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Alcorn State University

Alcorn State, Mississippi

Alcorn State University is a land-grant institution that has been designated by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning as a regional university with a primary purpose to serve the southwestern region of Mississippi. The institution considers itself a premier institution preparing students for graduate and professional school, especially in the sciences.

Organized research is conducted in selected areas, but instruction and public service are the primary components of the university's mission. The institution is currently engaged in a variety of research activities that focus on biotechnology, energy, meat, ecology, farming and alternative crops. Constantly looking for ways to broaden its research function, the institution is moving toward research involving advanced technology and value-added agriculture.

The institution fulfills the instruction component of its mission through small classes and by emphasizing strong undergraduate programs while striving to develop additional graduate programs in specific areas of need and opportunity.

As a Carnegie Master's I institution and a SREB Level 4 institution, Alcorn State offers a wide range of baccalaureate programs in science, mathematics, nursing, agriculture, advanced technologies, education and business. The institution also offers a selected number of master's programs in areas such as agriculture, education, nursing and science.

As the epi-center of southwest Mississippi, the institution, through its "communiversity concept," provides outreach programs and services that are geared toward assisting and meeting the educational, economic, recreational and cultural needs of the immediate community, the region and the state. Through agricultural research and extension programs, the university seeks to serve families with limited resources and to help small and family farmers improve their standard of living. The institution also provides a variety of professional development opportunities for elementary and secondary schools designed to enhance performance in reading, mathematics, science and standardized examinations.


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