Jackson State University Fun Facts

  • The school was founded in 1877 by the American Baptist Home Mission Society as Natchez Seminary “for the moral, religious, and intellectual improvement of Christian leaders of the colored people of Mississippi and the neighboring states.”
  • Jackson State’s most famous alumnus is former Chicago Bears running back and Professional Football Hall of Fame member Walter Payton.
  • Today, Jackson State University (JSU) is the fourth largest state supported institution in Mississippi.