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, 14,770 students, and 2,192 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 4,308 in Etowah 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 2021, there are 9540 (84% Undergraduate; 16% Graduate) students enrolled. There are 95 academic programs and concentrations, including bachelor’s, master’s, post-baccalaureate, doctoral, and advanced certificate programs. Of the 963 employees at JSU, 446 are faculty.