North Carolina

Johnson C. Smith University

Charlotte, NC
School Type:
4-year, Private
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Admission Requirements
Required GPA
Required SAT
Required ACT
Quick facts
  • Founded: 1867
  • Enrollment: 1,093
  • Mascot: The Golden Bull
  • Colors: Gold and Navy Blue
  • Motto: Go Here. Glow Anywhere.
  • Campus Setting: City
  • Campus Housing: Yes
Short description

Johnson C. Smith University, located in the dynamic city of Charlotte, North Carolina, is a prominent member of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) community. Founded in 1867, this private institution has a storied history that reflects over 150 years of commitment to higher education and community empowerment. Initially established just two years after the end of the Civil War, Johnson C. Smith University was an early beacon of hope and opportunity for African Americans in the post-slavery era, providing crucial access to education during a time of significant social change.

Today, Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) enrolls approximately 1,093 students and offers a range of bachelor’s and master's degrees. The university is renowned for its strong programs in Business Administration, Computer Science, Social Work, Criminal Justice, and Communications. These programs are designed to prepare students for success in a rapidly evolving global landscape, emphasizing both academic rigor and practical skills.

The university's campus in Charlotte provides a vibrant urban setting that enhances the educational experience. With campus housing available, students enjoy a supportive and engaging community environment. JCSU's athletic teams, known as the Golden Bulls, compete in NCAA Division II as part of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), adding to the rich campus life. The motto "Go Here. Glow Anywhere." encapsulates the university's mission to nurture and develop talent, preparing graduates to shine in their respective fields and make meaningful contributions to society.

Admissions & Financial Aid
  • Admissions: (704) 378-1010
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  • Financial Aid: (704) 378-1035
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Popular Majors
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Science
  • Social Work
  • Criminal Justice
  • Communications.

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NCAA Division II - Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association(CIAA)

Team Name: Golden Bulls

Men's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor)

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Cross Country
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor)

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