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
Schools offer programs leading to the associate, baccalaureate, master's, specialist, and doctoral degrees.
Employed, institution-wide, students are a vital part of Alcorn State University's work force. Students work in positions covering an array of University functions, including research, administration, agricultural sciences, athletics, and tutoring. Student employment represents an important financial human resource to assist students to earn funds to offset the cost of their educations, while providing valuable work experience in a diverse array of work situations. These environments offer students the opportunity to gain a sense of work responsibility and the expectations of the world of work.
The J.D. Boyd Library is your window into the world’s knowledge base. Within the physical library on campus, you’ll find books, journals, magazines, microform, audiovisual materials, newspapers, and more. Use computer terminals to access the Internet, meet with classmates in a group study area, or attend a presentation in the Medgar W. Evers Auditorium.
The Department of Health & Disability Services is now located in Rowan Hall next door to the E. E. Simmons Gymnasium. It serves as the primary health care facility on the Main campus offering professional services for all Alcorn State University students, faculty and staff. For verification purposes, ALL individuals requesting services must present an Alcorn Gold Card at the front desk.
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, to the 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.
Student Dietetics Club, Family and Consumer Sciences Club, Child Development Club.
Alcorn State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.