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Why Attend Jacksonville College?


At different times and stages in life, people decide which college they will attend. Some have the choice made for them because attending a certain college is a family tradition. Others choose a college based on the program of study it offers, and some make decisions based on the influence of friends. While college recruiters persuade some to attend the college they represent, others make the choice based on finances or location. Still others wait until the last minute to make the decision and find their options quite limited. However, all ask, “Why should I attend that college?” Allow us to answer with an explanation of why it is in your best interest to attend Jacksonville College.

1. Baptist

Jacksonville College is owned and operated by the Baptist Missionary Association of Texas and affiliated with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. Most Baptist parents consider it a privilege to send their children to a Baptist college. A New York restaurant owner said that he and his family ate in their restaurant at least once a week to show others they believe in what they sell. If Baptists say they believe in Christian education, they need look no further than Jacksonville College.

2. Size

Jacksonville College fills the need between high school and the university. Since many in Texas graduate from a small high school, entering a large, impersonal college or university can be overwhelming. Jacksonville College offers small classes instructed by teachers who give personal attention.

3. Morals

Jacksonville College is not ashamed of its conservative view of the Bible. We still have curfew, and students are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with Christian standards.

4. Opportunities

Because of its size, Jacksonville College offers opportunities for all students to participate when larger institutions cannot. Opportunities for participation exist in the areas of sports, theater, music, leadership, and service in preaching and ministry.

5. Affordability

The Department of Education's College Affordability lists rank Jacksonville College as the second most affordable private nonprofit 2-year college in the nation. We also offer numerous scholarships.

6. Academic Accreditation

Accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) allows our course credits to transfer to any college or university.

On February 21, high school seniors will have the opportunity to attend Jag Mania for a closer look at what we have to offer and see why they should consider making Jacksonville College the college of their choice.


Ruth Bearden

(3/11/1931 - 1/4/2015)

It is with great sorrow that we say goodbye to Ruth Bearden, one of Jacksonville College’s dearest friends. Ruth gave much of her life in support of the College, and we are deeply grateful for her many years of faithful service. Ruth worked as the secretary of the College for 20 years, and she was an active member of the JC Board of Visitors and the JAG Club. She was an enthusiastic supporter of the athletic program, and she volunteered much of her time to Jacksonville College. She loved ministering to JC students, and she was considered by many to be “The Smile of Jacksonville College.” We will certainly miss her sweet and encouraging spirit. Although we know she is now rejoicing to be in the presence of her Savior, we ask that you continue to remember her family and friends in prayer.

Jacksonville College Upcoming Events

Jaguar Talent Show Thursday, February 5 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in Buckner Chapel

Homecoming 2015 February 6-7

Lodging: Blocks of rooms will be held at a “Jacksonville College Homecoming Rate” until January 25 at the following hotels: Best Western (903) 589-7143, Comfort Inn (903) 589-7143, and La Quinta Inn and Suites (903) 589-7143. You must call the hotels to get the discount. The Best Western will be the “primary Homecoming headquarters hotel,” and they are offering the discounted rate of $65 plus tax for Thursday night as well. Lodging is also available without a discount at the Holiday Inn Express.

For details visit!homecoming/c24zb

Contact: Alumni Liaison Neatha Cagle at (903) 589-7143,

Jag Mania: Campus Visit Event for High School Seniors Saturday, February 21, 2015 Cost: $15 High school juniors must obtain special permission to attend from Sandra Clay, Director of Admissions, at

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