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Alcorn State University, a Historically Black College and University, is a comprehensive land-grant institution that celebrates a rich heritage with a diverse student and faculty population. The University emphasizes intellectual development and lifelong learning through the integration of diverse pedagogies, applied and basic research, cultural and professional programs, public service, and outreach while providing globally competitive academic and research programs. Alcorn strives to prepare graduates to be well-rounded future leaders of high character and to be successful in the global marketplace of the 21st century.
Alcorn State University will become a premier comprehensive land-grant university. It will develop diverse students into globally competitive leaders and apply scientific research through collaborative partnerships that benefit the surrounding communities, states, nation, and world.
We are proud to have been named HBCU of the Year in 2012 and a finalist in 2013. Enrollment has grown to more than 4,000 talented students. Our exciting new programs include a master's in applied science and technology, and our School of Business has achieved significant levels in accreditation. Our researchers have discovered a novel plant-based method of lowering bad cholesterol and raising good cholesterol, and other Alcorn scientists are investigating the use of bamboo as a biofuel.
However, we are not resting on our laurels. We are reaching even higher. We want to be known as more than a great Historically Black College and University. We want to be known as a great university. We are growing our reputation for excellence in academics. We are scoring gains in athletics. We are building on our land-grant tradition with advances in agricultural research and education. Moreover, we are advancing access to Alcorn through community outreach and an emphasis on diversity.
Take more than 140 years of academic excellence. Add innovative and continuously updated programs. The result is Alcorn — your opportunity for a rigorous education that prepares you to be a leader for tomorrow. We invite you to explore our exceptional schools and dozens of highly regarded academic programs. Please talk with us about the ones that spark your curiosity, your intellect, your creativity. Find out why Alcorn's undergraduate and graduate programs are attracting more students than ever before…Moreover, launch your future.
This is where your journey begins. This is where you take your first step toward becoming an Alcornite — an individual with both the knowledge and the character to achieve your dreams…for your career, for your family, for your community. Check out our opportunities to visit campus and discover firsthand why current students are proud to have chosen Alcorn and why alumni remain forever connected to their alma mater. Learn about your financial aid options, find out about admission requirements, and create a personal portal for easy access to your interest. Then, when you are ready, apply online for admission…and become an Alcornite.
The main campus of Alcorn is located in Claiborne County, Mississippi, seven miles west of Lorman, seventeen miles southwest of Port Gibson, and about halfway between Vicksburg, north, and Natchez, to the south. The campus in Natchez is home to the School of Nursing and School of Business, and a variety of courses are offered at the Vicksburg location.
Alcorn State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Specialist in Education degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Alcorn State University. Contact the Commission only on accreditation-related issues. Contact Alcorn State University for all inquiries regarding educational programs, services, and University policies at 601 877-6100.
The National Council accredits Alcorn's teacher education program for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. The Associate of Science in Nursing degree, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, and the Master of Science in Nursing degree programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission. Alcorn State University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Industrial Technology, and the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Alcorn is the oldest public historically black land-grant institution in the United States and the second-oldest state-supported institution of higher learning in Mississippi. Alcorn University was founded in 1871 as a result of the people of Mississippi's efforts to educate the descendants of formerly enslaved Africans. It was named in honor of the sitting governor of Mississippi, James L. Alcorn.
Alcorn is situated in Claiborne County, seven miles west of Lorman, 80 miles south of the capital city of Jackson, 45 miles south of Vicksburg, and 40 miles north of Natchez. The site was initially occupied by Oakland College, a school established by Presbyterians in 1828 the state of Mississippi purchased the Oakland campus for $40,000 and named it Alcorn University. Hiram R. Revels resigned his seat as a United States senator to become the University's first president. The state legislature provided $50,000 cash annually for the University's first ten years to support its establishment and overall operation. Additionally, 30 acres of land were sold for $188,928. Alcorn received three-fifths of the proceeds, or $113,400. This funding was used for Alcorn's agricultural and mechanical components.
The collaborative strength and contributions of Alcorn's past 18 presidents during its more than 140 years have enabled the institution to excel. On March 4, 2014, the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr. as Alcorn State University's 19th president. President Rankins' background and vision are strategically aligned with Alcorn's history and tradition. He is poised to expeditiously move Alcorn State University to the next level of excellence.

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