Alcorn State University

Alcorn State and ASU National Alumni Association welcome home alumni May 6-8

Alcorn State University and the Alcorn State University National Alumni Association welcome home alumni for the annual Alumni Reunion Weekend and Hall of Honor Induction Celebration on the main campus of the university and in Vicksburg, MS, May 6-8, 2010.

Alumni will take a walk down memory lane and cross “the old cattle gap” again. They will join fellow alumni, current students, family members, faculty and staff during celebration of Alumni Reunion Weekend 2010 – one of the biggest alumni events of the year. Alumni will have a chance to take a tour of the campus and visit their old classrooms or dorm rooms. On Saturday they will help the university give a big send-off to the Class of 2010 at commencement. This year's class reunions are planned for all alumni with class years ending in zero “0” and “five” - for those who graduated in 1940, 1945, 1950, 1955, 1960, 1965, etc…But those alumni will not be the only ones to enjoy the fun, good food and fellowship – all alumni are welcome home for the annual Alumni Reunion Weekend.

For more than 138 years, Alcorn State has educated leaders in the full range of professions agriculture, the arts, business, human services, education, law, politics, medicine, and nursing. An important reason for our graduates' success: At Alcorn, students form close, collaborative relationships with faculty mentors.

Whatever your major, Alcorn professors will be there for you every step of the way: as you select courses to fulfill our general education requirements in the liberal arts and sciences, as you explore possible majors, and as you complete courses in the academic field of your choice.

Questions? Just ask. The learning environment at Alcorn is friendly and relaxed, and the student-to-faculty ratio is a comfortable sixteen to one.

Our three campuses - in Lorman, Natchez and Vicksburg - offer convenient access to world class higher education in an intimate setting in Southwest Mississippi. Alcorn is an environment scaled to the individual. A look at our campuses will show you that we're growing. Newer facilities on campus, including the math and science, ecology, and biotech buildings and the Clinton Bristow dining facility smoothly integrate high tech amenities with the serenity of our 1,700 acre, historic Lorman campus.

Succeeding at Alcorn takes hard work, commitment, and determination. But you can count on support all around you - from administrators, professors, and other students. Three out of four students live on campus, and making friends is easy. Dozens of clubs and organizations offer opportunities for getting involved, developing leadership skills, and just having fun. The supportive environment is a big factor in many student's decision to attend Alcorn.

The Admissions Process

Applications for admission are accepted from first time freshmen any time during the calendar year. There are four criteria to gain admission to Alcorn State University. Students who do not meet one of the criteria will be required to participate in a Summer Developmental Program.

Undergraduate on-line admission application.

Graduate Admissions
Admission for persons desiring study at the graduate level is processed by the School of Graduate Studies.

Driving Directions
Alcorn State University is approximately an equal distance - 40 miles - from Vicksburg to the north and Natchez to the south. The University is 80 miles southwest of the state capital, Jackson.

Campus Map
A combination of the old and new with century-old trees and state-of-the-art technology, a chapel on the National Register of Historic Places and a new science and math building.

Financial Aid
The Office of Financial Services can help you finance your education by assisting you with the completion of forms and applications.

Registration Calendar

University Catalog (PDF)


Welcome to the Alcorn State University Office of Financial Aid. We are eager to help you and your family understand our financial aid programs and to assist you in finding ways to meet your college costs. Financial aid is intended to help you finance your education when family and personal resources are not adequate to meet your educational costs. Financial aid consists of scholarships, grants, loans (which must be repaid), and part-time employment. Alcorn State makes every effort within its means to help all students with limited financial resources secure the funds needed to complete their educational goals.

If you have additional questions, feel free to contact our office and talk with one of our financial aid advisors.

"Home Away from Home"

All campus residence halls offer a "Home away from Home" atmosphere where students can study, relax, fellowship and socialize amid comfort and convenience. Students learn to master the art of living independently in a clean, secure environment.

All rooms feature cable television, two telephone jacks, internet access, twin size regular beds with mattresses, desks and chairs. There are also lounges for casual get-togethers or study sessions. Students may bring any other accessories (blanket, spreads, etc.) needed for individual comfort.

All residence halls have full-time, live-in Residence Directors who manage the operation of the hall. Residence Directors develop a trust relationship with the students, and serve as mentors, advisors and confidantes in addition to their role in the maintenance and care of the physical facility. They are sincere in their concern for the goals, abilities and limitations of each resident. They plan and supervise activities for the hall, maintain room assignments, interview and supervise Resident Assistants and generally maintain an atmosphere conducive to academic pursuits and college social life.

Every wing of a residence hall also has a Resident Assistant, a student leader employed by the Housing Office to help build a sense of community within the hall.

About Student Affairs

Ask ASU students what makes this place special and you'll hear about the Alcorn Pride– all the traditions that come to life the moment you step on campus. It's about bonding with a new roommate, connecting with a campus organization or club, being celebrated for individuality and finding safe and fun ways to unwind after class.

The Division of Student Affairs makes sure that these traditions stay strong and that each student feels safe and supported in exploring new challenges. By promoting self-knowledge, leadership, responsibility and diversity, we are cultivating student excellence every single day.

We are the Division of Student Affairs, and we invite you to be a part of our heritage.


The Division of Student Affairs is an integral part of our students' educational process and offers programs and services that assist students in achieving their potential at Alcorn State University. As administrators, educators, advisors and student advocates, we strive to provide an environment that holistically promotes a diverse student population, personal growth, leadership development, social responsibility, student empowerment and student engagement activities. The Division of Student Affairs:

  • Strives to build an environment that supports diversity through sensitivity, advocacy, leadership and education through a wide range of educational opportunities, a greater appreciation and understanding of diversity and preparation to assume leadership roles in the community.
  • Fosters students' academic and intellectual development and creates a climate that reinforces learning in all aspects of student life.
  • Creates services, programs, and opportunities to assist students with their personal and professional development.
  • Provide s advice regarding career options and helps prepare and guide students in reaching their career goals.
  • Assists all students in successfully making the transition from student status to post-graduate training and committed institutional alumni.
  • Responds to the issues, ideas and needs of all constituencies, internal and external, by providing support and services to students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community.


Goal 1: Provide Quality Service

Strive for excellence in the quality and delivery of programs and services by providing convenient, personal service to our constituents, enhancing resources, integrating information technology, and promoting student development through strengthening the development of interpersonal, leadership, communication, and personal relations skills that enhance and complement the academic performance of students and the achievement of career aspirations.

Goal 2: Enhance Overall Student-Centered Campus Environment

Develop, promote, and maintain a campus environment that contributes to the advancement of learning and enriches and protects the intellectual, emotional, and physical health and well-being of students. Present co-curricular activities for students that complement the formal academic curriculum and provide opportunities for productive involvement in cultural, social, recreational and employment related activities that promote preparation of students for leadership roles within a competitive global community.

Goal 3: Facilitate Enrollment Management

Lead campus efforts to achieve and maintain the optimum recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of students by implementing activities that assist in facilitating increased student satisfaction.

Goal 4: Promote Diversity Leadership

Actively promote campus diversity efforts, seek to recognize, celebrate, and integrate diversity within the campus culture. Commit to the recruitment and retention of a diverse student population. Attract and enroll students of the highest academic capability who are representative of a diverse student population.

Academic Programs

Excellence and high quality are traditions that form the cornerstone upon which Alcorn State University is built and the character that has kept it growing. Academic programs at Alcorn are designed to challenge the mind, build intellectual integrity and create leaders of tomorrow.

Two years in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Alcorn State University in the top 30 for academic reputation among historically black colleges and universities. There's a reason for this.

Our seven colleges offer graduate and undergraduate programs in agriculture, business, robotic engineering, science and mathematics, criminal justice, industrial technology, education, nursing, information technology, and many other exciting, innovative areas.

Just choose a program that interests you and begin your journey toward success.

Schools and Departments

Alcorn has seven schools which offer a number of majors related to each discipline.

College for Excellence

School of Arts and Sciences

School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

School of Business

School of Education and Psychology

School of Graduate Studies

School of Nursing


About the Office of Global Programs


The mission of the Office of Global Programs (OGP) at ASU is to facilitate sustainable global engagement of the university through infusion of up-to-date and relevant international content, activities, and knowledge that enhance the global competence of stakeholders.


The Office of Global Programs will facilitate technical assistance in developing countries and middle-income countries around the globe, enhance and build capacity for university involvement in international affairs, while providing students with unique and rewarding international experiences and general global understanding.


The Office of Global programs will pursue strategic objectives in fulfillment of five broad program goals:

Goal one: To facilitate sustainable global/international experiences for students, including semester-long study abroad, international internships, service learning, research abroad, language and cultural enrichment, short-term study tours (led by individual faculty or OGP).

Goal two: To facilitate the global engagement of the university in international development of low-income and middle-income countries.

Goal three: To facilitate the participation of ASU faculty and staff in exchange programs, research, and other international activities enhancing the collective global knowledge of the university community.

Goal four: To coordinate international student and visitor programs contributing to internationalization of the university community.

Goal five: To facilitate research and outreach activities to build international trade capacity for small farmers and rural agribusinesses; collaborate with agencies to generate and disseminate new knowledge in international trade policy analysis.



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