Jacksonville State University Reviews

  • 17 Reviews
  • Jacksonville (AL)
  • Annual Tuition: $20,840
100% of 17 students said this degree improved their career prospects
94% of 17 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Dana Prater
  • Reviewed: 5/16/2023
  • Degree: Business
"Please DO NOT go to JSU if you are an older returning student, online or in Person. I returned after 36 years and found the same rules do not apply to ALL returning students. In the recent years, changes to policies help those who are returning from a more recent departure date, but the rules were not designed to include ALL returning students with older departure dates. The advisor I received was not equipped to advise/help a returning older student to meet the goals of an adult already in the workforce. I did not feel that he was working with me, as an individual, to reach the goals in my time frame, but had a set plan for everyone and wanted/encouraged me to follow it. Not all students are the same, and as an advisor, one should listen to the student and try to help each student reach their goals according to their abilities. Also, You pay MORE for JSU’s online program but you actually receive far less than most colleges. At the college I attended before returning to JSU, the Professors place videos in canvas and online, actually teaching the material that is shared in person in the classroom. At JSU, you sign into canvas and you basically teach yourself. You will follow the assignment dates and take the test, and pray you understood the material correctly. I will give major credit to my psychology professor, who did place videos online with links in canvas. My advice for Returning students: Go to a junior college, like Jefferson State, and take as much as you can, then go to UAB, Auburn @ Montgomery, or even Auburn or Alabama. The cost of tuition is way LESS at the 1st two, and about the same at the last two and I believe you will get more for your money. Also, before you take ANYTHING at a junior college, contact the college you are transferring to and get it in writing, video/record, that the classes you are about to take will transfer. So many students waste their money and time believing the classes will transfer, then they don’t, I am writing from experience."
Amanda Matson
  • Reviewed: 1/9/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"Jacksonville State University provided me with everything I needed to obtain a bachelors degree in Nursing. The program was online and only required me to come to campus a few times for testing. I was able to maintain a balance in work, family and school life. If I had to go back to do my bachelors degree I would recommend looking into their program."
Lauren Bryant
  • Reviewed: 6/10/2019
"Jacksonville State University was a great experience for me! The campus was safe and inviting. The professors were always on my side, pushing me to be the absolute best professional I could be. I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Science in Family and Consumer Science with a concentration in Merchandising. My professors provided every avenue of knowlege and experience for me to be sucessful in my field. To this day, I still feel confortable asking my previous advisors for opinions, assistance, and additional knowledge catered to what I need. They paved they way for me to be where I am today, and I am especially thankful for that. I was also able to meet a ton of inspiring colleagues that I follow to this day. Now we are all excelling professionals of our fiels, and I thank JSU for the pportunity to be connected to so many great people."
Britney Truett
  • Reviewed: 5/9/2019
  • Degree: Special Education
"Great school! Dr. B is the best in the program. The advisers were a great help in identifying the schedule I needed to complete my degree in a timely manner. It was also helpful that it was all online. Being a wife and a mother, my schedule tends to stay full. However, the classes I took at JSU kept the work purposeful rather than meaningless, requiring me to only complete assignments that I truly gained knowledge from."
  • Reviewed: 3/26/2019
  • Degree: Finance
"Personally, I was not entirely too impressed with the University during my first 2 years of school. It seemed like that basic classes I took when I was a freshman and a sophomore were not exactly very interesting and did not keep students engaged. Moreover, the professors teaching those classes were not the best and did not have the best credentials. Nevertheless, my last 2 years of school and classes take when I was a Junior and Senior were extremely wonderful. I was extremely impressed with all of the business classes. Finance classes were absolutely memorable. The teaching mythologies were extremely unique and kept students very engaged and eager to learn the new material. Moreover, the assigned projects gave all of the students an idea of the real-life problems and prepared them for careers in the real world. Jacksonville State is a relatively small school with a really small campus. Hence, it is really convenient for students to move from one class to another since all of the buildings are withing the walking distance from each other. Moreover, the location of the city makes the university very appealing. It is a small school far away from other major cities and tourists. Hence, students don't have too many distractions and can fully focus on staying in school and studying. At the same time, Birmingham and Atlanta are just hours away and are within driving distance. Tuition is another factor which makes the University desirable for other students. The tuition rates are drastically lower compared to other schools in the area. For all these reasons, I will highly recommend Jacksonville State University to other students."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Business
"It was challenging but educational. Fun times as well as stressful."
  • Reviewed: 2/26/2017
  • Degree: Business Administration
"Overall, I would say that the program is good. The classes are not too difficult if one sets enough time to studying. I chose the program because I wanted in-person classes to meet other people in the business community. The program also has forums where local leaders come and speak about their business models. This is a great networking opportunity."
  • Reviewed: 2/25/2017
  • Degree: Political Science
"Jacksonville State is a decent small college with a large university price tag. I encountered a few great faculty members who truly care about their students' education. Though, if you're looking for a serious academic school, I would look elsewhere. The university has spent millions of dollars in the past few years on a new football stadium, big screen tv's, and soon a new recreation center while academic buildings are in shambles. Its atrocious disregard for the central purpose of a university, education, is appalling. If you're just looking to have fun in a small town for a few years, and don't mind the crumbling infrastucture, you might enjoy Jacksonville."
Kati Eller-Reese
  • Reviewed: 9/9/2016
  • Degree: Social Work
"Jacksonville State University in Alabama is the friendliest campus in the SOUTH! When I started my application all the way to graduation I was helped every step of the way. I have had support and love from the different staff members even into my graduate degree at another University!"
  • Reviewed: 7/22/2016
  • Degree: Psychology
"The student-to-professor ratio is fairly low on campus. This allows plenty of opportunities for students to get to know their professors on an individual basis. The professors are more than willing to help students during their time as a student and after graduation. For example, I myself have found that professors are more than willing to help me as a transition from an undergraduate to a graduate student. Not only that, but they are genuinely interest in my success as a student. The campus is know for its friendly southern atmosphere. To my knowledge, the tuition rates are decent (both in-state and out-of-state) in comparison to other colleges of roughly the same size. There are several scholarship opportunities available and can be applied for online. If living on campus is an issue for those in other state, the University offers distance education where a degree can be earned by taken all courses and required testing online. The campus also includes a very enthusiastic international program that accepts students from other countries who would like to study here in America (the program also offers residency at the International House on campus). Campus staff are generally willing to help students in any way possible, even if it is simply putting them in touch with the right people. My time there was great and would definitely recommend the college to other students who are seeking higher education."
Tison Garnett
  • Reviewed: 12/21/2015
  • Degree: Biology
"The pros of my graduate program is the great faculty support. They treat my peers and I as if they want us to succeed. Never have I felt that eerie feeling that you feel when you know that a professor is only there for a paycheck. I feel as if they are rooting for my success just as my parents are. The professors are very hands on with the students' learning and progress. The cons are that the area is extremely rural and the school buildings could use a bit of an upgrade."
Bruce Beasley
  • Reviewed: 3/16/2014
  • Degree: History
"I feel the pros are I will be trained to become a history professor and learn the important details of the facts of history. The cons are it will be hard to find a job at first due to the market for history teachers and professors."
Kathleen Goodrich
  • Reviewed: 4/29/2013
  • Degree: Special Education
"pros: Student friendly access, great professors, challenging work loads cons: smaller school"
Patricia Norman
  • Reviewed: 4/11/2013
  • Degree: Early Childhood Education
"I love the small beautiful campus. The education college faculty is supportive but more knowledge is needed in the area where advising is concerned. Help in job finding would be an area I would like to see improve that I can see so far. The campus feels safe with the prompt and close availability of the campus police. The affordability of off campus housing is a pro for JSU. I experienced the support of an understanding landlord in the Jacksonville area. The workload is a bit heavy but attainable when accomplishing my educational grad degree."
Mikel Hardin
  • Reviewed: 3/8/2013
  • Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
"Thus far, my experience with Jacksonville State University's Graduate Program has been nothing but positive. The Alternative 5th Year Program I am enrolled in is a unique and highly pertinent program for continued education. The program is designed for graduates, like myself, who have a Bachelor's degree in a field other than education from an accredited university that are pursuing a Master's degree in Education. The Alternative 5th Year Program assigns undergraduate course work parallel to graduate course work and allows me to complete my Master's in Education degree within 2 years. I have my Bachelor's degree in Communications/Graphic design and I've been unable to find a job in my field since I graduated in 2010. Since I have graduated, I have wanted to go back to school to get my Master's degree and become an art teacher. However, being an independent young professional, I never thought I could afford graduate school or juggle graduate school with a full time job. The design of the Alternative 5th Year Program is targeted for young professionals, like myself, by providing the majority of coursework to be taken online and at night. The advisers and teacher services office have worked candidly with me to ensure I have all preparatory requirements for each upcoming semester completed. I am very appreciative to their understanding and flexibly with my full time work schedule. Jacksonville State University Education Graduates are a highly sought out group of educators, and I will be proud to say I am apart of this group once I complete my Master's degree."
Erica Long
  • Reviewed: 1/2/2013
  • Degree: Social Sciences
"I love the ability to study from home and having very knowledgeable faculty. Some professors aren't so concerned about students though, and are self absorbed."
Erica Long
  • Reviewed: 11/8/2012
  • Degree: Social Sciences
"The professors in the dept are really knowledgeable and professional...except one. He's snarky...and in the Emergency Management dept. Everyone is friendly and makes for a great learning experience."