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How Well Is Alcorn State University Ranked?

2023 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Alcorn State University was awarded 48 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is nursing.

Overall Quality

Alcorn State landed the #1,937 spot in College Factual's 2023 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,241 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Alcorn State held the #2,335 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Alcorn State is also ranked #22 out of 26 schools in Mississippi.

See all of the rankings for Alcorn State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Alcorn State?

Acceptance Rate

Alcorn State University has an acceptance rate of 38%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for Alcorn State.

Average Test Scores

About 16% of students accepted to Alcorn State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 410 and 500. Math scores were between 390 and 460.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Alcorn State University  ( 410 to 500 )

SAT Math Scores for Alcorn State University  ( 390 to 460 )
Alcorn State received ACT scores from 84% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 16 and 25.

ACT Composite Scores for Alcorn State University  ( 16 to 25 )

Learn more about Alcorn State University admissions.

Alcorn State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1, Alcorn State University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Alcorn State University is 69%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  69 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Alcorn State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 74% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Alcorn State University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  74 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at Alcorn State is 19%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  19 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Alcorn State University.

Alcorn State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,729 undergraduates at Alcorn State with 2,345 being full-time and 384 being part-time.

How Much Does Alcorn State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Alcorn State is $17,838. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Alcorn State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$16,480 $21,470 $20,407 $6,943 $12,830

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Alcorn State, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Alcorn State, approximately 93% of students took out student loans averaging $6,816 a year. That adds up to $27,264 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Alcorn State is 15.5%. Watch out! This is significantly higher than the national default rate of 10.1%, which means you could have trouble paying back your student loans if you take any out.

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How Much Money Do Alcorn State Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Alcorn State make about $33,444 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is about 21% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


See which majors at Alcorn State University make the most money.

Location of Alcorn State University

Alcorn State University is a public institution situated in Alcorn State, Mississippi. Alcorn State is located in the countryside, which is perfect for students who enjoy a rural lifestyle.

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Contact details for Alcorn State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1000 Asu Dr Ste 359, Alcorn State, MS 39096-7500
Phone: 601-877-6100

Alcorn State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 30 majors graduated from Alcorn State University. Of these students, 587 received undergraduate degrees and 106 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Biology 119 $21,945
Liberal Arts General Studies 76 $19,216
Other Military Tech & Applied Sciences 29 NA
Nursing 29 $57,759
Social Work 28 $15,803
General Psychology 28 $23,657
Business Administration & Management 27 $22,107
Agricultural Economics & Business 24 $37,093
General Agriculture 24 NA
Criminal Justice & Corrections 23 $26,633

Learn more about the majors offered at Alcorn State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Alcorn State

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2019-2020, 2,369 students took at least one online class at Alcorn State University. This is a decrease from the 2,726 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 2,369 526
2018-2019 2,726 550
2017-2018 2,531 455
2016-2017 2,543 430
2015-2016 2,171 456

Learn more about online learning at Alcorn State University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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