Quick Facts


100-acre campus in Charlotte, N.C. near the uptown urban core.

Founded and chartered as Biddle Memorial Institute in 1867. Renamed
Johnson C. Smith University in 1923. Women first admitted in 1932. Joined the
United Negro College Fund in 1944. Completed the historic “Vision Shared” $63.8 million capital campaign in 1998. Completed the “Pathways to Success” $81.5 million capital campaign in 2007. Dr. Ronald L. Carter became the 13th president of
Johnson C. Smith University on July 1, 2008. The Smith Institute for Applied Leadership and Community Development was established in 2008 to unite community leadership with the research and academic capacities of the University. In 2011, the University
received a $35 million gift from The Duke Endowment, one of the largest gifts ever awarded to an HBCU. A beneficiary of The Duke Endowment since 1924, JCSU has received nearly $50 million from The Duke Endowment during President Ronald L. Carter’s tenure. 

Full-time: 103
Student/Faculty Ratio
Faculty Holding Doctorates and Terminal Degrees
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
  • Council on Social Work Accreditation (CSWE)
$60.5 million as of August 2012.
Total Enrollment
1,400 (fall 2012)
Academic Programs
24 undergraduate majors. Metropolitan College offers undergraduate degree programs and professional certificate programs for adult learners.
Student Profile

61% female
39% male
57% North Carolina residents
? South Carolina residents
42.6% other states
3% other states and territories
74.9% Black or African-American

Special Recognition
  • 2011 Diverse Issues in Higher Education ranked the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics 18th among all universities and colleges in the U.S. in graduating African Americans in computer and information sciences and 21st in mathematics and statistics.
  • 2011 Golden Bulls football team wins Pioneer Bowl for first time in JCSU history.
  • 2010, 2011 and 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. 
Last updated: 1/04/2013