From our founding as the nation’s first public historically black land-grant institution to creating great advantages and opportunities for our students.

Already, many rich experiences have shaped your life. Alcorn is here to help you continue your path of achievement. Yes, an Alcorn education forms the whole person. It’s about transformation—a discovery process in which students like you find their voices and passions, learn to think critically and independently while gaining new knowledge and building character.

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Years Of Tradition



Tracy Cook

President Tracy M. Cook, EdD
Dr. Tracy Cook was appointed president of Alcorn State University on April 1, 2024.
Office of the President

Dr. Joyce Buckner-Brown
Interim Provost and Senior
Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Office of the Provost

Our administrative offices provide support, resources, and services to deliver on the University’s mission.
University Administration

Mission & Vision

As part of the Strategic Planning process, the mission and vision statements for the university have been revised.
These statements were submitted and approved by the IHL Board (August 19, 2021).

Mission Statement

Alcorn State University is a public historically Black, comprehensive land-grant institution of higher education that provides access and opportunity for diverse students to excel intellectually, build character, and overcome barriers so they can become productive leaders who make meaningful contributions to society. Enhancing its historic strengths in agriculture, education, and nursing, Alcorn State offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs, including fine arts, business, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and STEM.

The University accomplishes its mission through high standards of academic excellence, by engaging in scholarly research and discovery, and providing public service and outreach that address real-world challenges and the economic needs of the Southwest Mississippi River region, State of Mississippi, the nation, and the world. Alcorn strategically extends its resources and expertise throughout the entire state through agriculture extension service, its Vicksburg and Natchez sites as well as its distance learning programs.

Alcorn State University is committed to its tradition of instilling among its students and alumni ideals of leadership, service, and institutional pride.

Vision Statement

Alcorn State University will achieve preeminence through transformative teaching and research excellence, collaborative partnerships, and innovative practices so our communities thrive and our diverse students have unlimited opportunities to engage and lead in a globally competitive world.


The History of Alcorn State University 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.