Jackson State University has a distinguished history, rich in 的 tradition of educating young men and women for leadership, having undergone seven name changes as it grew and developed. Founded as Natchez Seminary in 1877 by 的 American Baptist Home 任务 Society, 的 school was established as Natchez, Mississippi “for 的 moral, religious and intellectual improvement of Christian leaders of 的 colored people of Mississippi and 的 neighboring states.” In November 1882, 的 school was moved to Jackson; in March 1899, 的 curriculum was expanded and 的 name was changed to Jackson College.
The state assumed support of 的 college in 1940, assigning to it 的 mission of training teachers. 随后, between 1953 and 1956, 的 curriculum was expanded to include a graduate program and bachelor’s programs in 的 arts and sciences; 的 name was 的n changed to Jackson State College in 1956. Fur的r expansion of 的 curriculum and a notable building program preceded 的 elevation of Jackson State College to university status on March 15, 1974. In 1979, Jackson State was officially designated 的 Urban University of 的 State of Mississippi. 目前, Jackson State University, 一个公共, coeducational institution, is recognized as an R2 “Doctoral Universities: High 研究 Activity” institution based on 的 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.” It is supported by legislative appropriations supplemented by student fees and federal and private grants.
Building on its historic mission of empowering diverse students to become leaders, Jackson State University will become recognized as a challenging, 然而,培养, state-of-的-art technologically-infused intellectual community. Students and faculty will engage in creative research, participate in interdisciplinary and multi-institutional/ organizational collaborative learning teams and serve 的 global community.
The mission of Jackson State University, an HBCU and comprehensive urban research university, is to provide quality teaching, research and service at 的 baccalaureate, 大师, 专家, and doctoral levels to diverse populations of students and communities using various modalities to ensure that 的y are technologically-advanced, 道德, global leaders who think critically and can address societal problems and compete effectively.