Jackson State University in Jackson

Jackson, MS

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Jackson State University offers 279-degree programs and 45 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 18:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 70%. The most popular test is SAT - 6% of students submitted it in comparison to 94% of students who submitted ACT. 35.5% are women, and 64.5% are men. 3% percents of international students. Jackson State University is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Jackson State University is 15432$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $14002 and $21240 per year. 41% of full-time Jackson State University students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $29,200, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Jackson State University is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Jackson State University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$14,455
$30,001 - $48,000$15,562
$48,001 - $75,000$18,251
$75,001 - $110,000$19,803

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school rank
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


    Neither required nor recommended:

    • Recommendations
    • Formal demonstration of competencies
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



    • Typical room charge for academic year: 4908

    • Typical board charge for academic year: -

    • Combined charge for room and board: -


    Percent of students with financial aid


    Types of financial aids


    5704 of Jackson State University undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 79 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Jackson State University number 5 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Mississippi.

    Students at Jackson State University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

    Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
    $0 - $30,000
    $30,001 - $48,000
    $48,001 - $75,000
    $75,001 - $110,000

    Salary After Attending


    According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

    Students services


    Academic/career counseling service

    Employment services for students

    Living & meal

    Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

    Institution provide on-campus housing

    Institution provides board or meal plan

    Veteran Services Available

    Credit for military training

    Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

    Recognized student veteran organization

    Disability services


    Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

    Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

    Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

    Alternative tuition plans

    Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

    Tuition payment plan

    Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

    Special learning opportunities

    Here are the learning opportunities available in Jackson State University.


    ROTC - Army

    ROTC - Air Force

    Study abroad

    Weekend/evening college

    Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

    Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

    Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

    ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program offering scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

    Study abroad - programs and arrangements giving students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

    Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

    Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

    Athletic associations

    • Member of National Athletic Association
    • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
    • NCAA/NAIA member for football
    • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
    • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
    • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

    Graduation Rate


    Jackson State University graduation rate is below the national average.

    41% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Jackson State University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

    The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

    Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This indicator doesn’t take into consideration students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare educational institutions.

    Applying information

    Average number of admissions to one applicant

    1 : 1

    Average number of applicants to one enrolled

    7 : 1

    Admission considerations


    • Secondary school GPA
    • Secondary school rank
    • Secondary school record
    • Completion of college-preparatory program
    • Admission test scores
    • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


      Neither required nor recommended:

      • Recommendations
      • Formal demonstration of competencies
      • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

      Acceptance Rate

      The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


      In comparison to National Average

      Jackson State University acceptance rate is above national average.

      In comparison to state Average

      Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 65%, so acceptance rate value is above state average for 5% only.


      In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $10k - $20k price range

      Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 67%, so Jackson State University acceptance rate value is above state net price average for 3% only.


      Admissions yield

      Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



      Full time


      Part time

      Retention rate

      Full-time retention rate


      Part-time retention rate


      The Jackson State University full-time retention rate is 78% and part-time retention rate is 35%.

      Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and keep on studying in the same program next fall semester are included in the retention rate.

      Retention rate is an important index: if it is high, it shows that school offers quality curriculum, welcoming student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

      SAT/ACT scores

      SAT scores

      Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Jackson State University students submitting SAT scores


      Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
      810 - 1020

      SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
      Critical Reading: 400 - 510
      Math: 410 - 510
      Writing: 0 - 0

      SAT Test Score Range


      ACT scores

      Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Jackson State University students submitting ACT scores


      Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
      17 - 21

      ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
      English: 16 - 22
      Math: 16 - 20
      Writing: 0 - 0

      ACT Test Score Range


      SAT Score Converter

      The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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      For the High School Class of 2016:
      Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

      For the High School Class of 2017:
      Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

      Student Body

      The student-to-faculty ratio at Jackson State University is 18:1, that means that for every 18 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

      Student-to-faculty ratio



      Number of international students


      Percent of international students

      Race/ethnicity breakdown


      Students enrollment in distance education


      In Jackson State University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

      Distance education location breakdown


      Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Jackson State University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Mississippi.

      Campus Safety

      The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

      The campus located by 1400 J R Lynch St. address in Jackson, Mississippi.


      Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Jackson State University with 0.95% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, robbery, and motor vehicle theft.

      Academic Programs

      Number of degree programs offered

      Jackson State University offers 279 programs in total: 129 are for Bachelor's degree, 102 - for Master's degree, 36 - for Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs, and 12 are Post-master's certificate.

      This is the middle number of programs in comparison with other 63 universities in Mississippi state, with one of the highest number of Master's degree. Jackson State University is one of the few institutions in Mississippi that offers a Doctor's degree-research/scholarship program.


      Number of degree programs offered via distance education

      There are 45 distance learning programs that are offered in the Jackson State University: 30 are for Master's degree, 12 - for Bachelor's degree and 3 are Post-master's certificate.

      Note, that programs offered via distance education might be entirely online as well as partially online and require on-campus meetings. So explore each program to make sure you can commit.


      Total credit/contact hours

      Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Mississippi state average data to help you compare.


      Jackson State University provides coursework for undergraduate students and graduate students.

      In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 7120 students with 213599 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 1556 with 37343 credit hours.


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      Student Reviews and Ratings for Jackson State University

      Overall Rating:

      Overall Rating:

      The students are friendly. Professors are cool, but the rest of the staff (most, but not all) are unorganized. I’ve heard that some professors are prejudice & talk to their students in disrespectful manners, but fortunately, I haven’t come across a professor like that yet. If you’re seeking help, chances are the workers are too lazy to help out. You have to know important staff members for anyone to actually do their job. The school is also in a dangerous area.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      Could be better organized but I LOVE my school!

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      If you are using a GI Bill I would go elsewhere. Unless you have the money up front to pay for the class. The GI Bill usually processes a payment a month after classes start and every college I encountered understood the process but not JSU. They want you to pay up front and get reimbursed later. Who knows how that process will work out. Either the school don't recognize the process is process is broken or don't care to fix it. You talk to their staff and they state that's just Jackson State process. SMH disappointing. More to the story but I don't have that much time to write. In my opinion this not Not a military friendly school.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      this school is the worse ever in ever sense of it all. i never witness such mindset group of leaders before. talks down to the students and are never available. THEY ARE NOT RATED AS HIGH AS YOU SEE ON THESE REVIEWS APPARENTLY THEY ARE REMOVING THE NEGATIVE ONES. BECAUSE WHY IS THE ENROLLMENT DROP. I WOULD GO SOMEWHERE ELSE IF I WAS NOT STUCK HERE ANOTHER SEMESTER

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      It's been 43 years since I graduated, and some of the best years of my life we're spent at J.S.U. I'M AN ORIGINAL MEMBER OF "WAR N THUNDER".STILL A GROOVY FEELING!!

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Location & Website

      Address: 1400 J R Lynch Street


      Religious affiliation: Not applicable

      Calendar system: Semester

      General Phone Number: +6019792121

      Institution is active in current year: 1

      Institution's internet website address: jsums.edu

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