JSU has the right blend of classroom and practical experience you need to succeed in the 21st century. From our very beginning in 1883 as a state teacher's college, the focus at JSU has been on education. Now more than 125 years later, JSU has developed a rich history of providing a quality education in diverse fields of study. With pre-professional programs in medicine and law, as well as programs in education, business, criminal justice, nursing, social work, environmental management, music, and over 40 others, JSU is getting you ready for where you're going.

Campus Life

At Jacksonville State University we realize that there is more to college life than attending classes and studying. We encourage student involvement through a wide range of diverse campus organizations. We celebrate the uniqueness of what each group contributes to our campus.

Student organizations are a vital part of the educational experience here at JSU. They provide opportunities for new friendships to be formed with individuals that share a common interest and to acquire leadership development through that involvement. Student organizations also serve as a catalyst for personal and professional development. The skills acquired will serve as a benefit throughout their academic experience and later in their chosen career.

View our Fraternity and Sorority Listing!
Check out the SGA!

Where will I live?
Choosing University Housing and Residence Life means more than just putting a roof over your head. JSU strives to provide its students with pleasant, furnished facilities that include special features and extras. Jacksonville State University offers its residents a variety of housing options from residence halls to on-campus apartments.


Students must submit an official high school transcript showing course work through the junior year at the time of application and submit a final high school transcript after graduation showing graduation date and diploma type.  JSU requires students to complete high school with an acceptable diploma type.  Successful completion of the GED is acceptable in lieu of high school graduation.

Unconditional Admission*
ACT 20 and above (Composite)
SAT 950 and above (Combined Critical Reading and Math)

Conditional Admission*
ACT 17 - 19 (Composite)
SAT 830 - 940 (Combined Critical Reading and Math)

Students not meeting the above requirements should consult information on ExSEL (summer developmental studies program).  To read more about this program, view the Undergraduate Catalogue.

* Students who have not attended secondary school in eight or more years or are 25 years of age are exempt from this test score requirement.


What can I get a degree in?
While college is a big step, it is only the beginning. With thirty-eight accredited programs and over 156 Courses of Study, you are certain to find a field of study that is right for you. Discover more about what you love today, and we'll help you turn it into a career tomorrow.
View a detailed course list

How's the faculty?
Our first step toward helping you succeed is to really get to know you. And we go beyond just knowing your name. Our internationally acclaimed faculty creates an effective learning environment to fit every student's needs. At JSU, we offer individual attention and smaller class sizes that translate into bigger academic success for you.


What are the expenses?
There are many different assistance opportunities for students seeking financial aid: Federal and State Grants, Federal Stafford Loans, Federal PLUS Loans and the Federal Work Study Program. Your first step is to have your application for admission submitted to JSU. Next, you will want to fill out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Once we receive your results and you have provided all necessary information, we will prepare a financial aid package designed specifically to meet your needs and eligibility.

Undergraduate tuition for traditional hours:
    In-State Traditional Hours $ 283.00 per hour
    Out-Of-State Traditional Hours $ 566.00 per hour
    In-State Traditional Hours $ 265.00 per hour
    Out-Of-State Traditional Hours $ 530.00 per hour

Traditional Courses are held in a classroom on the main JSU campus and Joe Ford Center in Gadsden.


Out-of-State JSU scholarship recipients: If you qualify and accept a JSU scholarship, you will be automatically eligible for the in-state tuition rate. Over the course of four years, this has the potential to save you more than $27,168!

JSU online scholarship applications accepted October 1, through March 1, 2014.

View the Scholarship Listing & Application!


Application for Admission

Applying for admission to Jacksonville State University is as easy as 1-2-3!

1. Complete the application for admission.
2. Submit the $35 (USD) non-refundable application fee.
3. Submit all required documents for your admission type
(please refer to How do I Attend? to find your requirements).

Note: Undergraduate Readmission Students (previously applied but never attended) must complete an Undergraduate Printable Application, but do not have to pay the $35 application fee.