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Jackson State University exceeds fall 2020 enrollment projections

(JACKSON, Miss.) — Jackson State University’s fall 2020 enrollment sees

only a slight decline since fall 2019. 

The university’s current preliminary enrollment is 6,921, or a 1.6 percent

decline, and represents a difference of 99 students from last year’s

preliminary figure of 7,020.

Higher education institutions nationwide have been facing declining

enrollment over the past decade. Additionally, three major reporting

agencies predicted college enrollment would be down 5 to 20 percent this

fall due to mitigating factors further exacerbated by the COVID-19

pandemic. However, JSU appears to be faring well despite concerns.

Acting President Thomas K. Hudson credits university efforts for their

nominal enrollment decrease.  

“In light of necessary changes due to COVID-19, including mostly virtual

classes and limited occupancy in residence halls, we anticipated a 5

percent or more drop in enrollment and planned for such. We are happy that

in this unprecedented environment, our efforts to mitigate any negative

effects have helped us exceed our expectations,” says Hudson. 

He also expresses gratitude to the school’s COVID-19 task force, Division

of Enrollment Management, the Division of Online Learning, the Division of

Academic Affairs, and the Division of Finance and Administration.  

Hudson adds that the school will continue to focus on recruitment efforts

and ensuring students’ academic success as they enter the second semester

of virtual and hybrid instruction.