Alcorn State University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$6,044
2.27% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$17,938
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
15.6%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
37.7%
6,846 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
3,230
77.6% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
45.3%
223 Graduates

About

Alcorn State University is a higher education institution located in Claiborne County, MS. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Alcorn State University were General Biological Sciences (104 degrees awarded), Liberal Arts & Sciences (62 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (36 degrees).

In 2020, 633 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Alcorn State University. 65.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 34.1% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was black or african american (580 degrees), 32.2 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (18 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Alcorn State University is $6,044, which is $−16,486 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Alcorn State University is $6,044, which is $−16,486 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $17,938.

In 2020, 87% of undergraduate students attending Alcorn State University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 70% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$6,044
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Alcorn State University was $6,044. The cost of tuition at Alcorn State University is $−16,486 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

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Average Net Price

$17,938
2020 Value
29%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Alcorn State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $17,938. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Alcorn State University grew by 29%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,374
Room and Board
$1,586
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Alcorn State University was of $10,374 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,586. The cost of room and board increased by 0.0193% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies increased by 0.38% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

87%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
70%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

87% of undergraduate students at Alcorn State University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 3.57% with respect to 2019, when 84% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
15.6%
2018 Default Rate
177
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Alcorn State University was 15.6%, which represents 177 out of the 1136 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Alcorn State University received 6,846 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 30.7% annual growth. Out of those 6,846 applicants, 2,582 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 37.7% acceptance rate.

There were 3,230 students enrolled at Alcorn State University in 2020, and 16% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Alcorn State University has an overall enrollment yield of 15.5%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

37.7%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
2,582
Accepted Out of 6,846

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Alcorn State University was 37.7% (2,582 admissions from 6,846 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 58.2%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 30.7%, while admissions declined by −15.3%.

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SAT Scores

16%
Submission Percentage
64
Scores Submitted

16% of enrolled first-time students at Alcorn State University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Alcorn State University has a total enrollment of 3,230 students. The full-time enrollment at Alcorn State University is 2,508 students and the part-time enrollment is 722. This means that 77.6% of students enrolled at Alcorn State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Alcorn State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 90.6% Black or African American, 2.23% White, 1.67% Two or More Races, 0.836% Hispanic or Latino, 0.279% Asian, 0.0619% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.031% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Alcorn State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Black or African American Female (60.3%), followed by Black or African American Male (29.9%) and Two or More Races Female (1.19%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly Black or African American Female (67.5%), followed by Black or African American Male (17.8%) and White Male (3.68%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

77.6%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Alcorn State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 3,230 students. The full-time enrollment at Alcorn State University is 2,508 and the part-time enrollment is 722. This means that 77.6% of students enrolled at Alcorn State University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.8% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

74%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Alcorn State University was 74%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Alcorn State University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. Black or African American
    2,925
  2. White
    72
  3. Two or More Races
    54

The enrolled student population at Alcorn State University is 90.6% Black or African American, 2.23% White, 1.67% Two or More Races, 0.836% Hispanic or Latino, 0.279% Asian, 0.0619% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.031% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 52.6% White, 16.6% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2020, 201 more women than men received degrees from Alcorn State University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Alcorn State University is black or african american (580 degrees awarded). There were 32.2 times more black or african american graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (18 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Alcorn State University is General Biological Sciences (104 degrees awarded), followed by Liberal Arts & Sciences (62 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (36 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Alcorn State University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Applied Sciences (24 degrees awarded), Agriculture (49 degrees), and Biology (110 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Alcorn State University are Physicians (444,877 people), Postsecondary teachers (198,755 people), Other managers (188,905 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (159,821 people), and Other Physical Scientists (141,914 people).

The most specialized majors at Alcorn State University are Applied Sciences (24 degrees awarded), Agriculture (49 degrees), Biology (110 degrees), Physical Sciences (18 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (24 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The most specialized majors at Alcorn State University are Applied Sciences (24 degrees awarded), Agriculture (49 degrees), Biology (110 degrees), Physical Sciences (18 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (24 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Alcorn State University are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (555,071 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (428,829 people), Elementary & secondary schools (341,572 people), Offices of physicians (216,346 people), and Scientific research & development services (181,486 people).

The most specialized majors at Alcorn State University are Applied Sciences (24 degrees awarded), Agriculture (49 degrees), Biology (110 degrees), Physical Sciences (18 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (24 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Alcorn State University.
Most Common
  1. 104 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 62 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 36 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Alcorn State University was General Biological Sciences with 104 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

216
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
417
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 216 degrees were awarded to men at Alcorn State University, which is 0.518 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (417).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 27 degrees were awarded to men at Alcorn State University in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.771 times less than the 35 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 92 degrees were awarded to women at Alcorn State University in General Biological Sciences, which is 5.11 times more than the 18 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

19%
100% Completion Time
40%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 19% of students graduating from Alcorn State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 40% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 42% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Hispanic or Latino Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Alcorn State University is Male and Hispanic or Latino (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0% of graduates (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. Black or African American
    580 degrees awarded
  2. White
    18 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    2 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Alcorn State University is black or african american (580 degrees awarded). There were 32.2 times more black or african american recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (18 degrees).

0% of degree recipients (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. Black or African American Female
    389 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American Male
    191 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    10 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Alcorn State University is black or african american female (389 degrees awarded). There were 2.04 times more black or african american female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american male (191 degrees).

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Operations

Alcorn State University has an endowment valued at nearly $20.2M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $695k (3.44%), compared to the 3.19% average return ($1.26M on $39.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2020, Alcorn State University had a total salary expenditure of $91.9M. Alcorn State University employs 53 Assistant professors, 40 Instructors, and 27 Associate professors. Most academics at Alcorn State University are Female Assistant professors (28), Male Assistant professors(25), and Female Instructors (21).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Alcorn State University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 140 employees, Service, with 87 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 58 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$20.2M
2020 Endowment
0.00000495%
growth from 2019

Alcorn State University has an endowment valued at about $20.2M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Alcorn State University grew 0.00000495% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $19.4M lower than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $16.9M - Federal
  2. $122k - State
  3. $629k - Local

As of 2020, Alcorn State University received $16.9M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $122k from state grants and contracts, and $629k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$34.2M
2020 Salaries
2.56%
decline from 2019

In 2020, Alcorn State University paid a median of $34.2M in salaries, which represents 37.2% of their overall expenditure ($91.9M) and a 2.56% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.42% decline from 2018 and a 2.55% decline from 2017.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.6M (40.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$8.8M
Instructional Salaries
145
Number of Employees

In 2020, Alcorn State University paid a total of $8.8M to 145 employees working as instructors, which represents 25.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11M (31.8%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
53 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
140 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Alcorn State University were Assistant professor with 53 employees; Instructor with 40 employees; and Instructor with 27 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Alcorn State University were Office and Administrative Support with 140 employees; Service with 87 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 58 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Assistant professor
  2. Male Assistant professor
  3. Female Instructor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Alcorn State University was Female Assistant professor with 28 employees, Male Assistant professor with 25 employees, and Female Instructor with 21 employees.

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