September 2, 2011
(JACKSON, Miss.) —More and more students are choosing Jackson State University to pursue degrees. This fall, Jackson State announced an enrollment of 8,903 students, which is a 2.5 percent increase over last year and the largest student body in JSU’s history.
“Jackson State offers a high quality education at an affordable price,” said Carolyn W. Meyers, JSU president. “Our faculty and staff care and work hard to prepare students.
“I’m happy to see more students are choosing Jackson State and am confident that we will continue to serve an increasing number of students. Education will continue to play vital role in Mississippi’s future.”
Freshman Lawanda Tabor of Chicago chose Jackson State from among the 27 schools where she was accepted.
“I picked JSU because in my major of psychology, JSU is ranked in the top 25 in the country,” she said.
The enrollment increase comes on the heels of a new report by Washington Monthly magazine ranking JSU among the top 10 colleges and universities in the nation. The ranking considers JSU’s social mobility, research and service ratings. Coming in at No. 9 among 258 institutions, Jackson State outranked Princeton (No. 31), Yale (No. 39), the Georgia Institute of Technology (No. 54) and Howard (No. 73) universities. Jackson State is the only Historically Black College or University to break into Washington Monthly’s top 10.
The research rating measures the rate at which students go on to receive Ph.D.s, the number of doctoral degrees awarded by the university and the amount of federal research dollars garnered. Last year Jackson State raised over $57 million research dollars.
In addition to the academic offerings, the enhanced facilities are receiving rave reviews. The city’s only new release movie theater, located inside JSU’s Student Center, will start showing premier movies free to students this month.
Also, JSU’s Dining Services has added the popular food chains Pizza Hut and Chick-fil-A to its offerings. Both are open from Sunday through Friday. The newly renovated coffee shop, Java City, is open daily at the H.T. Sampson Library.
Expanded development along John R. Lynch Street includes Gallery 1 at One University Place, which is the first business to open in the JSU development. Gallery 1 showcases the work of Jacksonians and other artists from across the country and includes pieces from the university’s archives.
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About Jackson State University: Challenging Minds, Changing Lives
Jackson State University, founded in 1877, is a historically black, high research activity university located in Jackson, the capital city of the state of Mississippi. Jackson State’s nurturing academic environment challenges individuals to change lives through teaching, research and service. Officially designated as Mississippi’s Urban University, Jackson State continues to enhance the state, nation and world through comprehensive economic development, health-care, technological and educational initiatives. The only public university in the Jackson metropolitan area, Jackson State is located near downtown, with three satellite campuses throughout the city. For more information, visit www.jsums.edu.