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66 Colleges
63,496 Yearly Graduations
$38,056 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$25,179 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In 2018, 63,496 students received a degree from a college in Alabama, making it rank #24 in terms of graduations. Alabama colleges offer students average in-student tuition of $9,514 per year, while students attending fron out-of-state may pay something more like $13,452 per year.

About 56% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $6,295 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
9,528 Yearly Degrees
$10,780 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 38,563 students at UA in total, 29,923 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average UA undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

About 53% of students who apply get accepted. Around 39% of accepted students are men, and 61% are women.

43% of UA students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $9,657 a year. UA has a 5.2% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $37,400 during the early-career years.

#2

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, Alabama
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
7,321 Yearly Degrees
$3,600 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 20,818 students at Columbia Southern University in total, 8,567 of which are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Columbia Southern University, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

Approximately 59% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,329 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.3% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Columbia Southern University is $51,900.

#3

Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
6,979 Yearly Degrees
$9,630 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Auburn University is 29,776, of which 21,762 students are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Auburn, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

About 84% of students who apply get accepted. Around 43% of accepted students are men, and 57% are women.

32% of Auburn students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,275 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.0% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Auburn with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $39,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#4

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
5,282 Yearly Degrees
$8,100 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 20,902 students at UAB in total, 9,677 of which are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UAB is 4.5 years.

Around 92% of students who apply get accepted. Around 36% of accepted students are men, and 64% are women.

Approximately 55% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,004 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $35,100 during the early-career years.

#5

University of South Alabama

Mobile, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
3,826 Yearly Degrees
$7,956 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 9,090 full-time undergraduates at USA, and 15,569 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 82%. Around 37% of accepted students are men, and 63% are women.

Approximately 61% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $10,983 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from USA with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $31,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#6

Troy University

Troy, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
3,719 Yearly Degrees
$7,650 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 17,521 students at TROY in total, 9,491 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Around 88% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

Approximately 81% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,278 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.4% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $30,400 during the early-career years.

#7

University of Alabama in Huntsville

Huntsville, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
1,940 Yearly Degrees
$10,632 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at University of Alabama in Huntsville is 9,101, of which 5,903 students are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at UAH, the average graduation time is 4.8 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 81%. Of the accepted students, 58% are men and 42% are women.

46% of UAH students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,298 a year. UAH has a 7.4% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UAH is $36,200.

#8

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
1,704 Yearly Degrees
$9,168 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 8,567 students at Jacksonville State University in total, 5,523 of which are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Jacksonville State University, the average graduation time is 4.8 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 54%. Around 40% of accepted students are men, and 60% are women.

59% of Jacksonville State University students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,016 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.8% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $28,700 during the early-career years.

#9

Samford University

Birmingham, Alabama
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,698 Yearly Degrees
$17,255 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Samford University is 5,509, of which 3,266 students are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at Samford. The freshman retention rate is 87%.

About 83% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 32% are men and 68% are women.

Approximately 38% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $8,448 a year. Samford has a 1.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Samford is $37,500.

#10

University of North Alabama

Florence, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
1,542 Yearly Degrees
$5,868 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 7,204 students at UNA in total, 5,141 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average UNA undergraduate about 4.8 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 70%. Around 37% of accepted students are men, and 63% are women.

69% of UNA students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $8,451 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.6% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $28,600 during the early-career years.

#11

University of West Alabama

Livingston, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
1,171 Yearly Degrees
$6,678 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 1,843 full-time undergraduates at University of West Alabama, and 4,646 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

About 28% of students who apply get accepted. Around 38% of accepted students are men, and 62% are women.

96% of University of West Alabama students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,077 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from University of West Alabama is $26,400.

Public Public vs. Private
1,103 Yearly Degrees

There are 9,861 students at Calhoun Community College in total, 3,307 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 24 to 1.

Roughly 27% of students at Calhoun Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,619 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Calhoun Community College is $24,000.

#13

Auburn University at Montgomery

Montgomery, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
1,019 Yearly Degrees
$7,146 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Auburn University at Montgomery is 4,894, of which 3,239 students are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at AUM, the average graduation time is 5.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 83%. Around 35% of accepted students are men, and 65% are women.

Approximately 55% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,639 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.5% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from AUM with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $30,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
925 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at George C Wallace State Community College-Hanceville is 5,301, of which 2,554 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Roughly 31% of students at Wallace State Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,696 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Wallace State Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#15

Jefferson State Community College

Birmingham, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
848 Yearly Degrees

There are 8,840 students at Jeff State in total, 2,647 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Approximately 26% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $3,952 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,900 during the early-career years.

#16

Alabama A & M University

Normal, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
847 Yearly Degrees
$10,128 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 4,714 full-time undergraduates at AAMU, and 6,001 students altogether. It takes the average AAMU undergraduate about 5.1 years to complete their degree.

Around 90% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 35% are men and 65% are women.

Approximately 72% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,427 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from AAMU is $25,200.

#17

Faulkner University

Montgomery, Alabama
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
829 Yearly Degrees
$9,750 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Faulkner University is 3,350, of which 1,744 students are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Faulkner is 4.5 years.

About 51% of students who apply get accepted. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

75% of Faulkner students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,946 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,700 during the early-career years.

#18

Alabama State University

Montgomery, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
828 Yearly Degrees
$9,888 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Alabama State University is 4,760, of which 3,866 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Around 98% of students who apply get accepted. Around 31% of accepted students are men, and 66% are women.

Roughly 76% of students at Alabama State take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,709 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 21.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Alabama State with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $22,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#19

Athens State University

Athens, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
785 Yearly Degrees
$7,968 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 1,210 full-time undergraduates at Athens State University, and 3,114 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Athens State University has a 7.1% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $33,400 during the early-career years.

#20

University of Montevallo

Montevallo, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
684 Yearly Degrees
$10,200 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at University of Montevallo is 2,717, of which 2,101 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average University of Montevallo undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 64%. Of the accepted students, 32% are men and 67% are women.

58% of University of Montevallo students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,317 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.1% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,500 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
667 Yearly Degrees

There are 4,828 students at Southern Union State Community College in total, 2,486 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

24% of Southern Union State Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,069 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Southern Union State Community College is $25,300.

#22

Gadsden State Community College

Gadsden, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
642 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Gadsden State Community College is 4,979, of which 2,465 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

3% of GSCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,645 a year.

Students who graduate from GSCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $21,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#23

Tuskegee University

Tuskegee, Alabama
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
597 Yearly Degrees
$19,210 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 3,289 students at Tuskegee in total, 2,722 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 50%. Of the accepted students, 31% are men and 69% are women.

58% of Tuskegee students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $3,444 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.5% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Tuskegee with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#24

Northeast Alabama Community College

Rainsville, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
567 Yearly Degrees

There are 2,736 students at Northeast in total, 1,222 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

12% of Northeast students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $3,825 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $23,600 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
543 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at George C Wallace Community College-Dothan is 4,645, of which 1,929 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Roughly 3% of students at WALLACE DOTHAN take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,802 a year.

Students who graduate from WALLACE DOTHAN with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $21,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Other Alabama Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Shelton State Community College 535
27 Coastal Alabama Community College 527
28 Bevill State Community College 489
29 Snead State Community College 412
30 Virginia College - Birmingham 368
31 Oakwood University 352
31 Northwest-Shoals Community College 352
33 University of Mobile 342
34 Spring Hill College 322
35 Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus 316
36 Miles College 295
37 Birmingham Southern College 285
38 Bishop State Community College 275
39 George C Wallace State Community College-Selma 259
40 Huntingdon College 233
41 Chattahoochee Valley Community College 229
42 Lurleen B Wallace Community College 210
43 Central Alabama Community College 206
44 Enterprise State Community College 191
45 H Councill Trenholm State Community College 178
46 Amridge University 154
47 Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine 144
48 Strayer University - Alabama 138
49 Herzing University - Birmingham 134
50 Talladega College 128
51 South University - Montgomery 127
52 Marion Military Institute 109
53 Judson College 83
54 Stillman College 73
55 United States Sports Academy 70
56 J. F. Drake State Community and Technical College 64
57 Virginia College - Huntsville 57
58 Virginia College-Mobile 45
59 Virginia College-Montgomery 42
60 Selma University 37
61 Fortis College-Montgomery 31
62 Fortis Institute-Birmingham 30
63 Heritage Christian University 22
64 Huntsville Bible College 20
65 Reid State Technical College 18
66 J F Ingram State Technical College 0

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