Jackson State University

History

Jackson State University, founded in 1877, is proud of its many distinctions including being the only HBCU offering doctorates in both environmental science and early childhood education; one of only two HBCU’s offering a program in marine science; and the only undergraduate program in professional meteorology in Mississippi, having the first undergraduate program in meteorology among the nation’s HBCUs.

Historic buildings on campus include Ayer Hall, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the oldest of the university’s buildings which has served as the college library, dormitory, classroom, and administrative office space. Today, you’ll find the Margaret Walker Alexander National Research Center for the Study of the 20th century African-American, an important resource for collecting, preserving, interpreting and explaining 20th century African American History through material culture, the built environment, living memories, and archival records. The Center is the only one of its kind located on a historically public African American college or university campus.

Gibbs-Green Plaza, “The Plaza” for short, is named for Phillip Lafayette Gibbs and James Earl Green who were killed May 15, 1970 when city and state police officers opened fire on student protesters gathered in front of Alexander Hall. The Centennial Monument is located in the center of the university green, and stands as the repository of the Centennial Capsule (to be opened on the university’s bicentennial in 2077), containing memorabilia of the university’s first century.

Academic Merit

Jackson State offers undergraduate majors in:

Accounting
Art Graphic Design
Biology
Biomedical Engineering
Business Administration
Chemistry
Civil Engineering
Computer Science
Criminal Justice
Earth System Science
Economics
Electrical Engineering
Elementary Education
English
Entrepreneurship
Finance
French
Spanish
History
Journalism and Media Studies
Marketing
Mathematics
Meteorology
Music
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Social Work
Sociology
Special Education
Speech
Statistics

Campus Life

Located on 125 scenic acres five minutes from downtown, Jackson State is attended by more than 6,200 students from across the state, nation, and numerous foreign countries. Degree programs are offered at all levels, with an emphasis on public service programs designed to enhance quality of life and seek solutions to urban problems in the physical, social, intellectual, and economic environments.

There are more than 100 student clubs and organizations, including student chapters of professional societies, religious associations, chapters of sororities and fraternities, and numerous departmental clubs, plus 19 honor societies.

ADDRESS: 1400 Lynch Street, Jackson, MS
PHONE: 800-848-6817
WEBSITE: https://www.jsums.edu

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