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Alcorn State, MS 39096-7500
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Alcorn State University

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Alcorn State University (ASU) offers over 50 degrees within seven different schools including the School of Arts and Science, the School of Education and Psychology, the School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Nursing, the School of Graduate Studies and the College of Excellence.

The School of Arts and Sciences offers degrees in liberal arts fields including biology, mathematics and political science. The school also offers a bachelor’s degree in music and a curriculum for the Department of Military Science that prepares students for military service in the Army.

The School of Agriculture, Research, Extension and Applied Sciences (AREAS) hosts a number of departments and programs including agricultural science, human sciences and research centers such as the Swine Development Center and the Mississippi Small Farm Development Center. The Alcorn Experiment Station was founded in partnership with Mississippi State University. The program conducts studies on fruits and vegetables and seeks to identify solutions to problems in the industry.

The School of Education and Psychology offers degrees in elementary education, psychology and interdisciplinary studies. Along with four other colleges, the school sponsors the America Reads-Mississippi program, which is the largest literacy program in the nation.

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Students must have a signed official school application, ACT/SAT scores, official high school or college transcripts, immunization records and copy of social security card or drivers license on file in the Office of Administration before entering the application process.

Students applying as freshmen must complete a college preparatory curriculum with a minimum 3.2 GPA or with a minimum of 2.5 GPA and score of at least a 16 on the ACT / 790 on the SAT.

Graduate admissions require a completed application for admission, scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), official transcripts of all college work, two letters of recommendation, and an additional application fee for out-of-state applications.

Financial Aid

Students must apply for the FAFSA for aid consideration. An in-house financial aid application must be completed as well. All students are eligible to receive federal loans. The William Ford Loan is also available at the school. Aid recipients are required to sign a promissory note and complete financial aid counseling.

The school offers grants, loans and scholarships. Grants include the Federal Pell Grant, the National SMART Grant and the Diversity Grant.

Scholarships include academic scholarships awarded through the office of Admissions based on GPA, service scholarships awarded for band and athletics, and ASU Foundation scholarships awarded based upon availability of funds.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3060th for the average student loan amount.
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ASU was founded in 1871 in Lorman, Mississippi. The school was the nation’s first state-supported higher education institution for African Americans; today it enrolls more than 5,000 students.

The campus sits on 1,700 acres in the heart of Mississippi. The grounds have had many additions in the last several years including a five-mile bike/walking trail, an ecology and natural resources facility and a baseball stadium.

The school offers more than 40 clubs for students to participate in including a student government, a newspaper and music and theater groups.

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Alcorn State participates in a host of intercollegiate athletics including basketball, track and football. The Braves compete in the Southwestern Athletic Conference in the NCAA Division 1.Pro Bowl quarterback Steve McNair is an alumni.

Information Summary

Ranks 12th in Mississippi and 1124th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.05
Robbery 1 0.02
Arson 11 0.27
Burglary 11 0.27
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 3 0.07
Arrest 3 0.07

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Alcorn State, MS 39096-7500
Surrounding communityRemote rural area (over 25 mi. away from an urban area)
Total Population4,138 (N/A urban / 4,138 rural)
Households831 (2.91 people per house)
Median Household Income$18,925
Families604 (3.49 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringPost-master's certificate
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2802

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1824th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,831 $4,831 $4,831
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,277 $1,277 $1,277
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $254 $254 $254
FT Graduate Tuition $4,831 $4,831 $4,831
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,277 $1,277 $1,277
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $339 $339 $339
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $20,984 $20,984 $20,984
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $22,440 $22,440 $22,440
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $14,010 $14,010 $14,010

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,247 $5,712 $5,247 $5,712 $5,247 $5,712
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,466 $1,484
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,592 $7,999
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,884 $4,944
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,592 $7,999
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $6,318 $6,395
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $6,259 $6,395

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application FeeN/A
Graduate Application Fee$10
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 2,265 (787 male / 1,478 female)
Admitted 1,878 (654 male / 1,224 female)
Admission rate 83%
First-time Enrollment 575 (228 male / 347 female)
FT Enrollment 546 (215 male / 331 female)
PT Enrollment 29 (13 male / 16 female)
Total Enrollment3,848

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Southwestern Athletic Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Southwestern Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Southwestern Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Southwestern Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

1337th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 95%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 15 / 20
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 18
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 19

SAT Test Admission

1279th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 5%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 400 / 460
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 410 / 480
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 810 / 940

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,847
Meals per Week21
Room Fee$5,788
Board Fee$2,642

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 18 429 3 55 506
Accounting 9 9
Agricultural Business and Management, General 7 7
Agricultural Economics 11 11
Agriculture, General 13 1 14
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 46 3 49
Biotechnology 1 1 2
Business Administration and Management, General 8 16 4 29
Chemistry, General 6 6
Child Development 11 11
Community College Education 1 18 19
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 2 3
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 13 13
Elementary Education and Teaching 24 13 37
English Language and Literature, General 1 1 2
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 8 8
History, General 4 4
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 42 42
Mass Communication/Media Studies 1 10 11
Mathematics, General 1 1
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences, Other 1 23 3 27
Music Performance, General 8 1 9
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 12 1 1 14
Political Science and Government, General 6 6
Psychology, General 1 8 9
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other 11 8 19
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 45 20 67
Robotics Technology/Technician 1 1
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 30 1 32
Social Work 1 1
Sociology 22 22
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager 1 1
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 19 1 20

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2260th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $60,232 ($63,126 male / $51,282 female)
Number of FT Faculty 167 (92 male / 75 female)
Number of PT Faculty 219
FT Faculty Ratio 0.8 : 1
Total Benefits $4,044,839

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