Director of Admissions
|Johnson C. Smith University
Charlotte, North Carolina
The present site contains 100 acres of land and more than forty buildings. The University serves approximately 1,500 students and has more than 240 full-time faculty members, administrators, and staff members. As a liberal arts university, JCSU offers more than thirty fields of study.
JCSU's mission is to provide 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 arts education in conjunction with concentrated study in specialized fields in preparation for specific careers and advanced study.
The University endeavors to produce graduates who are able to communicate effectively, think critically, learn independently as well as collaboratively, and demonstrate competence in their chosen fields. Further, it provides an environment in which students can fulfill their physical, social, cultural, spiritual, and other personal needs and develop a compelling sense of social and civic responsibility for leadership and service in a dynamic, multicultural society. Likewise, the University embraces its responsibility to provide leadership, service, and lifelong learning to the larger community.
Consistent with its Christian roots, the University recognizes the importance of moral and ethical values in undergirding intellectual development and all endeavors. JCSU believes in the unrelenting pursuit of knowledge and in the values of cultivating the life of the mind. The University assigns great significance to the development of self-confidence, to the understanding of ones' own heritage (as well as an awareness of the cultures of others), to the exploration of the myriad forces affecting people in today's complex technological age, and to formulating a sense of one's role in this schema.
JCSU has been consecutively ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top-tier institutions in the southern region of the United States. With ThinkPad U and other innovative programs, JCSU has begun to move into a new era of distinction.
The University is a fully accredited member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Its Department of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); the Department of Business Administration and Economics is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP); and the Department of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
Between the late 1990s and early 2000s, JCSU saw a burst of financial support from donors. In 1996, JCSU received a $1-million gift from Irwin Belk, a prominent Charlotte businessman, which was the largest gift from a living individual in the school's history. Between 1999 and 2002, JCSU received several million-dollar grants from funding agencies, including the Lilly Foundation, the Department of Interior, and the Duke Endowment, and a $2.57 million grant from the Kresge Foundation. In 2002, the Duke Endowment awarded JCSU $3.9 million, the largest grant in the school's history.
In 2000, JCSU launched the IBM Laptop Initiative, which made the University one of the few educational institutions in the country (and the first historically black college) to provide an IBM laptop computer to every student. The program, known as ThinkPad U, gives JCSU students and their computers complete access to the campuswide network and Internet services. The ratio of computers to students improved from 1:10 in 1994 to 1.2:1 in 2003. In addition, 3,500 Ethernet ports have been installed campuswide; the ratio of connecting ports to students is 2.4:1. Since fall 2003, all JCSU students have wireless access on the campus. With this new initiative and the commitment to integrate technology throughout the curriculum, JCSU has gained national recognition.
Location and Community
The city has an impressive skyline, a revitalized uptown, numerous industries and factories, and a diverse residential community. Rich in historic landmarks, Charlotte offers all the cultural and recreational facilities of any large city, including professional and other sports events; excellent shopping and dining facilities; rock, popular, jazz, and classical music concerts; theater; fine arts; and exceptional gardens. The area is served by an international airport, Amtrak railway, and Greyhound bus service. Major highways provide easy access to beach and mountain areas.
JCSU offers various special programs to assist students to both build upon their current understandings and expand into new areas of inquiry. Among them, the Freshman Through the Senior Year Experience (FSYE) program provides various support services to aid students with the academic demands of the college curriculum. The Honors College provides curricular and extracurricular experiences for students who are highly motivated, superbly prepared, and sufficiently dedicated to the highest level of academic achievement and scholarship. The Counseling and Testing Center offers services to the students 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Student Support Services, a federally funded program, provides qualified students with peer and professional mentoring and tutoring.
Collectively, these programs create a dynamic learning community that promotes and enhances the student's ability to engage in interdisciplinary inquiry and build the intellectual foundation needed for a successful college experience. The programs eliminate technology barriers, foster inquiry and problems-based learning, and create mentors and apprenticeships.
Regarding teaching effectiveness as paramount in its educational enterprise, JCSU has a commitment to the recruitment and retention of an outstanding faculty. To this end, the University promotes faculty development, encourages faculty involvement in research and other creative activities, and endorses the principles of academic freedom.
JCSU employes 90 full-time faculty members. Approximately 76 percent of them held doctorates or terminal degrees. The student-faculty ratio was 14.8:1.
To promote excellence in teaching and learning, JCSU has, since 1994, established joint research and international student/faculty-exchange relationships with Swinburne University of Technology in Australia, Al Akhawayn University in Morocco, and Moscow State Institute of Public Policy and Moscow State University in Russia. Such arrangements exist domestically with Providence College in Rhode Island.
Preprofessional programs are offered in dentistry, law, and medicine. Students may complete courses in military science as part of either the Army or Air Force ROTC programs.
Through collaboration with several other institutions, JCSU also offers programs leading to degrees in engineering, nursing, and pharmacy.
Facilities and Resources
In addition, a large scale of renovation enables JCSU to preserve some historical landmarks and improve the functionality of others. Among those efforts, the renovation of historic Biddle Memorial Hall was begun in 2001 after an aggressive campaign to raise more than $6.7 million. Upon its completion, this administrative building is planned to feature new computer systems, climate conditioning, modern lighting, and new electrical systems. The completion of the renovation of the James B. Duke Library in 1999 brought not only a new look but also new resources and technology to the facility. In fall 2003, the library's collection included 90,674 books, 164,553 microforms, 1,035 audiovisual materials, 292 serial subscriptions, and a large volume of online reference databases. Equipped with state-of-art technology, the library also has a great capacity to provide multimedia and other services to support instructional services and research activities.
The college experience is more satisfying and rewarding when you are able to pursue and demonstrate your own interests, talents and skills. Participating in extracurricular activities already challenges your limited schedule. However, by combining academics and other interests, you actually become more disciplined in managing your time. Participation in extracurricular activities also helps you develop and cultivate lifelong leadership skills.
Financial Aid / Scholarships
All students are urged to file the FAFSA by May 1. JCSU's code (002936) should be used in the application.
Each year, a limited number of academic scholarships (Duke Scholars) are offered in the freshman year, primarily to participants in the honors program. Recipients of this scholarship are selected from high school seniors who earned high scores on the SAT and who have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
In addition, for those students demonstrating outstanding academic achievement in the sciences, the Minority Biomedical Research Support Program and other programs provide a variety of opportunities, such as salaried positions during the academic year and summer, participation in research, and attendance at seminars and conferences of national scientific importance.
Admission Requirements / Application