Jacksonville State University is located in the Southeastern part of the United States in the city of Jacksonville, Alabama. The university has over 8,500 students, including 1,500 graduate students. Students from all over the United States, and from over 60 countries, attend JSU. Most of the students who attend the university come from homes located within about 60 miles from Jacksonville and drive to school daily.
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.