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Awards and Recognitions

  • JCSU earned three HBCUgrow LEAD Awards at annual conference: Marketing, Innovation and Military-Friendly
  • JCSU placed second in Black Enterprise’s 2019 Smart Hackathon sponsored by American Airlines. The hackathon resulted in employment for more than a dozen HBCU students, including two from JCSU.
  • JCSU is ranked the #1 private HBCU in North Carolina by U.S. News & World Report (2020).
  • JCSU’s Sport Management Program ranked #17 on the 2020 Best Colleges for Sports Management in America list, according to Niche. In addition, JCSU is listed as the second best Sport Management Program in North Carolina. The University is the only HBCU in the top 20 of 299 schools.
  • SR Education Group named JCSU a Top 10 online program in its 10th Annual Best Online Colleges in the Nation.
  • The University offers five competitive online programs for students, including, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration– Management, Bachelor of Science in Sport Management, Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies.
  • Zippia named JCSU best small college in North Carolina for placing graduates in jobs.

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Student Achievements

  • Two JCSU students selected for Elite NFL Experienceship Program. Marqeisha Nelson ’21 and Jada Strickland ’21 were among 32 students out of more than 180 applicants.
  • Students in the JCSU McNair Scholars program presented research from California to Florida. Topics ranged from politics to the correlation of historical landmarks and Black heritage.
  • Two JCSU students selected to attend 2019 Forbes Under 30 Summit. Anthony Edwards ’21 and Ramoya Grandison ’20 where among the best young leaders, founders and creators to connect, learn, teach and build.

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Academics

  • Pensole Design Academy recruited students from JCSU for its inaugural L.E.A.D. (Leaders Emerge After Direction) initiative, aimed at diversifying sneaker and footwear designers.
  • JCSU was selected for IBM’s First Quantum Education and Research Initiative for HBCUs. As part of the multi-year Skills Academy Academic Initiative in Global University Programs, IBM pledged more than $100M in assets, including guests lectures, curriculum content, digital badges, software and faculty training to select HBCUs.
  • JCSU becomes community Center for Coding and Creativity, in collaboration with Apple and Tennessee State University. Partnership provides JCSU the resources to bring workforce development opportunities to students and the broader Charlotte community.
  • 10 students graduated from first cohort of JCSU’s Red Ventures Road to Hire partnership. Upon completion, they received employment with the company headquartered in Charlotte.
  • JCSU graduated the first cohort of students in our Lactation Consultant Training Program, the first Pathway 2 program at an HBCU in the country.

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Athletics

  • CIAA Sports Information Directors Association made history when it elected all women officers, including JCSU Sports Information Director Oralia Washington, who was elected vice president.
  • Cayse Minor ’20 was named to the BOXTOROW Division II All- American first team for his performance during the 2019-20 basketball season.
  • Danielle Williams ’14 was inducted to the NCAA Division II Track & Field Hall of Fame in 2020. Williams won the gold medal in the 100 meter hurdles at the 2015 World Championships.
  • The JCSU women’s tennis team was named an ITA All-Academic Team for the fourth time. Six Golden Bulls players earned ITA scholar-athlete honors for the 2019-20 season.
  • Running back Emanuel Wilson ’22 was named to the second team offense of the Don Hansen NCAA Division II All Super Region Two Squad. Wilson, who received All-CIAA second team honors, was also named to the All-CIAA Rookie Team and as Offensive Rookie of the Year.

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Advancement

  • David and Nicole Tepper contributed $250,000 to aid deserving JCSU students in overcoming financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Truist Financial awarded JCSU $100,000 to purchase laptops and other technology that assisted more than 130 students learning remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded two grants totaling $610,000 to support JCSU’s Cultural Studies program in the College of Arts and Letters and relief efforts to JCSU students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Alumni donated a record $1.1 million in the FY 2019- 2020.
  • 1969 CIAA Football Championship team raised $110,000 for the Athletics department.
  • During the fiscal year 2019-2020, JCSU made great advancements in fundraising. Pledges and donations from alumni, corporations, foundations, organizations, faculty, staff and friends totaled $12.7 million. The year’s total represented a 32 percent increase from the previous year, serving as a beacon encouraging members of the philanthropic community to continue their support of the highly talented and deserving students at JCSU.
  • More than 60 students were selected to attend the first “Making Strides in Diversity and Sports” partnership program at Bank of America Stadium with the Carolina Panthers in September 2019. Students learned of the vast career opportunities from a panel of executives with the NFL and NBA.
  • JCSU partnered with Atrium Health and the Carolina Panthers for the Million Mask Initiative. More than 35,000 masks were distributed to the community surrounding JCSU.
  • JCSU united with UNC Charlotte, Queens University, Johnson & Wales and CPCC to support racial healing and transformation. The colleges are collaborating to listen to Charlotte’s many racial truths, encourage a community that understands its history of race and racism, and develop student, university, and community leaders who work across our region towards truth, racial healing, and equity. The effort is supported by the Consortium’s selection as a Truth,Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center by the American Association of Colleges & Universities.
  • JCSU supported the 2020 election through our Bull Rush the Polls initiative, a social media campaign that encouraged both our student community and the West End community to make their voices heard at the ballot box during the critical 2020 election.
  • JCSU worked with the city, state and federal governments – including MeckCounts – to make sure that all of our students were counted as part of the 2020 U.S. Census.
  • JCSU served as the backdrop for Spectrum News’ statewide live Election Day Coverage, which also featured an exclusive interview with President Armbrister. JCSU students were interviewed about our Bull Rush the Polls initiative.
  • Single Stop, administered by the JCSU School of Social Work, served JCSU students and local families despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The program’s food pantry provided pre-packaged bags with food, toiletry items and gift cards to those in need during the pandemic.

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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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