Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, AL 36265
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Jacksonville State University is one of the fourteen public 4-year colleges in Alabama. The campus is located in an urban area, in Jacksonville.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 8,567 students attend the school. In the 2017 fall enrollment, 1,147 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 849 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 74%). Every year 37% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Jacksonville State University's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $7,416, and fees were $750. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $14,832 and $750 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleSmall City
Number of Students8,567
Student to Faculty Ratio19:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate74%

Nursing Programs

Courses in the professional component of the B.S.N. program are delivered through Internet. After completion of general studies requirements, nursing courses may be completed in one calendar year online.

Entrance into the upper division of nursing requires that the student has

  • been admitted to Jacksonville State University with all current transcripts on file
  • been individually advised, since each may have different educational needs
  • unencumbered current registered nurse license in the United States
  • minimum 2.5 GPA on prerequisite courses
  • completion of all prerequisite and general studies coursework with a "C" or better
  • evidence of successful completion of a United States accredited diploma or associate degree nursing program

Deadline for Admission to the STEP program:

  • Fall Semester- Deadline is August 1st
  • Spring Semester- Deadline is December 1st
  • Summer Semester- Deadline is April 1st


The Jacksonville State University Master of Science in Nursing Degree program is a CCNE accredited program that prepares advance community health nurses.

The program provides students with advanced knowledge and skills in health planning, community needs assessment, program development, analysis of aggregate data, program development, implementation and evaluation.    

Students in the program are able to select a focus group for practical study.

Students can complete the 38 semester hours required for this program on a part time or full time basis. Students enrolled on a full time basis can complete their coursework in four semesters.

Admission Requirements:

  • A BSN Ddegree from a regionally accredited university and a professionally accredited nursing program
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE or Miller Analogies Test
  • Current unencumbered RN license
  • Written Essay stating professional goals
  • Professional Recommendations

All courses in the program are delivered in an online format with students having the option to enter the program at the beginning of the spring, fall, or summer semesters. Students are required to sit for a comprehensive examination administered on campus during the final semester.

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 44 247
Postbaccalaureate certificate 0 1
Master's degree 0 13
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 90.4%

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Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/1935 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
09/22/2000 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
09/22/2000 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT840 to 1050
ACT19 to 26
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Neither required nor recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $35
Graduates $35

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$309/credit
In State Students$309/credit
Out of State Students$618/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$382/credit
In State Students$382/credit
Out of State Students$764/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $13,905 $13,905 $27,810
ADN 70 $21,630 $21,630 $43,260
BSN 125 $38,625 $38,625 $77,250
FNP 50 $19,100 $19,100 $38,200
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 93% of Jacksonville State University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 40% $4,412
Other Federal Grant 12% $493
State Grant & Scholarships 19% $2,057
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 66% $8,595
Federal Student Loans 53% $6,514
Private Loans 4% $9,017


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$15,529
$30,001 to $48,000$16,961
$48,001 to $75,000$19,569
$75,001 to $110,000$20,747
Over $110,000$20,890

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Two or more races

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Alabama state board of nursing.
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, AL 36265

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