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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) 425-2654
Fax:  (731) 425-2653

Dual Enrollment students: For more information, please contact the Recruiting Office at (731) 425-2601.


Step 2: Determine Correct Placement Exam

Jackson State uses the ACT and Accuplacer exam to assess your level of academic preparation.  Applicants for admissions as first-time freshmen must submit valid ACT or SAT scores or be placed into the appropriate co-requisite learning support courses with the option to take the Accuplacer challenge test.  Valid ACT or SAT scores are those earned within five years prior to the first day of class for the first term of enrollment. 

Transfer students

Transfer students whose previous academic records from a college or university indicate college-level English, Mathematics and Reading proficiency will be considered for regular admission. Students whose records do not include transfer credit in English, Mathematics or reading intense courses, or a valid ACT, SAT or entrance test, will be placed in correlating corequisite learning support and college-level courses with an opportunity to take the Accuplacer to challenge that placement.


Step 3: Submit Required Documentation

  • Official Transcripts - Degree seeking students must provide the following official documents:

    • High school transcript, HiSET or GED scores. Students who earn special education diplomas or certificates of attendance are not admissible to JSCC and are recommended to take the HiSET exam for admission. 
    • Transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities

    To be considered "official" documents, transcripts/scores MUST be sent from the sending institution directly to Jackson State. Student copies and fax copies cannot be considered "official."

  • Provide proof of U.S. Lawful Presence or citizenship verification.  Typically satisfied with a copy of driver’s license, birth certificate or citizenship information provided on the FAFSA.  For more information see Citizenship.  
  • Out-of-State Residency: Students classified as out-of-state for tuition fee purposes may appeal that decision by submitting a Residency Application to the Admissions Office.