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. As of fall 2018, there are 8,479 (86% Undergraduate; 14% Graduate) students enrolled. There are 95 academic programs and concentrations, including bachelor’s, master’s, post-baccalaureate, doctoral and advanced certificate programs. Of the 937 employees at JSU, 401 are faculty.