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Alcorn State University

In 1871, Alcorn State University opened its doors as the first state-supported institution for higher education for African Americans. Located in Claiborne County, Mississippi, the school currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from more than 65 counties, 30 states, and 18 foreign countries. The number of faculty and staff has multiplied a hundred times since its founding, from eight faculty members in 1871 to more than 800 today. U.S. News & World Report ranked Alcorn State University No. 88 in Regional Universities (South) in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges. Alcorn also ranked No. 27 in Historically Black Colleges and Universities Ranking, as well as No. 43 in Top Public Schools.

Programs Offered

To better meet the needs of distance learners and to expand the reach of its academic influence, Alcorn State University designed three completely online degree programs and a selection of online courses under the university’s accreditation. The complete programs offered online include a Bachelor of Science in Advanced Technologies & Computer Networking, an RN-to-BSN program, a Master of Science in Workforce Education Leadership, and a Master of Science in Nursing (educator). Online courses can supplement a student’s degree program to provide a higher level of flexibility with a traditional degree program. The curriculum for the distance learning programs is designed to effectively prepare students for entry or advancement in their chosen career field without the restriction of residency requirements. Working adults can pursue their academic goals without sacrificing time on important obligations, such as work or family life.


The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredited Alcorn State University to grant degrees. Additional specialized accreditation was awarded by four other organizations as well.


Admission for undergraduate applicants is determined on the basis of College Prep Curriculum (CPC), grade point average (GPA), class rank above 50%, and/or ACT/SAT scores. Depending on the combination of those factors meeting satisfactory minimums, a student will be granted full admission to Alcorn State University. Students applying with credits to transfer will be required to submit official transcripts from all previously completed colleges or universities with a grade average of “C” or higher. Candidates applying at the graduate level of study must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and have passing scores on the GRE, GMAT, or PRAXIS I and II (when applicable) to qualify for admission to Alcorn. Graduate applicants will complete and submit an application along with the nonrefundable $10 application fee, and two recommendation letters for evaluation.

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