Jackson State University (JSU)

Founded in 1877, Jackson State University is a historically black public research institution. Through its five colleges, JSU offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in numerous fields of study. Majors offered by JSU include Biology, Chemistry, Aerospace Studies, Special Education, Economics and many more. Outside of the classroom, students participate in numerous on-campus groups and organizations. If you want to go Greek, all of the historically black fraternities and sororities have a line each year on campus. Since its beginnings, Jackson State University has empowered its students to succeed in the world. It is JSU’s mission to develop global leaders that think critically, address societal problems and compete efficiently in their field.

Location: Jackson, MS

Type of Institution: Four-year, public research HBCU

Tuition and Fees (per semester)

     • In-State/Out-of-State: $2,994

Size: 8,600+ students

Percentage of African-American Students: 93%

Percentage of Men: 38%

Percentage of Women: 62%

Student-Teacher Ratio: 18:1

Degrees Offered: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Specialist, Doctorate

Colleges: Public Service; Science, Engineering and Technology; Education and Human Development; Liberal Arts; Business

Housing: On-campus housing provided.


     • Greek: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Iota Phi Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Sigma Gamma Rho, Zeta Phi Beta 

     • Others: Baptist Student Union, NAACP, University Choir, Social Work Student Association, Meteorological Student Society, National Association of Black Journalists, National Society of Black Engineers, Mathematics Club

Famous Black Alumni: Walter Payton, Cassandra Wilson, Vivian Brown, Shasta Averyhardt 

City Life: Outdoor festivals, state fairs, museums (Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center), art galleries, dining, shopping, monuments and memorials, historic trails (The Devil’s Backbone), music (blues, jazz, urban jukes)

Website: www.jsums.edu/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JacksonState

Twitter: http://twitter.com/JacksonStateU