Local Atmosphere

Location
Jackson, MS
Undergrads
5,506
Tuition (in-state)
$14,576 ($5,888)
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: It's pretty cool and there are a lot of people from the area.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I absolutely love all the shopping places located by my school. There are tons of places to shop.

2 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: The scho.ol is not in an safe part of town

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Be sure to make a lot of local friends and Jackson State because if you don't you'll be there Lord have nothing to do

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Well the area that Jackson State is located at loves to join in on the stuff that Jackson State do and they love the college.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jackson has a laid-back vibe. Located on the west side of town, Jackson State is known for having fun. Jackson is changing the atmosphere to bring the community back to home. When entering into Jackson, you may hit a few bumps.

There is nothing like a warm feeling day after day. The city is always on the move, and the community is very friendly. Everywhere you look, you may see someone you know who is willing to lend a helping hand. As time goes by, Jackson becomes the home you love. There is always something to do, whether you go out or have a game night. 

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Jackson is the capital of Mississippi, and it is the largest city in the state.
  2. Jackson has a lively assortment of clubs and jukes that spotlight blues music. The 930 Blues Café, Field's Café, Queen of Hearts, Hamp's Place, and George Street Grocery are just a few of those clubs.
  3. Ironically, Jackson, the capital of one of the poorest states with one of the highest illiteracy rates, is also home to numerous literary greats, such as Eudora Welty (1909-2001) and Richard Wright (1908-1960), as well as modern authors like Richard Ford and Elizabeth Spencer.
  4. Andrew Jackson, the 17th president of the U.S., is the city's namesake. He was married not far from where the city is now located, in Natchez. There is a large bust of him around the corner from the Mississippi Museum of Art.
  5. The Farish Street District, on the outskirts of downtown Jackson, is the second oldest African American community in Mississippi, and is on the national register of landmarks. One tourist attraction within the district is the Hill-Holly Building, a two-story classic revival brick building which served as the civic and social meeting place for the Black and Tan Republican Party, the Masons, and Eastern Star organizations.
Notable Natives
  • Monta Ellis - NBA point guard
  • Medgar Evers - civil rights leader
  • Jim Gallagher Jr. - professional golfer
  • James Meredith - civil rights leader
  • Willie Morris - writer
  • Otis Spann - blues pianist
  • Fred Smoot - NFL defensive back
  • Eudora Welty - writer
  • Cassandra Wilson - jazz legend
Points of Interest
  • Jackson State University Botanical Garden
  • Jackson Zoo
  • Mississippi Arts Center
  • Mississippi Museum of Art
  • Russell C. Davis Planetarium
Shopping Centers
  • Metro
  • North Park
Movie Theaters
Cinemark Tinsel Town
411 Riverwind Drive
(601) 936-5856
Major Sports Teams
New Orleans Saints: NFL
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Biloxi: MS: 3 hours
  • Memphis: TN: 3 hours, 25 minutes
  • New Orleans: LA: 3 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 37 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 38 responses

  • 3% Painfully remote.
  • 39% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 8% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 18% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 32% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 37 responses

  • 11% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 22% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 68% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 37 responses

  • 24% No way.
  • 57% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 19% Totally.
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