Johnson C Smith University

Johnson C Smith University

Johnson C. Smith University, or JCSU, was founded as the Biddle Memorial Institute in 1867. It became the Biddle University in 1876, and in 1923, the institute was renamed Johnson C. Smith University. JCSU currently occupies a 105-acre campus in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In 2004, the US News & World Report ranked JCSU 2nd among all colleges in the south. Johnson C. Smith University offers degree programs through the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts and Letters
  • College of Professional Studies
  • College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Technology
  • Honors College

The athletics department of Johnson C. Smith University fields men's and women's teams in basketball, bowling, cross country, softball, track and field, volleyball, tennis, and football. The teams are nicknamed the Golden Bulls, and they compete in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II.

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Johnson C Smith University
100 Beatties Ford Rd
Charlotte , NC 28216-5398
General Phone: (704) 378-1000

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Johnson C Smith University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management31business management
Liberal Arts30Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, social services, economics, political science, history
Science29biology, natural sciences, chemistry
Security and Law Enforcement26criminal justice and administration
Media26mass communication
Computer Science and Engineering22computer and info science, information technology, computer engineering
Therapy and Counseling14psychology, community health services
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy14health and physical education, sports and fitness management
Family and Social Work10social work
Education and Teaching5elementary school teaching, math teaching, social studies teaching
Music3music management

Number of programs and degrees for Johnson C Smith University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree21326

Johnson C Smith University Student Body

Johnson C Smith University is a historically black college.

In 2007-2008, Johnson C Smith University had a total enrollment of 1,463 students (1,508 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 43%
Women 57%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
(Foreign Students) 100%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 46%
20-21 35%
22-24 13%
25-29 2%
30-34 0%
35-39 0%
40-49 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

North Carolina21%
South Carolina13%
New York10%
New Jersey6%
Washington, DC3%

Johnson C Smith University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 64 %

Johnson C Smith University Room and Board (2007)

Johnson C Smith University offers campus housing for 1,127 of its 1,508 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Charlotte, North Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other North Carolina Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Johnson C Smith University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal434504
SAT Math436506
ACT Composite1927

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT86%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT14%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Johnson C Smith University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 15,754
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 15,754
Room and board $ 6,132
Room charge $ 3,529
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,603
Books and supplies $ 1,500
Other expenses $ 2,000

Financial Aid:
Johnson C Smith University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 293600)

Johnson C Smith University Faculty

Johnson C Smith University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year4$55,8612*
Associate professoracademic year10$63,0177$63,365
Assistant professoracademic year25$53,58930$52,278
Instructoracademic year6$46,42210$42,154
All faculty totalacademic year45$54,93049$53,527

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Johnson C Smith University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Basketball Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Track Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports103040

Johnson C Smith University Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Technology

Education And Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Music Management and Merchandising

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Natural Sciences

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
Psychology, General

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checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
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checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
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