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Right in the center of Lorman, Mississippi, you’ll find Alcorn State University. If you take a look at a map of the university or visit before deciding to attend, you’ll see buildings separated by large, green areas, so you may have to hurry to get from one class to the next—or even from your dorm to your classes. But at least it will be a pretty run. If you decide to bring your car with you to school, plan to get a student parking sticker—you’ll need it. Lorman is small, so you’ll be able to easily figure out where everything is located, from restaurants to shopping.

Overview of Alcorn State University

Alcorn State is a public university, offering an education to over 3,500 students. It’s small population-wise, but large in land area. The student-to-faculty ratio is 16 to 1, which isn’t bad but isn’t great either. As soon as you see you’re having trouble with a class, make sure to make an effort to get in touch with your professor for an appointment for office hours or just to ask some questions in an email; their time will likely be at a premium. ASU is a four-year university that awards degrees ranging from associate degrees to doctorates; it also offers certificates that take less than one year to earn, post-baccalaureate certificates, and post-master’s certificates.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting Rural: Remote
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 16:1
Graduation Rate 41%
Year Founded 1871

Student Enrollment

Total Students3,523


Undergraduate Student

Male 1,105
Female 1,964

Graduate Student

Male 163
Female 291

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Male 1,952
Female 3,284


Male 859
Female 2,200

Acceptance Rate58%

Male 44%
Female 67%

Enrollment 516

Male 172
Female 344
Application Fee NA
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses NA
Recommendations Considered But Not Required
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline Rolling
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

The total cost at Alcorn State University was $24,268 for a recent school year. This combines all the charges and fees you or your parents need to pay for a year including tuition, room and board, books, supplies, and other various charges, such as fees every student pays.

Colleges and universities track the average net price (in this case, $13,907) that their students pay. This number reflects how much is left for the students and their families to pay after financial aid has been applied to their bill. Lucky for some families, because financial aid eligibility is decided by annual income, some families will pay much less in their net price after financial aid is applied. In a recent academic year, Alcorn State’s net price by income broke down as you can see below.

  • Families earning up to $30,000 paid around $13,687
  • Families earning between $48,000 and $75,000 paid around $17,792
  • Families earning more than $110,000 paid around $20,500

So, as you can see, this could make a big difference, which is why it’s important to apply for as much student financial aid such as grants, scholarships, and even federal student loans, as is optimal for your family.

As a freshman student, if you qualify for financial aid, you’ll be in good company. A full 88% of freshmen in a recent year qualified for aid as well. These freshman received an average of $9,738 in financial aid and about half as many received an average of $8,450 in institutional grants and scholarships.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $13,907
Average Total Aid $9,738
Students Receiving Financial Aid 88%
Room & Board $10,374

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $7,290
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $7,290
  • Books and Supplies - $1,586
  • Room & Board - $10,374
  • Other - $5,016


You may prefer to take one of your classes in the evening or via the internet. At Alcorn State, you won’t have the option of evening classes, but you will be able to make the most out of their online learning options. You’ll only be able to choose classes, not entire degree programs for the online option.

Maybe you’ll start out your college career frustrated and ready to make a change and perhaps even transfer to a completely different school. If you do, there are plenty of great options available but, if you stick it out, you’ll be part of the retention rate. The retention rate tracks the percentage of students who attend in their first year and choose to come back as a second-year student. At Alcorn, this is a whopping 80%. That is well above the average retention rate, so they must be doing something right!

The 4-year graduation rate is a bit low at 22%, though this isn’t far off the average for public universities and the 6-year rate is not quite double that at 40%. Even though the student population is small, the university provides an education to students earning their undergraduate and graduate degrees. However, the percentage of graduate students is much lower than that of the undergraduate students (13% vs 87%).

The most popular degree programs are biological and biomedical sciences; liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities; business, management, marketing and related support services; health professions and related programs; and public administration and social service professions.

Student Population Total

Student Population 3,523

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Biological & Biomedical Majors 103 Total Graduates / 20%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 103 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 82 Total Graduates / 16%
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 82 Graduates
All Business Majors 45 Total Graduates / 9%
Business Administration and Management, General 33 Graduates
Accounting 12 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 33 Total Graduates / 7%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 33 Graduates
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 31 Total Graduates / 6%
Social Work 31 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 42%

Outcome & Salary

The hope if that, after you finish school, you’ll land a wonderful job and your salary won’t be bad either. Whether or not this happens can come down to hard work or luck or both. However, you can check out how previous graduates have done based on their average salaries. Recent graduates earn an average early-career salary of $49,100 and their mid-career salaries increase to $69,500, which is about average for a public institution.

Based on these numbers, graduate’s 10-year salary earning potential is $600,450 and their 20-year earning potential is $1,295,450. If you subtract the average 4-year cost of education ($55,628) from these figures, you’ll find their projected return on investment (ROI). Their 10-year projected ROI is $544,822 and their 20-year ROI is $1,239,822.

Some high school graduates don’t go to college, but instead get right into the work force. Their national average salary is $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $49,100
College Grads Average Salary $60,045
College Grads Mid Career Salary $69,500
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $600,450
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,295,450
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $55,628
10 Year Projected ROI $544,822
20 Year Projected ROI $1,239,822
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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