Jackson State University

1400 John R. Lynch Street
Jackson, MS 39217
(601) 979-2244
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Jackson State University was founded in 1877 and has a long-standing history of providing students in the region and beyond with high-quality degrees designed to help them succeed. The institution currently enrolls nearly 9,000 students in its academic programs and maintains a student-to-faculty ratio of 18:1 according to College Navigator, which promotes individualized attention for every student. U.S. News & World Report ranked Jackson State University among National Universities, Tier 2, in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges. The freshman retention rate, one indicator of student satisfaction, is 74.3% at Jackson State University. In keeping with the stated goal of the university to expand and utilize distance learning opportunities, the institution has created two fully-online degree programs and a variety of online courses for students unable to attend traditional classes.

Programs Offered

Recognizing the fact that many potential students are inhibited from obtaining a degree due to restrictive work schedules, Jackson State University developed a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Care and Family Education, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) available in an entirely-online format. Additionally, many courses are offered in online or hybrid formats for students who wish to expand their current knowledge base or complete a limited number of their courses online. Courses and degree programs are delivered through Blackboard, the learning platform used by Jackson State University, which allows students to conduct the majority of their course work online. Students can log into their courses to complete and submit assignments, participate in group or instructor discussions, and take tests at any time of day or night. Jackson State University has provided a Distance Learning Online Orientation Checklist and list of Tips for Online Learners on its website for those considering or starting the distance learning programs.


Jackson State University is fully accredited to grant degrees through the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Eight accrediting agencies granted specialized accreditation for specific programs at Jackson State University as well.


Admission of undergraduate applicants is based on a variety of factors, including evaluation of official high school transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, and high school grade point average (GPA). Depending on a combination of their GPA, class rank, and ACT/SAT scores, applicants will be granted full admission. Click here to view the exact standards for full admission. Students transferring credit from previously attended colleges or universities must be in good standing with the last institution attended, hold a GPA of at least 2.0, and submit official transcripts documenting completion of credits and GPA. If transferring an applicable associate or higher degree level, transfer students are exempt from freshman requirements. Although additional program-specific requirements may apply, all master’s-level applicants will be required to submit the following: application for admission, two official copies of transcripts from accredited institutions previously attended, meet appropriate GPA requirements for the degree of interest, and pay the non-refundable $25 application fee. For additional information regarding graduate admissions, click here.

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