The city of Jacksonville is at the southern end of a series of mountains that extends from Alabama to Maine. This region has very mild winters, a long autumn, and hot summers. Jacksonville is approximately at the same latitude as Athens, Beirut, Islamabad and Shanghai.
With only around 11,000 residents, Jacksonville is quieter, more relaxed, friendlier, and has less crime than many larger cities. Jacksonville is about 15 miles from two slightly larger cities, Anniston and Gadsden. Many students live in or near these cities. Birmingham, Alabama is approximately 70 miles southwest from Jacksonville; Atlanta, Georgia is about 100 miles southeast. These are two of the largest cities in the Southeast and have excellent shopping, entertainment venues, and restaurants.
Information about departments, programs, and degrees that are offered at Jacksonville State University can be found in the University Catalogue.