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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    D+
  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 1,329 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Johnson C. Smith acceptance rate is 38%. Popular majors include Business, Communications, and Social Work and Youth Services. Graduating 44% of students, Johnson C. Smith alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $24,600.
About Johnson C. Smith University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Address
100 Beatties Ford Road
Charlotte, NC 28216
Website
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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.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
38%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
750- 960
ACT Range
14-19
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$18,087/ 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
$13,783/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
99%

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
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.66 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.65 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,329Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
65
Undergrads Over 25
19%
Pell Grant
75%
Varsity Athletes
15%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 28 responses
Report
  • Determined
    68%
  • Sophomoric
    18%
  • Outgoing
    7%
  • Diverse
    4%
  • Lacks engagement
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
88%
Poll
46%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.63 responses
Poll
72%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.88 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 34 responses
Report
  • Expensive
    32%
  • Pride
    29%
  • Tradition
    24%
  • 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
44%
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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Johnson C. Smith University has given me an experience I would never forget. Being from a poor family as well as neighborhood once gave me the impression that I would not leave that situation. Battling depression and other feelings were indescribable as far as words go. I visited JCSU during my preteen years and could only dream of a chance to enroll. Well, 2017 I was accepted and experienced college at 27 years old. That was the most exhilarating, unbelievable, phenomenal moment in my life. I strongly recommend JCSU to anyone looking to make a change for themselves or study in a pleasant environment.JCSU saved my life. My name is Eric Darcey Flowe and I want to personally thankJohnson C. Smith University!
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My first year of college was the most hardest. I wasn’t used to being away from my family nor being on my own. When I got to Smith, students made me feel welcomed. Students showed me around and took me in as their little sister. The professors are very helpful and they also are willing to work with you when you need help. Smith has tutoring services for each major so that students are receiving all help that they need. Also, if you attend to those tutoring sessions, you may be eligible for scholarships. Most colleges don’t do “field trips” like elementary- high school, but MY HBCU does. Every semester, they give student the opportunity to explore more than just what’s offered on campus and sometimes just to have fun. Of course you would have to work in order to receive these privileges but it’s all worth it.
Overall, Johnson C. Smith University is a great university. The student life is very good and homecoming is the best! The campus is wonderful, the professors are very hands-on and will work hard to make sure their students will succeed in life. The environment is nice, everyone there will make you feel right at home. The staff is very friendly and helpful.