Living Learning Communities

The #LiveCocky Experience is housed in all of our freshman residence halls. Female participants will reside in Curtiss, Fitzpatrick, and Logan Halls, while males reside in Crow, Dixon, and Patterson Halls. There are five elements to our program. #LiveCocky stands for: 

 (Residential Life) 
Overall Wellness
 (Health, Balance, Safety) 
 (Incorporating Diversity) 
 (Focus on Academics) 
 (Personal Growth) 

This program will: 
  • Ease the transition from high school to college by providing resources for overall student success.
  • Foster an environment for academic achievement and completion of goals.
  • Create productive citizens of the JSU community that become an integral part of society.
  • Gain understanding of self-awareness and surrounding cultures.
  • Develop skills for personal growth and development.

There is no separate application for the #LiveCocky Experience. The First-Year Resident Application serves as the application for the #LiveCocky Experience.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the First Year Experience (FYE) program at Jacksonville State University is to support the greater missions of the Office of Residence Life, the Division of Student Affairs, and the university by facilitating a successful transition into the JSU community. The FYE program will promote the academic and personal success of students through intentional initiatives that are designed to enhance the overall student experience.

Vision Statement:

The First Year Experience at Jacksonville State University seeks to engage students through acclimation to the campus community.


1. Support COMMUNITY development.
2. Engage in responsible behaviors through OVERALL WELLNESS.
3. Foster respect, appreciation, and an in-depth appreciation for CULTURE.
4. Enhance KNOWLEDGE of skills and habits for academic success.
5. Assist YOU in growing and developing into a productive citizen at JSU and beyond.

For more information you may also contact the Office of Residence Life at 256-782-5122 or 

Apply for the Leadership House for Women!

The Leadership House for Women consists of 15 women living together with one common goal - leadership! Our students are actively seeking opportunities to become strong leaders on Jacksonville State University's campus.

The Office of Residence Life offers the Leadership House for Women to those students who are seeking opportunities to grow and get involved within our campus community. Sophomores, juniors, seniors, and transfer students that have at least a 2.5 Grade Point Average, and at least one semester on campus are eligible to apply.

Incoming first year students with at least a 3.0 high school Grade Point Average are also eligible to apply and will be considered based on space available in the program.

The Leadership House for Women contains 15 private rooms, each furnished with a full-sized bed, study desk and chair, and a closet. There are two hall-style bathrooms in the house, one upstairs and one downstairs. All utilities (electricity, telephone, water, cable and Internet) are provided. The house contains a fully-furnished kitchen and laundry room. There is a common room with flat screen TV and dining room that residents may use to gather for meals. 

Leadership House Photos     
Mission Statement:

The Leadership House for Women program at Jacksonville State University consists of a one year leadership program that provides opportunities for students to study and apply leadership skills such as confidence, integrity, persistence, teamwork, and the desire for excellence. Through this program students will have the ability to positively influence both the campus and global communities.

Vision Statement:

The Leadership House program exists to inspire new and experienced student leaders. 


1. Promote a feeling of camaraderie and respect for members of the Leadership House. 
2. Enhance the JSU campus community and local surrounding areas. 
3. Create an atmosphere for academic achievement. 
4. Express individual talents through creative programming efforts. 

Leadership House for Women Program Requirements:

1. Residents will agree to reside in the Leadership House for Women for the entire academic year.

2. Residents will agree to register for the Leadership House for Women seminar each semester. The seminar is a one hour credit course (per semester) which is provided for via scholarship. 

3. Residents will be active members of a campus organization, seeking leadership roles where possible.

4. Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible to apply. Transfer students and incoming first-year students may also apply if eligible.

5. Residents must maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher and have at least one semester on-campus. Transfer students and first-year students will be considered pending availability.

The Leadership House for Women Priority Application deadline for the 2020-2021 academic year is April 1st, 2020.

After your application is submitted, you will receive more information about the rest of the application process, including interviews. 

If you have any additional questions about the Leadership House for Women program, please contact Audrey Simmons at

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. Each international student is from a different country and is roomed with an American student. Though emphasis is still placed on languages, greater emphasis is now placed on the overall aspects of cultural understanding. Truly, the International House Program provides "A Window on the World" for students at Jacksonville State University and the surrounding community.

For more information, please visit the International House website.

SPARK LLC is a specialized living environment where first-year students with the same major (Nursing and Undecided) live together and participate in programs that cater to their academic, social, and personal needs.  Students who choose to live in an LLC have a direct connection to their classroom experience, access to intentional events and programs, and dedicated staff and faculty members who work to make the community a success. Students will also have the chance to explore and see what Calhoun County has to offer with their peers.


Living-Learning Communities at JSU support the greater mission of the University and the Office of Residence Life. Living-Learning Communities provide students with innovative residential, academic, and service programming to enhance the college experience. Living-Learning Communities support the development of engaged, responsible, and knowledgeable citizen students within a learning-centered university community.


Living-Learning Communities at JSU provide transformative interactional experiences to enhance student development within the campus environment.


1. Support student development
2. Foster holistic wellness
3. Engage in a culture of inquiry
4. Build a network for support and success
5. Enhance cultural and community awareness

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