Jackson State University: Narrative Description

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1400 John R Lynch St.
Jackson, MS 39217
Tel: (601)979-2121
Free: 800-848-6817
Admissions: (601)979-2100
Fax: (601)979-2358
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.jsums.edu/


State-supported, university, coed. Part of Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1877. Setting: 150-acre urban campus. Endowment: $6 million. Research spending 2003-04: $20.8 million. Total enrollment: 8,351. Faculty: 465 (361 full-time, 104 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 8,725 applied, 40% were admitted. 38% from top quarter of their high school class, 75% from top half. Full-time: 5,714 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 891 students, 70% women, 30% men. Students come from 40 states and territories, 38 other countries, 21% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 0.2% Hispanic, 97% black, 0.3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 27% 25 or older, 34% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 75% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Mississippi State University, Auburn University, Southern Illinois University, National Student Exchange. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Required for some: 3 recommendations. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 8/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $3842 full-time, $160 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $8572 full-time, $357 per credit hour part-time. College room and board: $4974. College room only: $2928. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 160 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 11% of eligible men and 19% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Tiger Pride Connection, Sonic Boom of the South, Students In Free Enterprise, Interfaith, NAACP. Major annual events: homecoming, Founders' Day, Capital City Classic. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,222 college housing spaces available; 1,969 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. H. T. Sampson Library plus 1 other with 236,933 books, 670,035 microform titles, 3,409 serials, 4,285 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $545,276.

Community Environment:

On the Pearl River, Jackson is the capital and largest city of Mississippi. It was first established as a trading post by the French. In the early days, many Virginians and Carolinians passed through here as they followed the Old Natchez Trace to the Southwest. The area enjoys year-round pleasant weather. Being a major city, there are good facilities for rail and air transportation. Community associations sponsoring cultural pursuits include Jackson Music Association, Little Theatre, Municipal Art Gallery and Symphony Orchestra. Local services are supplied by 5 hospitals, libraries and many churches. Recreation facilities include 12 parks, 4 municipal swimming pools, a zoo, golf courses, tennis courts, and fishing and hunting nearby.

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