Rooted in tradition, prepared for the future.

Rooted in more than 150 years of tradition and academic achievements, JCSU is prepared to meet the new challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. While we are and always will be an HBCU, we are evolving into what we like to call a diverse HBCU.

Grounded in our legacy, JCSU chooses to be inclusive rather than exclusive. A diverse HBCU means that our students and faculty come from a variety of origins, fields of study and personal beliefs.

As the world becomes more connected, our country, our state and even the city of Charlotte has become a melting pot of different cultures. At JCSU, you'll study with like-minded students who are ambitious and driven to be successful - just like you. You'll be able to expand your horizons and learn from your classmates who come from different backgrounds.

Study with people from across the country and around the world.

Our students represent a diverse mix of places, cultures, backgrounds and beliefs. We have students coming from up and down the East Coast and all over the country, including:

  • North and South Carolina
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Maryland
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • New Jersey

International students represent nearly 10% of our current student body. We expect and hope that number continues to grow.

Lyceum Series

Widen your perspective on culture, politics and history with our Lyceum Series. An important part of the JCSU student experience, Lyceums range from presentations delivered by people who have shaped our world, to music, dance and theatre performances featuring guest artists from around the globe.

Professors with a global perspective.

Our expert faculty and professional staff come from diverse countries and cultures from all over the world. Faculty come to the classroom with not only extensive knowledge in their field, but also rich international experiences to share. You’ll be exposed to new cultures and ways of thinking, as well as experiences that will position you for success in your life and career.

At JCSU, we employ faculty from:

  • India
  • Egypt
  • Europe
  • South America


Go Global!

JCSU actively encourages our students to learn about, and explore firsthand, other cultures and countries.  As part of JCSU’s Go Global! initiative, every student gets a passport with admission to the university.

Imagine earning credit hours on location in places like Italy, Egypt, Israel, the West Caribbean or South Africa. Each summer, we offer two-week study abroad programs where you get to do just that.