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Jackson State University Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on Jackson State University? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors Jackson State offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Jackson State University Ranked?

2022 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.

Jackson State University was awarded 121 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is kindergarten/preschool education and teaching.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Jackson State as #2,265 out of 2,576 colleges and universities in the country on its 2022 Best Colleges list.

Jackson State also holds the #25 spot on the Best Colleges in Mississippi ranking.

See all of the rankings for Jackson State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Jackson State?

Acceptance Rate

Jackson State University has an acceptance rate of 72%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Average Test Scores

About 11% of students accepted to Jackson State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 460 and 550. Math scores were between 430 and 540.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Jackson State University  ( 460 to 550 )

SAT Math Scores for Jackson State University  ( 430 to 540 )
Jackson State received ACT scores from 89% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 17 and 21.

ACT Composite Scores for Jackson State University  ( 17 to 21 )

Learn more about Jackson State University admissions.

Jackson State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1, Jackson 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 Jackson State University is 67%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  67 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Jackson State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 77% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Jackson 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  77 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 Jackson 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 Jackson State University.

Jackson State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 5,152 undergraduates at Jackson State with 4,126 being full-time and 1,026 being part-time.

How Much Does Jackson State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Jackson State is $14,484. 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 Jackson State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$13,745 $14,721 $17,171 $9,920 $17,677

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 Jackson 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 Jackson State, approximately 57% of students took out student loans averaging $6,782 a year. That adds up to $27,128 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Jackson State is 18.3%. 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 Jackson State Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Jackson State with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $30,000 in their early years. This is about 25% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


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

Location of Jackson State University

Located in Jackson, Mississippi, Jackson State University is a public institution. Jackson is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Contact details for Jackson State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1400 John R. Lynch Street, Jackson, MS 39217
Phone: 601-979-2121

Jackson State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 53 majors graduated from Jackson State University. Of these students, 1,082 received undergraduate degrees and 451 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
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 132 NA
General Biology 124 $22,200
Social Work 84 $24,600
Other Education 76 NA
Health & Medical Administrative Services 68 $24,400
Criminal Justice & Corrections 61 $28,600
Business Administration & Management 55 $23,100
Teacher Education Subject Specific 46 $27,400
Accounting 40 $27,000
General Psychology 37 $19,000

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

Online Learning at Jackson 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 2018-2019, 4,286 students took at least one online class at Jackson State University. This is a decrease from the 4,484 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 4,286 1,420
2017-2018 4,484 1,394
2016-2017 4,852 1,411
2015-2016 4,925 1,500
2013-2014 4,166 986

Learn more about online learning at Jackson State University.

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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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