About JCSU

Johnson C. Smith University is an independent new urban university that continues to gain a national reputation for integrating the liberal arts with business, the sciences and technology to provide a transformational education with a global perspective. Our highly motivated students come from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds. The enriching environment enables students to explore and grow intellectually, socially, culturally, and spiritually – while developing a sense of social responsibility.

The University has established strong community relationships and strategic partnerships with businesses, corporations and professional groups. As an active community partner, JCSU serves as a catalyst for building and sustaining assets in neighborhoods surrounding the campus and across the city. With a commitment to diversity and developing critical thinkers who are able to solve tough problems in innovative, socially conscious ways, the University is empowering tomorrow’s diverse entrepreneurial citizens.

JCSU continues to evolve into a 21st century university that will build upon its long legacy of producing compassionate, forward-thinking leaders who live and learn at their growing edge. 


  • The University is nearing completion on a 62,000 sq-ft Science Center to enhance and expand these market-driven areas of study:
    • - Renewable Energy
    • - Medical Informatics
    • - Electronics and Cyber Security - Robotics
    • - Analytics
    • - Bioinformatics
  • For the second year, the University joined some of the nation’s top institutions as a member of the Clinton Global Initiative University. (2014)

  • Metropolitan College offers adult degree programs on evenings and weekends in criminology, social work and business administration. The first class graduated in 2013.

  • HBCU Digest awarded JCSU “Best STEM Program” among HBCUs. (2014)

  • The Master of Social Work, the first graduate program at JCSU, welcomed its first class in fall 2014. The two-year program is offered on campus during evenings and weekends. 



Innovative Programs

  •  JCSU is among HBCUs in the nation noted by The Huffington Post for leading a comprehensive approach to campus-wide sustainability. (2014)

  • Foster Village Network Center supports the unique needs and challenges of emancipated foster care youths who desire higher education. The University held its first College Bound camp for youths in foster care, made possible with a grant from the nsoro Educational Foundation.

  • Charlotte’s Web helps underserved African- American and Hispanic/Latino male youths in grades 6 through 12 build self-confidence and skills through technology mentoring.

  • Innovo Laboratory connects students to entepreneurs and mentors while promoting soft-skills, which represent 85% of business success according to the Carnegie Foundation. Innovo, which ushered in its third class, also connects JCSU to Charlotte’s uptown business core. 



Diversity and Inclusion

  • JCSU is the first HBCU to form a chapter of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. (2014)

  • The international student body at JCSU represents eight countries/island nations, including 16 students from South Africa and 18 students from the Caribbean. (2014)

  • Dr. Ronald L. Carter, president of Johnson C. Smith University, received the Latin American Excelente Award from La Noticia, Inc., Publishing Company for his continuous efforts in support of Charlotte’s Latino community. (2013)

  • The Empowering Equality on HBCU campuses pilot project awarded $4,000 to JCSU and three other institutions in the nation to support diversity and inclusion through screenings of the film “The New Black.” 




  • The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association named Danielle Williams ‘14 as National Track Athlete of the Year. She was also named CIAA Female Scholar Athlete of the Year. (2014)
  • Four student-athletes were named to the CIAA All-Academic First Team: Danielle Williams, Samantha Elliott, Randale Watson (track and field) and Morgan Hasty (softball). (2014)
  • The Department of Athletics earned the CIAA Team Highest Grade Point Average Award in women’s cross country, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, as well as men’s and women’s outdoor track and field. (2014)
  • Director of Athletics and head men’s basketball coach Stephen Joyner Sr. was inducted to the elite John B. McLendon Jr. CIAA Hall of Fame. (2014) 



Community Engagement

  • HealthPlex programs, open to the community, are designed to help increase health and wellness along Charlotte’s Northwest Corridor.

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. presented its Presidential Award for Civil Rights and Social Justice to President Ronald L. Carter in recognition of the University’s Foster Village Network Center during the sorority’s national convention. (2014)

  • Mosaic Village, a $25 million mixed-use development on West Trade Street, provides apartment-style living for 300 students and other tenants, as well as retail space.

  • JCSU published “Let There Be Light: Exploring How Charlotte’s Historic West End is Shaping a New South,” an anthology that traverses the community’s historical triumphs while pointing the way to its future. (2014) 




  • The Mellon Foundation awarded a $975,000 grant to create the Summer Institute for faculty as well as expand the curriculum and faculty in the Department of Visual, Performing and Communication Arts. (2014)

  • The John M. Belk Endowment awarded $825,000 to the President’s Gap Scholarship Fund. (2014)

  • The Duke Energy Foundation announced a $1 million donation to directly address gaps in financial aid for deserving JCSU students majoring in STEM and business disciplines. (2014)

  • Bank of America awarded $500,000 to
    support the University’s College to Career Student Employment Program and the renovation of the George E. Davis House, which serves as the Foster Village Network Center hub. (2014)

  • Alumni giving participation rate increased to 18%, exceeding the national average of 7.4%. Participation includes a $110,000 gift from DeLois Washington 72/ 73 honoring her late husband and alumnus Reginald Washington 69. (2014) 



Quick Facts

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

  • Academics:
    Full-time faculty: 103 Student/Faculty ratio: 11:1 Faculty holding doctorates or continued terminal degrees: 82% 23 undergraduate majors

  • Campus Life:
    Total enrollment: 1,400 (fall 2014) 45% of students live on campus 15 NCAA Division II sports teams 7 fraternities and sororities
    60 student organizations

  • Students:
    61% female,39% male
    57% North Carolina residents
    40% other states
    4% International
    74% Black or African-American
    98% of students receive some form of
    financial aid

    All students receive a free passport.