Freshman Admissions

To apply for freshman admission, an applicant must submit to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions:

1. APPLICATION: A completed application. Apply Now

2. TRANSCRIPT(S): Prospective students should request their high school to send a transcript.  A six or seven semester transcript can be submitted for early review a final official transcript submitted upon graduation which lists all high school course work, the date of graduation, grade point average, and class rank.  Unofficial transcripts are not accepted from students.

3. TEST SCORES:  Request that official ACT or SAT scores sent to Jackson State University.  We suggest that these test scores come directly from ACT or SAT.  Jackson State University’s College Code for ACT is 2204 and SAT College Code is 1341

4. Immunization Record: All students born after December 31, 1956 must submit proof of immunization compliance for measles, mumps, and rubella. Click for more information…

High School Course Requirements

The following high school course units are required and must be listed on the transcript: High School Course Requirements (College Preparatory Curriculum)






All must have substantial writing components



Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II or higher



Biology, Advanced Biology, Chemistry, Advanced Chemistry, Physics, and Advanced Physics, Physical Science or any other science course with comparable rigor and content.

Social Studies


United States History, World History, Government (½ unit) and Geography (½ unit) or Geography (½ unit)

Advanced Electives


Choose from a foreign language, Geography, a math above Algebra II or a science from those listed above (1 unit must be in Foreign language or Geography)

Computer Application


Computer applications/programming course

Pre-High School Units

  Algebra I, first year Foreign Language or Mississippi Studies or Computer Applications taken prior to high school will be accepted for admissions provided the course content is the same as the high school course.

In lieu of ACT scores, students may submit equivalent SAT scores. Students scoring below 16 on the ACT (Composite) or the equivalent SAT are encouraged to participate in the Year-Long Academic Support Program during their freshman year.

Full Admission

Full admission will be granted to high school graduates who complete the required CPC listed above with one of the following:

  1. All students completing the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) with a minimum of a 3.20 high school grade point average (GPA)on the CPC; or
  2. All students completing the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) with (a) a minimum of a 2.50 high school GPA on the CPC or a class rank in the top 50%, and (b) a score of 16 or higher on the ACT (Composite); or
  3. All students completing the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) with (a) a minimum of a 2.00 high school GPA on the CPC and (b) a score of 18 or higher on the ACT (Composite): or
  4. NCAA Division I standards for student athletes who are "full-qualifiers" are accepted as equivalent to the admission standards established by the Board.

Students with Academic Deficiencies

Applicants who do not meet the above listed standards will be required to participate in a screening process. As a result of the screening process, applicants may be admitted to the fall or summer semester. The review shall involve a consideration of high school performance, ACT/SAT scores, placement testing, and special interests and skills, as well as other nonacademic factors. Applicants will be encouraged to participate in a Year-Long Academic Support Program.

Full Admission with Academic Deficiencies

Students who fail to successfully complete the screening and testing program may be granted full Admissions with Academic Deficiencies and enroll in the Summer Developmental Program. This is an intensive program that concentrates on the subject areas (English, Reading, and Mathematics) that are essential to success in first-year college courses. Students who successfully complete this summer program will be allowed to continue in the fall term with mandatory participation in the Academic Support Program during their freshman year. Developmental courses taken during the Summer Developmental Program are remedial and neither count toward a degree nor are computed in a student's grade point average.  Students who fail to successfully complete the Summer Developmental Program are not eligible for enrollment in the regular academic year and will be counseled to explore other post-secondary opportunities, including those offered by community colleges.

Year-Long Academic Support Program

This program is designed to assist those students admitted with academic deficiencies; as well as other volunteer students, with their freshman courses.  The Year-Long Academic Support Program will consist of classroom, individual, and computer-assisted instruction along with career counseling in a laboratory setting. The Program carries institutional credit.*

*Institutional credit courses do not count toward graduation but carry all other academic requirements

High school students are encouraged to apply for admission and financial aid in January of their senior year.  The earlier applications are received, the earlier students will be notified of admission and financial aid decisions.