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Undergrads
6,044
Tuition (in-state)
$13,884 ($7,092)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The Teacher Education Program at JSU is wonderful. The staff is professional, and they expect the best from their students. It can be unorganized at times, but most schools will be from time to time. I have enjoyed my time in Ramona Wood Building.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: So far, the intro classes are a joke. I'm taking a lot more courses in the fall that deal particularly with my major, and I'm excited to see how it goes.

College Sophomore

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

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.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Its very easy, but the problem is some teachers just don't care.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 29th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 36th
    Most Available Classes
  • 109th
    Best Registration Process
  • 116th
    Best Course Variety
  • 116th
    Most Flexible Curriculums

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Crystal Hudgins
Hometown
Ranburne, Alabama
Major
Social Work
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Some people say that JSU stands for "Just Show Up," but this is only partly true. It is extrmely important to show up for all of your classes, but there is more required of you if you plan to be sucessful.

Reading is something you will be doing a lot of, as well as homework assignments. Although, unlike high school, most of the time professors won't even look at your homework. Do it anyway, though, because it will help you do well on your tests. Professors at JSU are friendly, and they will work with you if you are struggling in a class. Also, tutouring is available if you need it. Just talk to your academic adviser.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
18:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
321
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
163
Total FT Faculty
321
Faculty with Terminal Degree
67%
Average Faculty Salary
$61,474
Full-Time Retention Rate
67%
Part-Time Retention Rate
47%
Transfer-Out Rate
31%
Graduation Rate
29%
Programs/Majors Offered
44
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 39%
  • 20-49 students: 54%
  • 50 or more students: 7%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Commerce & Business Administration
  • College of Education & Professional Studies
  • College of Nursing
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • Elementary Education: 4%
  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other: 2%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 10%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
  • Study abroad
  • Weekend college
Online Courses
JSU has a great distance learning program!
Best Places to Study
  • Computer labs
  • Dorm rooms
  • The library
  • The Quad
  • The TMB
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't overload on classes.
  • Enjoy college, but stay focused.
  • Go to class, even when attendance isn't mandatory.
  • Meet with your adviser and listen to him or her.
  • Study before partying.
  • Visit the library often.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 30 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 33 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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