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Welcome to Jacksonville State University!


Please let me be first to offer an extended hand from the "Friendliest Campus in the South," as well as a heartfelt invitation to visit our physical campus soon.

Cradled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in northeast Alabama, truly our Jacksonville State University is a place like no other. Our roots go deep into the red clay that provides the foundation for our picturesque campus yet our vision for continued success is future-driven as we strive to offer the newest technologies and teaching methods that will prepare our students for unbridled success and opportunities for lifelong learning.

Our students come from all walks, but they share a common expectation for their educational experience. Recently, we asked some of our students why they chose Jacksonville State University over other institutions for their post-secondary education. Overwhelmingly, they shared the same sentiment:

At JSU, I am more than a number.

When our students tell us that they feel welcomed at JSU and are supported socially and culturally as well as academically during their time with us, we accomplish our mission to be a student-centered university. When graduates leave our campus with degree in hand, armed with the professional skills to build successful communities and nurture families, we are pleased that we have succeeded in our academic mission. When our alumni supplement professional and academic skills with good citizenship and service qualities learned while at JSU, we know that we have realized our mission to be a comprehensive university.

At Jacksonville State University, we cherish our ability to build a brighter future for our region, our state and beyond by calling upon past success. While beautiful historic buildings are plentiful on our campus and traditional methods of instruction are still very much in place, we embrace the opportunity to move beyond plaster and post to offer quality distance education to a growing non-traditional student population. This distinction moves JSU beyond instruction in an ivory tower, firmly establishing us as an institution of innovation and inspiration.

We have come a long way since our beginnings as a state normal school in 1883. As we set our sights on the future, using our recently adopted Strategic Plan as the compass by which we will chart our course, we are excited by the endless possibilities.

As always, we hope you will linger on our website, get to know us better, and join our progress.


Bill Meehan