Johnson C. Smith University Details

Email Address
Co_Education Yes
Campus Address 100 Beatties Ford Road
City Charlotte
State North Carolina
Zip 28216
Phone 704-378-1000
Total Enrollment 1357
Motto Sit Lux (Let There Be Light)
Level of Selectivity Slightly competitive
Location Charlotte, North Carolina, is a thriving city with a population of nearly 400,000. The city is served by all major forms of transportation: bus, rail, and air. The Douglas International Airport is the hub for U.S. Airlines. Just minutes from downtown, students have access to shopping, fine restaurants, and entertainment events. Charlotte offers major league sporting events, museums, concerts, and an orchestra. Its location provides easy access to the Smoky Mountains National Park and the Atlantic Ocean beaches and attractions.
History Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) is a four-year, private, coed, liberal arts institution that is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. Founded in 1867 as Biddle Memorial Institute, JCSU is one of the oldest historically black institutions in the United States. The first baccalaureate degrees were awarded in 1872, and the name was changed to Biddle University in 1876. The present name was given in 1923. Originally intended as an institute of higher learning for men, it became coeducational in 1941. JCSU’s mission is to provide an environment in which men and women may realize their individual potential for intellectual, social, spiritual, emotional, and physical growth and well being. JCSU carries out this mission by providing exciting, relevant, and future-oriented curriculum and programs. The University also looks backward to celebrate the unique heritage of blacks by instilling racial and ethnic pride as students learn about their history and the unique achievements and contributions of black Americans. JCSU helps its students to understand and adopt a sense of social consciousness and civic responsibility. The School boasts that it is one of the best kept secrets in higher education. The 100-acre campus houses forty-six buildings. Biddle Memorial Hall, an historic landmark with Romanesque revival architecture, adds a traditional flavor to an eclectic mix of different architectural styles.
Band Program Yes
Religious Affiliation Yes
Accrediation Johnson C. Smith University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees.
Costs per Year 2002–03 Tuition: $10,469 Room and board: $2766 (room); $2040 (board) Special fees: $1975 Books: $750 Estimated total cost: $18,000
In State Tuition 10469
Out of State Tuition 10469
Financial Aid-Institutional Funding 2000–01 FINANCIAL AID–INSTITUTIONAL FUNDING Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 92 Financial Aid Specific to the School Army, Air Force, or Navy ROTC program(s) offer two- and three-year scholarships that pay tuition, fees, books, and other expenses, and provide a monthly stipend. Students should contact the ROTC Office on campus.
Financial-Aid Deadline 38457
Admission Deadline Rolling admission; July 1 (fall); December 1 (spring).
Entrance Requirements Graduation from an accredited high school (or equivalent) and completion of the following units: 4 English, 2 mathematics, 1 science, 2 social sciences; a minimum 2.0 high school GPA; $25 non-refundable application fee is required. Admission Application Deadline: Rolling admission; July 1 (fall); December 1 (spring). Admission Contact: Director of Admissions, lst floor, Biddle Hall, Johnson C. Smith University, 100 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, North Carolina 28216; Telephone: 704-378-1010; Toll-free: 800-782-7303.
Graduation Requirements A minimum of 122 hours with a 2.0 GPA and completion of the core requirements, including six mathematics, eight science, six foreign language, and one computer course for majors in biology, business, chemistry, and math.
Student Body Profile Total enrollment: 1,357 In-state: 258 Full-time undergraduates (men/women): 540/757 Part-time undergraduates (men/women): 29/31 Ethnic/racial makeup: African American, 1,330; Other/unclassified, 27.
Diversity 389
Student Life Campus Services: Health clinic, personal and psychological counseling, career counseling and placement, remediation, tutoring, and religious activities. Campus Activities: Social and cultural activities include theater, art exhibits, concerts, chorale, band, and dance. Chess, film, and photography clubs and activities are available. Interested students may work on the JCSU Student News (student newspaper) or The Bull (yearbook). Communication majors or volunteers can work at the student-run radio station. Leadership opportunities are found in the Student Government Association or numerous other student-run organizations, including the Residence Hall Council and the Pan-Hellenic Council. Greek sororities include Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho, and Zeta Phi Beta; fraternities include Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, and Phi Beta Sigma. Honor societies are also represented on campus. Housing Availability: 980 housing spaces; eight resident halls; honors housing. Off-campus residence is permitted. Handicapped Services: Some facilities are wheelchair accessible.
Faculty Profile Number of faculty members: 96 Student-teacher ratio: 16:1 Full-time faculty members: 82 Part-time faculty members: 14 Faculty with doctorates or other terminal degrees: 80%
Athletic Program Johnson C. Smith University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division II, and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). Intercollegiate Sports: men’s basketball, bowling, cross-country, football, golf, tennis and track; women’s basketball, bowling, cross-country, golf, and tennis, and track. Intramural Sports: badminton, basketball, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Athletic Contact: Director of Athletics, Johnson C. Smith University, 100 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, North Carolina 28216; Telephone: 704-378-1219 or 704-378-1118; Toll-free: 888-457-3118; Fax: 704-378-1073.
School Calender August-May (semesters) Commencement and conferring of degrees: May Two summer sessions.
Degrees Bachelor of Arts: Art, Economics, English, English Education, Drama and Film, History, Liberal Arts, Music, Philosophy and Religion, Political Science, Psychology, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Social Studies Education, Sociology, Speech Bachelor of Science: Applied Banking and Finance, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Education (Early Childhood and Intermediate), Engineering, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Mathematics/Physics, Physics, Science Preprofessional Programs: Predental, Prelaw, Premedicine
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