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Academics

  • Ranked 18th among 100+ HBCUs by U.S. News & World Report in 2017.
  • JCSU has provided study abroad opportunities in countries such as Egypt, Russia, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Turkey and Cuba. In 2017, a group of students spent study abroad time in Cape Verde.
  • JCSU Concert Choir performed in “I DREAM” and for the Andrea Bocelli World Tour Concert with Opera Carolina in 2018, and in “Porgy and Bess” at the international Spoleto Festival in 2016.
  • The White House Initiative on HBCUs has chosen a JCSU student as an HBCU All-Star for four consecutive years.
  • The Metropolitan College adult degree program was accredited for online bachelor’s degrees in sport management and business administration (2016).
  • In 2018, the online sport management degree was ranked one of the top affordable online sport management degrees by Best Value Schools.

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Innovative Programs

  • Founded Center for American Culture and Race at Guangdong Baiyun University in Guangzhou, China (2016).
  • STEM Innovation Initiative brings underserved middle- and high-school students to JCSU for high-level coding and programming institutes.
  • Flipped classroom for applied computer science where teens develop projects with Google engineers and JCSU faculty.
  • Annual Phasing Up conference shares best practices from JCSU’s foster care youth initiative with education professionals and social workers.
  • Sustainability Village promotes environmental initiatives on campus and utilizes our raised bed gardens, greenhouses and aquaponics system for community education.
  • The Metropolitan College adult degree program established a Veterans Hub to increase their access to academic, financial and health resources.

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Diversity and Inclusion

  • U.S. News & World Report ranked JCSU fifth among the Top 10 Most Diverse HBCUs in America (2015).
  • JCSU is the first HBCU to form a chapter of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc., (2014) and Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. (2015).

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Athletics

  • Director of Athletics and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Stephen Joyner Sr. has the most wins of any active coach in the CIAA and is in the John B. McLendon CIAA Hall of Fame.
  • 2017 marked the 125th anniversary of the first collegiate football game between HBCUs, when JCSU defeated Livingstone College on Dec. 27, 1892.
  • The Golden Bulls women’s basketball team, which won its first CIAA Championship in 2009, earned the title again in 2017. 
  • The JCSU women’s track and field team won its first CIAA Indoor Championship during the 2016-17 season. 
  • Robert Davis was named CIAA Player of the Year for the 2017-18 season, helping JCSU to the CIAA Southern Division Title and an appearance in the CIAA Championship game.
  • JCSU hosted the NCAA Division II National Track & Field Championships in 2018, during which freshman Timor Barrett finished third place in the 400m hurdles.
  • The JCSU women’s athletics program won the CIAA’s Loretta Taylor All-Sport Award for the 2016-17 season. JCSU won 2 team championships, 2 All-Rookie awards, 4 All-Tournament awards and 3 MVP awards. 
  • JCSU had a league-best five teams win 2017 CIAA Academic Awards: men’s and women’s cross country teams, women’s indoor track and field, men’s outdoor track and field, and the football team.

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Community Engagement

  • Rosa Parks Farmers Market, the result of a public-private partnership with JCSU, makes fresh, healthy produce available to the underserved Northwest Corridor.
  • JCSU led State of the Plate, a food system survey that measured food insecurity and created healthier communities in Mecklenburg County.
  • In 2018, James B. Duke Memorial Library debuted the Makerspace and Library Entrepreneurial Research Hub for the JCSU community and area residents.

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Advancement

  • In 2017, JCSU closed the “Tomorrow is What WE Make It” comprehensive campaign with nearly $160 million, which surpassed the $150 million goal and made it one of the largest campaigns of any HBCU in history.
  • JCSU is one of the partnership institutions that received a 4-year commitment from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to improve undergraduate completion rates for low-income students of color (2016).
  • In 2018, Blue Cross Blue Shield of N.C. provided $325,000 for an expansion of JCSU’s Sustainability Village that will address Northwest Corridor food insecurity by providing for 3 new greenhouses to grow and distribute more fresh produce via the Rosa Parks Farmers Market.
  • Jack and Jill of America, Inc.’s Charlotte chapter generously supports JCSU’s Phasing Up to New Possibilities program, which serves college students who have aged out of foster care by providing wraparound services to help them obtain college degrees.
  • Ralph H. Groce III, CIO and SVP of Everest Re Group, contributed $100,000 in 2017 to STEM initiatives supporting programming, resources and experiential opportunities for JCSU students.

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