Jackson State University was founded in Natchez, Mississippi under the name Natchez Seminary in 1877. The university moved to Jackson, Mississippi in 1882 and officially became Jackson State University in 1974 after the curriculum expanded several times throughout the school’s history.
Today, Jackson State University is a public 4-year university with the following mission: “The University produces technologically-advanced, diverse, ethical, global leaders who think critically, address societal problems and compete effectively.”
The school’s vision is as follows: “Building on its historic mission of empowering diverse students to become leaders, Jackson State University will become recognized as a challenging, yet nurturing, state-of-the-art technologically-infused intellectual community. Students and faculty will engage in creative research, participate in interdisciplinary and multi-institutional/ organizational collaborative learning teams and serve the global community.”
Jackson State University is a research-intensive university that offers over 90 bachelor’s, master's, and doctoral degree programs. The school offers traditional courses on campus, online courses, hybrid courses, and enhanced courses.
For the most part, online classes don’t meet on campus, but they may involve synchronous interactions through Blackboard, a virtual learning environment. Some online classes may also mandate in-person proctored tests. Course materials are accessed through Blackboard and class activities will variably include chat rooms, discussions, emails, multimedia, and online simulations via the Internet.
Courses that offer a combination of in-person and online interactions are known as hybrid courses. By definition, at Jackson State University, hybrid courses require students to meet in-person for a minimum of 51 percent of scheduled classes.
Face-to-face courses are called Blackboard enhanced courses because the instructor posts course syllabi on Blackboard and emails students through the system as well. Classes meet in a campus classroom and online interaction is minimal.
Jackson State University students compete in the Southwestern Athletic Conference division of NCAA sports. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, indoor track, outdoor track, and tennis. Women’s sports include basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, track and field, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.
Students have the opportunity to enrich their lives with programs and services including academic and social activities, extracurricular activities, internship/co-op opportunities, job counseling, on-campus artistic events, sporting events, student leadership programs, study abroad programs, volunteering opportunities, and Sonic Boom of the South—Jackson State University’s award-winning marching band.
Students who require financial assistance to attend Jackson State University can find such help at the school’s financial aid office. Employment opportunities, grants, loans, and scholarships are available. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed and turned in by April 15 of each year in order to be considered for financial aid.
The following types of scholarships may be available to students:
- 4 Black Youth
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Black College Dollars
- Church, civic, public service
- JSU Athletic Department
- JSU Development Foundation
- JSU Music Department
- JSU Major Department
- Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund
- Scholarships for Minorities
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Sector Of Institution:4-year, Public
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctor's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:4,973
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