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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    D
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    D
  10. Campus Food
    C-
  11. Student Life
    C
  12. Safety
    C-
Johnson C. Smith is a private university located in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a historically black college, JCSU has a strong history of and commitment to the education of black Americans. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,427 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Johnson C. Smith acceptance rate is 46%. Popular majors include Business, Social Work and Youth Services, and Sport and Fitness Management. Graduating 49% of students, Johnson C. Smith alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $24,600.
100 Beatties Ford Road
Charlotte, NC 28216
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Johnson C. Smith University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

JCSU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
46%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
800-960
ACT Range
14-18
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$18,655/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$13,253/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
94%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
75%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.60 responses
60%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.67 responses
56%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.66 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
4
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
4
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    0%
  • On Campus
    96%
  • Online
    4%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,427Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
53
Undergrads Over 25
16%
Pell Grant
79%
Varsity Athletes
13%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 28 responses
  • Determined
    68%
  • Sophomoric
    18%
  • Outgoing
    11%
  • Lacks engagement
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
88%
Poll
45%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.64 responses
Poll
72%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.89 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 35 responses
  • Expensive
    31%
  • Pride
    31%
  • Tradition
    23%
  • Lack of pride and energy
    6%
  • Underrated
    6%
  • Home away from home
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$28,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
49%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
79%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.28 responses
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My online experience with taking my classes was difficult since it was my first ever choosing like two courses to take online but I still managed to make sure all assignments were completed on their due time and if I had any concerns or problems my professors were always there to email or reach out through google voice call to get a more thorough understanding on how some of those specific assignments needed to be done correctly. With taking all of my classes online due to COVID-19 was in between, the only problem I had was with my Intro to Stats class due to it being a math course I'm used to the visual learning through zoom where I can be able to see how certain problems can solved. But my professor never had any scheduled zoom meetings to see if we needed any additional help but learning from my classmates helped me out a whole so I wasn't stressing out rarely.
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My overall experience at Smith was okay. I will say that I really liked having small size classrooms. It allowed for me as a student to get more help from a professor. I also liked how the professors doors were always open when in need of extra help. However, what I did not like about Smith was there food options. I have dietary restrictions an couldn't really eat the food. Smith had so many different clubs and organizations to join which I thought was great. Smith overall in my experience, was okay. I say that because once the pandemic start the transition from campus to home was not great. I felt as though I was not able to get that same one-on-one help. Nevertheless, the professors did their best. I thought that this year was a pretty decent year.
My experience at Johnson C Smith university is amazing I’ve learned so much about myself and others. They are very supportive academically and physically. I am from Florida so the atmosphere was very different. The professors are loving but professional in other words tough love. It’s very easy to get to know new people, you won’t ever feel like the oddball. The food could be better but it also reminds me of back home. They are very supportive of all athletics. It has great scenery and a lot of entertainment to attend. I personally think that the best part of the school is standing on the “block” which is where everyone meets up after class .