Jacksonville, AL
Tuition (in-state)
$12,720 ($6,360)
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Reviews 519 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I don't think this needs a rating; not exactly a critical consideration 'round here.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Good food. Bad value for money. Good options, nice locations.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: To sum up:

Student populace is generally friendly and accepting. They can and usually WILL hold the door open for you. Return the favor.

The parking is patently RIDICULOUS.

UPD's a bit overbearing, but they're respectable guys from experience.

Campus is pretty, especially in spring, summer and covered in snow.

Nightlife = nonexistent.

Transportation isn't bad, though it does have its flaws.

Academics are alright.

Faculty is generally knowledgable and nice.

College Sophomore

Academics: I don't think I've been here long enough to properly rate the academics.

College Sophomore

Athletics: I really can't rate the athletics as I can't care less about them. I will say that football is king round 'ere, though.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There's really not much diversity to speak of, but it's nothing if not accepting. We don't care if you're gay. We don't care if you're an ethnic minority from some country we can't even pronounce. We'll take ya as you are; a relative rarity in the South. However, just to be safe, I would advise standard precautions for any minority in the South when in town.

College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I don't even know. I don't ask, and I don't care.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather can get moody at times, but when you dress properly it's enjoyable. Watch out in the summers, though- it's Alabama. It can get pretty damned hot sometimes.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The Gamecock Express, the oncampus busline, is generally nice to use. The drivers, save about two or three, are generally pretty nice and will chat with you should conversation arise. The main thing wrong with the GX is that certain routes (namely the red, white and blue routes) have sections which are poorly planned out. Don't blame the drivers, though- it's not their fault. The buses themselves are a little bumpy and A/C doesn't work in some of the older ones, but when everything's working the A/C is lovely, and usually the drivers have the radio on. Expect to hear classic rock, R and B, soul, or country, depending on the driver.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: If you're an art student, you'll be pleased to know that the arts classes have huge labs full of Power Macs. Labs in general are plentiful- there's usually at least one in every building, and I mean EVERY building barring Bibb Graves. Watch out for the computers in the library though- they're old.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I live in Daugette Hall, which for a while had a rap as the worst dorm on campus. Recently though it has become single-occupancy and it is a nice place to live in if you don't mind a boring environment. The RAs (resident assistants; the guys who assist and inspect) are generally nice and helpful. For a single-occ dorm, Daugette's rooms are bleedin' HUGE; floor space is massive (10' x 12' IIRC) and there are two, count 'em, TWO closets in each room. Buildings are a bit old in places though. Oh, and ladies? Try to stay away from Curtiss Hall; heard that dorm sucks.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: J'ville isn't that bustling. Sure, it's on a major highway (AL 204), but there is not much to do around here, especially at nights. The views are pretty at times though, especially from the top floor of the TWELVE-STORY campus library.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Scholarships, if you qualify, are easy to obtain. Loans and grants are easy to get as well. However, you had better be careful to get advised properly. I had to go through the appeals process to get my scholarship restored after an administrative error (no fault of my own) resulted in its loss.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Generally, if you don't raise hell then the UPD will leave you alone. However, the parking around here is downright awful. The UPD are absolutely nuts about issuing fine after fine after fine. The parking zones are very poorly laid out- it appears to have been an attempt to force students to use the buses, which isn't a bad thing IMO, but the parking zones are ludicrous for anyone except commuters, visitors and faculty, and even then they're unable to park anywhere on the main circle. Students and faculty are also hurt but not being able to park anywhere close to the stadium and/or other sports arenas on campus.

1 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The place dies and dies HARD at night. There is _NO_ nightlife to speak of around here, and the bus line, the "Gamecock Express", does not run after 9pm. Luckily for me, nightlife is not an issue, as I'm not exactly the kind of guy who has a life. (!)

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm a history major, and the academics are alright, though some of the requirements for the major are rather draconian and unnecessary, such as requiring twelve whole hours of foreign language courses, which at this institution are notoriously hard. I'd knock it down to just six, personally. It's not like an undergrad history major will need anything beyond basic Spanish/French unless they plan to travel and/or work abroad.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I generally feel pretty safe on campus. There are quite a few nicely located emergency phone towers, and paths are usually well lit; unfortunately not all of the pathways are decently lit.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I live on campus and do not own a car, so I really can't review the offcampus housing. From what I've heard, seen and read though, some apartments are really nice and others are really, really ratty looking- the Penn House apartments being the worst offenders.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: It's a lot of chain restaurants, but if you want something to eat it's there. As far as special or local unique options, there's even less of that originality to chose from.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There's just not a lot of choices. The best thing is to know someone already living in some and take their place when they leave.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Not sure which is better, it's great or it's bad. There's not a lot of drug use on campus at all though. The most used is at night at parties or other things like that, never someone just chilling on the quad or anything.

5 College Junior

Athletics: As far as passion for the school, athletics brings more of that than any club or organization. Football, as at most southern schools, is king and that's no different at JSU. Our team is one of the best in over level of competition across the country. The other sports don't lag behind, Softball and baseball are amazing and while the basketball teams aren't the best right now they are certainly improving from where they were a few years ago. JSU is the only school in the country that owns national championships in men's basketball, baseball and football at any level of competition.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There's not a huge amount of diversity on campus. The most common is white and black students which gereally doesn't bring many issues. Asians or other ethnicities aren't very common, but to the few there's not any particular anger towards them, they're pretty well accepted.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life isn't a huge presence around school. The guys are probably not affected at all, being a Greek or not usually won't even change who your friend are. For some girls it gets out of hand and if their not in the best of Greek life everyone else is a loser. These girls usually don't last long in the college life anyways though. Honestly the most Greek life does is put on campus events that help bring students together, but isn't a huge deal.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The cost of living in Jacksonville isn't very much, but that's because there's not a lot outside of the university going on. The scenery is great being in the foothills of the Appalachians. There are other nearby school, but JSU has a 'little brother' type vibe compared to Alabama and Auburn and most students take pride in not associating with those schools much to honor JSU better.


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Crystal Hudgins
Ranburne, Alabama
Social Work
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The first time you wander around campus at Jacksonville State University and feel the sun shining through the trees, you will begin to understand what it means to be a JSU Gamecock. It is a mix of old Southern charm and a wide new world of possibilities. It is a new world of wearing the game day crimson and cheering with your fellow students in the student section at football games and feeling the stadium vibrate with the sound of The Marching Southeners. It is walking through the Quad and staring up at the stone buildings and realizing that this place is more than bricks and stone. It is making friends that last and maybe even finding love.

It is about realizing who you are, who you want to be, and how to get there. It is a journey, not a destination. It is sitting down on the grass with a textbook for the first time in your life and studying, not to please someone else, but because you have realized that you want greatness, you want to be the best you can be for you. Your professors are interested in you. They won't pass you unless you deserve it, but they are there to help you succeed. For the faculty and staff, from the president to cashiers and custodians, friendliness is a mainstay. They always have a smile for students. You will be accepted for you. This place has deep roots and a wide open sky, tradition and possibilities. You write your story, and JSU is a great place to start.

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