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Jacksonville State University

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Jacksonville State began in 1883 as a state teacher’s college. The normal school operated for nearly fifty years until, in 1930 it was renamed Jacksonville State Teachers College and given an increasingly important role in higher education. The College was accredited five years later and in 1957 created its first graduate program. It was given University status in 1966.

Jacksonville State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Its mission statement characterizes the university as student-centered and says in part, “Jacksonville State University seeks to produce broadly educated graduates with skills for employment, citizenship, and life-long learning.” It is classed as a Master’s College and University I by the Carnegie Institute.


Jacksonville State University has academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. There are 4 colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Commerce and Business Administration, the College of Education and Professional Studies, and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. There is also a Department of Military Science.

Bachelor’s degrees are offered in a variety of fields within the various academic colleges. Degrees at the bachelor’s level can be received in such areas as art, biology, English, emergency management, music, psychology, accounting, marketing, communication, education, and nursing. There are pre-professional programs in engineering, law, and many health areas. Minors can be taken in some fields.

Graduate programs include 22 master’s level programs in fields such as biology, criminal justice, education, liberal studies, library media, nursing, and public administration. The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree is offered through the College of Education in education and in educational administration, with several different concentrations.

JSU’s largest College, Arts & Sciences, offers numerous majors in the arts and sciences, along with minors in a variety of disciplines. Some of the most popular majors include education, nursing, and criminal justice. The University’s teacher preparation program graduates more educators than any other Alabama university and has been training educators for more than 100 years. JSU offers a number of biological “subdisciplines,” including ecology, evolution, and molecular biology. There are also a number of pre-professional programs in medicine, dentistry, and physical therapy. The business, computer science, and technology disciplines are also very popular at JSU.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

The Institute for Emergency Preparedness offers a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management and three possible minors: Homeland Security, Public Safety Telecommunications, or Emergency Management. It is home to the Association of Public Safety Communication Officials International (APCO) “Virtual College” program, a web-based distance learning application for emergency professionals.

The Department of Criminal Justice is one of the most popular majors at JSU, and offers a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Many graduates go on to practice law or become law enforcement officials. Concentrations are available in Forensic Investigations, Law Enforcement, Security Administration/Loss Prevention, and Corrections. Internships are also available.

JSU offers a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, including at least one course in Criminal Justice. Fields of specialization/concentration include Theory and Methodology, American Government, and Global Studies.

Jacksonville State University has an undergraduate Honors Program. Students who seek admission to the Honors Program need to meet the following requirements: 25 or higher in the English section of the ACT (610 or higher on the SAT verbal). Once admitted to the Honors Program, students will take smaller courses and be able to participate in special activities.

Distance learning programs are offered in some undergraduate and graduate programs. Students enrolled in distance learning programs will take part in courses on-line or through video-conferencing; some courses are also available on video tape.

Early in 2005, Jacksonville State University shipped over 11,000 books and many classroom supplies to Baghdad, to help in the revitalization of Baghdad University.


Jacksonville State offers a variety of options that make it possible for nearly any student from any educational background to gain admission to the University. For unconditional admission (with no additional curricular requirements), applicants who have completed high school or college prep courses and score either a 20 on the ACT or a 950 on the SAT will qualify. Students can still qualify for admission, though under specific conditions dictated by the Admissions office, if they score between a 17-19 on the ACT or between a 830-940 on the SAT. Students who have scored below 17 on the ACT or below 830 on the SAT may still qualify for admission under the ExSEL admission program. The ExSEL program requires students to participate in a summer developmental program and then complete the same curriculum required for conditional admission. For students who are interested in seeing the actual campus, campus tours are given hourly between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm (with a break for lunch between noon and 1:00 pm) Monday through Friday. Tour participants will not only get to see the campus, but also consult with an admissions counselor and have lunch with actual students who are available to answer questions.

Jacksonville State University has an open undergraduate admissions deadline of. The application fee is $30. Applications can be submitted on-line. Students who are enrolled in high school at the time of application will need to have their official final high school transcripts sent after graduation to the Admissions Office.

As part of their application, students should submit high school transcripts and ACT or SAT test scores. Students must generally meet the following minimum requirements: high school graduation and an ACT score of 20 or SAT score of 950.

Transfer students and international students will have varying requirements depending upon their prior educational background.

Students applying to the graduate programs at Jacksonville State University should consult the individual department and/or school to which they are applying. Applications can be submitted on-line, and the application fee is $20. General requirements include the GRE or other appropriate test scores (such as the GMAT) and a bachelor’s degree. The graduate application deadline is a minimum of three months prior to the desired term of enrollment.

Financial Aid

Three quarters of JSU students receive some kind of financial aid package. Over $30 million in aid was awarded during the most recent academic year, the largest program being the Federal Stafford Loan. Other programs include Pell Grants, SEOG grants, work-study, the Alabama State Grant, and other forms of federal and state aid. JSU requires a scholarship application separate from the admissions application, and students are encouraged to complete it along with their FAFSA as soon as possible. Departmental scholarships are common, and students with a particular major in mind should consult with their department of choice to determine what opportunities exist for them. University scholarship opportunities include Elite Scholars (3.5 GPA, full tuition and housing), Faculty Scholars (3.0 GPA, 75% – 100% tuition), and Leadership scholarships (2.5% GPA, based on proven leadership roles). There are also a number of athletic scholarships available.

Tuition at Jacksonville State University is $2,020 per semester for the 2005-2006 academic year for in-state, undergraduate students attending full-time. Students applying from out of state and graduate students have higher costs.

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, scholarships, and loans. Work-study programs are also available for some students; applicants should consult the Financial Aid Office for the deadline, as work-study and some other programs have limited funding. Students who seek financial aid will need to fill out the Federal Student Financial Aid Form, available on-line.

Graduate students may also receive financial aid in the form of assistantships, including a stipend and a waiver of some or all of the tuition and other fees. Graduate students should consult with their individual department about what sort of assistantships or fellowships are available and about the details of the application process. Many of the positions are non-teaching and administrative positions.

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A unique aspect of Jacksonville State is that every student is a member of the Student Government, and there is even a special segment for freshmen. JSU is home to nine fraternities and eight sororities, and all Greek organization members must maintain a minimum grade point average to continue participating. JSU is home to dozens of other professional clubs and special interest groups. There are a number of residential and academic communities available, including International House, where every year 20 American and 20 international students reside together and share their studies. There are also 18 different musical organizations available for students to join. Residence opportunities include two male halls, two female halls, and three co-ed residences.

Student life at Jacksonville State University includes opportunities in a diverse range of activities and organizations. Special interest groups include the Society for Creative Anachronism, the Virgin Scribes Guild, and the Model Arab League. Other organizations include professional, religious, and service groups, fraternities and sororities. Intramural sports include badminton, flag football, putt-putt golf, and volleyball. Students have the opportunity to write for the newspaper, help produce the yearbook, or work for the campus radio station.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The Jacksonville State University Gamecocks compete in the NCAA and the Ohio Valley Conference. Sports include baseball, cross country, football (Division I-AA), rifle, softball, volleyball, women’s soccer, women’s track & field, and men’s and women’s basketball, golf, and tennis. The Gamecocks have a fan base known to be supportive and have some very good turnouts at all of their athletic events. The Gamecocks football team won their division’s title in 2003 and 2004. In 2004 the volleyball team posted a 21-9 overall record, with an impressive 9-1 record at home. They were 10-6 against conference opponents. The men’s basketball team posted a 12-2 home record while finishing the 2004 season at 14-14 overall. The women’s basketball team also had a good record at home, 11-2, while their overall record was somewhat better than the men’s team at 18-10. the athletics department provides student-athletes with access to various academic support services to ensure their participants excel in the classroom and on the field of play. The CHAMPS/Life Skills program provides academic advising, mentoring, and a curriculum for all incoming athletes that supports academic achievement.

Jacksonville State University is an NCAA Division I School. Teams compete in the Ohio Valley Conference. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, rifle, and tennis. Women’s sports include basketball, cross country, golf, rifle, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, and volleyball. The sports teams are supported by a spirit squad, which includes co-educational and an all-women’s cheerleading squads. There is also a mascot, “Cocky.” The team nick-name is the Gamecocks.

Athletic facilities at Jacksonville State University include the Pete Mathews Coliseum, tennis courts, fields for baseball, soccer, and softball, and a recently improved football stadium.

Among the championships and awards that Jacksonville State University has received are conference championship appearance in 2005 in baseball, the 2004-2005 women’s all-sports trophy in the Ohio Valley Conference, and a men’s conference championship in tennis in 2005.

Student athletes receive academic support from the university from the Academic Center foe Excellence. Athletes also participate in the CHAMPS/ Life Skills Program, which includes a mentor program, advising, and student community service.

Local Community

Jacksonville State University is located in Jacksonville, Alabama. It is in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains in the northeastern portion of the state of Alabama, near the Talladega National Forest. It is home to the Dr. J.C. Francis Medical Museum and Apothecary.

The population of Jacksonville, Alabama is less than 9,000, making it one of America’s truly small towns. It is also a traditional “university town,” with Jacksonville State serving as a primary source of income, education, and entertainment. The city’s nickname—Gem of the Hills—is derived from its scenic position at the foothills of the Appalachians. Jacksonville is home to the Third Mountain Echoes Festival held in the Historic Square in Downtown Jacksonville in September.

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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Alabama and 328th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.02
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson 1 0.01
Burglary 17 0.18
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.01
Arrest 25 0.26

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 21 0.17
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 2 0.02
Robbery 8 0.06
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 154 1.22
Larceny 301 2.39
Vehicle theft 12 0.10

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Jacksonville, AL 36265
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population16,012 (8,317 urban / 7,695 rural)
Households6,240 (2.35 people per house)
Median Household Income$29,541
Families3,935 (2.93 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District103

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1428th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $8,490 $8,490 $16,980
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $300 $300 $300
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $283 $283 $566
FT Graduate Tuition $8,376 $8,376 $16,752
FT Graduate Required Fees $300 $300 $300
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $349 $349 $698
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $21,237 $21,237 $28,029
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $25,056 $25,056 $31,848
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $15,760 $15,760 $22,552

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,120 $6,360 $6,120 $6,360 $12,240 $12,720
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,238 $1,596
On-Campus – Room & Board $6,328 $6,608
On-Campus – Other Expenses $5,062 $4,564
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A $9,296
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A $7,072
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A $7,072

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$30
Graduate Application Fee$30
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 3,083 (1,420 male / 1,663 female)
Admitted 2,567 (1,182 male / 1,385 female)
Admission rate 83%
First-time Enrollment 1,158 (561 male / 597 female)
FT Enrollment 1,142 (552 male / 590 female)
PT Enrollment 16 (9 male / 7 female)
Total Enrollment8,693

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A / 
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Ohio Valley Conference

ACT Test Admission

454th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 89%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 27
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 26

SAT Test Admission

919th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 18%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 430 / 540
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 420 / 540
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 850 / 1080

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,992
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$3,660
Board Fee$4,125

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 87 324 23 4 5 1,036 297 1,776
Accounting 6 8 1 28 2 45
Art/Art Studies, General 1 2 18 1 22
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 8 4 54 3 70
Business Administration and Management, General 11 23 2 52 7 95
Chemistry, General 1 1 5 7
Computer and Information Sciences, General 2 1 2 19 2 26
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 12 1 13 1 27
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 1 28 1 43 4 77
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 2 4 1 7
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 4 5
Economics, General 3 1 3 7
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 11 1 43 9 65
Educational/Instructional Technology 1 2 1 4
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 5 1 6
Elementary Education and Teaching 2 15 2 105 4 128
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other 3 1 19 2 25
English Language and Literature, General 1 3 1 29 5 39
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 2 7 1 1 21 2 34
Finance, General 6 5 9 1 21
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 1 2 1 4
Geography 1 10 2 13
Health Teacher Education
History, General 1 6 38 2 47
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 3 22 1 30 2 58
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 6 11 1 18 5 41
Mathematics, General 1 1 18 3 23
Music, General 1 3 21 25
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician 3 1 4
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 2 2 7 1 12
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 11 29 14 55
Political Science and Government, General 2 4 1 10 2 19
Psychology, General 1 7 1 33 8 50
Public Administration 4 7 14 1 26
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other 2 6 1 1 53 18 81
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing 7 25 1 33
Radio and Television 1 15 26 3 45
Reading Teacher Education 2 1 3
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 16 46 1 1 131 166 361
Secondary Education and Teaching 2 17 1 25 5 50
Social Work 25 1 33 11 70
Sociology 2 1 4 3 10
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 27 2 30
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 4 2 6

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1913th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $63,525 ($68,012 male / $55,943 female)
Number of FT Faculty 318 (166 male / 152 female)
Number of PT Faculty 488
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $9,455,099

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