Alcorn State University

Alcorn State University, a Historically Black College and University, is a comprehensive land-grant institution that celebrates a rich heritage with a diverse student and faculty population. Alcorn strives to prepare graduates to be well-rounded future leaders of high character and to be successful in the global marketplace of the 21st century.

Bachelor's programmes

Business & Management (2)
Medicine & Health (2)
Humanities (1)
Social Sciences (1)



Alcorn 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


Schools offer programs leading to the associate, baccalaureate, master's, specialist, and doctoral degrees.


Employed, institution-wide, students are a vital part of Alcorn State University's work force. Students work in positions covering an array of University functions, including research, administration, agricultural sciences, athletics, and tutoring. Student employment represents an important financial human resource to assist students to earn funds to offset the cost of their educations, while providing valuable work experience in a diverse array of work situations. These environments offer students the opportunity to gain a sense of work responsibility and the expectations of the world of work. 

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Housing services

  • All residence halls offer controlled card access entry, 24-hour camera surveillance monitoring and hall staff on each floor.
  • All residence halls are equipped with computer labs, limited wireless access, vending machines and laundry facilities. All student rooms are fully furnished with beds, desks, chairs, wardrobes/closets and chests.
  • Living on campus means being at the center of classes, student activities and more.

Library services

The J.D. Boyd Library is your window into the world’s knowledge base. Within the physical library on campus, you’ll find books, journals, magazines, microform, audiovisual materials, newspapers, and more. Use computer terminals to access the Internet, meet with classmates in a group study area, or attend a presentation in the Medgar W. Evers Auditorium.

Medical services

The Department of Health & Disability Services is now located in Rowan Hall next door to the  E. E. Simmons Gymnasium. It serves as the primary health care facility on the Main campus offering professional services for all Alcorn State University students, faculty and staff. For verification purposes, ALL individuals requesting services must present an Alcorn Gold Card at the front desk.

Student Life

Campus life

The main campus of Alcorn is located in Claiborne County, Mississippi, seven miles west of Lorman, seventeen miles southwest of Port Gibson, and about halfway between Vicksburg, to the north, and Natchez, to the south.The campus in Natchez is home to the School of Nursing and School of Business, and a variety of courses are offered at the Vicksburg location.

Student clubs

Student Dietetics Club, Family and Consumer Sciences Club, Child Development Club.


Alcorn State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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