Jackson State University

Jackson, MS
School Type:
4-year, Public
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Admission Requirements
Required GPA
Required SAT
Required ACT
Quick facts
  • Founded: 1877
  • Enrollment: 6,906
  • Mascot: Tigers
  • Colors: Navy Blue and White
  • Motto: Challenging Minds, Changing lives
  • Campus Setting: City
  • Campus Housing: Yes
Short description

Jackson State University, located in the vibrant city of Jackson, Mississippi, stands as a beacon of higher education among Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Founded in 1877, this esteemed institution has a storied history that spans over a century, marked by a commitment to academic excellence and social change. Originally established to provide teaching training for African-American teachers in the South, Jackson State has grown into a comprehensive university, offering a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs.

As a 4-year public institution, Jackson State University offers an array of Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees, along with Post-master's certificates, catering to a diverse student body of 6,906. The university is particularly renowned for its strong programs in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Education, Healthcare Administration, and Engineering. These programs reflect JSU's dedication to challenging minds and changing lives, as encapsulated in its motto.

Athletically, Jackson State University is a proud member of the NCAA Division I - Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), with its teams known as the Tigers. The university's commitment to athletic excellence is evident in its robust sports programs and spirited campus community. The city campus setting of JSU provides students with a unique blend of urban energy and academic tranquility, further enhanced by the availability of campus housing. This environment nurtures not only academic growth but also personal development, preparing students to be leaders and innovators in their respective fields.

Admissions & Financial Aid
  • Admissions: (866) 843-3578 
  • Admissions email: futuretigers@jsums.edu

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  • Financial Aid: (866) 843-3578
  • Financial Aid email: finaid@jsums.edu

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Popular Majors
  • Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Engineering

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NCAA Division I - Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC)

Team Name: Tigers

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Cross Country
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor)

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Softball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Cross Country
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field

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