Alabama’s dynamic higher education system can serve virtually any student goal and, hard data suggests, do so successfully. Residents who go to college are much more likely than those in other states to complete their degrees: the state’s 2013-14 four-year college graduation rate was eight percent higher than the national average. Alabama is home to nearly 60 colleges and universities, including 25 community colleges, 14 four-year universities and several private schools. Some of these institutions receive national recognition for program quality and other success factors. Which Alabama colleges are the best? Continue reading to learn more about rankings, accreditation, costs, financial aid, planning resources and more for colleges in Alabama.

Alabama College Leaderboard: 2017 Rankings

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Future Alabama college students have much to consider when researching programs. Some students focus on tuition costs and financial aid, for instance, while others are more concerned with class sizes, graduation rates or alumni earnings. Finding the right balance can be tricky. Students can use this ranking to identify Alabama colleges that scored highest in overall quality and value for 2017.

Rank School Name Score Tuition Fees Alumni Earnings Student/Teacher Ratio Gift Financial AidGraduation Rate Acceptance Rate # Online Programs # Total Programs Placement Services Credit for Experience
1
Enterprise State Community College
99.82
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$26,300
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
43%
13% N/A 0 29 Yes Yes
2
Gadsden State Community College
99.60
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$26,900
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
25%
14% N/A 4 61 Yes Yes
3
Wallace State Community College – Hanceville
99.49
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$27,800
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
21%
20% N/A 1 65 Yes Yes
4
Southern Union State Community College
99.01
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$29,000
23:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
32%
14% N/A 0 64 Yes Yes
5
Lurleen B Wallace Community College
98.91
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$28,000
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
35%
21% N/A 2 28 Yes Yes
6
H Councill Trenholm State Technical College
98.69
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$21,000
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
30%
33% N/A 0 45 Yes Yes
7
Jefferson Davis Community College
98.68
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$27,200
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
30%
30% N/A 0 41 Yes No
8
J F Drake State Community and Technical College
98.55
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$23,500
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
22%
15% N/A 0 36 Yes Yes
9
Faulkner State Community College
97.85
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$28,900
25:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
26%
10% N/A 0 36 Yes No
10
Jefferson State Community College
97.62
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$30,300
20:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
15%
7% N/A 3 41 Yes Yes
11
Northeast Alabama Community College
97.56
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$28,700
20:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
30%
24% N/A 0 34 Yes No
12
Wallace Community College – Dothan
97.52
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$27,100
19:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
11%
15% N/A 0 55 Yes Yes
13
Bevill State Community College
97.49
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$25,900
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
38%
14% N/A 1 55 Yes Yes
14
Wallace Community College – Selma
97.04
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$24,400
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
19%
25% N/A 3 24 Yes Yes
15
Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus
96.70
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$22,300
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
32%
18% N/A 0 62 Yes Yes
16
Snead State Community College
96.39
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$26,000
21:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
65%
32% N/A 3 16 Yes Yes
17
Bishop State Community College
96.08
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$22,600
20:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
21%
11% N/A 0 41 Yes No
18
Calhoun State Community College
95.88
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$27,200
25:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
14%
13% N/A 2 55 No Yes
19
Remington College-Mobile Campus
95.65
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$26,200
20:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
79%
59% 81% 0 9 Yes No
20
Shelton State Community College
94.87
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$24,300
21:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
19%
8% N/A 0 50 Yes No
21
Central Alabama Community College
90.99
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$27,100
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
38%
9% N/A 0 32 No Yes
22
Chattahoochee Valley Community College
89.03
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$27,700
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
42%
13% N/A 0 27 No No
23
Northwest-Shoals Community College
87.98
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$26,300
22:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
46%
13% N/A 2 49 No No
24
Alabama Southern Community College
87.86
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$23,200
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
41%
23% N/A 0 13 Yes No
25
Reid State Technical College
87.67
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$20,100
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
59%
34% N/A 0 25 Yes No
26
J F Ingram State Technical College
86.00
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
N/A
12:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
N/A
31% N/A 0 35 Yes No
Rank School Name Score Tuition Fees Alumni Earnings Student/Teacher Ratio Gift Financial AidGraduation Rate Acceptance Rate # Online Programs # Total Programs Placement Services Credit for Experience
1
Samford University
99.79
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$45,800
12:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
97%
71% 60% 2 86 Yes No
2
University of Alabama at Birmingham
97.84
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$40,300
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
66%
48% 86% 17 96 Yes Yes
3
Spring Hill College
97.76
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$43,800
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
99%
62% 52% 1 53 Yes No
4
Auburn University
97.72
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$45,400
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
65%
68% 83% 18 154 Yes No
5
University of Alabama in Huntsville
97.50
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$46,600
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
66%
47% 82% 5 56 Yes No
6
The University of Alabama
96.89
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$42,400
21:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
53%
67% 51% 22 136 Yes Yes
7
Birmingham Southern College
96.36
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$41,900
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
99%
66% 53% 0 43 No No
8
University of Mobile
95.47
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$37,800
12:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
97%
42% 58% 0 41 Yes No
9
Troy University
95.00
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$36,600
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
45%
35% 44% 22 64 Yes Yes
10
University of South Alabama
94.84
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$38,300
20:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
59%
37% 83% 8 80 Yes No
11
Amridge University
94.53
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$38,100
10:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
100%
N/A N/A 13 13 No Yes
12
Huntingdon College
94.09
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$37,100
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
100%
47% 58% 0 36 Yes No
13
Judson College
93.56
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$30,700
9:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
95%
37% 65% 15 22 Yes Yes
14
Tuskegee University
93.35
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$37,100
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
24%
46% 49% 0 59 Yes No
15
Oakwood University
92.84
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$33,700
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
85%
38% 48% 0 60 No Yes
16
University of North Alabama
92.19
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$36,300
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
51%
32% 68% 11 48 Yes No
17
Jacksonville State University
92.01
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$35,100
19:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
56%
29% 83% 14 64 Yes Yes
18
University of Montevallo
91.87
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$35,100
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
62%
47% 74% 0 34 Yes No
19
Faulkner University
91.40
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$37,600
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
92%
33% N/A 6 38 Yes No
20
Athens State University
91.36
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$39,700
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
N/A
N/A N/A 10 30 Yes Yes
21
Alabama State University
91.09
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$27,800
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
36%
26% 53% 3 46 Yes Yes
22
University of West Alabama
90.98
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$33,800
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
47%
27% 72% 15 33 Yes No
23
Auburn University at Montgomery
90.08
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$34,800
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
41%
20% 80% 6 46 Yes No
24
Alabama A & M University
89.58
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$31,400
20:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
49%
32% 53% 1 63 Yes No
25
Stillman College
87.48
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$24,700
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
100%
25% 59% 0 15 Yes No
26
Talladega College
86.09
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$25,600
20:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
57%
25% N/A 0 20 Yes Yes
27
Miles College
86.00
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$27,200
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
22%
15% N/A 0 25 Yes No

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Alabama College Planning and Outreach Initiatives

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 84 percent of Alabamans had high school diplomas in 2010, yet only 23 percent had bachelor’s or graduate degrees. The state is taking great strides to improve those numbers. Several colleges, non-profits and state organizations are helping fill the gap through dedicated outreach programs that enhance college readiness, affordability and more. Here are some of them.

Blueprints College Access Initiative

Blueprints College Access Initiative promotes college readiness among Alabama’s low-income high school students. The organization uses a peer-mentoring system connecting high school students with current college students. It also offers in-classroom workshops, after-school tutoring and support, financial aid information, and relationships with college students and professors to create a “college-positive” culture.

Gear Up Alabama

The Black Belt region of Alabama is historically one of the poorest in the state with more than 25 percent of adults living below the poverty line. Higher education rates also tend to be low. Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, or GEAR UP, is a grant program that increases the number of college-ready low-income students. According to the organization, it services nearly 9,300 students in 52 schools across the region.

AAMU-ASU Transfer Scholarship Program

This scholarship program through Alabama A&M University in Huntsville and Alabama State University in Montgomery offers graduates of any public community or technical college the opportunity to complete a four-year degree for free. Each university can choose up to 500 awardees each year through 2018, its final year, when they choose up to 250 award winners.

Cost Analysis of Colleges in Alabama

For many people, the value of a degree program hinges on both its long- and short-term financial impact. One might consider which colleges in Alabama are most affordable, produce the highest-paid graduates or provide exceptional financial aid. The following rankings clear things up.

Average Alabama Tuition &
Fees at 4-Year Public Colleges

Source: CollegeBoard

% of Alabama Students
Receiving Financial Aid

Source: IPEDS

Average Financial Aid Award
for Alabama Students

Source: IPEDS

* Institutional aid represents grant and scholarship funds directly awarded by a postsecondary institution.

* Financial aid data represents 4-year public and private nonprofit schools only.

Alabama’s Most Affordable Colleges

College affordability depends on a great number of factors. Tuition, for instance, varies with one’s course load, degree level and residency, while financial aid availability is another key element. Certain schools are particularly successful on the cost front. This list highlights the most affordable colleges in Alabama based on net price.

Average
Annual Net
Price

Cost for students awarded federal financial aid, after school and government aid is deducted. At public colleges, only applies to in-state students.

Alabama College Net Price vs. National Average
ALABAMA $15,599 Average
Annual Net Price
$18,073

Source: College Scorecard
Note: Rankings/data represent 4-year public and private nonprofit schools only.

Alabama Colleges With Top Alumni Earnings

Students want to know that their degrees will hold value in tomorrow’s job market. After all, many graduates have student loans to pay off, licensing exams to pay for or professional organization membership expenses. The following clarifies which Alabama colleges have the highest-paid alumni.

Annual
Median Earnings
10 Years
After Entering
College

Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.

Alabama Alumni Salaries vs. National Average
ALABAMA $35,583 Annual Median Earnings
10 Years After Entering College
$42,759

Source: College Scorecard
Note: Rankings/data represent 4-year public and private nonprofit schools only.

Colleges in Alabama That Produce the Least Student Debt

According to the Institute for College Access and Success, the average debt with which students graduated from Alabama colleges in 2015 was $29,425. This places the state in among the top 10 in the nation. Nonetheless, the same institute reported that 54 percent of students graduate with some debt. Graduates of the following institutions carry the lowest average educational debt in Alabama.

Median
Federal Student
Loan Debt After
Graduation

Only for undergraduates who completed college; does not include Parent-PLUS loans.

Alabama College Grad Debt Vs. National Average
ALABAMA $27,010 Median Federal Student
Loan Debt After Graduation
$23,145

Source: College Scorecard
Note: Rankings/data represent 4-year public and private nonprofit schools only.

Cost of Living for Alabama College Students

Alabama already offers a lower-than-average cost of living, but those costs still vary by city or region. This reality can have a huge impact on students’ budgets. Various factors contribute: one college town might offer the lowest living costs while another provides the lowest food costs. This table gives an in-depth view of these factors across the most populous cities in the state.

area composite index housing groceries utilities transportation health care misc.
Statewide Average 91% 75% 99% 101% 93% 86% 98%
Birmingham 91% 80% 99% 98% 91% 85% 95%
Huntsville 91% 71% 93% 100% 95% 96% 101%
Mobile 92% 76% 102% 107% 96% 88% 95%
Montgomery 93% 85% 98% 107% 91% 82% 95%
Tuscaloosa 99% 75% 104% 107% 104% 82% 115%

Source: The Council for Community and Economic Research

College Accreditation in Alabama

Accreditation certifies that institution meets established quality standards and best practices. Alabama colleges are regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCC). Some programs can also be nationally accredited within specific fields and disciplines. Examples of programmatic accreditation organizations:

Alabama College City Spotlight

Birmingham

According to the 2010 US Census, Birmingham is the biggest city in Alabama with more than 212,000 residents. The city has nine colleges and community colleges, and many post-doctoral schools in fields like dentistry, law and engineering. Here are some of its higher education institutions.

College Name School Type Annual Net Price Annual Median Earnings
10 Years After College

Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.

BirminghamJefferson State Community College Public $8,799 $30,300
Established in 1965, JSCC serves fewer than 10,000 students across four campuses and has an average student age of 24 years. The community college is a leading producer of nursing degree graduates. It is also home to the Instructional Technology Academy, which focuses on professional development in technology-related fields.
BirminghamSamford University Private not-for-profit $24,093 $45,800
SU is one of Alabama's top private Christian schools. It was founded in 1841, and has 5,206 students. Students can choose from fields like arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, law, nursing, and public health. It has 30 undergraduate degree programs and a 93 percent placement rate (into jobs or graduate schools).
BirminghamUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham Public $14,805 $40,300
UAB is a fast-growing research institution and medical center. In 1936 it was initially opened as an extension of the University of Alabama, but as of the 2016 spring semester there were 10,839 undergraduates enrolled, and 17,189 students total. Students don't have to study medicine; the university offers degrees in everything from anthropology and musical theater to
Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa's 2010 population was 95,334 - the fifth largest in the state - and University of Alabama students account for nearly a third of it. This institution, along with others in the town, translates to a high college attainment rate.

College Name School Type Annual Net Price Annual Median Earnings
10 Years After College

Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.

TuscaloosaShelton State Community College Public $8,587 $24,300
SSCC is a public institution that strives to support its students through its commitment to excellence. The school has a complete environment for its students, with athletics, clubs and numerous degree programs. Among the fields one can study are industrial technologies, culinary arts, or behavioral sciences.
TuscaloosaStillman College Private not-for-profit $17,473 $24,700
A private college, Stillman is committed to providing a strong liberal arts education to its students. The school offers a variety of programs that are designed to benefit a diverse population through quality academics at various levels. The school is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and has fewer than 1,000 students. Across 11 disciplines, the school had a completion rate of 78.8 percent in the fall of 2014.
TuscaloosaThe University of Alabama Public $20,916 $42,400
By far the biggest university in Alabama, UA is also the oldest public institution. It had 37,100 students in fall of 2015. In addition to its diverse academic landscape, UA is also known for its stellar athletics. Teams in five different sports have secured 25 national championships. One can

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Resources for Prospective Alabama College Students

Aspiring students looking to go to college in Alabama have many online resources at their disposal. Continue your research at the following Alabama higher education websites.

Alabama Career Information Network

This resource explains Alabama college financial aid programs in detail, including who may apply, program descriptions and application procedures.

Alabama Commission on Higher Education

ACHE gives prospective students and their families information on grant and financial aid programs, and can be a resource for searching for state-wide initiatives and improvements on higher education in the state.

Alabama Communities of Excellence

ACE is a non-profit organization formed to help participating communities establish and prepare for a more vibrant future. Prospective participants must have a commitment to the ACE program and be able to support its ideals.

Alabama Community College System

Hub for all relevant information for Alabama’s two-year community colleges. Info includes veterans’ services, adult education and job opportunities.

Alabama State Department of Education

From kindergarten through post-secondary education, this site has information for students at all levels.

College Affordability and Transparency Center

This program, through the US Department of Education, can help students navigate the price of going to different colleges in Alabama.

Higher Education Partnership

This organization advocates for Alabama’s 14 public universities and colleges and their students.

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

SACS is the primary accreditation agency for colleges in Alabama, and has information on its members.