Alcorn State University takes pride in its early beginning in 1871, as the first public African-American institution for higher education in the United States. At the time, the state of Mississippi, guided by governor, James Alcorn, supported the purchase of Oakland College, a land-grant institution located in Claiborne County, as a means to provide education and training for male descendants of freed slaves after the Civil War. The college quickly grew, adding additional acreage, and changing its name to Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College. Later, women were allowed to enroll, and by 1974, the college officially transitioned to Alcorn State University.
Today, the university bears little resemblance to the original 225-acre campus that employed eight professors. Alcorn State now maintains facilities on more than 1,700 acres at the main Lorman campus, along with the Natchez and Vicksburg campuses, and employs 800 plus faculty and staff. Alcorn State University enrolls more than 3,200 students and awards Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s and specialist degrees. Furthermore, though a large majority of the student body at Alcorn State University is African-American, students from over 30 states and 18 different countries attend the university. Alcorn State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Furthermore, individual programs retain programmatic approval from accrediting organizations, including the American Dietetics Association, and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Alcorn State University is also an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Industrial Technology, and the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, along with retaining membership in a large number of organizations.
Alcorn State University awards undergraduate degrees through the following schools:
- School of Arts and Sciences
- The School of Business
- School of Education and Psychology
- School of Agriculture, Research, Extension and Applied Sciences
- School of Nursing
Alcorn State University supports distance education programs for the added convenience of working professionals and nontraditional students. The Department of Advanced Technologies programs provide added flexibility through video streaming. Class lectures are recorded live and delivered via internet for non-traditional students. Furthermore, the online Health Care Management and Administration Track allows professionals with an Associate’s degree to further their studies, earning a Bachelor’s degree. Registered nurses may also qualify for the RN-BSN Online program in order to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Prospective graduate students can choose from ten different programs, including Master’s degrees in Education or Teaching, Agriculture, Biology, Biotechnology, Business Administration, Nursing, Computer and Information Sciences, Workforce Education Leadership, and an Educational Specialist in Elementary Education program. Various programs support on-campus and online coursework. Distance learners have access to resources, such as technical support, and will access assignments and lectures through platforms, like Blackboard and Elluminate.
Tuition at Alcorn State University is based on state residency and credit hours per semester.
- Undergraduate students
- In-state, $2,856 per 12 credit hours / per semester
- Out-of-state, $7,032 per 12 credit hours / per semester
- Graduate students
- In-state, $2,853 per 9 credit hours / per semester
- Out-of-state, $7,032 per 9 credit hours / per semester
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
- Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education
- diversity Grant
- Mississippi Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Grant
- Federal Work-Study
- Direct Stafford Subsidized / Unsubsidized Loans
- Direct PLUS Loan
- DC Tuition Assistance Grant Program
- Scholarships sponsored by the state of Mississippi
- Institutional academic and service awards.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Post-master's certificate
Adult Age Enrollments:1,374
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