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Jackson State University is No. 1 HBCU in Mississippi, according to latest ranking

Jackson State University is ranked the No. 1 HBCU in Mississippi, according to the academic research company UniversityHQ.org. JSU surpassed five state HBCUs based on ranking criteria that included accreditation, tuition rates, retention rates, graduation rates, degrees offered and more.

JSU has increased its partnerships with federal agencies, other research institutions, industry, and community organizations, with intentional efforts to increase its research capacity and advance research and innovation to achieve societal impact. (Photo by Charles A. Smith/JSU)

JSU has increased its partnerships with federal agencies, other research institutions, industry, and community organizations, with intentional efforts to increase its research capacity and advance research and innovation to achieve societal impact. (Photo by Charles A. Smith/JSU)

With nearly 7,000 students, JSU is one of the most prominent HBCUs in the nation, offering a variety of progressive academic programming, technology and innovative resources. The university is also home to the only accredited School of Public Health in Mississippi.

JSU recently announced a record 90.96% increase in sponsored research funding for the fiscal year 2022, citing investments in research infrastructure, innovation, commercialization, facilitating team science and movement of research from lab to market.

“Jackson State University has always been an elite destination of higher learning, and this ranking is a reflection of what we offer as a competitive Carnegie designated high-research intensive institution,” said President Thomas K. Hudson, J.D. “We encourage traditional and non-traditional students to explore our nurturing and community-oriented environment because, at JSU, we will help you become who you are meant to be.”

The university’s chemistry program produces the third highest in bachelor’s degrees, second highest in masters’ degrees, and third highest in doctoral degrees in physical sciences awarded to African-Americans in the country. JSU’s College of Business is among the country’s top three producers of African-American Business Ph.D.s and is accredited by the AACSB; only 5% of business schools hold this distinction worldwide.

UniversityHQ provides students, educators, and academic professionals with valuable resources and information, such as programs and degrees offered and tuition rates of colleges and universities.

UniversityHQ data collection and rankings methodology rely on government sources such as College Navigator, College Scorecard, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ranking organization also considers student-to-faculty ratio, online programs offered, net price, and admission in their evaluation process.