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Special Interest Housing

Guided by our vision to serve as a home away from home and the heart of Jacksonville State University, where traditions are valued, excellence is promoted and pride in one's self, school and community are encouraged, we offer a wide variety of specialty housing options to make sure you #LiveCocky. Whether you are a member of Fraternity Life or wanting to live with like-minded peers, specialty housing at JSU is the place for you!

*All rates found below are for fall 2020 - spring 2021 semesters.

Specialty Houses

The International House Program began in 1946 with five students from France. Initially, the program focused on languages. Today, there are 40 members of the program - 20 American students and 20 international students. Each international student is from a different country and is roomed with an American student. Though emphasis is still placed on languages, greater emphasis is now placed on the overall aspects of cultural understanding. Truly, the International House Program provides "A Window to the World" for students at Jacksonville State University and the surrounding community.

For more information, please visit the International House website.

Rate: $1,750/semester

Kappa Sigma is the largest college social fraternity in the world with more than 200,000 living members, including over 20,000 undergraduates and 320 chapters and colonies located throughout the United States and Canada. Founded in 1869 at the University of Virginia, Kappa Sigma International Headquarters is based in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Kappa Sigma house contains 10 private rooms, each furnished with a full-sized bed, study desk and chair, and a closet. The house contains a kitchen and laundry room. Free-use laundry machines located on the second floor and residents may use LaundryView to track open machines or their laundry progress. There is a common room area that chapter members utilize for chapter functions. You must be a brother of Kappa Sigma Fraternity to be eligible for this residence option.

Learn more about Fraternity and Sorority Life at Jacksonville State

$2,675/semester

Pi Kappa Phi was founded by exceptional men who chose to lead. For more than a century, we have stayed true to our roots, developing the next generation of servant leaders who put service before self and work to improve the world around them.

The Pi Kappa Phi house contains 10 private rooms, each furnished with a full-sized bed, study desk and chair, and a closet. The house contains a kitchen and laundry room. Free-use laundry machines located on the second floor and residents may use LaundryView to track open machines or their laundry progress. There is a common room area that chapter members utilize for chapter functions. You must be a brother of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity to be eligible for this residence option.

Learn more about Fraternity and Sorority Life at Jacksonville State

$2,675/semester

Living-Learning Communities

FirstUp, the first-generation living-learning community provides an inclusive living environment for new Gamecocks, who identify as first-generation college students. This community is designed to build a support system among first-generation students, in addition to celebrating each student's background and successes. It assists in bridging the "two worlds" of school life and home, while increasing the visibility of first-generation college students on the JSU campus.

Goals

  • Support student development
  • Foster holistic wellness
  • Provide access to campus resources, including faculty and staff
  • Build connections with other first-generation students and upper-class student mentors

Who can apply?

Incoming first year students who identify as "first-generation" college students. A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardians have not completed a bachelor's degree. This means you are the first in your family to attend a four-year college/university to attain a bachelor's degree.

Amenities

FirstUP will be housed in Sparkman Hall. Sparkman Hall is a nine-story, co-ed residence hall located on Trustee Circle between Ayers Hall and Mason Hall. Two-person suites are comprised of two separate rooms joined by a shared bathroom. Residents may enjoy convenient access to many locations on campus or hang out in the many lounges throughout the building. Free-use laundry machines are located on the second floor and residents may use LaundryView to track open machines or their laundry progress.

The priority consideration deadline is April 1, 2021.

The completed application consists of demographic information, short answer responses, information for two references, and an uploaded resume.

After the priority deadline, applicants may be contacted for an interview with the selection committee.

Sparkman Hall Photos

The Leadership House for Women consists of 15 women living together with one common goal - leadership! Our students are actively seeking opportunities to become strong leaders on Jacksonville State University's campus.

The Leadership House for Women is a living-learning community at Jacksonville State University for women who are passionate about their leadership development and serving others. This program is designed to build a community of students that will be leaders at JSU and beyond! This one-year opportunity provides the chance for students to: build their confidence, learn effective communication techniques, develop strong teams, and enhance their leadership style.

Goals

  • Promote a feeling of camaraderie and respect for members of the Leadership House
  • Enhance the JSU campus community and local surrounding areas
  • Create an atmosphere for academic achievement
  • Express individual talents through creative programming efforts

Who can apply?

Rising sophomores, juniors, seniors, and transfer students are eligible to apply if they have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

Incoming first year students may apply if they have at least a 3.0 high school GPA. First year students will be considered pending availability.

Amenities

The Leadership House for Women contains 15 private rooms, each furnished with a full-sized bed, study desk and chair, and a closet. There are two hall-style bathrooms in the house, one upstairs and one downstairs. All utilities (electricity, telephone, water, cable, and Internet) are provided. The house contains a fully furnished kitchen and laundry room.  A meal plan is not required for the Leadership House for Women. Free-use laundry machines located on the second floor and residents may use LaundryView to track open machines or their laundry progress. There is a common room with flat screen TV and dining room that residents may use to gather for meals.

The priority consideration deadline is April 1, 2021.

The completed application consists of demographic information, short answer responses, information for two references, and an uploaded resume.

After the priority deadline, applicants may be contacted for an interview with the selection committee.

Cost

$2,725/semester

Apply Now!

Leadership House Photos

SPARK is a living-learning community where first-year students with the same major (nursing and integrated studies) live together and participate in programs that cater to their academic, social, and personal needs. Students who choose to live in an LLC have a direct connection to their classroom experience, access to intentional events and programs, and dedicated staff and faculty members who work to make the community a success. Students will also have the chance to explore and see what Calhoun County has to offer with their peers.

Goals

  • Support student development
  • Foster holistic wellness
  • Engage in a culture of inquiry
  • Build a network for support and success
  • Enhance cultural and community awareness

Who can apply?

Incoming first year students who will be nursing or integrated studies majors may apply.

Amenities

SPARK will be housed in Sparkman Hall. Sparkman Hall is a nine-story, co-ed residence hall located on Trustee Circle between Ayers Hall and Mason Hall. Two-person suites are comprised of two separate rooms joined by a shared bathroom. Residents may enjoy convenient access to many locations on campus or hang out in the many lounges throughout the building. Free-use laundry machines are located on the second floor and residents may use LaundryView to track open machines or their laundry progress.

The priority consideration deadline is April 1, 2021.

The completed application consists of demographic information, short answer responses, information for two references, and an uploaded resume.

After the priority deadline, applicants may be contacted for an interview with the selection committee.

Apply Now!

Sparkman Hall Photos

The mission of SUITE (Sparkman Upperclassmen Impactful Transfer Experience) is to create a living-learning community for transfer students that supports them and connects them to their new campus by providing exclusive additional access to student services, a community of students with similar education pathways, and encourages involvement on campus to support their personal, professional, and academic growth.

Goals

  • Promote community among first year transfer students living on-campus
  • Address issues and needs unique to transfer students
  • Create an atmosphere of academic excellence and persistence
  • Encourage involvement on-campus through organizations and event participation
  • Connect students to important faculty and staff in the academic program and student services

Who can apply?

Incoming transfer students may apply.

Amenities

SUITE will be housed in Sparkman Hall. Sparkman Hall is a nine-story, co-ed residence hall located on Trustee Circle between Ayers Hall and Mason Hall. Two-person suites are comprised of two separate rooms joined by a shared bathroom. Residents may enjoy convenient access to many locations on campus or hang out in the many lounges throughout the building. Free-use laundry machines are located on the second floor and residents may use LaundryView to track open machines or their laundry progress.

The priority consideration deadline is June 15, 2021.

The completed application consists of demographic information, short answer responses, information for two references, and an uploaded resume.

After the priority deadline, applicants may be contacted for an interview with the selection committee.

Apply Now!

Sparkman Hall Photos

Living-Learning Community Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! If you are accepted into a living-learning community, we will reassign you to a space in that community. No action will be required on your part.  

Yes! If you are accepted into a living-learning community, you will first need to complete the housing application and pay the $200 nonrefundable application fee.  

Your references should be professional references who can speak to your talents and skills. This may include professors, teachers, staff members at JSU, or supervisors. Family members, friends, or other students should not be listed as your reference.  

The priority deadline for SPARK, FirstUP, and the Leadership House for Women is April 1.  

The priority deadline for SUITE is June 15.  

Applications will be accepted after the priority deadlines and will be considered pending space availability. 

Please upload your resume as either a document (.docx) file or PDF. If you have specific formatting on your resume, a PDF is encouraged.  

Early move in for all living-learning communities is August 9th from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  

Please contact us at jsuhousing@jsu.edu or 256-782-5122.