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Jackson State University Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

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With an acceptance rate of 72%, Jackson State University is lightly competitive to get admission in. It is competitive to get in through ACT scores and GPA as the recorded scores of average students for ACT is 17 and the average GPA is 2.9. It is however lightly competitive when it comes to SAT scores as the average score to get accepted is recorded at 930.

  • The undergraduate applicants can apply through the P.A.W.S portal or the university’s online portal.
  • The graduate applicants can apply through the Graduate Admissions Portal.
  • The residents of Mississippi do not have to pay any application fee for admission into Jackson State University; out of state and international students have to pay an application fee of 25 USD to apply to the graduate program.


Application PortalFor Summer or Fall 2019: PAWS portal
For Spring 2020 or after: Online portal
Application FeeNA
Average GPA2.9
Acceptance Rate72%
Undergraduate TuitionIn-State Tuition: 7501 USD
Out-of-State Tuition: 18314 USD
Application PortalGraduate Admissions Portal
Application FeeInternational and non-residents: 25 USD
Payment ModeCredit/Debit card

Jackson State University Admission Deadlines

Fall Application DeadlineMarch 1
Spring Application DeadlineOctober 1
Summer Application DeadlineMarch 15

Jackson State University International Admissions

Students and scholars from around the world are welcomed by International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). Their mission is to provide international students and scholars with the services they require from application to completion of studies and training. International students should seek out their help on every step of the way.

International students must submit the following to the university:

  • ACT or combined SAT scores.
  • GPA
  • International transcripts must be professionally evaluated in order for the application to become complete and ready for review. A “course-by-course report with GPA” is required.
  • Copies of all graduation certificates and diplomas.
  • An official evaluation of international academic credentials from an accepted service agency is required.
  • All the documents that are not issued in English must be accompanied by a word-for-word English translation by a certified translator.
  • To show sufficient funds (to cover expenses for one academic year), international students need to submit a certified declaration of financial support.
  • Proof of immunization.
  • Proof of test screening for tuberculosis by chest x-ray.
  • Copy of the picture/name page of the applicant’s passport.
  • Some departments may have additional requirements like special application forms and materials. Applicants are advised to visit the specific department website for additional information.

Language Requirements for International Students

International students must provide proof of English proficiency by achieving one of the following:


iBT: 69
cBT: 194
pBT: 525

ACT English19
SAT Critical Reading480

Jackson State University Undergraduate Admissions

The office of undergraduate admissions is responsible for supervising the freshman admissions. Students are encouraged to get in contact with the office if they require information or need help with any step of the admission process.

Students are required to submit the following:

  • Transcripts: The official transcript should include all high school course work, the date of graduation, average GPA, and class rank.
  • Test scores: ACT or SAT test scores (Jackson State University’s College Code for ACT is 2204 and SAT College Code is 1341).
  • Immunization record

Jackson State University Graduate Admissions

Jackson State University’s graduate council is the body which is responsible for the admissions as well as the development and coordination of general policies and procedures for graduate programs. It maintains uniform standards for the admission of students.

Following are the admission requirements for graduate students:

  • A GPA score of 3.00 at the undergraduate level or a Masters' degree.
  • 1 official copy of all transcripts.
  • Official transcripts can be sent electronically using e-script, parchment or another approved electronic provider to, or by mail.
  • All applicants must submit immunization records.

Departmental requirements may include:

  • Three letters of recommendation (LOR).
  • Standardized test scores.
  • Special application forms and materials.
  • A written statement of purpose.

Jackson State University Graduate Courses Admissions

Application Portal: Graduate Admissions Portal

Application Fee: International and non-residents: 25 USD

CourseApplication DeadlineAcademic RequirementsMinimum English Language Proficiency
MBAMarch 152 official copies of transcripts; Translated transcripts of international applicants; A bachelor’s degree; GMAT or GRE scores; Resume; A personal statementTOEFL: iBT: 69 or CBT: 194 or pBT: 525
M.S. Computer ScienceFall: March 1
Summer: March 15
Spring: October 15
A B.S. in Computer Science or equivalent plus the university’s graduate admission requirementsTOEFL score
M.S. ChemistryFall: March 1    
Summer: March 15
Spring: October 15
A B.S. in chemistry with grade C or better; 3 LORs; A Statement of Purpose; 2 official copies of transcripts; GRE scores; Personal Statement; Immunization recordsTOEFL: 72 or IELTS: 6
M.S. BiologyFall: March 1    
Summer: March 15
Spring: October 15
A B.S. in biology or related field; GPA: 3.00 or higher; 3 LORs; A career goal statementTOEFL score
M.S. MathematicsFall: March 1    
Summer: March 15
Spring: October 15
A Bachelor's degree; GPA: 3.0; GRE scoresPass the Graduate English Competency Exam

Important information to be mindful of:

  • GMAT/GRE scores expire in 5 years so make sure to submit valid scores only.
  • All international students that have been admitted to Jackson State University must obtain the appropriate visa before traveling to the United States. International Programs Office will assist the students in obtaining the necessary forms (I-20 or DS 2019) to apply for a visa to come into the United States.

Jackson State University is very favorable for international students. JSU Global International Student & Scholar Services helps international students throughout, from the holistic admission process to the completion of their studies.

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