Jackson State University (JSU)

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Jackson State University is a historically black college found in Jackson, MS. Over 7,700 students are enrolled at JSU.

Students can report either the ACT or SAT scores to JSU. A score in the range of 883 to 1080 on the SAT exam, or 17 to 21 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among admitted students. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the Jackson State University (JSU) average GPA range for accepted students is around 2.80 - 3.04. This school has an acceptance rate of 68 percent with 15 percent of applicants deciding to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at jsums.edu.

Overall Jackson State University (JSU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Jackson State University was reported as 67.5% in Fall 2020 with over 8,400 college applications submitted to JSU. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • JSU ACT Scores: 17 - 21
  • JSU Average GPA: 2.80 - 3.04

How Hard Is It to Get into Jackson State University?

Applicant Selectivity: Low

Students applying to JSU have a higher chance of getting accepted due to the low selectivity of the school as determined by the average standardized test scores ACT/SAT and average high school GPA of applicants from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for JSU has been slowly getting higher over the past years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 63.3%
  • 2017-2018: 71.7%
  • 2018-2019: 68.9%
  • 2019-2020: 67.5%
  • Projected JSU Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 63.4%

How Does Jackson State University (JSU) Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Jackson State University is nineteen percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Belhaven University49.4%
Mississippi College42.0%
Alcorn State University58.2%
Mississippi Valley State University65.1%
William Carey University55.0%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Jackson State University (JSU) (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading450 - 540
Math433 - 540
Total Score883 - 1080
ACT®Score Range
English15 - 22
Math16 - 20
Composite Score17 - 21
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