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Academics

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Teachers in the science department can be very hit or miss. Generally the biology department is very nice, though.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: I'm a Family and Consumer Science major so my classes are good.

3 College Freshman

Academics: The best place to study is the library in my opinion. My professors are great and do not mind helping the students. My registration process was okay.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are really great, with a well-rounded curriculum. The registration process is a little annoying, but it isn't a deal breaker.

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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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 31 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 34 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.

How often do you:    Based on 6 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 6 responses

  • 17% This was my dream school.
  • 0% This was one of my top choices.
  • 83% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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