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Jackson State University

Jackson, MS 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate69%
Acceptance Rate69%

About Jackson State University

Jackson State University Overview

Jackson State University is a public, state school in the city of Jackson, MS. and currently enrolls around 6,921 students per year year, which includes 4,668 undergraduates. Jackson State University offers on-campus housing for up to 2,605 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 50% of students spend their weekends on campus.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to Jackson State University for Fall 2023 is July 15.

Student Involvement at Jackson State University

Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Jackson State University students can write for the campus newspaperor be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in Greek life? Jackson State University has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Jackson State University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Jackson State University on the Student Life page.

2022 Jackson State University Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 69%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 3.1
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 22%
In-State Tuition $8,270
Out-of-State $9,270
Percent of Need Met 50.26%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $11,611

Is Jackson State University a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" varies. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can provide a sense of how competitive a school is.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a clearer view of what Jackson State University offers and if the college might be a good fit for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Jackson State University

Jackson State University is not difficult to get into. The university admitted 69% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 7,680 students applied to Jackson State University and 5,294 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Jackson State University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

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 for Jackson State University Grads

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Check with Jackson State University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Jackson State University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

For more information about Jackson State University's endowment, check with the school directly. The school spends $8,932 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Jackson State University

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Jackson State University meets 50.26% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Jackson State University full-time are awarded $11,611 a year in financial aid, on average.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $33,535 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served 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.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Jackson State University.

Based on this information, how does Jackson State University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Jackson State University a good school for you?

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Where is Jackson State University Located?

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

If you would like to see Jackson State University for yourself, be sure to 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 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Jackson State University is Jul 15.

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

Jackson State University ACT Scores


ACT Range

17 - 20

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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20 and Above


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17 and Less


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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.

Jackson State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

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Reading SAT Range

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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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