, Jackson State University is an amazing school. Jackson State continues to enhance the state, nation and world through comprehensive economic development, healthcare, technological and educational initiatives. The school balue alumni and friends who help to make them great. We have assembled an amazing group of people throughout our four campuses, including some of the best students in the nation and a world-class faculty and staff. With nearly 9,000 students, Jackson State is the fourth largest institution of higher learning in Mississippi.