Johnson C. Smith University has been ranked several times by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best comprehensive
colleges in the South, Johnson C. Smith University continues to be a leader among private liberal arts colleges in the nation.
Founded in 1867 as Biddle Memorial Institute, the university enrolls approximately 1,500 students and confers bachelor’s
degrees to hundreds of students each year in 27 different majors.
Each student receives an IBM laptop computer equipped with the latest software and wireless capabilities. Internet access
is provided through electronic data ports in the library, dormitory rooms and multimedia classrooms. Network access is available
through dial-up modem for off-campus students.
The university’s service learning component, which combines academics and community service, has become a national
model to other higher education institutions. Extensive career development opportunities abound through co-op programs and
internships with more than 90 companies.
Founded in 1867 under the auspices of the Committee on Freedmen of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., Johnson C. Smith University
(JCSU) is an independent, private, coeducational institution of higher learning. Located in the rapidly growing metropolis
of Charlotte, North Carolina, "Queen City of the South," this historically African-American university has a residential campus
with a familiar atmosphere in which students are stimulated and nurtured by dedicated and caring faculty and staff.
Consistent with its Christian roots, the university recognizes the importance of moral and ethical values to undergird
intellectual development and all endeavors. JCSU believes in the unrelenting pursuit of knowledge and in the values of cultivating
the life of the mind. The university assigns great significance to the development of self-confidence, to the understanding
of ones' own heritage as well as an awareness of the cultures of others, to exploration of the myriad forces affecting people
of a complex technological age, and to formulating a sense of one's role in this schema.
The mission of JCSU is to provide an outstanding education for a diverse group of talented and highly motivated students
from various ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographical backgrounds. The university offers a liberal education in conjunction
with concentrated study in specialized fields, in preparation for advanced study and specific careers.
The university endeavors to produce graduates who are able to communicate effectively, think critically, learn independently
as well as collaboratively, and demonstrate competence in their chosen fields. Further, it provides an environment in which
students can fulfill their physical, social, cultural, spiritual, and other personal needs through which they can develop
a compelling sense of social and civic responsibility for leadership and service in a dynamic, multicultural society. Likewise,
the university embraces its responsibility to provide leadership, service, and lifelong learning to the larger community.
Regarding teaching effectiveness as paramount in its educational enterprise, JCSU has a commitment to the recruitment and
retention of an outstanding faculty. To this end, the university promotes faculty development, encourages faculty involvement
in research and other creative activities, and endorses the principles of academic freedom.
To ensure the integrity and stability of its status and the perpetuation of its rich legacy, Johnson C. Smith University
has a firm resolve to maintain the fiscal and human resources requisite to be a truly distinctive institution—a hallmark
of excellence in its students, faculty, staff, administrators, academic and other programs, facilities, operations, and environment.