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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
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  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

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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
74%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.96 responses
74%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.97 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 74 responses
Report
  • Socialable
    64%
  • Combination
    9%
  • High Spirited
    9%
  • Stressed
    7%
  • Polite
    5%
  • Non socialable
    3%
  • Diverse
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
58%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.120 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.140 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 92 responses
Report
  • Pride
    25%
  • Black excellence
    24%
  • Tradition
    16%
  • Interesting
    11%
  • Challenging minds and changing lives
    10%
  • 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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I love everything about Jackson State! Everybody is really helpful and truly wants the best for you. In my experience you will meet a lot of great professors here as well as students. Going to Jackson State shows you how different everyone really is even though we may look a like, and it gives you a lot more respect for individuality.
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!