Alcorn State University sees a rise in first year freshman and dual enrollment. While there has been a slight decrease in the overall enrollment by 39 students, representing a 1.32% decline from 2,933 to 2,894, the university has shown growth in some key areas.

The first-time freshman class has grown to 507 students, a 1.8% increase, and dual enrollment has shown a 65.9% increase.

“We have seen promising increases in key areas such as dual enrollment and first-time students,” said Dr. Tracy M. Cook, interim president. “Colleges and universities across the nation have experienced declines in enrollment due to financing and the demographic cliff. Alcorn has continued to work to make earning a college degree more accessible.”

“This year, the university has expanded its Admissions and Recruitment team, developed a new website, and named a new interim assistant vice president of enrollment management to help improve the area to reach more prospective students.” 

Top majors for this year’s freshman class are biology, criminal justice, business administration, agricultural science, and applied science.

The University’s student population comes from 38 states and 15 countries. Alcorn’s student body has a first-generation student population of 24%.

The student to faculty ratio is 16:1, which allows for smaller class sizes and a more intimate setting for students to gain the knowledge needed to be successful.

First-time freshmen came from 57 counties in Mississippi and arrived from 213 high schools from around the world. This fall, the University welcomed students from all six inhabited continents. The student body includes learners from 38 states and 16 countries—as far away as Australia, France, Peru, and Nepal.

This year, the University saw an increase in the percentage of male students to 33%.

The University saw transfers from 23 universities and community colleges from across Mississippi.