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1400 JR Lynch Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39217
Main Phone: (601) 979-2121
Main Contact: Shemeka McClung, Ph.D.

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Jackson State University

Since 1877, Jackson State University has been providing young men and women opportunities that will empower them to succeed in an increasingly complex world. As the Urban University of Mississippi, Jackson State emphasizes public service programs designed to enhance quality of life and seek solutions to urban problems in the physical, social, intellectual, and economic environments.

Located in Jackson, the capital city and the cultural, political, geographic and business center of Mississippi, the campus is a scenic 250-acre tract only five minutes from downtown and less than twenty minutes from Jackson-Evers International Airport.

Tree-lined walkways and a large central plaza add to the atmosphere of a major university in a bustling capital city.

In addition to numerous year-round activities on the campus, the city offers plenty of concerts and other cultural events, and shopping centers and malls provide exciting excursions in search of great bargains.

Quick Facts

Undergrad Population: 7492
Graduate Population: 2319
Student Body: Coed
In State Tuition: $7141
Out of State Tuition: $17494
Room & Board: $8708
Applications Due: Rolling Admissions (No Fee)
Conference: SouthWestern Athletic Conference (SWAC)
Mascot: Tigers
Online Classes: yes
Percent Men: 34.25
Percent Women: 65.74

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Majors Offered

College of Business
-Business Administration
-Business Administration

College of Education
-Child Care and Family Education
-Elementary Education K-3
-Elementary Education K-6
-HPER-Health Education
-HPER-Physical Education
-HPER-Recreation Administration
-HPER-Therapeutic Recreation
-Professional Interdisciplinary Studies: CRR
-Professional Interdisciplinary Studies: Faith Based Leadership
-Professional Interdisciplinary Studies: General
-Professional Interdisciplinary Studies: Human Resources
-Social Science Education
-Social Science Ethnic Studies
-Special Education Mild/Moderate
-Special Education Non-Teaching (Disabilities Studies)
-University Studies
-Clinical Mental Health
-Early Childhood
-Education (concentration in Reading Education)
-Education (concentration in School Counseling)
-Education (concentration in Special Education)
-PhD Educational Administration
-MS Educational Administration and Supervision
-Elementary Education
-Health, Physical Education and Recreation
-Reading Education
-MS Rehabilitation Counseling
-School Counseling
-Secondary Education
-Special Education
-Sport Science
-PhD Urban Higher Education

College of Liberal Arts
-Graphic Design
-Criminal Justice and Correctional Services
-English-Business Administration
-English-Computer Science
-Foreign Languages-French
-Foreign Languages-Spanish
-Journalism and Media Studies-Integrated Marketing
-Journalism and Media Studies-Media Production
-Journalism and Media Studies-Multimedia Journalism
-Journalism and Media Studies-Sports-Media
-Music Education
-Music Education-Jazz Emphasis
-Music-Instrumental Performance
-Music-Jazz Studies (Instrumental)
-Music-Jazz Studies (Vocal)
-Music-Music Technology
-Music-Piano Performance
-Music-Vocal Performance
-Political Science-Basic
-Political Science-Legal Studies
-Speech-Speech Communication
-Clinical Psychology
-Criminology & Justice Services
-Mass Communications
-Music Education
-Political Science
-Public Administration
-Public Policy and Administration

College of Science, Engineering and Technology
-Biology-Environmental Science
-Marine Science
-Pre Dentistry
-Pre Medicine
-Pre Optometry
-Pre Pharmacy
-Pre Veterinary
-Pre-Physical Therapy
-Biomedical Engineering
-Biomedical Sciences
-Chemistry-Environmental Science
-Pre Med, Den, Opt, Vet
-Chemistry-Without Certification
-Civil Engineering-Environmental
-Civil Engineering-General
-Computer Engineering
-Computer Science
-Earth System Science
-Electrical Engineering
-Computer Technology
-Electronic Technology
-Emergency Management
-Technology Management
-Mathematics Education
-Physics Alternate Career
-Biology, M.S. -MS/ PhD Chemistry
-PhD Computational & Data-Enabled Science & Engineering
-MS Computer Science
-MS Data-Enabled Science & Engineering
-MS/ PhD Engineering
-MS / PhD Environmental Science
-MS Hazardous Materials Management
-MS Mathematics
-Science and Mathematics Education
-Technology Education
-MS/ PhD Urban and Regional Planning

College of Health Science
-Communicative Disorders
-Healthcare Administration
-Social Work
-MS Communicative Disorders
-Public Health
-PhD Social Work

Sports & Extra Curricular Activities
Choir, Choral Groups, Civic Organizations, Concert Band, Cultural Organizations, Dance, Faith-based Organizations, Fraternities, Honors Program, Intramural Sports, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Pep Band, Professional Associations, Radio Station, Sororities
College History
Jackson State University has a distinguished history, rich in the tradition of educating young men and women for leadership, having undergone seven name changes as it grew and developed.

Founded as Natchez Seminary in 1877 by the American Baptist Home mission Society, the school was established as Natchez, Mississippi "for the moral, religious and intellectual improvement of Christian leaders of the colored people of Mississippi and the neighboring states." In November 1882, the school was moved to Jackson; in March 1899, the curriculum was expanded and the name was changed to Jackson College.

The state assumed support of the college in 1940, assigning to it the mission of training teachers. Subsequently, between 1953 and 1956, the curriculum was expanded to include a graduate program and bachelor's programs in the arts and sciences; the name was then changed to Jackson State College in 1956.

Further expansion of the curriculum and a notable building program preceded the elevation of Jackson State College to university status on March 15, 1974. Jackson State was officially designated the Urban University of the State of Mississippi in 1979. Recently, Jackson State University has been recognized and reaffirmed as an Apple Distinguished Schools in the nation. Jackson State University, a public, coeducational institution, is supported by legislative appropriations supplemented by student fees and federal, state, and private grants.
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