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Alcorn State University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
1000 ASU Drive 300
Lorman, Mississippi 39096
(601) 877-6148
Email address
School Information
"Alcorn is the oldest public historically black land-grant institution in the United States and the second-oldest state-supported institution of higher learning in Mississippi. Alcorn University was founded in 1871 as a result of the people of Mississippi’s efforts to educate the descendants of formerly enslaved Africans. It was named in honor of the sitting governor of Mississippi, James L. Alcorn" (Source: The total enrollment is over 3,200 students and its student to faculty ratio is 16 to 1. Alcorn offers 30 undergraduate degrees.
General Information
Alcorn has taken many actions to promote DEI goals on its campus. The school recently held a Listening Session with a racial equity expert for the USDA. Alcorn offers numerous diversity scholarships. As of now, diversity training is being offered but not required. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The Office of Educational Equity and Inclusion at Alcorn provides "leadership and support" in order to "assist in advancing recruitment and retention efforts that help in creating and sustaining a diverse student body."
  • The Fine Arts 2021-2026 Strategic Plan states that it would "encourage diversity by recruiting students from international and minority cultures."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Office of Educational Equity and Inclusion offers "on-going training on diversity issues."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Alcorn's Social Work curriculum's "major course requirements" include a focus on diversity and social and economic justice.
  • As part of the Department of Social Work Mission Statement, the department will "[prepare] students to be culturally competent when engaging clients from diverse populations through course activities and field internship placements."
Program and Research Funding
  • Alcorn funds "diversity scholarships" as of 2021.
  • Alcorn lists many scholarship and fellowship programs that provide support to minority and underrepresented students "seeking to study abroad."
  • Alcorn offers numerous resources for diversity and inclusion.
  • Alcorn offers numerous programs for diversity under the Office of Educational Equity and Inclusion.
  • The Office of Educational Equity and Inclusion at Alcorn provides "leadership and support" in order to "engage our community partners in social justice education initiatives grounded in strength-based practices to demonstrate the university’s commitment to providing opportunities and access to underresourced [sic] populations."
Symbolic Actions
  • Alcorn identifies itself as an institution that prioritizes diversity.
  • Alcorn will engage in "efforts to enhance the spirit of diversity, inclusion and social justice" and "through continuous reflection of our beliefs, policies, and practices as well as ongoing educational programs that foster healthy interaction and understanding, the institution and its members will remain inspired to eradicate existing biases and barriers in order to achieve equity – ultimately positioning the university as a model for social justice."
  • Alcorn held a Listening Session with the USDA Senior Advisor for Racial Equity on April 8, 2021.
Last updated April 19th, 2024
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