MISSISSIPPI – Fall enrollment at Mississippi Public Universities remains steady when compared to Fall 2020 figures. Fall enrollment for 2021 is 76,510 for the system, compared to 77,154 students enrolled in Fall 2020, representing a .8 percent decrease.
Mississippi Public Universities member HBCUs include Jackson State University, Alcorn State University, and Mississippi Valley State University. At MVSU, there was a slight increase from Fall 2020, showing an increase of 1.6 percent, and President Jerryl Briggs, who was named one of the Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders of 2021 by the HBCU Campaign Fund, said the university is trending in the right direction.
Jackson State University saw a 2.3% change in enrollment with an increase of 159 students. While, Alcorn State University saw an -4.8% change in enrollment with a decrease of 156 students, both for Fall 2021.
“We are pleased with the modest increase in our fall enrollment numbers, but our priority and focus will remain on our enrollment and retention strategies. I am grateful for all the hard work that has gone into getting the university to this point in helping to keep MVSU in motion,” said Briggs.
“Our students continue to invest in themselves and their education,” said Dr. Alfred Rankin Jr., Commissioner of Mississippi Institutions of Higher Education. “The steady enrollment is a testament to their dedication, even in the face of adversities brought on by the workforce, their perseverance will benefit not only themselves but also the businesses and organization in which they work and the economy.”
Figures are unduplicated and count students one time regardless of on-campus and off-campus enrollment. Figures are based on enrollment as of November 1 of the fall term.
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