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Alcorn State University
Motto Service, Scholarship, Dignity
Established 1871
Type Public, HBCU
President George Ross
Students 3,250
Location Lorman, Mississippi,
United States
Campus 1,700 acres (6.9 km²)
Colors Purple and Gold
Nickname Braves; Alcorn A's

Alcorn State University, located near Lorman, Mississippi, United States, is a public land grant university. It was founded in 1871 as the nation's first state-supported higher education institution for African American students.[1] Alcorn State University is a member school of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund. Coordinates: 31°52′37″N 91°08′28″W / 31.87694°N 91.14111°W / 31.87694; -91.14111



Alcorn State University was founded on the site originally occupied by the Oakland College, a school established by the Presbyterian Church. Oakland College closed its doors at the beginning of the Civil War so that its students could answer the call to arms. Upon failing to reopen at the end of the war, the property was sold to the state of Mississippi and renamed Alcorn University in honor of James L. Alcorn in 1871, then governor of the state of Mississippi.

The college opened with eight faculty members and 179 students in three buildings on a 225 acre (0.9 km²) campus.

Hiram R. Revels resigned his seat in the United States Senate to become Alcorn's first president. The state legislature provided $50,000 in cash for ten successive years for the establishment and overall operations of the college. The state also granted Alcorn three-fifths of the proceeds earned from the sale of thirty thousand acres (120 km²) of land scrip for agricultural colleges. The land was sold for $188,928 with Alcorn receiving a share of $113,400. This money was to be used solely for the agricultural and mechanical components of the college. From its beginning, Alcorn State University was a land-grant college.

In 1878, the name Alcorn University was changed to Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College. The goals for the college set by the Mississippi legislature clearly emphasized training rather than education. The school, like other black schools during these years, was less a college than a trade school.

At first the school was exclusively for black males but in 1895 women were admitted.

In 1974 Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College became Alcorn State University. Governor William L. Waller signed House Bill 298 granting university status to Alcorn and the other state supported colleges.

Alcorn has had sixteen presidents. Dr. Clinton Bristow, Jr. became president of the university in 1995 and held the post until he suddenly died on August 19, 2006. Dr. Malvin Williams was named Alcorn's interim president after Bristow's death.

Of these, Dr. Walter Washington, who assumed the presidency in 1969, was the longest-tenured president in Alcorn's history. On March 27, 2007, the Mississippi Institution of Higher Learning named George E. Ross Ph.D., CPA, Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services at Central Michigan University as a possible candidate for the presidency. Alcorn officially named Ross as its seventeenth president on April 3, 2007. Dr. Ross was diagnosed in May 2007 with acute leukemia and is being treated at University Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. George Ross took office on January 2, 2008 as the seventeenth president of Alcorn State University. On December 3, 2009, it was announced that Dr. Ross would be resigning as president and returning to Central Michigan University to serve as its new president.[2]


The university enrolls over 2,500 full-time and 348 part-time undergraduate students and 600 graduate students. Women outnumber men in a ratio 3:2.



The university is made up of seven schools, offering over 50 different fields of study.

  • School of Agriculture, Research, Extension and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Agriculture
      • Bachelor of Science in General Agriculture
      • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics
      • International Agriculture Option
      • Bachelor of Science in Animal Science
      • Veterinary Science Option
      • Bachelor of Science in Plant and Soil Science
      • Forestry Option
      • Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness Management
      • Bachelor of Applied Science Education: Agricultural Education Endorsement.
    • Department of Advanced Technologies
      • Applied Science
      • Geographical Information Science and Technology (GIS&T)
      • Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology
      • Health Physics
      • Computer Networking and Information Technology
      • Robotics and Automation Technology
      • Pre-Engineering
    • Department of Human Sciences
      • Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics
      • Bachelor of Science in Child Development
  • School of Arts and Sciences
    • Department of Biological Sciences
      • Bachelor of Science in Biology
      • Pre-Professional Program
      • Pre-Hair
      • Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Pharmacy, and Pre-Medicine
      • Biology Education Concentration
      • Environmental Biology/Ecology Concentration
      • Physical Therapy Concentration
      • Bachelor of Science in Health Science
      • Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science
    • Department of Chemistry and Physics
      • Chemistry
      • Biochemistry
      • Chemical Physics
      • Chemistry Education
    • Department of Communications
      • Broadcast Journalism
      • Print Journalism
    • Department of English and Foreign Languages
      • Literature
      • English Education
      • Professional Writing Concentration
    • Department of Fine Arts
      • Music Education
      • Performanc
    • Department of Mathematical Sciences
      • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
      • Mathematics
      • Mathematics Education
      • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics
      • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
    • Department of Military Sciences
    • Department of Social Sciences
      • Bachelor of Science in Economics
      • Bachelor of Arts in History
      • History Concentration
      • History Education Concentration
      • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
      • Political Science Concentration
      • Pre-Law Concentration
      • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Social Work
      • Sociology Concentration
      • Social Work Concentration
      • Mental Health Concentration
      • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • School of Graduate Studies
      • Master of Arts in Teaching
      • Master of Business Administration
      • Hospitality and Gaming Management
      • Master of Science in Agriculture
      • Agronomy
      • Animal Science
      • Agricultural Economics
      • Master of Science in Biology
      • Master of Science in Biotechnology
      • Master of Science in Computer and Information Science
      • Master of Science in Nursing
      • Specialist in Elementary Education
      • Master of Science in Workforce Educational Leadership
      • Master of Science in Education
      • Elementary Education (Early Childhood Education, Reading)
      • Secondary Education (Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Nutrition, Science, Social Science)
      • Special Subject Fields (Guidance Education, Health and Physical Education, Special Education )
  • School of Business
  • School of Education and Psychology
    • Department of Education and Psychology
      • Elementary Education
      • Special Education
      • Psychology
      • General Studies
    • Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
      • Health and Physical Education
      • Recreation
      • Sports Medicine
  • School of Nursing
    • Department of Associate Degree Nursing
    • Department of Baccalaureate Nursing
    • Department of Graduate Nursing
  • College for Excellence


The main campus is located near Lorman, Mississippi, while the Nursing School and the Business School's Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is located in Natchez, Mississippi. There is also a Vicksburg, Mississippi site.

The campus includes approximately 80 modern structures with an approximate value of $71 million. Recently completed projects include:

  • $12 million Dining Commons
  • Biotechnology Facility
  • 5 mi (8.0 km) Bike/Walking Trail
  • Ecology and Natural Resources Facility
  • Baseball Stadium construction

Current and planned construction projects include:

  • School of Business (Dumas Hall) renovations
  • Fine Arts Renovation
  • Construction of Residence halls and faculty housing

Notable alumni

Name Class year Notability Reference
Jack Spinks 1952 Professional football player for the New York Giants
Roynell Young 1980 Professional football player for the Philadelphia Eagles
Jack Phillips Professional football player for the Kansas City Chiefs
Milton Mack Professional football player for the Detroit Lions
Cedric Tillman 1992 Professional football player for the Denver Broncos
Dwayne White Professional football player for the St. Louis Rams
Garry Lewis Professional football player for the Oakland Raiders
Torrance Small 1992 NFL player for the New Orleans Saints
John Thierry 1994 NFL player for the Chicago Bears
Steve McNair 1996 Former American professional quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans
Bryant Mix 1997 NFL player for the Houston Oilers
Donte Dowers 1997 Professional football player for the Baltimore Ravens
Carlos Thorton 1998 NFL player for the San Francisco 49ers
Donald Driver 1999 Professional football player for the Green Bay Packers
Damon Felder 1999 Professional football player for the Miami Dolphins
Charles Jackson 1999 AFL player for the Grand Rapids
Lee Terry Moore 1999 NFL player for the Oakland Raiders
Chad Slaughter 2000 Professional football player for the Oakland Raiders
Jesse "Justice" Smith, Jr., 1999 American Gladiators (2008 TV series
Louis Green 2002 NFL player for the Denver Broncos
Charlie Spiller 2007 NFL player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Nate Hughes 2008 NFL player for the Jacksonville Jaguars
Medgar Evers First NAACP field secretary
Michael Clarke Duncan Actor
Alex Haley Author of Roots: The Saga of an American Family
Leslie Frazier Defensive Coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings, former Special Assistant coach with the Indianapolis Colts
Alexander O'Neal musician
Larry Smith Former NBA player and assistant WNBA coach.
Kimberly Morgan Miss Mississippi 2007
Malcolm Jones 2009 Head Coach McComb High School All SWAC Defensive Back Alcorn State University
Lee Robinson 2009 Professional football player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

External links


  1. ^ "Alcorn State University at a Glance". Retrieved 2008-08-05.  
  2. ^ Alcorn president to resign to take same job at Central Michigan[1], The Detroit News, December 3, 2009


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