Jackson State University’s rise in first-time freshmen enrollment drives overall growth for fall 2021

(JACKSON, Miss.) — Jackson State University’s fall 2021 enrollment receives a 2.3 percent push, markedly increasing from fall 2020. Helping to drive the university’s overall enrollment is a 27 percent rise in its first-time freshmen class. The institution gained 170 newcomers, growing from 632 in fall 2020 to 802 for fall 2021.

Jackson State University’s fall 2021 preliminary enrollment of 7,080 is worthy of celebration. The number reflects a 27 percent rise in its first-time freshmen class. (Photo by Charles A. Smith/JSU)

The university’s current preliminary enrollment is 7,080 and represents a difference of 159 students from last year’s preliminary figure of 6,921. The numbers reflect improvement over the fall 2020 and the fall 2019 enrollment numbers. 

“We are definitely encouraged by the climb in enrollment. This year we were able to combat the multi-year decline that is impacting higher education institutions nationwide,” said University President Thomas K. Hudson. “Students are drawn to our quality academic programming and our rich student-life while being able to receive real-world experiences that prepare them for service and success beyond our walls.” 

“Many thanks to enrollment management, recruitment and our talented and creative administrators and staff for ramping up recruitment efforts, especially as we continue to navigate an unprecedented environment,” said Hudson. 

Associate Vice President for Student Success Dr. Mitchell Shears shared Hudson’s sentiments as he expressed appreciation for the collective efforts of the JSU community for the enrollment increase. 

“I am excited and motivated to work with such collaborative colleagues who are open to innovative strategies to continue to reach our enrollment goals,” said Shears, who is also executive director of Title III. 

JSU will continue to focus on enrollment, recruitment and ensuring that students have the proper tools and resources to attain and sustain academic excellence, added Hudson.