Jackson State University (JSU)

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Jackson State University is a historically black college found in Jackson, MS. Over 9,600 students are enrolled at JSU.

A large majority of students at JSU scored in the range of 17 (25th percentile) to 21 (75th percentile) on the ACT exam. 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 65 percent with 32 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 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Jackson State University was reported as 64.6% in Fall 2013 with over 5,330 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: Medium

The applicant selectivity of JSU is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Jackson State University has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 48.5%
  • 2010-2011: 53.6%
  • 2011-2012: 31.3%
  • 2012-2013: 24.2%
  • 2013-2014: 64.6%
  • Projected JSU Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 45.6%

How Does Jackson State University (JSU) Compare?

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The acceptance rate for Jackson State University is sixteen percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Belhaven University48.4%
Mississippi College67.3%
Alcorn State University82.9%
Mississippi Valley State University22.7%
William Carey University48.8%

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 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Jackson State University (JSU) (Fall 2013)

ACT®Score Range
English16 - 22
Math16 - 20
Composite Score17 - 21
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