JSU one of country’s most influential and largest HBCU 



According to AcademicInfluence.com, Jackson State University has been named among the top 30 most influential HBCUs over the past two decades. Baseline criteria for this ranking include four-year Unknownundergraduate degree offerings and full accreditation.

The organization highlights that JSU emphasizes research and experiential learning, has more than 90 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and is one of the largest HBCUs in the country.

Additionally, StudySoup compiled the 20 largest historically Black colleges and universities in the nation, based on 2021 data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. Jackson State ranked in the top 10 on this list 7,020 (5,152 undergraduate) students.

AcademicInfluence.com is the preeminent technology-driven rankings site dedicated to students, researchers, and inquirers from high school through college and beyond, offering resources that connect learners to leaders. AcademicInfluence.com is a part of the EducationAccess group, a family of sites dedicated to lifelong learning and personal growth.

The latest data from the National Center for Education Statistics indicates that 51 public HBCUs and 50 private, non-profit HBCUs provide degrees at every level of higher education. Meanwhile, 38 HBCUs offered associate degree programs, 83 offered bachelor’s degrees, 52 conferred master’s degrees, and 27 granted doctoral degrees.

Other top 30 most influential HBCUs include:

  • Alabama State University (Montgomery, Alabama)
  • Alcorn State University (Alcorn State, Mississippi)
  • Bethune-Cookman University (Daytona Beach, Florida)
  • Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Dillard University (New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • Elizabeth City State University (Elizabeth City, North Carolina)
  • Fisk University (Nashville, Tennessee)
  • Florida A&M University (Tallahassee, Florida)
  • Hampton University (Hampton, Virginia)
  • Howard University (Washington, District of Columbia)
  • Jackson State University (Jackson, Mississippi)
  • Lincoln University (Lincoln University, Pennsylvania)
  • Morehouse College (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Morgan State University (Baltimore, Maryland)
  • Norfolk State University (Norfolk, Virginia)
  • North Carolina Central University (Durham, North Carolina)
  • Savannah State University (Savannah, Georgia)
  • South Carolina State University (Orangeburg, South Carolina)
  • Spelman College (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Tennessee State University (Nashville, Tennessee)
  • Texas Southern University (Houston, Texas)
  • Tougaloo College (Tougaloo, Mississippi)
  • Tuskegee University (Tuskegee, Alabama)
  • University of the District of Columbia (Washington, District of Columbia)
  • University of the Virgin Islands (Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands)
  • Virginia State University (Petersburg, Virginia)
  • Virginia Union University (Richmond, Virginia)
  • West Virginia State University (Institute, West Virginia)
  • Wilberforce University (Wilberforce, Ohio)
  • Xavier University of Louisiana (New Orleans, Louisiana)