Jacksonville State University

Founded in 1883, Jacksonville State offers programs of study in five academic units leading to Bachelor's, Master's, Education Specialist, and Doctorate in addition to continuing and distance education programs. In the Fall semester of 2011, JSU began offering the school's first doctoral degree, Doctor of Science in Emergency Management.



The university was founded as Jacksonville State Normal School, and in 1930 the name changed to Jacksonville State Teachers College, and again in 1957 to Jacksonville State College. The university began operating as Jacksonville State University in 1967. In 2008, the university celebrated its 125th anniversary.


It is specifically the intent of the University to recruit, hire and promote all employees of the University without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status. All employment determinations will be based upon individual qualification, merit and professional ability. JSU is an EEO/AA Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. JSU is an E-Verify employer.

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Humanities (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Law (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)
Social Sciences (1)


Student services

Jacksonville State University will convert checks received through the mail and in person to an electronic Automated Clearing House (ACH) transaction. When paying by check, either in person or by mail, you authorize JSU to use the account information found on your check to make an electronic fund transfer for the specified amount or if necessary to process the payment as a check.

Library services

The mission of the Houston Cole Library is to provide information services and resources to support the scholarly and informational needs of the University community. In doing so, the Library strives to reflect the curriculum first, with secondary emphasis on faculty research and statewide resource sharing.

Medical services

As there is no law school at JSU, the library law collection is mainly for curriculum support. Resources for business law, communication law, criminal law, correction law, education law, emergency management, health care law, tax law and other essetial resources are priorities.

Student Life

Campus life

The JSU main campus has a 459-acre (1.9 km2) campus with 59 buildings in the Appalachian foothills of northeast Alabama. With this campus being the flagship campus for Jacksonville State, it offers large educational facilities, university housing and residence, on-campus dining, student centers, Greek housing, athletic facilities, student health and wellness facilities, administration offices, study centers, an international housing program, and an on-campus bookstore. The majority of students who study at Jacksonville State attend courses here.

Sports facilities

Jacksonville State's athletics teams are nicknamed the Gamecocks. The school is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference in Division I FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) in football, formerly I-AA, of the NCAA. The university's football team gained national attention in 2001 when Junior placekicker Ashley Martin became the first female football player to score a point in a Division I game tallying 3 points against Cumberland University.

Student clubs

Through Jacksonville State's six academic colleges, Jacksonville State offers career-centered programs to prepare for certain workforces. Offices such as Academic Affairs, Graduate Studies, International House and Programs, Distance Education, Tutoring, Off-Campus Programs and Sites, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Academic Center for Excellence, the University Library, and others help students through the courses of the four academic colleges.


Jacksonville State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The baccalaureate degree in nursing and master's degree in nursing at Jacksonville State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Jacksonville, Alabama, United States