Alcorn State University

1000 ASU Dr Ste 359, Alcorn State, MS

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Alcorn State University, located in Alcorn State, Mississippi, was founded in 1871 on the former site of the Oakland College. Oakland College was closed at the start of the civil war, and its failure to reopen after the war resulted in its sale to the state. The school was named after James A. Alcorn, and is one of the schools designated as a historically black college. The school has gone through several name changes since its founding, including Alcorn University, Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College, and most recently Alcorn State University. The school itself has grown in scope a prospects, where initial graduates had limited prospects, modern graduates have greater prospects, many going on to become physicians, lawyers, educators and other professionals.

Alcorn State University offers a variety of programs and degrees that allow students to choose the path that best reflects their personal goals and interests. Individuals studying in an undergraduate program will choose a major, followed by enrollment into lower and upper division courses, electives, and required general education courses that comprise the necessary studies for a bachelor's degree. In addition, individuals may choose to take on a minor degree for additional study and limited expertise in a second field. Minor degree will add additional courses to one;'s studies, though not quite as many as a major.

Graduate degree programs are also available, requiring the appropriate bachelor or master's degree in order to be considered for admission. Graduate programs have per program enrollment, which is limited, and applicants must have strong GRE or equivalent graduate level exam scores and strong academic background in order to be considered for admission. Enrollment may be highly competitive based on the program offered.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid
Individuals interested in enrollment at Alcorn State University must supply a completed application, including essay, recommendations, transcripts and test scores, which will be reviewed by the school when considering admission of a given student. Once received, the application will be looked over by committee, resulting in a decision and followed by an answer. Students will be notified as soon as possible, and if admitted, provided the information necessary to prepare for enrollment.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which will be used to determine financial need, program eligibility, and monetary awards. Students may be required to provide additional financial documentation prior to the disbursement of funds to ensure the accuracy of the FAFSA. Financial aid should be applied for prior to posted deadlines, and must be reapplied for every academic year.

The Alcorn State University Braves participate in a number of intercollegiate athletic programs through the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Southwest Athletic Conference (SWAC). Intercollegiate athletics are part of the collegiate experience, offering a forum for healthy competition allowing students to experience camaraderie through the successes and failures that come with pursuing a unified goal. Such programs provide growth academically, personally, athletically and socially, as well as enhance the college experience for the student body and community. Students interested in participating in an intercollegiate athletic program should contact the athletic department to obtain tryout dates.

Athletic programs at Harry S. Truman:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field

Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may give you an idea of the candidates Alcorn State University accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Alcorn State University has a total student population of about 3,500. The student body is made up of 83% undergraduate students and 18% graduate students.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $14,200. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition is estimated to be around $5,600 per year for in-state and nonresident students
  • The estimated tuition for part time students is around $270 to $320 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid100%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships85%$9,005
Receiving Student Loans73%$7,168

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, Alcorn State University may provide services to students including:

  • Online course work available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Work study style employment
  • Employment search assistance

Graduation Rates

Alcorn State University has an overall graduation rate which is approximately 35%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years18%
Graduating in 5 Years10%
Graduating in 6 Years6%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Music Program
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
  • Master's Degree in Nursing (MSN) Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)

Intercollegiate Athletics

Alcorn State University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-AA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Southwestern Athletic Conference)
  • Basketball (Southwestern Athletic Conference)
  • Football (Southwestern Athletic Conference)
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field, Outdoor
  • Track and Field, X-Country
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences


Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Family and Consumer Sciences

Health and Clinical Professions


Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Military Technology

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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