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 more than 1,400 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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Johnson C. Smith University Facts

  • 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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News and Events

JCSU hosting national ANTSHE conference: Forums focus on increasing success for nontraditional students in higher education
Johnson C. Smith University will host the 2018 Association for Nontraditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE) conference, the premiere conference focusing on adult learners in higher education, March 15-17, 2018. Higher education professionals and nontraditional students from across the nation will converge in Charlotte for three days of sessions with the goal of improving engagement and collaboration between nontraditional students, administration, and faculty. This year’s theme is “The Fight for Academic Equity: Creating Social Cohesiveness Between the Adult Learner and College.” For a full schedule or to register, go to

Johnson C. Smith University Staff