Alcorn State University, a Historically Black College and University, is a comprehensive land-grant institution that celebrates a rich heritage with a diverse student and faculty population. The University emphasizes intellectual development and lifelong learning through the integration of diverse pedagogies, applied and basic research, cultural and professional programs, public service and outreach, while providing access to globally competitive academic and research programs. Alcorn strives to prepare graduates to be well-rounded future leaders of high character and to be successful in the global marketplace of the 21st century.Alcorn State University is a Historically Black University that has been committed to academic excellence for over 140 years. Alcorn is a premier comprehensive land-grant university that develops diverse students into globally competitive leaders, and applies scientific research through collaborative partnerships that benefit the surrounding communities, state, nation and world. Alcorn was founded in 1871 and 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 offers graduate and undergraduate programs in agriculture, business, robotic engineering, science and mathematics, criminal justice, industrial technology, education, nursing, and information technology among others. The University's academic programs are designed to challenge the mind, build intellectual integrity and create leaders of tomorrow. At Alcorn State University, education is a transformation: a discovery process in which students find voices and passions, learn to think critically and independently, gain new knowledge and build character. Alcorn is a family oriented environment. Its social and cultural life is constantly evolving as the university seeks the most effective and efficient means to increase knowledge and character of its students. Currently, our social and cultural life reflects the University's rich history and traditions, and exposes students to social, cultural, academic, recreational, and governance programs that broaden their horizons and helps them to become globally competitive professionals and leaders.