Jackson State University (Jackson State, or JSU) is a historically black university in Jackson, Mississippi
Jackson State University was founded in 1877 in Natchez, Mississippi as Natchez Seminary by the American Baptist Home Mission Society of New York, the Society moved the school to Jackson in 1882, renaming it Jackson College, and developed its present campus in 1902. It became a state-supported public institution in 1940, and it is a member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
A historically black Doctoral/Research public university, Jackson State educates a multicultural student population in a broad range of baccalaureate, masters and doctoral programs. The learning process is enhanced through experiential learning. Jackson State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is 1 of only 2 Historically Black Colleges and Universities to be classified as a research intensive university with high research activity by The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, along with Howard University. Most recently, through the iPad technology initiative (all first-time incoming freshman receive an Apple iPad), Jackson State has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School. This designation puts the university in an elite group of educational institutions that are blazing the trail of innovative learning through the use of technology. Jackson State University is currently the only college in Mississippi that has an Apple Authorized campus store. Jackson State launched “JSU Online” to provide several degree programs completely online through distance learning to begin the fall of 2014. This online initiative provides a more accessible opportunity to obtaining a degree via the internet. Also, beginning in the fall of 2014, Jackson State will offer four new degree programs in its College of Science, Engineering and Technology. A Ph.D. in Engineering, a Ph.D. in Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering, a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Statistics. The B.S. in Biomedical Engineering will be the only undergraduate program offered in the state of Mississippi.