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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 105 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

The acceptance rate at Jackson State University is 90%, which is higher than many other schools to which you may be applying. But don't think getting into Jackson State is a sure thing. The admissions staff is still going to review your application to see if you are a good fit for the school.

Average Test Scores

About 22% 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 450 and 520. Math scores were between 440 and 530.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Jackson State University  ( 450 to 520 )

SAT Math Scores for Jackson State University  ( 440 to 530 )
Jackson State received ACT scores from 78% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 17 and 20.

ACT Composite Scores for Jackson State University  ( 17 to 20 )

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

Jackson State University has a freshmen retention rate of 74%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for 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 Jackson State is 24%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  24 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 4,668 undergraduates at Jackson State with 4,171 being full-time and 497 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 79% of students took out student loans averaging $6,768 a year. That adds up to $27,072 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 50 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 $22,485
Social Work 84 $23,411
Other Education 76 $26,121
Health & Medical Administrative Services 68 $28,697
Criminal Justice & Corrections 61 $28,870
Business Administration & Management 55 $33,993
Teacher Education Subject Specific 46 $27,548
Accounting 40 $35,594
General Psychology 37 $22,764

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 2019-2020, 5,686 students took at least one online class at Jackson State University. This is an increase from the 4,286 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 5,686 2,653
2018-2019 4,286 1,420
2017-2018 4,484 1,394
2016-2017 4,852 1,411
2015-2016 4,925 1,500

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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