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Jackson State University appears in these rankings:

5 Best Value Online Schools in Mississippi

50 Best Value Historically Black Graduate Schools in the U.S.

Jackson State University was initially formed in 1877 as Natchez Seminary by the American Baptist Home Mission Society to prepare colored people for Christian ministry. After two subsequent name changes, Jackson State evolved into a comprehensive public co-educational institution. The Carnegie Foundation has classified JSU as having "high research activity." As part of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Jackson State enrolls more than 9,800 students. JSU now stands as America's fourth largest HBCU. Jackson State University is located on a 245-acre urban campus on J.R. Lynch Street in Mississippi's capital city. Classes are also offered in Madison, Holmes County, and online via the E-Center.

According to the U.S. News, Jackson State University is the 13th best historically black college and university nationwide. High school counselors ranked JSU the 264th top university overall. In particular, JSU has America's 141st best social work program and 179th best clinical psychology degree. Forbes named JSU the 137th best college in the South and 203rd top research institution in the United States. Twice, Jackson State University has been an "Apple Distinguished School" for its high-tech curriculum. Washington Monthly crowned JSU the 57th best master's-level institution for social mobility, service, and research. Jackson State was also crowned a "Military Friendly School" by Military Advanced Education.

Jackson State University Accreditation Details

Last reviewed in 2011, Jackson State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). This accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and Board of Regents of Mississippi. JSU has earned 14 discipline-specific accreditations. For instance, the College of Business is approved by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Other notable accreditations include the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), American Psychological Association (APA), and Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC).

Jackson State University Application Requirements

With an acceptance rate of just 31 percent, Jackson State University has a highly selective admissions process. First-year applicants must be high school graduates who have completed the CPC or GED equivalent. Curriculum prerequisites are four units of English, three units of mathematics, three units of science, three units of social studies, and two units of advanced electives. Freshmen must have maintained a minimum high school GPA of 2.5. Ranking in the top 50 percentile of their class is also acceptable. Admitted students must have earned an ACT composite score of at least 16 or the SAT equivalent.

For transfer, undergraduate students must have attained at least 30 semester hours of college-level coursework at a regionally accredited institution. A maximum of 62 credits can be transferred. Priority is given to transfer students who already completed six hours of English composition, three hours of college algebra, and six hours of natural sciences. Transfers must hold a minimum collegiate GPA of 2.0. Graduate applicants must have acquired a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or foreign equivalent. All master's and PhD programs mandate an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above. International students from non-English speaking nations must score 69 on the TOEFL iBT.

Before the general deadlines on March 1st and October 15th, the Office of Admissions at Jackson State University will accept the following:

• Completed online application form
• Official, final academic transcripts
• Standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, or GRE)
• Verification of English language fluency
• Medical immunization records
• Two to three recommendation letters
• One-page written statement of purpose

Tuition and Financial Aid

Full-time undergraduates at Jackson State University must pay $3,433 per semester or $6,886 each year. Non-residents must add the $4,977 out-of-state fee each semester. Part-time undergraduate learners are billed $286 (in-state) or $415 (out-of-state) per credit. Graduate students enrolled full-time also pay $3,433 per semester or $6,886 annually. Non-resident graduates are charged a $4,977 out-of-state fee every semester. Part-time graduates must budget for $381 (in-state) or $553 (out-of-state) per credit hour. Room and board is estimated to cost $2,454 and $1,659 respectively. Summer classes are reduced to $275 per credit.

Approximately 94 percent of beginning, full-time JSU students earn financial assistance. Since 2010, the university has participated in the Federal Direct Loan program for Subsidized, Unsubsidized, Grad PLUS, and Parents PLUS loans. Low-income students could qualify for the Federal Pell Grant or FSEOG Grant. Free gift aid is available with the TEACH Grant, SMART Grant, and Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant. In-state residents could receive the Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG) or Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant (MESG). The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program is offered for part-time employment. VA education benefits can be applied with the GI Bill. Scholarships are also awarded, such as the Diversity Scholarship, Leadership Award, Presidential Academic Scholarship, and Transfer Scholarship.

Degrees Available at Jackson State

Jackson State University is divided into seven academic colleges, including the W.E.B. Du Bois Honors College. The research-intensive university grants more than 90 bachelor's, master's, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Four bachelor's and 10 master's programs can be completed fully online for flexible learning. JSU has a low student-faculty ratio of 15:1, so 52 percent of classes have fewer than 20 students. Two example programs offered are:

Bachelor of Business Administration

Accredited by the AACSB, the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program at Jackson State is popular for transforming undergraduates into ethical, diverse global leaders who establish creative business solutions. BBA students can select a major in Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Business, Management, or Marketing. The 121-credit curriculum will include a well-rounded core of courses in business ethics, strategic planning, business statistics, quantitative business analysis, speech arts, and business law. Students benefit from hands-on training in the Trading Room (TR) and Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

M.S. in Environmental Science

In the Department of Biology, the M.S. in Environmental Science is a lesser-known program available for JSU graduate students to receive practical training for protecting the globe's dwindling natural resources and marine habitats. The 34-credit curriculum gives students the environmental literacy to work towards the betterment of mankind. Courses will delve into ecology, biostatistics, natural systems, botany, marine biology, molecular biology, limnology, and water pollution. There's also an M.S. track for Hazardous Waste Management. All students must successfully complete thesis research in the Center for Environmental Health (CEH).

Other degrees conferred at Jackson State University include the B.S. in Military Science, M.S.Ed. in Reading Education, M.A. in Urban Planning, B.S. in Speech, M.S. in Sport Science, B.A. in Graphic Design, and M.S. in Rehabilitative Services.

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