Johnson C. Smith University

Johnson C. Smith University is an independent new urban university located in Charlotte. The University continues to gain a national reputation for integrating the liberal arts with business, the sciences and technology in innovative, socially conscious ways to empower tomorrow’s diverse entrepreneurial citizens and leaders.

Today, JCSU offers a progressive curriculum with 24 fields of study to nearly 1,500 students who come from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds. The enriching environment enables students to explore and grow– intellectually, socially, culturally and spiritually – and develop a sense of social responsibility.

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  • The College of STEM—Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics—represents Johnson C. Smith University's educational effort to create entrepreneurial leaders across the entire spectrum of the technological workforce 
  • Ranked 16th among historically black colleges and universities by U.S. News & World Report (2015)
  • Named among the top 50 most technologically advanced small colleges by The Best Colleges Online (2015)
  • Ranked 7th in alumni giving among historically black colleges and universities by U.S. News & World Report (2015)
  • Member of the Clinton Global Initiative University (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012)
  • Identified by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as an Institutional Partnership site. JCSU was also selected by the Gates Foundation for the New Urban University Coalition (2015)
  • Biddle Memorial Hall, at the center of campus, sits on the highest point in Charlotte. Constructed in 1883, the Romanesque-style building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
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JCSU has been a stepping stone and I wouldn’t trade it for anything

Shaquana Janeisha Douglas ’18

Shaquana Janeisha Douglas ’18 Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and chemistry


Johnson C. Smith University Staff