There are three school systems within the Gadsden-Etowah County area: Attalla, Etowah County, and Gadsden City Schools. The three systems comprise a total of 44 schools, 14,981 students and 2,046 faculty and staff.

Gadsden State Community College Gadsden State Community College is a public community college in the Alabama Community College System. Currently, the total enrollment at GSCC is 7,000 in Etowah County and two in Calhoun County. GSCC is the largest “feeder” college of transfer students to Jacksonville State University.

The University of Alabama Gadsden Center offers flexible and convenient programs designed for working adults. UA Gadsden is a testing site for the ACT, MAT, and Praxis exams. Currently, there are 400 graduate students enrolled at the Center, with nine professors.

Jacksonville State University is located approximately 30 miles from Gadsden. There are 8,659 enrolled students and 1,012 graduate students. As of Fall 2014, 786 JSU students were Etowah County natives. Seventy-two percent of the university’s students live within 100 miles of the campus. Of the 1,094 employees at JSU, 467 are faculty

JSU-Gadsden is an off-campus center on the main campus of Jacksonville State University. The off-campus facility is located in the new Joe M. Ford Center for Economic Development, a partnership initiative of the Economic Development Consortium, on the campus of Gadsden State Community College.