Admission Process

Step 1: Apply for Admission

There are two ways to apply:

Online Application: Submit your application electronically.

Paper Application: Print the paper application version.

Mail, fax or deliver your application to: 

Admissions Office
2046 North Parkway
Jackson, TN 38301-3797
Phone: (731) 425-8844
Fax:  (731) 425-2653

Dual Enrollment students will need to complete a separate paper application. (For more information or to obtain a dual enrollment application, please contact the Admissions Office.)

Step 2: Determine Correct Placement Exam

Jackson State uses the ACT and COMPASS exam to assess your level of academic preparation.  These placement exams help determine if you are ready for college-level coursework.  Your enrollment status and age determine which placement exam is required.

Transfer students

Depending on the courses previously taken, the COMPASS test or ACT scores may be required. Normally, previously earned credit in a college level English and Math or having an earned degree waives any testing requirement. Please see the Admissions Office for your personalized testing requirements.

New, Degree seeking students

Under age 21...

should take the ACT exam and have the official scores sent to Jackson State.  Only ACT test scores taken within the last three years, may be used for placement purposes.  For more information about the ACT, visit

JSCC does offer a "Residual ACT" that can be used for placement purposes. The Residual ACT cannot be used for Tenn Lottery scholarship purposes or transferred to another school. Learn more about Residual ACT.

21 and over...

with no prior college credit are required to take the COMPASS test.  This exam assesses your skills in reading, math and writing. Check for COMPASS test dates and times.

Non-degree seeking students are not required to take a placement exam!  However, in order to be eligible to enroll in certain classes, a placement exam may be required.

Step 3: Submit Required Documentation