Founded in 1871, Alcorn was the nation's first state-supported institution for the higher education of African Americans.


The main campus of Alcorn is located in Claiborne County, Mississippi, seven miles west of Lorman, seventeen miles southwest of Port Gibson, and about halfway between Vicksburg, to the north, and Natchez, to the south. The campus in Natchez is home to the School of Nursing and School of Business, and a variety of courses are offered at the Vicksburg location in collaboration with Hinds Community College. 


Seven schools offer programs leading to the associate, baccalaureate, master's, and specialist degrees.


Alcorn State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Specialist in Education degrees.  Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Alcorn State University. Contact the Commission only on accreditation-related issues.  Contact Alcorn State University for all inquiries regarding educational programs, services, and University policies at 601 877-6100.

Alcorn is also accredited by the following organizations:     
    National Association of Schools of Music
    National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    National League for Nursing
    National Association of Industrial Technology
    American Association of Consumer Sciences


More than 40 clubs and organizations, including student government, student newspaper and yearbook staffs, radio station, honor societies, religious groups, music and theater groups, student council, and special-interest groups.  


NCAA Division 1-A (except: Division 1-AA in football); Southwestern Athletic Conference; intercollegiate teams for men in baseball, basketball, football, golf, tennis, track (indoor), track and field (indoor), track and field (outdoor); intercollegiate teams for women in basketball, bowling, softball, tennis, track (indoor), track and field (indoor), track and field (outdoor), volleyball.