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Alcorn State University is the oldest public historically black land-grant institution in the United States and the second-oldest state supported institution of higher learning in Mississippi. Alcorn University was founded in 1871 as a result of the people of Mississippi's efforts to educate the descendants of formerly enslaved Africans. It was named in honor of the sitting governor of Mississippi, James L. Alcorn. The site was originally occupied by Oakland College, a school established by Presbyterians in 1828; the state of Mississippi purchased the Oakland campus for $40,000 and named it Alcorn University. Hiram R. Revels resigned his seat as a United States senator to become the University's first president. In 1878, Alcorn University became Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College. The college was exclusively for males at first, but eventually women were admitted. Over time, facilities increased from three historic buildings to more than 80 structures. The original purchase of 225 acres of land grew to a campus of more than 1,700 acres. In 1974, Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College became Alcorn State University. Governor William L. Waller signed House Bill 298, granting this status. Today, Alcorn operates divisions with degree programs in more than 40 areas, including the bachelor's, master's and educational specialist degrees. Alcorn also operates branch locations in Vicksburg and Natchez, Mississippi. The student population is representative of more than 30 states and at least 18 foreign countries. Alcorn is nationally recognized for excellence in liberal arts, agricultural research, technology, music and nursing. Generations of successful alumni have distinguished themselves in the most competitive arenas, including education, medicine, law and business to professional athletics.

Office of Admissions
1000 ASU Drive #330
Lorman, MS 39096
In-state call: 1.800.222.6790

Delta State University first began as Delta State Teachers College by an act of the state legislature in 1924. The institution opened for its first regular session on September 15, 1925, with a faculty and staff of 11 members and an enrollment of 97 students. To match the institution's growth in enrollment and academic offerings, the name was changed to Delta State College in 1955 and to Delta State University in 1974. Graduate work was first offered in 1965 when the Master of Education degree was approved. After other master's programs were added, the University began offering the Educational Specialist degree (1972), the Doctor of Education degree (1981) and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (2013). The University provides a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum, offering 13 baccalaureate degrees in 40 majors. It also seeks to meet the need for advanced training in certain fields by providing programs of study for nine master's degrees, an Educational Specialist degree, a Doctor of Education degree, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. The Mississippi Delta, a twenty-county, northwestern region which is rich in various ethnic and cultural groups, provides approximately 80% of the University's enrollment.

Office of the Registrar
Kent Wyatt Hall 152
Cleveland, MS 38733

Jackson State University, founded in 1877, is a historically black, high research activity university in Jackson, the capital city of Mississippi. Jackson State's nurturing academic environment challenges individuals to change their lives through teaching, research and service. Officially designated as Mississippi's Urban University, Jackson State continues to enhance the state, nation and world through comprehensive economic development, health-care, technological and educational initiatives. The only public university in the metropolitan area, Jackson State's main campus is located near downtown with five satellite locations throughout the metro area. Washington Monthly magazine annually ranks JSU among the nation's top colleges for social mobility, research and service. JSU was named an Apple Distinguished School for 2013-15 and 2015-17 for uniquely implementing technology into the curriculum. The university is accredited by the Commission of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and offers bachelor's, master's, specialist-in-education and doctoral degrees.

Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
P. O. Box 17330-1325
Jackson, MS 39217
In-state call: 1.800.848.6817

From a comprehensive set of educational options and groundbreaking research to award-winning service initiatives and an environment that embraces intellectual and creative freedom, the Mississippi State University experience is transforming and empowering communities throughout the world. As one of the national land-grant colleges established after Congress passed the Morrill Act in 1862, the school opened its doors in the fall of 1880 as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of the State of Mississippi. It soon distinguished itself as a leader in agriculture, horticulture and the mechanical arts in addition to other scientific and classical studies, including military tactics. By 1932, when the Mississippi Legislature renamed the school Mississippi State College, it was well on its way to building the foundation for generations of students from all walks of life to succeed in higher education. In 1958, the Legislature changed the name to Mississippi State University. Today, MSU stands as one of the nationís leading research universities, providing access and opportunity to students from all sectors of the state, as well as from all 50 states and 88 other countries. Students in eight colleges are participating in cutting-edge research with a global impact, including work to get unmanned aerial systems flying safety in the nationís airspace, designing the car of the future, and generating solutions to world hunger, to name just a few. Learn more at msstate.edu.

Office of Admissions
P. O. Box 9700
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Established in l884, Mississippi University for Women also known as The W, became the first public college for women in America. Originally known as the Industrial Institute and College, the institution was created by an act of the Mississippi Legislature on March l2, l884, for the dual purposes of providing a liberal arts education and preparing women for employment. The first session began October 22, l885, with an enrollment of approximately 250 students on a campus formerly occupied by the Columbus Female Institute, a private college founded in l847. The name of the institution changed to Mississippi State College for Women in l920 to reflect an emphasis on collegiate rather than vocational education. The name changed again in l974 to Mississippi University for Women to reflect better the nature of the academic programs, including graduate studies. In l982 the United States Supreme Court ordered the university to admit a male student to the nursing program. Following this historic decision, the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning ordered the university to change its policies to allow the admission of qualified males into all university programs. In l988 the Board of Trustees reaffirmed the mission of MUW as an institution of quality academic programs for all qualified students with emphasis on distinctive opportunities for women. Today, The W continues its historic focus on academic leadership development for women, as well as its long tradition of excellence in liberal arts and professional education for both women and men. The W prepares its students for a wide variety of roles both professional and personally.

Office of Admissions
P. O. Box W-1613
Columbus, MS 39701
In-state call: 1.877.462.8439

Mississippi Valley State University was created by the Mississippi Legislature as Mississippi Vocational College in 1946. The expressed purpose of the institution was to train teachers for rural and elementary schools and to provide vocational training. The first academic session started in the summer of 1950 with an enrollment of 305 in-service teachers. The first full academic year, 1950-51, began with 14 regular students and seven faculty members. Under its original name and purpose, the institution provided a higher education opportunity for many first-generation college students. In order to reflect the broadening scope and offerings of the institution, its name was changed to Mississippi Valley State College in 1964. Under this transition, the institution became more general purpose in nature while retaining its commitment to provide special higher education opportunities. The name of the institution was changed to Mississippi Valley State University in 1974. Graduate programs were begun in 1976.

Office of Admissions
P. O. Box 7222
Itta Bena, MS 38941
In-state call: 1.800.844.6885

The University of Mississippi, one of the oldest public institutions of higher education in the South, opened its doors to 80 students in 1848. A classical liberal arts institution that also offers a selection of quality professional programs, Ole Miss enrolls nearly 24,000 students on four campuses, including the Medical Center in Jackson. The main campus in Oxford, home of the late Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner, continues to be an incubator for writers and literary scholars. The 1.2 million-volume library on the main campus houses the most extensive blues archive in the nation, Faulkner's papers and the National Library of the Accounting Profession. The Center for the Study of Southern Culture and the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation are housed on the Oxford campus, as are 30 other institutes and research centers. More than $100 million in research is conducted annually on the Oxford and Jackson campuses, where world-class studies in pharmacy, physical acoustics and cardiovascular disease take place. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching designates the university as a high research activity institution, and the National Science Foundation ranks UM in the top quartile of U.S. universities based on total R&D expenditures.

Office of Admissions and Records
University, MS 38677
In-state call: 1.800.653.6477

Distinguished and proud, The University of Southern Mississippi is a national public university that is engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. Our values are to lead with academic excellence, conduct innovative research, provide cultural enrichment, conduct economic development, create healthier communities, contribute to global communities and educate the whole student. Founded in 1910, Southern Miss is the only SREB-Level 1 designated university in the state graduating the most PhD's in-state. A dual-campus, Southern Miss boasts world-class research and teaching sites along the Mississippi Gulf Coast; receives more than $70 million in research dollars; has signature academic programs including polymer science and engineering, the Center for Writers, the four art disciplines, nursing and education; and has the sixth oldest Honors College in the nation. With academic excellence and, in a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world.

Office of Admissions
P. O. Box 5166
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, Mississippi 39211
Telephone: 601.432.6198
Fax: 601.432.6972
Email: The Board of Trustees


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