About Charlotte, N.C.

Charlotte can provide everything you’re looking for

Charlotte is North Carolina’s most populous city and the U.S.’s second-largest financial hub. This bustling metropolis is filled with a variety of entertainment, cultural enrichment opportunities, concerts and professional sporting events, making it the perfect setting for the traditional college experience.

Learn more about the City of Charlotte by visiting charlottenc.gov.

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A world-class city at our fingertips

Johnson C. Smith University is located in the heart of one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, and the largest city in North Carolina. Charlotte is filled with social, cultural and recreational opportunities. But once you’ve spent enough time in the big city, you can come back to our 100-acre campus where you’re known by name.

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Career and Internship Opportunities

Charlotte is the nation’s second largest financial hub, and is home to eight Fortune 500 companies. The city is also home to NBA, NFL, Major League Soccer and Minor League Baseball teams, not to mention hockey, golf and lacrosse teams as well as NASCAR. Johnson C. Smith University partners with several local organizations and companies to provide opportunities for internships and careers that can put you on a pathway to success.

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Easy Access to Public Transportation

In a city like Charlotte, getting around might be difficult for new residents. But JCSU students, faculty and staff have a number of public transportation options. Charlotte’s public transportation system, CATS, offers bus, streetcar and light rail services throughout the city. The Gold Line, a new streetcar in Charlotte, stretches from Charlotte’s East side right to Johnson C. Smith University.

Need to go farther? Charlotte Douglas International Airport and an Amtrak station are also nearby.

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Big-City Happenings

Students never have to worry about getting bored in a city like Charlotte. The city is known for its festivals celebrating music, food and the arts, not to mention the world-class theatres in the area which feature local and Broadway acts! Major concerts come to the city at Spectrum Center and Bank of America Stadium.

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Groceries Within Miles

Worried about stocking up your mini fridge? Don’t be! Johnson C. Smith University is located within mere miles of grocery options, including Family Dollar, Walmart, Food Lion and Target. JCSU also has its own food bank for students and local families.

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Charlotte is Always Growing

Charlotte is on the move, listed in the top 10 of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. Johnson C. Smith University gives students a great opportunity to get involved in the big city and make their mark.

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JCSU Safety

Living in the city may have its risks, but Johnson C. Smith University takes special precautions to protect its students. The campus is surrounded by fencing, and University provided ID cards are required for entrance into campus buildings. Read more about how we keep campus secure here.