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.
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.
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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.
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