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Jackson State University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Jackson State University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Jackson State University Ranked?

2020 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Jackson State University was awarded 11 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is education.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2020 analysis, Jackson State is ranked #1,478 out of 1,727 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Jackson State is also ranked #12 out of 15 schools in Mississippi.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Jackson State?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Jackson State University is 72%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that Jackson State is a good fit for you.

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 )

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Jackson State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 17 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

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

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 is a sign of how many full-time students like a college or university well enough to come back for their sophomore year. At Jackson State University this rate is 61%, which is a bit lower than the national average of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  61 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

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Below Average Overall Diversity at Jackson State

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,500 undergraduates at Jackson State with 5,935 being full-time and 565 being part-time.

Jackson State Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

The overall diversity score for Jackson State is 35.54 out of 100. This is below average when compared to other schools in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  35.54 out of 100
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How Much Does Jackson State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Jackson State is $15,380. 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 +
$14,496 $14,759 $17,289 $19,365 $19,589

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Jackson State, approximately 63% of students took out student loans averaging $6,931 a year. That adds up to $27,724 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Jackson State is 14.4%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Jackson State Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Jackson State make about $30,000 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is about 26% 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

Jackson State University is a public institution located in Jackson, Mississippi. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Location of Jackson State University

Contact details for Jackson State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1400 J 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 49 majors graduated from Jackson State University. Of these students, 1,109 received undergraduate degrees and 449 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 122 $22,200
Social Work 96 $24,600
Criminal Justice & Corrections 81 $28,600
Health & Medical Administrative Services 72 $24,400
Business Administration & Management 62 $23,100
Accounting 53 $27,000
Other Education 47 NA
Teacher Education Subject Specific 45 $27,400
Communication & Media Studies 44 $26,600

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 learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 4,484 students took at least one online class at Jackson State University. This is a decrease from the 4,852 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 4,484 1,394
2016-2017 4,852 1,411
2015-2016 4,925 1,500
2014-2015 4,609 1,266
2013-2014 4,166 986

Learn more about online learning at Jackson State University.


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