Jacksonville State University: Narrative Description

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700 Pelham Rd. North
Jacksonville, AL 36265-1602
Tel: (256)782-5781
Free: 800-231-5291
Admissions: (256)782-5363
Fax: (256)782-5291
Web Site: http://www.jsu.edu/


State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1883. Setting: 459-acre small town campus with easy access to Birmingham. Endowment: $8.5 million. Research spending 2003-04: $1.3 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $1658 per student. Total enrollment: 8,930. Faculty: 412 (300 full-time, 112 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 21:1. 2,419 applied, 88% were admitted. 3% from top 10% of their high school class, 13% from top quarter, 34% from top half. Full-time: 5,700 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 1,438 students, 60% women, 40% men. Students come from 43 states and territories, 70 other countries, 12% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 22% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 26% 25 or older, 20% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 60% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. State resident tuition: $4040 full-time, $169 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $8080 full-time, $338 per credit hour part-time. College room and board: $3312. College room only: $1700. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 97 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 10% of eligible men and 10% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Archaeology Club, Campus Fellowship Clubs, Computer Science Club, Biology Club. Major annual events: Homecoming, Parents' Day, Jax Jamboree. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, night security officer in female residence halls. 1,511 college housing spaces available; 1,316 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Houston Cole Library with 685,991 books, 1.4 million microform titles, 14,376 serials, 35,636 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.7 million. 330 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 10,000, Jacksonville is relatively small and free from the many distractions of a large city. The community is easily accessible by good roads and is 6 miles from Fort McClellan (a military installation), 12 miles from Anniston, 22 miles from Gadsden, 75 miles from Birmingham, and 100 miles from Atlanta, GA. The climate is pleasant.

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