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About Jackson State University

Jackson State University is a public, state school in an urban setting in Jackson, MS. Jackson State University was founded in 1877 and now enrolls around 6,921 students a year, including 4,668 undergrads.

Jackson State University offers housing for up to 2,605 students. Most students live off campus,.

For each full-time student, Jackson State University spends about $8,932. There are 14 Jackson State University undergrads for each full-time professor.

2021 Jackson State University Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 69%
Average GPA 3.1
Mean ACT score 19
In-State Tuition $7,876
Out-of-State $19,104

Jackson State University Regular Decision Deadline 2022

Jackson State University Early Admission

Jackson State University does not offer early decision or early action.

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Jackson State University Acceptance Rate

It is slightly difficult to get into Jackson State University. Jackson State University admitted 69% of all applicants in 2021. In 2021, 5,294 out of 7,680 total applicants were accepted.

Jackson State University Waitlist

Jackson State University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into Jackson State University?

Jackson State University is considered slightly difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Jackson State University, applicants must submit the following items.

Jackson State University Application Requirements

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Other Requirements immunization record, minimum ACT Composite score of 16
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GPA and Test Scores for Jackson State University

The average high school GPA for a student admitted to Jackson State University is 3.1 /4.0. The mean ACT score for Jackson State University students is 19.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Jackson State University.

Does Jackson State University Require Test Scores?

Jackson State University does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 22% submitted the SAT. 78% submitted the ACT.

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Dorms at Jackson State University

Yes! Jackson State University provides on-campus housing for up to 2,605 students.

Jackson State University students are active in the school's Student Government Association, Sonic Boom of the South and MADDRAMA. Homecoming, Thee I Love Bash, and and New Student Welcome Week are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Jackson State University.

Financial Aid at Jackson State University

Jackson State University meets 50.01% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Jackson State University full-time are awarded $10,718 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is Jackson State University a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Jackson State University

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Jackson State University, around 737% return for their sophomore year.

The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Debt for Jackson State University Grads

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $27,020 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Jackson State University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Jackson State University a good school for you?

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Where is Jackson State University?

Jackson State University is located in the urban setting of Jackson, MS.

If you want to see Jackson State University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 55 to Jackson, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Jackson-Evers International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Jackson State University and Jackson are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1400 John R Lynch Street Jackson, MS 39217

Campus Setting: Urban

Jackson State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jul 5

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Jackson State University is Jul 5.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Jackson State University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Jackson State University ACT Scores


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Jackson State University is 19. Students with an ACT score of 20 and above have a good chance of getting into Jackson State University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 17 and 20 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 17 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

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Jackson State University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Jackson State University is like? There are approximately 6,921 students enrolled at Jackson State University, including 4,668 undergraduate students and 2,253 graduate students. 89% percent of students attend school full-time, 61% percent are from MS and 39% percent of students are from other states.


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