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Jackson State University Overview

Located in Jackson, Mississippi, Jackson State University is a public institution. The city atmosphere of Jackson makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is Jackson State University Known For?

1,155 Undergraduate Awards
$19,894 Avg Cost After Aid
72% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at Jackson State is the doctor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 68% of the faculty were full-time.

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Jackson State University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Jackson State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Most Popular Online Other Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Most Popular Online General Education Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#28 Most Popular Online Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#29 Most Popular Online Health & Medical Administrative Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Jackson State University?

Location of Jackson State University

Contact details for Jackson State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1400 John R. Lynch Street, Jackson, MS 39217
Phone: 601-979-2121
Website: www.jsums.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JacksonState
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jacksonstateU

How Do I Get Into Jackson State?

You can apply to Jackson State online at: www.jsums.edu/apply/

Admission Requirements for Jackson State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Jackson State?

72% Acceptance Rate
68% Of Accepted Are Women
11% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 72%, Jackson State may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 32% of accepted students are men and 68% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 68%, and the acceptance rate for women is 74%.

Average Test Scores

About 11% of students accepted to Jackson State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 460 and 550. Math scores were between 430 and 540.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Jackson State University  ( 460 to 550 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for Jackson State University  ( 430 to 540 )
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800
Jackson State received ACT scores from 89% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 16 and 22. Math scores were between 16 and 20. Composite scores were between 17 and 21.

ACT English Scores for Jackson State University  ( 16 to 22 )
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ACT Math Scores for Jackson State University  ( 16 to 20 )
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ACT Composite Scores for Jackson State University  ( 17 to 21 )
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36

Can I Afford Jackson State University?

$19,894 Net Price
57% Take Out Loans
17.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Jackson State is $19,894. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Jackson State, approximately 57% of students took out student loans averaging $6,782 a year. That adds up to $27,128 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Jackson State is 17.8%. Watch out! This is significantly higher than the national default rate of 10.1%, which means you could have trouble paying back your student loans if you take any out.

Jackson State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,840 Full-Time Undergraduates
64% Women
95% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 5,331 undergraduate students at Jackson State, with 4,840 being full-time and 491 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Jackson State

There are also 1,919 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,840 full-time undergraduates at Jackson State, 36% are male and 64% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Jackson State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Jackson State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Jackson State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 10
Black or African American 4,454
Hispanic or Latino 44
White 143
International Students 100
Other Races/Ethnicities 89

Geographic Diversity

Mississippi students aren't the only ones who study at Jackson State University. At this time, 35 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 64 countries are represented at Jackson State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Ethiopia.

Online Learning at Jackson State University

1,394 Took All Classes Online
4,484 Took At Least One Class Online
9.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 5 bachelor’s degree and 10 master’s degree programs available online at Jackson State. In 2017-2018, 4,484 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Jackson State has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 11th most popular in Mississippi for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Jackson State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Jackson State University was 9.9%. This is the #1,340 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Jackson State regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Jackson State majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Education 33%
Educational Administration 33%
General Education 35%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 8%
Other Education 48%
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 8%
Special Education 17%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 44%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Jackson State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Jackson State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Industrial Production Technology #9
Other Education #27
History #28
History #28
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #52
Health & Physical Education #58
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #67
General Education #74
Engineering Technologies #74
Special Education #102
Teacher Education Subject Specific #107
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #109
Teacher Education Grade Specific #145
Educational Administration #151
Health & Medical Administrative Services #175
Criminal Justice & Corrections #211
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #241
Education #364
Business Administration & Management #443
Health Professions #473

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Jackson State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Social Work 80 0 73 3 156
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 144 0 0 0 144
General Biology 133 0 6 0 139
Teacher Education Grade Specific 24 0 94 4 122
Other Education 92 0 2 0 94
Business Administration & Management 64 0 25 2 91
Teacher Education Subject Specific 38 0 39 0 77
Health & Medical Administrative Services 71 0 0 0 71
Accounting 50 0 14 0 64
Criminal Justice & Corrections 62 0 2 0 64
Communication & Media Studies 45 0 7 0 52
Educational Administration 0 0 3 45 48
General Education 0 48 0 0 48
General Psychology 48 0 0 0 48
Civil Engineering 33 0 0 0 33
Computer Engineering 32 0 0 0 32
Computer Information Systems 23 0 8 0 31
Public Health 0 0 22 9 31
Communication Sciences 13 0 16 0 29
Chemistry 14 0 8 5 27
General Visual & Performing Arts 26 0 0 0 26
Industrial Production Technology 23 0 0 0 23
Political Science & Government 19 0 2 0 21
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 9 9 18
General Engineering 0 0 13 4 17
Health & Physical Education 0 0 15 0 15
Public Administration 0 0 8 7 15
Entrepreneurial Studies 13 0 0 0 13
Student Counseling 0 0 13 0 13
Finance & Financial Management 12 0 0 0 12
Electrical Engineering 12 0 0 0 12
Writing Studies 12 0 0 0 12
Sociology 10 0 2 0 12
History 7 0 4 0 11
Marketing 10 0 0 0 10
General English Literature 8 0 2 0 10
Environmental Control Technology 0 0 9 0 9
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 8 0 8
Mathematics 6 0 2 0 8
Business/Managerial Economics 6 0 0 0 6
Special Education 6 0 0 0 6
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 1 5 6
Music 6 0 0 0 6
Biomedical Engineering 3 0 0 0 3
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 3 0 0 0 3
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 3 3
Urban Studies 3 0 0 0 3
Computer Science 0 0 0 2 2
Geological & Earth Sciences 2 0 0 0 2
Physics 2 0 0 0 2
Biotechnology 0 0 0 0 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 0 0 0
Statistics 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,155 48 407 98 1,708

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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