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About Jacksonville State

The Jacksonville State University campus in fall.

Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama, is a public university — a comprehensive teaching institution that provides educational, cultural, and social experiences for a diverse undergraduate and graduate student population. Located in northeast Alabama in Calhoun County, the school’s 459-acre campus is set in a picturesque area in the foothills of the Appalachians. The school is situated just north of Interstate 20 nearly mid-way between Birmingham, Ala., and Atlanta, Ga.

From its beginning in 1883 as a two-year state normal school to train teachers, Jacksonville State University (JSU) has grown into a major educational center.  JSU offers more than 150 courses of study, including one doctoral program, graduate master’s degree programs, graduate certification programs and an extensive distance-learning program.  JSU graduates many of the state’s teachers, and the Princeton Review ranks the JSU College of Business among the nation’s best. JSU also offers excellent opportunities to pursue advanced degrees online. There are complete online undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in emergency management available, as well as the online STEP (RN-BSN-MSN) program for nurses.  In December 2010, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute selected JSU for the Science Education Alliance’s National Genomics Research Initiative.

As a student-centered university, JSU strives to balance academic challenges with a range of support services for students, academic, career and personal goals. As an academic institution, JSU seeks to produce broadly educated graduates with skills for employment, citizenship, and lifelong learning. As a comprehensive university, JSU supports scholarly and service activities consistent with its academic and professional strengths.

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