Johnson C Smith University

100 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC 28216-5398
Tel: (704)378-1000
Private not-for-profit | 1,669 students
The JCSU provides an outstanding education for a diverse group of talented and highly motivated students from various ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographical backgrounds. The university offers a liberal education in conjunction with concentrated study in specialized fields, in preparation for advanced study and specific careers.

School Overview:

Johnson C Smith University
CountyMecklenburg County, NC
Title IV EligibleParticipat
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges--General
Institution LevelFour or more years
Institution ControlPrivate not-for-profit
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
106 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment1,669 students1,633 students
# Full-Time Students
1,606 students1,434 students
# Part-Time Students
63 students137 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hawaiian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
Out-State Tuition Fees
Percent Admitted38%64%
SAT Reading (25-75%)370-460450-570
SAT Math (25-75%)360-475460-573
ACT English (25-75%)13-2019-25
ACT Math (25-75%)16-1918-25
ACT Composite (25-75%)15-1920-25

School Notes:

  • Founded in 1867 under the auspices of the Committee on Freedmen of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) is an independent, private, coeducational institution of higher learning. Located in the rapidly growing metropolis of Charlotte, North Carolina, "Queen City of the South", this historically African-American university has a residential campus with a familiar atmosphere in which students are stimulated and nurtured by dedicated and caring faculty and staff.
  • JCSU is the only historically black college to become an IBM ThinkPad University. Service learning component combines academics and community service. Study abroad opportunities are available in Japan, Australia, Spain, Russia, Morocco, Mexico, Ireland, Israel and Brazil. Extensive career development opportunities abound through co-op programs and internships with over 90 companies.
  • The College of Arts and Sciences plays a large part in fulfilling the Johnson C. Smith University mission of the "development of self-confidence, to the understanding of one's heritage as well as an awareness of the cultures of others." The College also strives to "produce graduates who are able to communicate effectively, think critically, learn independently and demonstrate competence in their chosen fields."
  • Johnson C. Smith University is located at 100-300 Beatties Ford Road near the intersection of West Trade Street, Fifth Street, and Rozzelles Ferry Road in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte is served by the major airlines, by Greyhound and Trailway buses, and by Amtrak. The campus is easily accessible from Interstates 85 and 77.
  • JCSU was recently listed in the June 2003 edition of Black Issues in Higher Education’s “Top 100 Degree Producers 2003,” ranking 37th in the nation among college and universities awarding Computer Science degrees to African-American students. The University also ranked 45th in the nation in awarding English degrees. In both instances, JCSU ranks higher than any other private institution in North and South Carolina. Johnson C. Smith University ranked twice by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best comprehensive colleges in the South, Johnson C. Smith University continues to be a leader among private liberal arts colleges in the nation
  • JCSU is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), Council on Social Work Accreditation (CSWE).
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