Jacksonville University is a private university located in Jacksonville, Florida, not to be confused with Jacksonville State University, which is located in Jacksonville, Alabama. Jackson U’s key components are a liberal arts college combined with a comprehensive university. Offered at the college are 7 bachelor’s degree programs and over 70 majors, programs, and concentrations. These programs branch from three main colleges within the University: the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Fine Arts, and the Davis College of Business.
The college, like many in the nation, had humble beginnings in 1934 as a private two-year college called William J. Porter University. In 1935, as classes grew, the college was renamed Jacksonville Junior College and relocated several times over the coming years. The first building was completed on a lot in Arlington in 1950 and classes officially began while receiving accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. A merger formed in 1958 between JJC and the Jacksonville College of Music and Jacksonville University was born. By 1959 the first four-year degrees were conferred and in 1962 was reaccredited by the SACS, setting the path for massive new enrollment to push the college to new heights.
The university does offer distance education and online courses, however they have not posted a specific listing of courses or programs in that regard for public viewing. Further information can always be obtained by contacting the college directly. Popular fields of study include Nursing/Registered Nurse, General Business/Commerce, General Management Science, Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew, and General Social Sciences.
The student body, graduate and undergraduate has reached past 3,400 students, making the university a small, but growing one. Student to faculty ratio is at a low 14 to 1 making the educational quality more than decent. Tuition costs 23,900$ a year for out-of-state students enrolling on a full-time basis and part-time students pay 795$ per credit hour. Financial aid is made readily available by the University with the strong majority of students receiving some form of financial aid, and almost all of that funding resulting from a phenomenal scholarship program awarding students for their past performance.
The university also has an attractive post-graduate array of degrees available for students wanting to extend beyond a four-year degree. A Master of Arts is available in Mathematics. Graduate students can also achieve a Master of Education in Leadership & Learning. The common Master of Business Administration is offered as well as a Master of Science in Nursing and degrees in Orthodontics. To supplement these degrees for teaching occupations, the university now also offers Teacher Certification Preparation.
At the center of all of these academic instruments is engaged learning. Students are urged to take charge of their own education and excavate opportunities to learn by experience in the classroom, abroad, in comprehensive research, community service, and student-centered activities. These things combined make the mind sound and strong for an education that will propel the student through their career, profession, and, most importantly, their passion.