Jackson, Mississippi (MS) Colleges and Universities

There are eight colleges and universities within the Jackson, MS, area. Without looking at for-profit schools, we'll run through key attributes of these institutions to help you narrow down your search.

Feel out your options near Jackson by looking into the student populations, town proximity, graduation rates, and net prices of the schools in the area. The statistics you'll encounter have been reported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Jackson, Mississippi

Most of the schools near Jackson are located within the city limits, at various distances from downtown. These schools are a mix of public and private institutions, with one community college option located further away from the city. The closest schools to downtown are:

  • Jackson State University (0.5 miles from downtown)
  • Belhaven University (1.1 miles from downtown)
  • Millsaps College (2.4 miles from downtown)
  • Tougaloo College (7 miles from downtown)
  • Mississippi College (8.6 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools near Jackson, Mississippi

The most populated school near Jackson is also the only community college option on the list, Hinds Community College. This school has 11,935 students enrolled and is also the only college near Jackson located in a rural setting. The next largest colleges close by are:

  • Jackson State University (9,802 students)
  • Mississippi College (5,036 students)
  • Belhaven University (4,450 students)
  • Tougaloo College (872 students)
  • Millsaps College (809 students)

Lowest Net Price

Net price is calculated by subtracting the typical amount of financial aid provided from the costs of attendance. As there is only one community college in the Jackson area, most net prices of the schools nearby are above $10,000. This section contains numbers applying exclusively to undergraduate students enrolled on a full-time basis and are based on the 2014-2015 school year. The lowest net costs around belong to:

  • Hinds Community College ($4,502)
  • Tougaloo College ($12,674)
  • Jackson State University ($12,755)
  • Belhaven University ($15,527)
  • Mississippi College ($16,017)

Highest Graduation Rate

The rates provided in this section apply to students enrolled full-time at an undergraduate level only and are based on the 2015 school year. They're calculated by taking 150% of the typical time necessary to finish a program. Millsaps College has the highest graduation rate near Jackson at 66%. This is a 4-year private institution offering both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The next highest rates include:

  • Mississippi College (54%)
  • Belhaven University (47%)
  • Tougaloo College (42%)
  • Jackson State University (40%)
  • Hinds Community College (18%)

Students looking around Jackson will find limited though diverse options at their disposal, with private and public options as well as a community college not too far.

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