Interested in joining the hundreds of students who enroll at Jacksonville University every year? Whether you're looking for a change of scenery or a place to chase your dreams, JU is ready to welcome you. Located in the largest city in sunny Florida, JU is home to career-minded students at all class levels and from around the world.
JU combines the advantages of a liberal arts college with the strengths of an urban comprehensive university. Its academic programs and resources prepare students for success in their chosen careers and for advanced study at the graduate level. Connections with area businesses and civic organizations provide meaningful internships and educational opportunities outside of the classroom.
Jacksonville University was founded in 1934 in downtown Jacksonville as a junior college offering night classes. It quickly became a four-year, co-ed institution and moved to its present location in the Arlington area of Jacksonville in the early 1950s.
Jacksonville University offers 7 bachelor's degree programs and more than 70 majors, programs and concentrations . There are graduate programs in nursing, business, education, orthodontics, marine science, fine arts, math and public policy. The Accelerated Degree Program offers classes during evenings and weekends for nontraditional students.
The College of Arts & Sciences offers traditional liberal arts and science majors, plus programs in nursing, education, and pre-professional education. The College of Fine Arts has outstanding programs in art, dance, music and theater. The Davis College of Business occupies a new, technologically advanced facility. The Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences equips students to work in a variety of health-related professions.
The University promotes Engaged Learning throughout the curriculum. Students are encouraged to take charge of their own education and seek out experiential learning opportunities in the classroom, but also through research, service and student-centered activities.
Among Jacksonville University's enrichments offerings are outstanding programs in community service learning, study abroad, Navy ROTC, undergraduate research, and leadership. Students find excellent opportunities for learning outside the classroom.
Most JU students are from Florida and the southeastern and northeastern United States. They represent 45 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and 50 foreign countries. The male-female student ratio is about 1 to 1.
The University's residential campus is home to a great variety of social, cultural, Greek, religious, performance and service organizations. The Kinne University Center and the new Davis Student Commons provide an array of facilities for students to enjoy campus life. Students live in residence halls and on-campus apartments.
Jacksonville University has 21 Division I athletic teams . Nearly 400 JU students compete in an intercollegiate varsity sport. The athletic facilities include a ballpark overlooking the river, new tennis and softball complexes, plus a football, soccer, and track & field complex.
Jacksonville University is located in a beautiful riverfront setting in suburban Jacksonville, across the St. Johns River from downtown and just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean. The 190-acre campus includes a half-mile of riverfront, oak-lined paths, and a mix of historic and new campus buildings.
Jacksonville University has a phenomenal scholarship program that generously awards students for previous academic achievements. More than 90% of freshmen receive scholarships. The "sticker price" compares favorably with other schools, and the scholarship program makes the cost of attending very affordable.
Students interested in attending Jacksonville University should contact the Office of Admissions at 904-256-7000 or 800-225-2027 to schedule a time to visit and meet a counselor. Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit campus to learn what Jacksonville University is all about.
Founded in 1965, Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ), then known as Florida Junior College (FJC), opened its doors during the height of the nation's community college movement to proudly serve the Northeast Florida region as the first public, postsecondary educational institution in Duval or Nassau County to exist on an integrated basis.
On August 22, 1966, FJC held its first day of classes at two renovated, temporary facilities: the Southside Campus at South Jacksonville Elementary School on Flagler Street and the Cumberland Campus on Cumberland Road off Roosevelt Boulevard. Two short years later, in May of 1968, the College held its first Commencement ceremony at the Civic Auditorium.
Over the next 20 years, the College would proceed to open the five campuses that are still occupied today and make up the current Florida State College at Jacksonville.
FJC reached a big milestone in 1986 as it registered its 500,000th student and changed its name from Florida Junior College to Florida Community College at Jacksonville (FCCJ) in response to community input and engagement. During the next two decades, the College continued to grow exponentially and expanding the programs and courses it offered students. In 2007, the College received accreditation to offer baccalaureate degree programs.
In 2009, Florida Community College at Jacksonville announced the name by which it is known today, Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ). From an initial enrollment of 2,610 students in Fall 1966 to the current enrollment of 50,000 students, the College has grown to offer 13 bachelor's degrees, 45 associate degrees and more than 100 technical certificates and workforce certifications.
As we build upon our past and look forward to our future, FSCJ strives to provide high value, relevant life-long education that enhances the intellectual, social, cultural and economic development of our diverse community.