The JSU Welcome Center is the front door to the campus of Jackson State University. Located in the capital city — the cultural, political and geographical center of Mississippi — the university’s scenic, 175-acre campus is home to 51 academic and administrative buildings, many with unique architectural elements. The main campus, on John R. Lynch Street between Prentiss and Dalton Streets, is a mere five-minute drive from downtown Jackson and a 20-minute drive from Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. The Welcome Center provides campus tours for small groups, maps, information on JSU programs and events, meeting space and seminars. Prospective students and their families, alumni, staff and friends of JSU are all invited to the center to learn about our services or to schedule a tour of our beautiful campus. While there are numerous year-round activities on campus, the city also offers a wide variety of cultural, musical and sporting events. Malls and eclectic neighborhood stores are a haven for shoppers in search of great bargains.
The Welcome Center is a visitor information center that serves prospective students and their families, alumni, staff, and friends of the university. Our services include:
1) Campus tours (standard, customized or heritage tours by appointment only).
Standard: One-hour walking tour around the main campus
Customized: Select building(s) on campus
Heritage: For persons interested in Mississippi's civil rights history. Tour stops: Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) Center; the Margaret Walker Center for the Study of the African-American Experience; the Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy; and Alexander West Dormitory on the Gibbs-Green Plaza. Please complete the online tour request form to schedule a campus tour.
2) Information sessions
3) Meeting space (Conference room with Wifi access)
4) Campus maps
5) Information on JSU programs and events
Hours of Operation
Tours are scheduled between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. (June-August).
Office of Undergraduate Recruitment Tours
(More than 12 participants) 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, prior notice required - 1 hour in length. To schedule: Contact the Office of Undergraduate Recruitment at (601) 979-2914.
Welcome Center Tours
(Groups of 12 or less). 10 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Prior notice is required and the tour is 1 hour in length. Please click here to schedule a tour.
Parking for Visitors
The visitor lot for the Welcome Center is located directly behind the JSU Student Center. To access the lot, turn off Dalton Street onto the street in front of the Department of Public Safety building. The lot is located on the left.
For more information, contact:
Gwen Caples, Director
Latona R. Banks, Administrative Assistant, or
Jeremy Sanford, Tour Guide