#18 Best Private Colleges in North Carolina

Johnson C Smith University

Charlotte, North Carolina

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Johnson C Smith University overview
Location Charlotte, North Carolina
Online jcsu.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
Johnson C Smith University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad
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Johnson C. Smith University, a private historically black university located in Charlotte, North Carolina, offers a blend of liberal arts education and professional studies within an urban setting. Founded in 1867, it sits on a picturesque campus characterized by both modern and Victorian architectural elements. The university is known for a range of undergraduate degree programs, with Business Administration, Social Work, and Sport Management among the popular majors offered. While the university maintains an inclusive admissions policy, it is selective in its enrollment process. On-campus living is facilitated through a variety of housing options, aiming to accommodate a majority of the student body. Johnson C. Smith University, also home to the Golden Bulls, interweaves athletic competition with its academic pursuits, though its focus primarily remains on its educational offerings.

In the most recent statistical year 2,306 prospective students applied, and 583 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 266 enrolled in the school.  1,029 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 64 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $17,474 plus fees of $2,030. JCSU is ranked 953 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

Johnson C Smith University is a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) primarily serving the African-American community.
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JCSU is rated within the lower 29% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 3 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Extremely Easy
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SAT 800/980
ACT 13/18
GPA 2.48

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition High
Application Fee $25

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Johnson C Smith University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$2,030
Room and Board $7,100
Budget for Other Expenses$6,450
Total One Year Cost$34,254

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$30,300 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

37% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Johnson C Smith University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 15%
Social Sciences 15%
Communication 12%
Computer and Information Sciences 12%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 9%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=198756 IPEDS survey data for Johnson C Smith University.

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