Points of Pride


  • An Undergraduate Research Center in Electronics and Cyber Security, made possible by a $400,000 Congressionally-directed grant, enables students to minor in this cutting-edge field. Students learn in state-of-the-art laboratories with the latest software and apply that learning in summer research programs. (2010)

  • Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine ranked the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) 18th in the U.S. in graduating African Americans in computer and information sciences. (2011)

  • JCSU is the 4th most wired campus in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report magazine. Every student receives a laptop computer and Wi-Fi is campuswide. (2011)

  • The Arts Factory on West Trade Street, which opened in 2010 complete with the Black Box Theatre, a dance studio and facilities for graphic arts and filmmaking, serves as the home of a new major in visual and performing arts.

  • Metropolitan College offers evening programs for adults in Criminology, Social Work and Business Administration.

Innovative Programs

  • Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine featured President Ronald L. Carter in a cover story titled “Leading from the Heart,” which highlights the University’s Foster Care Initiative to help former foster children feel at home at JCSU. (January 2012)

  • The Foster Village Network Center supports the unique needs and challenges of emancipated foster care youths who desire higher education. (2011)

  • Johnson C. Smith University worked with local and national leaders to launch Innovo Laboratory at Packard Place in Uptown Charlotte. The business incubator educates, develops and inspires a new generation of social entrepreneurs connecting students and aspiring entrepreneurs with those who drive the free enterprise system. (2012)

  • Sustainability Village, which began construction in 2012, is designed to provide students a unique new living and learning alternative, built on sustainable development, community food systems and alternative lifestyles that promote conservation.

Campus Improvements

  • Mosaic Village, a $16 million mixed-use development on West Trade Street, provides the latest in apartment-style housing for 300 students. The West End revitalization project is made possible by a public-private partnership. The facility also includes retail space and a rooftop garden. (2012)

  • Johnson C. Smith University is proud to be one of four institutions in The Duke Endowment Sustainability Initiative which was established to create sustainable and energy efficient college campuses.

  • The University was awarded an Energy and Sustainability grant to increase the energy efficiency of Grimes Lounge and Smith Hall. (2011)

  • HealthPlex, a new 5,600 square foot, $1.3 million facility houses programs to assist faculty and staff in conducting research in health, sports and human performance. Programs, which are open to the community, benefit the University and will help increase wellness along Charlotte’s Northwest Corridor. (2012)


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  • All American track and field athletes Leford Green and Shermaine Williams (Class of 2011) qualified to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics. Williams, who runs the 100m hurdles, is the first female Olympian from JCSU.

  • The Golden Bulls football team celebrated its first Pioneer Bowl Championship. (2011)

  • Women’s track and field won the 2011 CIAA Outdoor Championship, the first team championship for track and field in JCSU history.

  • Akino Ming is the 2012 NCAA Division II Outdoor Men’s Track & Field National Champion for the 400m and is ranked No. 1 in the nation with a time of 45.81 in the event.


  • One of the largest gifts received by a Historically Black College or University was awarded to JCSU. The $35 million gift from The Duke Endowment supports the construction of a state-of-the-art science center, the renovation of Duke Hall and funding for student scholarships. (2011)

  • The Cato Par Excellence Teaching Award, started in 2011, recognizes Johnson C. Smith University’s outstanding faculty by awarding a $350,000 grant to support professional development.

  • The Wells Fargo Foundation supported the University’s deep commitment to revitalize the Northwest Corridor with contributions of $500,000 in 2010 and $250,000 in 2011.

Community Engagement

  • Students volunteer more than 20,000 hours of community service annually. Their service has been recognized nationally by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the past three years.

  • The Congressional Black Caucus Institute and Johnson C. Smith presented a national event titled UFuture: A Summit for Innovative Young Thinkers during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. (2012)

  • A $172,000 grant from Project L.I.F.T. provided start-up funding for Charlotte’s Web, an innovative mentoring program that employs technology training to build a web of success for underserved African American and Hispanic/ Latino male youths. (2012)

  • Students engage in the political process while practicing journalism through The REEL Urban Network’s RUN DNC 2012 project. The unique online platform enables students to capture personal stories and tell them on a dynamic, interactive website. The project is designed to help people better understand the democratic process and embrace civic engagement.