Mississippi is home to five four-year and  two two-year historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) – Jackson State University, Alcorn State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Coahoma Community College, Rust College, Tougaloo College, and Hinds Community College – Utica. Collectively, these institutions have a $774 million economic impact in Mississippi and account for a estimate of 7,775 jobs.

An in-depth analysis found that the direct employment provide residual benefits in the surrounding communities. For each job created on an HBCU campus in Mississippi, another 1.2 jobs are created off campus. Additionally, these universities and colleges have proved to be vital part of improving opportunities and outcomes for their students.


Alcorn State University, a Historically Black College and University, is a comprehensive land-grant institution that celebrates a rich heritage with a diverse student and faculty population. The University emphasizes intellectual development and lifelong learning through the integration of diverse pedagogies, applied and basic research, cultural and professional programs, public service and outreach, while providing access to globally competitive academic and research programs. Alcorn strives to prepare graduates to be well-rounded future leaders of higher character and to be successful in the global marketplace of the 21st century.

For more information, visit   www.alcorn.edu .


Jackson State University, an HBCU and comprehensive urban research university, is to provide quality teaching, research and service at the baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral levels to diverse populations of students and communities using various modalities to ensure that they are technologically-advanced, ethical, global leaders who think critically and can address societal problems and compete effectively.

For more information, visit www.jsums.edu.


Mississippi Valley State University, as a Carnegie Classified Master’s University, provides comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs in education, the arts and sciences, and professional studies. The University is driven by its commitment to excellence in teaching, learning, service, and research — a commitment resulting in a learner-centered environment that prepares critical thinkers, exceptional communicators, and service-oriented, engaged, and productive citizens. MVSU is fundamentally committed to positively impacting the quality of life and creating extraordinary educational opportunity for the Mississippi Delta and beyond.

For more information, visit www.mvsu.edu.



Tougaloo College prepares its students to be lifelong learners who are committed to leadership and service in a global society through its diverse undergraduate and graduate programs. The College is accessible to all persons while making students aware of its rich legacy as an independent, historically black liberal arts institution, affiliated with the United Church of Chirst and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

For more information, visit www.tougaloo.edu.




Rust College is a historically Black, co-educational, senior liberal arts college founded in 1866 by the Freedman’s Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church to offer quality programs in business, education, humanities, science and math, and social science to prepare students for leadership and service in a global society.

For more information, visit www.rustcollege.edu.



Coahoma Community College is a two-year, accredited, public, comprehensive institution of higher learning committed to serving as a catalyst for community and economic development in the rural, Northwest Mississippi Delta region and beyond. The college provides accessible, diverse, quality, equitable educational opportunities and support services that foster holistic growth in a student-centered learning environment. The College is committed to preparing students for college or university transfer and entry into a skilled workforce.

For more information, visit www.coahomacc.edu



Hinds Community College – Utica campus has a rich heritage and has evolved into a progressive college location with all the perks of a complete campus environment. The Utica campus, formerly Utica Junior College, was founded in 1903 as Utica Normal and Industrial Institute and is the oldest of Hinds CC’s six location. Utica Junior College merged with Hinds Community College District in 1982 but retains its Historically Black College & University (HBCU) designation and tradition.

For more information, visit www.hindscc.edu