Why Choose Jackson State

We're here because we care.

As a student at Jackson State, you can count on a few things. For starters, you will be welcomed into an energetic learning community where you will cultivate new ideas and skills while building new connections and friendships.

Our sole purpose is to provide all people a chance at a brighter future through education. We know you have dreams and we’re here to provide you the roadmap on how to reach them.

We understand that students have different skills, dreams, and availability.

Jackson State has one of the most diverse campuses in the area. We don't have a one-size-fits-all mentality. That is part of what makes us unique and interesting. Whether you just graduated high school, are seeking career advancement in a field you already love, or are looking for a career change, everyone is welcome at Jackson State!

We know life is hectic and you need an education that fits into your life. That is why we offer classes on four campuses in Jackson, Lexington, and Savannah, as well as online classes and accelerated programs to fit your schedule. We even have evening classes for those that are tied up throughout the day.

We also offer classes to high school students who want to get a jump-start on their college career through our Dual Enrollment program. Students are able to earn college credits while still pursuing their high school diploma.

We offer the most affordable tuition in our region.

Though Jackson State is nestled amongst a host of public and private institutions of higher learning, we offer the most affordable education in the region, allowing students to graduate or transfer to a 4-year college or university with little or no educational debt.

Cost Comparison
Institution Tuition & Fees
Jackson State Community College $3,604
University of Memphis $8,312
University of Tennessee-Martin $7,507
Lane College $9,180
Bethel University $15,714
Freed-Hardeman University $20,468
Union University $26,880

Tuition Comparison 2013-2014 (In-State Tuition & Fees; Source: Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Educational Statistics, U.S. Dept. Of Education.)

We are aware that despite our affordability, funding college can be challenging and we encourage you to seek financial aid while providing the guidance on how to obtain it.

The educational quality is the same of any state university in Tennessee.

At Jackson State, the level of education that you get is the same quality of any state university in Tennessee--that is why JSCC credits transfer to any state college/university in the Tennessee Board of Regents system--but we offer this education at the most affordable tuition cost in this region.

All of our Tennessee Transfer Pathways programs set successful students up for a guaranteed transfer to any state university in Tennessee taking all their credits from JSCC with them with little or no educational debt. So if you decide to transfer to a 4-year university in Tennessee, you will be ahead of the game with little if any educational debt.

With over 40 degrees and several Academic and Technical Certificates, JSCC has surely got the program for you!

Our professors are highly accomplished and accessible.

The faculty at Jackson State is highly accomplished and quite diverse. This helps to create a rich learning environment for students to thrive in. Jackson State faculty is truly dedicated to helping students reach their full potential.

Our relatively small class sizes allow for a learning environment where you are not lost in a sea of faces, but instead have relationships with your professors and fellow classmates. This atmosphere cultivates a network of people you can call on during your educational journey.

Unlike larger universities, your professors will have ample time to devote to helping you carve out your future. Faculty members are assessable and ready to provide you with the proper instruction and directional advice that you will surely need along the way.

Take that leap and become a General and you will quickly see Jackson State is the obvious choice.