College profile: Jacksonville State University
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Description: Jacksonville State University (JSU) is a public university - a comprehensive teaching institution that provides educational, cultural, and social experiences for a diverse undergraduate and graduate student population.
Location: Located at the foothills of the Appalachians, Jacksonville offers a beautiful, scenic location. JSU features the laid-back charm, beauty and security of a small southern village, yet still possesses a big-campus feel. No matter what you like to do outdoors, you can find it in the area – everything from cycling to stock car racing.
Jacksonville State University is ready to help you tackle the exciting challenges that lie ahead and achieve success personally and professionally. You owe it to yourself to consider this comprehensive university. Give it four years, and Jacksonville State University will change your life forever!
Student to faculty ratio: JSU has a 20:1 student to faculty ratio. This is proof that when students attend JSU, they are more than just a number.
Degrees offered: 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. We offer pre-professional programs in medicine and law, education, business, criminal justice, nursing, social work, environmental management, music and more. We also offer eighteen academic degrees and programs totally on-line. Discover more about what you love today, and we’ll help you turn it into a career tomorrow. We offer twenty-three graduate majors and seven graduate degrees ranging from a Masters of Fine Arts to a Master of Science in Nursing. Based on your personal goals for the future, we can help you decide if graduate school is right for you. Admission data: In 2009, a total 4,137 students, both first-time freshmen and transfer students, applied to Jacksonville State University. Of those 4,137 applicants, 3,576 were accepted to JSU.
SAT/ACT scores: 86% of students submitted their ACT scores, while the remaining 19% submitted SAT scores. The majority of first-time, first-year freshmen who took the SAT had scores ranging from 400-499.
The composite ACT score for first-time, first-year freshmen at JSU is 19.8. For English, it is 20.1; Reading is 20.6; Math is 18.9; and Science is 20.3. 62% of first-time freshmen at JSU were in the top half of their high school graduating class.
Enrollment: In 2009, there were 7,884 undergraduate students and 1, 467 graduate students, for a grand total of 9,351 students.
Female: 5,512 students
Male: 3,839 students
Costs: In the 2008 – 2009 school year, the average tuition was $5,700 a year for undergraduate students. Books cost an estimated $1,100 per year. Average cost of on-campus room and board per year was $4, 215.
Is service accepted as credit toward a degree?
Advanced standing in accordance with that which is recommended by the American Council on Education and in accordance with University policy will be given to veterans who apply for it. Veterans desiring such credit must make application to the Registrar’s Office by completing the appropriate forms and presenting a copy of their discharge and an official statement of educational experience and training or military transcript.
Why does the school like military students?
Jacksonville State University has long been a military-friendly school. Fort McClellan was our close neighbor from 1917 until it was closed in 1999, and the whole area has historically been a popular retirement destination for military families. The Alabama National Guard still calls McClellan home and there is much collaboration with our ROTC students.
What GI Bill/Tuition Assistance benefits are offered/available?
The following chapters are offered:
Chapter 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill
Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty Chapter 1606 – Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserves Chapter 1607 - REAP
Chapter 31 – Vocational Rehabilitation
Chapter 32 – VEAP
Chapter 35 – Dependents’ Educational Assistance Alabama GI Dependents’ Scholarship Program, which allows dependents of veterans who are 20% disabled and were residents of the state of Alabama when he/she joined the service, to receive tuition and required books. Starting Fall 2009, increased to ten semesters of tuition and required books. Each chapter or bill receives a monthly check which varies according to each chapter.
Both Active Duty and National Guard Reserves can receive tuition assistance along with their monthly check.
Do you offer online degrees/distance learning programs?
Yes! There are eighteen different degrees and programs that can be completed solely online through JSU’s distance education program.
What programs/services are available specifically to military students?
JSU has its own ROTC Department, along with a Veterans Affairs office dedicated to serving the needs, questions and concerns of veterans.
What is your policy on involuntary activation for military service?
Students will go through ROTC to do their official withdrawal from school when called to active duty. There, they have the choice of either taking incompletes from their courses or withdrawing from the semester. Students are not penalized when called to active duty through Veterans Affairs benefits, and will still receive their assistance up until the date of withdrawal.