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Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville State University is a four-year, public higher education institution in Jacksonville, Ala. The university’s roots go back to 1883, when the Alabama Legislature approved the creation of a state normal school. From its roots as a teacher’s college, the university has grown into a regional university serving Northeast Alabama. JSU is ranked among the top 100 regional universities in the south by U.S. News & World Report. Aside from offering respected traditional programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, JSU offers distance education through online courses and degree programs. In fact, one of the strategies in JSU’s 2011-2016 strategic plan is to “expand quality online programs and services.”

Programs Offered

Jacksonville State University offers a wide range of academic programs through five colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, Commerce and Business Administration, Education and Professional Studies, Nursing, and Graduate Studies. The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest of these colleges, with 14 departments and more than 40 majors in areas like biology, criminal justice, psychology, political science, and more. New graduate programs include a Doctor of Science in Emergency Management, Master of Fine Arts in Visual Communication and Design, and Master of Science in Sport Management. Students can choose from a sizeable selection of online graduate programs, including an MBA, Master of Science in Education, Master of Science in Nursing, and more. Distance education at JSU is delivered either through online courses or videoconferencing, and online classes are delivered via the Blackboard online course management system. Some online programs will require students’ occasional participation on campus.


Jacksonville State University has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges, since 1935. Many of the university’s programs also hold specialized accreditation, which prospective students can verify on College Navigator.


First-time freshmen must submit a completed application along with a $30 application fee, as well as official high school transcripts and ACT/SAT scores. Prospective students are asked to apply six to nine months prior to when they hope to enroll. Unconditional admission is given to students with ACT scores 20 and above (composite) or SAT scores 950 and above (for combined critical reading and above). Graduate applicants may submit an application up to a year in advance of their expected enrollment date, and are advised to submit their application no later than three months in advance. To apply to graduate school, applicants must fill out the graduate application packet and pay a $30 application fee. While each graduate department will have specific admission requirements and deadlines, all graduate applicants must submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended and submit scores from the appropriate entrance exam, such as the GRE or GMAT.


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