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Alabama has more than a dozen 4-year public universities in addition to the dozens of community colleges and private colleges. All told, nearly one hundred higher education entities call Alabama home. Public schools in Alabama span from Huntsville to Mobile and all points in between. The geographic diversity provides amble opportunity for students to find a public school campus that fits them. The University of Alabama has consistently been ranked in the top public schools in the nation. Troy University is the largest public university in Alabama with campus locations in Phoenix City, Montgomery, and Dothan. Other notable public universities in Alabama include Auburn University, Jacksonville State University, University of South Alabama, and Alabama State University. Public college tuition in Alabama and academics rankings can be found on the schools page with MatchCollege.

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Auburn University in Alabama is one of the few educational institutions in the United States that is designated as a land, sea and space grant university. Auburn University offers more than 140 academic degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. With 13 colleges and schools on its campus, Auburn University is one of the largest in the South

Enrollment

30,440

Student to Faculty Ratio

19:1

The University of Alabama (UA) is a public research university located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. UA has an excellent faculty and programs, and has been ranked among the nation's top 50 public universities multiple times in recent years. The university offers academic degrees in more than 200 fields of study at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. UA offers many special programs to enhance the university learning experience, including an Honors College, international seminars, and freshmen learning communities, among others. Professional programs in law and rural medicine are also offered.

History

The Alabama Territory was authorized in 1818, and by 1820 Alabama became as state and its "seminary of learning" was established as The University of the State of Alabama. The state's first capital, Tuscaloosa, was selected as the university's location. In 1831 the campus had seven buildings and its first students were enrolled. In 1837, the university became one of the first institutions of higher learning in the country to offer engineering classes. In 1859, the Medical College of the University opened in Mobile, Alabama. In 1860, the university became a military school.

The first women students enrolled in 1893, and the first African-American student, a woman, enrolled in 1956.

Academics

The academic calendar of the University of Alabama follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters.

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration
  • College of Communication and Information Sciences
  • College of Community Health Sciences
  • College of Continuing Studies
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • Graduate School
  • Honors College
  • College of Human Environmental Sciences
  • School of Law
  • Capstone College of Nursing
  • School of Social Work

Student Life

In addition to the many student clubs and organizations that are available at the University of Alabama to help students get involved and feel connected, UA offers its students many services and amenities to improve "Student Life," including:

  • AlcoholEdu for College
  • Life at UA
  • Capstone International
  • Career Center
  • Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Community Service Center
  • Coordinating Council for Student Organizations
  • Creative Campus
  • Crimson Choice
  • Disability Services
  • eLearning
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Graduate Student Services
  • Greek Life
  • Housing & Residential Communities
  • International Students and Scholar Services
  • Mathematics Technology Learning Center
  • MyBama
  • Network & Computing Support
  • On-Campus Student Employment
  • Platform Online Magazine
  • Safer Living Guide
  • Student Affairs
  • Student Government Association
  • Student Media
  • Student Involvement & Leadership
  • Student Support Services
  • Student Well-Being
  • University Programs
  • University Recreation

Traditions

One of the oldest traditions at the University of Alabama is "Crimson Tide," the nickname of the school's athletic teams and a reference to their red jerseys.  The name purportedly came from a sports editor at the Birmingham Age-Herald newspaper, who used "Crimson Tide" to describe an Alabama-Auburn football game played in 1907.  The game was played in muddy conditions and Auburn was favored to win.  According to history, the UA team played a strong game in the "red mud" and earned the name "Crimson Tide."

Another tradition at UA is the association of the elephant as the university's mascot. This tradition is also tied to football. In 1930, a sports writer for the Atlanta Journal described an Alabama-Mississippi football game during which there was a "distant rumble" as the UA team approached.  The writer reported that a fan in the stands yelled, "Hold your horses, the elephants are coming!"  From that point on, the UA varsity football team was often referred to as the "Red Elephants."

Athletics

The "Crimson Tide" athletic teams of UA compete in many intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Rowing
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Community Life

Tuscaloosa, Alabama sits on the banks of the Black Warrior River. It is home to a community of more than 100,000 residents and many thriving businesses.  It is considered one of America's best places to live for its small-town charm and rich offering of recreational activities, arts and entertainment, and local attractions.

Enrollment

38,390

Student to Faculty Ratio

22:1

University of Alabama at Birmingham is a public college that has a large selection of majors and degree programs available for students to choose from. The school is located in Birmingham, Alabama, in a predominantly urban area. Enrollment at UAB is nearly 18,000 per year.

Areas of study available at UAB include:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Psychology
  • Communications And Journalism

To be considered for admissions, applicants may be required to fill out an application, write a personal statement, and submit any transcripts or test scores, which are then evaluated by the admissions staff. Students may provide either the ACT or SAT exam scores to be considered for admissions to UAB. A score in a range of 1000 to 1270 on the SAT, or 21 to 27 for the ACT is common among accepted students. 72% of those who apply are accepted to UAB, of which 40 percent choose to attend. More information regarding admissions can be found here.

Tuition & fees at UAB are different for in-state and out-of-state residents. In-state tuition costs around $6,900 per year, while out-of-state tuition costing $16,000 per year. School housing is available on-campus for students. The yearly cost of housing is around $5,900. This school may offer financial aid for students who qualify by way of grants and loans.

The mascot for University of Alabama at Birmingham is the "Blazers", and they participate in intercollegiate athletic programs through oversight by the NCAA. Athletic programs available include:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-A)

Contact information, admission forms, programs, and much more may be viewed on school's website at http://www.uab.edu.

Enrollment

21,923

Student to Faculty Ratio

19:1

UAH is a public institution located in Huntsville, AL and provides a large number of degree programs for students. Nearly 7,600 students enroll at UAH per year. A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Engineering
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
The admissions process begins with the submission of an application, transcripts, records, and standardized test scores, which are then evaluated by the admissions office. The majority of students accepted to UAH achieve an SAT score between 1020 - 1300, or an ACT score within the range of 22 - 29. 64% of applicants are admitted to University of Alabama in Huntsville, of which 54% choose to enroll. More information regarding admissions can be found here. The tuition at University of Alabama in Huntsville varies based on the state of residence of the student. In-state residents pay close to $8,900 per year and out-of-state residents are charged $21,000 per year. Student housing is available on-campus for students. The yearly cost of housing is estimated to be $6,000. UAH may offer financial aid for students that are eligible as loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs. University of Alabama in Huntsville offers a variety of athletic programs overseen by the NCAA. Available sports offered may include the following:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division II)
  • Ice Hockey (NCAA Division II)

Enrollment

9,736

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

UM provides a variety of degree programs for students to aid them in their growth and development. The school is located in Montevallo, AL and publically funded. UM has an annual student enrollment of approximately 3,000. A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Education
  • Visual And Performing Arts
  • Family And Consumer Sciences
  • History
To be considered for admissions, you may be required to fill out an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit school records, which are then studied by the admissions staff. The majority of students accepted to UM earn an SAT score within the range of 945 - 1235, or an ACT score between 20 - 26. This school has an acceptance rate of 76 percent of which only 50 percent chose to attend. More information on admissions can be found here. Tuition & fees at UM are different for in-state and nonresidents. In-state tuition costs around $9,400 per year and out-of-state tuition costing $18,000 annually. The cost of on-campus housing is approximately $3,600 for the year. Students attending UM may be eligible for aid which is generally scholarships, grants, and loans. The mascot for University of Montevallo is the "Falcons", and they participate in intercollegiate athletic programs through the oversight and organization of the NCAA. Athletic programs available include:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Golf (NCAA Division II)
Students should take a look at the school's montevallo.edu to view additional information.

Enrollment

2,612

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

UNA is a public institution located in Florence, Alabama and provides a large number of program options for students. Approximately 7,200 students are enrolled yearly at UNA. Areas of study available at University of North Alabama include but are not limited to:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Education
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Students applying for admission are generally asked to submit an application, transcripts, records, standardized test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by the admissions committee. Very common exam scores among applicants accepted to UNA are between 18 - 25 on the ACT, or 845 - 1065 on the SAT. 88% of applicants are accepted to University of North Alabama, of which 48 percent choose to attend.  Detailed information on school admissions can be gathered via UNA or by completing the form on this page. The tuition at this school varies based on the state of residence of the student. In-state residents pay approximately $6,700 per year and out-of-state residents are charged $12,000 annually. Housing is available on-campus for students. The yearly cost of housing is about $3,000. Financial aid may be provided to students that meet the necessary requirements in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs. The mascot for UNA is the "Lions", and they participate in intercollegiate sports through the NCAA. Athletic programs offered may include:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Football (NCAA Division II)
  • Golf (NCAA Division II)
Students can visit the UNA website to obtain a complete list of areas of study, financial aid details, and more that is available at this school.

Enrollment

7,488

Student to Faculty Ratio

19:1

Troy University, located in Troy, Alabama, is an institution of higher education offering undergraduate and graduate degrees.  Troy University has 60 learning sites across the United States in 17 states and in 11 countries worldwide.  The TROY Global Campus division of Troy University operates the learning sites outside of Alabama.

The university also offers many of its degrees online through its "eTROY" program.  Students may opt to complete an accredited degree entirely online or through a mix of onsite classroom study and online coursework.

TROY prides itself in preparing students for many varied opportunities, rather than just focusing its curricula on job-specific training.  It offers many excellent academic programs that rank high nationally, including a strong fine arts program for music and theatre.  The distinguished Troy Dancer Reparatory attracts dancers of diverse backgrounds.  TROY is also a Military Friendly school, offering many programs and benefits to returning military personnel and their families.

History

Founded in 1887 as the Troy State Normal School to train teachers for Alabama's schools.  The school was renamed several times through the years, as it grew and expanded its programs.  Enrollment at the school doubled after World War II due to returning veterans taking advantage of their military benefits to train for civilian careers. This period of growth led to the introduction of degree programs beyond teaching to include business and other disciplines.  Many extension courses were offered at learning centers on nearby military bases throughout the 1950s and 1960s, and some of these centers still exist today as Troy University satellite campuses.

Traditions

The official colors of Troy University are cardinal red, silver and black.  The official mascot of TROY is, naturally, the Trojan.

Academics

Troy University's academic calendar follows the semester system, with fall, spring and summer semesters.  Semester schedules differ slightly among Troy's different campuses, so students should consult the catalog for their particular campus.

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Communication and Fine Arts
  • College of Education
  • College of Heatlh and Human Services
  • Sorrell College of Business

Student Life

Many services and opportunities are offered to students at Troy University, including a Career Services office that helps students choose a major and a career path, as well as provide job search support.

TROY offers students many social organizations to participate in, including sports, arts and music, leadership, and more.

Athletics

Troy University has several "Trojan" teams that compete in intercollegiate sports:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Rodeo
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Rodeo
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

  • Dothan Campus
  • Montgomery Campus
  • Phenix City Campus
  • Global Campus

Community Life

Troy University is committed to community outreach and service, always seeking new opportunities for growth and partnerships in the community.  It offers many programs that serve the general public, including public radio, the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts, the Rosa Parks Library and Museum, the W.A. Gayle Planetarium, and more.

Enrollment

16,981

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

University of South Alabama is a public college that has a large number of programs available for students to choose from. The school is located in Mobile, Alabama, in a predominantly urban area. Nearly fifteen thousand students enroll at USA yearly.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Education
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Engineering

Students applying for admission are most often required to submit an application, transcripts, test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by the admissions office. Students may submit either the ACT or SAT exam scores to be considered for admissions to University of South Alabama. A score within the range of 1275 - 1690 on the SAT, or 19 - 25 for the ACT is usually submitted among admitted students. 87% of applicants are admitted to this school, of which 50% choose to enroll. More information regarding admissions can be found at southalabama.edu.

The tuition at University of South Alabama varies based on the state of residence of the student. In-state residents pay around $6,800 per year, while out-of-state residents are charged $13,000 per year. School housing is available on-campus for students. The yearly cost of housing is approximately $3,500. Some students at University of South Alabama may be eligible for financial aid, which is typically offered as scholarships, grants, and loans.

The USA Jaguars participate in a number of athletic programs, with competitions managed and overseen by the NCAA. Athletic programs available may include the following:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-A)

Contact information, academics information, areas of study, and much more can be viewed on school's website at http://www.southalabama.edu.

Enrollment

14,834

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

Jacksonville State University, a public institution, offers an assortment of educational opportunities, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Jacksonville, Alabama, the school offers a suburban setting for students to study in. About 9,500 students enroll at Jacksonville State University yearly.

Students may pick from many areas of study, including:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Education
  • Security And Protective Services
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business And Marketing Studies

Students applying for admission are generally asked to submit an application, transcripts, test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by admissions officials. Either the SAT or ACT exam can be taken in order to apply to JSU. Scores in a range of 18 to 25 on the ACT or 830 to 1040 on the SAT are required to greatly increase the chance of acceptance. This school has an acceptance rate of about 84% of which only 50% decided to enroll. More information regarding admissions can be found at jsu.edu.

The tuition at JSU varies based on the state of residence of the student. In-state residents pay nearly $8,400 per year and out-of-state residents are charged $17,000 annually. Housing may be available for students who wish to live on-campus at an estimated cost of $3,700 each year. This school may offer financial aid for students that are eligible by way of grants and loans.

The mascot for Jacksonville State University is the "Gamecocks", and they participate in intercollegiate sports through the NCAA. Athletic programs available may include but not limited to:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Golf (NCAA Division I-AA)

Students should visit the Jacksonville State University website to get a complete list of academic programs offered, admissions information, and more.

Enrollment

8,479

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

University of West Alabama provides a variety of educational opportunities for students to aid them in their growth and development. The school is located in Livingston, Alabama and publically funded. University of West Alabama has an annual student enrollment of approximately five thousand. A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Education
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Social Sciences
Students applying for admission are usually required to submit an application, school records, standardized test scores and any requested application essays, which will then be reviewed by the admissions office. Most students admitted to this school have an SAT score within the range of 997 - 1160, or an ACT score between 18 - 22. 49% of applicants are accepted to UWA, of which 78 percent choose to enroll. More information on admissions can be found at admissions.uwa.edu. The tuition at UWA varies based on the state of residence of the student. In-state residents pay approximately $7,600 per year and out-of-state residents are charged $14,000 annually. On-campus housing is available for students and costs about $2,800 each year. Students enrolled at this school may qualify for aid which is usually scholarships, grants, and loans. The University of West Alabama Tigers participate in several athletic programs, within the NCAA organization. Athletic programs that are available may include:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Football (NCAA Division II)
  • Softball (NCAA Division II)
Students may take a look at the school's www.uwa.edu to see additional information.

Enrollment

5,200

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

Auburn University - Montgomery is a public institution that has a large number of degree programs available for students to choose from. The school is located in Montgomery, Alabama, in a predominantly urban area. Enrollment at AUM is nearly 5,800 annually. A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Education
To be considered for admissions, applicants may be asked to complete an application, write a personal statement, and submit school records, which are then evaluated by the admissions committee. Most students accepted to Auburn University - Montgomery score in a range of 18 - 23 on the ACT. An estimated 80% of all students that applied were admitted at this school, with 48% of those admitted choosing to attend. More information on admissions can be found at aum.edu. Tuition & fees at AUM are different for in-state and out-of-state residents. In-state tuition costs close to $8,300 per year, while out-of-state tuition costing $24,000 for the year. The cost of on-campus housing is about $4,400 annually. Auburn University - Montgomery may offer financial aid for students who qualify in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs. The mascot for AUM is the "Senators", and they participate in intercollegiate athletics through the oversight and organization of the NAIA. Athletic programs that are available may include:
  • Baseball (NAIA Division I)
  • Basketball (NAIA Division I)
  • Soccer (NAIA Division I)
  • Softball (NAIA Division I)
  • Tennis (NAIA Division I)
Students can take a look at the school's http://www.aum.edu to see additional information or simply complete the form on this page to learn more about the school's admissions requirements.

Enrollment

5,211

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

About
Alabama State University, located in Montgomery, Alabama, was founded in 1856 when it was known as the Lincoln Normal School, established by nine former slaves after the Civil War to provide education to recently freed black residents of Alabama. By 1887 the school was moved to Montgomery, but was forced to change its name to the Normal School for Colored Students. Over the course of the schools history, it became a junior college, teaching college, a state college and finally in 1969 became known as Alabama State University. Over the years the school has upgraded and added many facilities to allow for the teaching of new programs and the ability to handle increased enrollment. The school is dedicated to providing students an excellent education and quality services, allowing for a variety of academic and extracurricular opportunities.

Academics
Alabama State University offers students a variety of programs to choose from in order to meet their academic and career goals. These programs take approximately four years to complete and result in a bachelor's degree. Minor degrees are also available, allowing students to pursue a secondary area of interest or augment their major. The school also has a number of master degree programs that must be applied for separately and have requirements that include having earned an undergraduate degree.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid
Students interested in enrollment at Alabama State University must complete the application for admission, as well as submit transcripts and standardized test scores. Admission requirements regarding GPA scale inversely with ACT or SAT test scores, with a higher GPA requiring a lower test scores and vice versa. Once submitted, student applications will be reviewed, and when decision is rendered notified of their admission.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs. Students in need of financial assistance will provide their financial information through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which in turn will produce a student aid report (SAR) which will be used to determine a student's financial need, aid program eligibility, and monetary awards. Students may be required to submit additional information to ensure that the SAR is true and accurate. Students must reapply for aid at the start of every school year.

Athletics
The Alabama State University Hornets participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) through the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Athletic programs provide a forum for healthy competition, and encourage students to develop skills such as discipline, teamwork and good health habits which are applicable to one's daily professional and personal life. Students also experience the camaraderie associated with working with others toward a single goal, and the successes and failures in pursuit of those goals.

Athletic programs at ASU:

  • Baseball (Men Only)
  • Basketball
  • Bowling (Women Only)
  • Cross Country
  • Football (Men Only)
  • Golf
  • Indoor/Outdoor Track
  • Soccer (Women Only)
  • Softball (Women Only)
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball (Women Only)

Enrollment

4,413

Student to Faculty Ratio

15:1

Marion Military Institute (MMI) located in Marion, Alabama has a strong history of preparing young women and men for military careers. The school offers outstanding educational programs that help students develop intellectually, morally, and socially. Over 200 generals and admirals started their military career at MMI. If you dream of a military career, then MMI is an excellent place to start your journey.

Individuals from all across the United States attend MMI which helps to prepare them for a career in the military or a civilian career. Marion Military Institute offers a one-year program the helps prepare students for any of the military academies including West Point, the Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

MMI offers a flight training program in conjunction with a local flight school. No matter which academic program you choose, you can learn to fly with a combination of computer-based, online ground school instruction, and flight training. This instruction allows students to earn a private pilot's certificate and will improve an individual’s change of being accepted into a military aviation program.

MMI tuition and fees for Alabama residents is $6,700 per academic year. Non- Alabama residents will be charged $12,700. Uniform costs are $1,850.

MMI offers AP credits in 19 subjects. Academic standards at the school are high and students are pushed to achieve their potential.

The school offers athletic programs in baseball, basketball, tennis, softball, and wrestling. These athletic programs help to develop discipline and team work which is an essential part of any military career.

Enrollment

394

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

About The University of Alaska Anchorage, located in Anchorage, Alaska, is a public, four year institution founded in 1954. The school is the largest of the three that comprise the University of Alaska System. The university is divided into six sections, each with its own specialization: Education, Health and Social Welfare, Business and Public Policy, Art and Sciences, the School of Engineering and the Community and Technical College.

UAA also maintains four satellite campuses that offer associate and vocational degrees. The school was originally a community college and then become a four year institution in 1976.  University extensions and community colleges were merged together in 1987 to form the current institution.
Academics The University of Alaska Anchorage offers bachelor degrees typically requiring four years of study. Programs require students to take lower and upper division courses related to their major, general studies and electives in order to complete the required curriculum. Students may also opt take on a minor degree, requiring additional courses of study in a secondary field of expertise.
Students may also pursue vocational or two year degree programs through the school's community college subdivision or extensions. Transfer programs allow students to mirror the first two years of a four year education for the purposes of transfer, followed by applying for admission to four year school or programs in order to continue one's education and eventually earn a bachelor's degree. Transfer within the system is made easier through agreements and requirements that guarantee admission if certain academic criteria are met.
Vocational and career programs allow students to receive an education in a specific industry or field with the intention of seeking employment opportunities after graduation. Programs are taught by industry professionals, providing supervision and guidance for skill development and training. Most programs take between one and two years to complete, resulting in an associate degree or certificate upon completion.
Programs offered include:

Admissions and FInancial Aid Students interested in enrollment at UAA must complete and submit the application for admission, along with transcripts, test scores, recommendations, and essay. UAA will review all applications and based on the strength of each individual application, will make a decision regarding enrollment.

Once the decision is made applicants will be notified, and those accepted will be provided with material to prepare them for their education. Individuals entering a two year program through the community college subdivision will only submit an application and transcripts, and pay all fees in order to enroll.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, work study programs and scholarships. Students in need of financial aid must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Data from the FAFSA will be used by the school to determine the need and aid program eligibility of the applicant when constructing his or her aid packet. Aid must be applied for prior to each academic year, and should be done in a timely fashion in order for the school to complete the aid packet prior to the start of classes.
Athletics The UAA Seawolves participate in athletics through intercollegiate and intramural sports. The school's colors are green and gold. Individuals participating in athletics will be required to meet certain academic standards in order to continue play, and those that do will learn skills useful in their personal and professional lives, such as leadership, discipline and teamwork.  Interested individuals may contact the school's athletic department to begin the process.
Athletic programs include:

  • Basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Volleyball
  • Cross Country
  • Skiing
  • Track and Field

Enrollment

14,644

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

What is the difference between a public college and a private college?

Public colleges and state universities in Alabama that receive public funding are considered a state school or public school. A public institution may operate as an independent institution or as part of a state-wide system of schools. Colleges operating as a part of a state system will have centralized operations for many school functions whereas independent schools manage operations in-house. Most state funded colleges and universities have a two-tier tuition system: one for residents and another for out-of-state residents. State funded schools will generally offer an in-state discount for residents while non-residents will have a higher base tuition. State funded universities will be constructed to typically have higher enrollment than their private school counterparts within the state. Public colleges will often have robust research departments and substantive resources to invest back into the school. Additionally, public universities will generally have both undergraduate and graduate level programs in a variety of degree tracks across various departments and learning domains.

Alabama Public School Majors and Online Degree Programs

Public universities in Alabama offer students a number of degree programs to choose from that include two-year career training programs through doctorate degrees in a number of areas of study. A wide span of public colleges in Alabama offer the broadest selection of majors for students seeking a bachelors degree insciences,business,engineering,arts, and beyond. Check out the list of public schools in Alabama near you to learn more about degree options within each public institution in the State of Alabama.

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Institution Name Number Students Information Virtual Tour
Auburn University - Montgomery in Athens, AL1,000 to 4,999info
Jefferson State Community College in Jacksonville, AL5,000 to 9,999info
Lurleen B Wallace Community College in Livingston, AL5,000 to 9,999info
Northeast Alabama Community College in Florence, AL5,000 to 9,999info
Northwest Shoals Community College - Muscle Shoals in Montevallo, AL1,000 to 4,999info
Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL10,000 to 19,999info
Tuskegee University in Troy, AL10,000 to 19,999info
University of Alabama at Birmingham in Normal, AL5,000 to 9,999info Virtual Tour

Auburn University

The 2 schools listed below are part of the Auburn University system. By following the links below, you can view each school's profile in detail.

Institution Name Number Students Information Virtual Tour
Auburn University in Montgomery, AL5,000 to 9,999info
Birmingham Southern College in Auburn, ALMore Than 20,000info Virtual Tour

The University of Alabama System

The 2 schools listed below are part of The University of Alabama System. By following the links below, you can view each school's profile in detail.

Institution Name Number Students Information Virtual Tour
Alabama State University in Huntsville, AL5,000 to 9,999info
Central Alabama Community College in Tuscaloosa, ALMore Than 20,000info

Notes: Tuition & fee amounts are for both Alabama in-state residents and out of state students, unless noted otherwise. The tuition information displayed is an estimate, which we calculated based on historical data and should be solely used for informational purposes only. Please contact the respective school for information about the current school year.

Source: IPEDS Survey 2012-2020: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.

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