Jackson State University
Jackson, Mississippi 39217

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Jackson State University
Jackson, Mississippi 39217

Jackson State University
H.T. Sampson Library, Jackson State University,
Jackson, Mississippi


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Jackson State University is the fourth largest institution of higher learning in Mississippi and one of the largest Historically Black Colleges or Universities in the nation.

Founded in 1877, Jackson State opened its doors in Natchez, Mississippi, operating as Natchez Seminary, a private school under the auspices of the American Baptist Home Mission Society of New York. The institution moved to Jackson, a more central location in the state, in 1882, and remained private and church-sponsored. It became state supported in 1940, gained university status in 1974, and was designated the Urban University of Mississippi in 1979.

After more than a century, Jackson State University has evolved from a mission of training teachers and ministers to a comprehensive, urban university in the state's capital and largest city.

The only public, four-year institution in the central Mississippi area, Jackson State University is the largest HBCU in the state. Students from every Mississippi County, many states in the nation and numerous foreign countries are enrolled in seven schools — Allied Health Sciences, Business, Education, Liberal Arts, Science and Technology, Social Work and the Graduate School. Degrees are offered on the bachelor's, master's specialist in education and doctoral levels. The faculty numbers nearly 400 talented educators of diverse backgrounds. These teaching and research professionals are drawn to Jackson State from prestigious institutions around the world. The university is ranked as one of the nation's top producers of African Americans earning bachelor's degrees. The overall job placement rate is 70 percent; 95 percent for the Graduate School; 80 percent for the School of Business; 90 percent for teacher education and accounting programs. The Department of Computer Science has a 99 percent placement rate of its graduates.

The JSU Honors College, established in 1980 and upgraded to college status in 1989, fosters development of students whose ACT/SAT scores and high school or early college achievements indicate superior intellectual ability. Talented and highly motivated students benefit from an enriched curriculum composed of classes that are smaller and more challenging than regular classes. An Honors Dormitory is available for students enrolled in the Honors College who maintain a 3.25 or higher grade-point average. Jackson State University has had a chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, the national honor society that covers all disciplines, since 1976; is the only HBCU with a chapter of Pi Lambda Theta, an honor society for students majoring in education; and has chapters of 19 other national honor societies.

Jackson State's diverse student body population of approximately 6,500 students are able to participate in community and campus social, cultural and public service programs through the activities of more than 100 student clubs and organizations, including the traditional African American Greek-letter fraternities and sororities. As a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, JSU competes in intercollegiate athletics in all major men's and women's sports.

As the urban university of Mississippi, Jackson State emphasizes public service programs designed to enhance quality of life and seek solutions to urban problems in the physical, social, intellectual and economic environments. Conferences, workshops, technical assistance training programs and other degree and non-degree offerings allow the University to extend its human, cultural and physical resources into the city.

The university provides young men and women opportunities to develop knowledge and skills that empower them to succeed in an increasingly complex world. Under the leadership of its eighth president, Dr. James E. Lyons Sr., Jackson State University moves confidently toward the future as a major force in the region and among its peer institutions. Since assuming the presidency in July 1992, Dr. Lyons has completed a Campus Master Plan that projects the growth of the University will into the 21st century, developed additional graduate and undergraduate programs, and secured land and other property for growth and revitalization of the area around the campus.

Research funding supports exciting studies utilizing the most advanced technologies, and long-term cooperative projects and new initiatives alike strengthen the university's service to public schools, business and industry, the West Jackson Community, the city, the state, the nation and several foreign countries.


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