Jax Facts

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Jacksonville State University is located in Jacksonville, Alabama, nearly midway between Birmingham, AL and Atlanta, GA, just north of Interstate 20.

Founded in 1883, it was originally named the State Normal School in Jacksonville.

Map depicting Alabama and Georgia, with Jacksonville State University, Birmingham, and Atlanta marked

Our President

President Don Killingsworth
Dr. Don C. Killingsworth, Jr.
JSU's 13th President

Our Mascot

Cocky at a Football game
The Jax State Gamecock

Our Colors

red and white pompoms sit at the base of a JSU megaphone
Red and White


Jacksonville State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, educational specialist, and doctorate degrees. Jacksonville State University also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Jacksonville State University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

JSU also offers programs that have received specialized accreditation from state, regional and/or national professional associations and boards.

Learn More about Accreditation


Academic Programs

line art of a diploma96  Undergraduate Programs
8  Undergraduate Microcredentials & Certificates
64  Master's Programs
5  Doctoral Programs
7  Educational Specialist Programs
11  Graduate Certificate Programs/Microcredentials
40  Online Programs

Gamecock Athletics

18 Sports

  • Football
  • Basketball (Mens/Womens)
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Cross Country (Mens/Womens)
  • Track and Field
  • Tennis (Mens/Womens)
  • Golf (Mens/Womens)
  • Bowling
  • Rifle (Mens/Womens)
  • Soccer


Team National Championships

2 Individual National Championships

1 NCAA Football Bowl Win
(1st year of Eligibility)
R&L Carrier New Orleans Bowl - Dec. 16, 2023

Conference: Conference USA (CUSA)

Gamecock Athletics Website 

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Enrollment - Fall 2023

Graphic comparing the percentage of undergraduate students (87%) to graduate students (13%) in Fall 2023Total Enrollment: 9,623


Undergraduate Total Enrollment:

Undergraduates by Gender:
59% female, 41% male

Undergraduate Status: 
6,497 full-time; 1,881 part-time

Undergraduates by Classification: 
3,915 freshmen; 1,502 Sophomores; 1,517 Juniors; 1,444 Seniors


Graduate Total Enrollment: 1,294 (13% of JSU's total enrollment)

Graduate/Doctoral Students by Gender: 65% female, 35% male

Graduate/Doctoral Students by Status: 463 full-time; 831 part-time

Graduate/Doctoral Students by Classification: Graduate 1,136; Doctoral 158


251 International Students representing 63 countries.

Want to learn more about JSU? Check out our Interactive Fact Book.

Our Alumni

Jacksonville State has 74,470 living in all 50 states and 107 countries!

Here are just a few of our notable alumni:


Heather Whitestone speaks to the press just after winning the Miss America crown in 1995

Heather Whitestone McCallum
Miss America 1995

Cary Guffey during a 2023 campus visit

Cary Guffey
former child actor and financial planner

Randy Owen

Randy Owen
Gold, platinum, and multi-platinum musician, lead singer of Alabama, JSU

Reynolds Wolf

Reynolds Wolf
The Weather Channel

Danny Willett answers questions during a post-Masters win press conference

Danny Willett
Winner, 2016 Masters

Ashley Martin Cockrell stands in front of the mural in the JSU Stadium that includes an image of her just after she kicked the field goal that made her the first female to suit up and score in a college football game.

Ashley Martin Cockrell
First female to suit up and score in a NCAA football game

Borris Powell

Borris Powell
Fashion Designer

Catherine Callaway

Catherine Callaway
Former news anchor, CNN and Headline News

Kelly Maltagliati

Kelly Maltagliati
Special Agent,
Office of the Inspector General
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

Eric Davis

Eric Davis
NFL cornerback (1990-2002) &
Super Bowl XXIX

More Notable Alumni

Photo credits: Whitestone/JSU, Duffey/JSU, Owen/JSU, Wolf/US Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Roger Parsons, Willett/YouTube, Martin/JSU, Powell/borrispowell.com, Callaway/JSU, Maltagliati/ https://servicetoamericamedals.org, Davis/ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:BrokenSphere

  • The Houston Cole Library at Night

    Beacon of Knowledge

    At 13 stories, JSU’s Houston Cole Library is the state’s tallest academic building. It houses a collection of more than 1.1 million titles as well as the Center for Student Success. It is named for the University’s seventh president, Dr. Houston Cole (1942-1971) and was built in 1972. It is testament to Dr. Cole’s belief that the library should be the center of a campus, and should serve as a beacon to all who seek higher learning.

  • Splash promotional image of The Forgotten Creeks, an Emmy Award winning documentary by Longleaf Studios

    Emmy Award-Winning Cinematography

    JSU’s Emmy Award-winning Longleaf Studios is an experiential learning unit that provides film and communication students with hands-on learning opportunities to work on real-world projects with professional filmmakers. The studio has produced seven documentaries that have aired on Alabama Public Television and has collected four Emmys to date.

  • Instructors at the Command College

    Supporting the Blue

    JSU is home to the Southeastern Leadership Command College, which prepares law enforcement officers for senior leadership roles. It is the only facility of its kind in the state.

  • Southerners on the field

    A Sound Legacy

    JSU is home to the internationally recognized, 536 member strong Marching Southerners and Ballerinas.

  • Dr Guillermo Francia, a JSU Fulbright scholar

    Fulbright Scholars

    JSU has been recognized as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

  • JSU baseball equipment at home plate

    Gamecock Championships

    JSU is the only school in the nation to lay claim to NCAA national titles in football, men's basketball and baseball at the Division I or Division II levels.

  • JSU Greeks

    Service Learning

    Last year Greeks raised more than $145,000 for charitable organizations and volunteered over 4,600 service hours for numerous causes!

  • International Students at UN Day Tea

    A Rich Cultural Partnership

    The International House Program began in 1946 with five students from France. Initially, the program focused on languages. Today, there are 40 members of the program - 20 American students and 20 internationals.