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79 Colleges
78,491 Yearly Graduations
$39,278 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$25,955 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

Alabama ranked #25 in the nation for degrees handed out in 2019. Around 78,491 students received some type of diploma that year. Students who live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $9,820 a year, while students from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $13,786 a year.

About 59% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $6,489 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
9,728 Yearly Degrees
$10,780 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 38,100 students at UA in total, 32,795 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 29,135 are full-time. Students tend to stick around at UA. The freshman retention rate is 87%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 53%. Around 39% of accepted students are men, and 61% are women.

43% of UA students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $9,657 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UA is $37,400.

#2

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, Alabama
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
7,635 Yearly Degrees
$5,655 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Columbia Southern University is 20,034, of which 14,364 students are undergraduates and of those, 7,554 are full-time. For undergraduates at Columbia Southern University, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

Roughly 59% of students at Columbia Southern University take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,329 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.6% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $51,900 during the early-career years.

#3

Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
7,521 Yearly Degrees
$11,492 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 30,460 students at Auburn in total, 24,594 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 22,527 are full-time. For undergraduates at Auburn, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 84%. Of the accepted students, 43% are men and 57% are women.

Roughly 32% of students at Auburn take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $8,275 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.6% 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
5,656 Yearly Degrees
$8,568 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 13,836 undergraduates at UAB, of which 10,315 are full-time, and there are 22,080 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UAB is 4.5 years.

Around 92% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 36% 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 student loan default rate of 5.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from UAB with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $35,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#5

Troy University

Troy, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
3,917 Yearly Degrees
$8,908 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 16,436 students at TROY in total, 12,995 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 8,741 are full-time. It takes the average TROY undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

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

81% of TROY students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,278 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.8% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from TROY with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $30,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#6

University of South Alabama

Mobile, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
3,611 Yearly Degrees
$8,396 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of South Alabama is 14,397, of which 9,601 students are undergraduates and of those, 8,065 are full-time. For undergraduates at USA, the average graduation time is 4.8 years.

About 82% of students who apply get accepted. Around 37% of accepted students are men, and 63% are women.

61% of USA students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $10,983 a year. USA has a 8.4% 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 USA is $31,500.

Public Public vs. Private
2,539 Yearly Degrees
$4,800 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,522 full-time undergraduates at Wallace State, Hanceville, and 4,985 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

31% of Wallace State, Hanceville students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,696 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Wallace State, Hanceville is $26,900.

Public Public vs. Private
2,199 Yearly Degrees
$4,880 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,160 full-time undergraduates at Calhoun Community College, and 9,315 students altogether. 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 16.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $24,000 during the early-career years.

#9

University of Alabama in Huntsville

Huntsville, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
2,000 Yearly Degrees
$11,122 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 9,988 students at UAH in total, 7,989 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 6,749 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

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.

Approximately 46% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,298 a year. UAH has a 5.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from UAH with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $36,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
1,970 Yearly Degrees
$4,800 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Southern Union State Community College is 4,655, which includes 2,496 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 16.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,300 during the early-career years.

#11

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
1,750 Yearly Degrees
$11,120 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Jacksonville State University is 9,021, of which 7,749 students are undergraduates and of those, 5,942 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Jacksonville State University is 4.8 years.

About 54% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

Roughly 59% of students at Jacksonville State University take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $8,016 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.8% is very similar 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.

#12

University of North Alabama

Florence, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
1,701 Yearly Degrees
$10,620 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,702 students at UNA in total, 6,050 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 4,901 are full-time. 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 70%. Of the accepted students, 37% are men and 63% are women.

Approximately 69% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $8,451 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.6% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from UNA with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#13

Samford University

Birmingham, Alabama
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,617 Yearly Degrees
$32,850 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Samford University is 5,692, of which 3,591 students are undergraduates and of those, 3,509 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

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 typical student loan amount is $8,448 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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

#14

Northeast Alabama Community College

Rainsville, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
1,469 Yearly Degrees
$4,800 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,981 students at Northeast in total, 1,176 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 12% of students at Northeast take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $3,825 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Northeast with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
1,376 Yearly Degrees
$4,740 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,762 full-time undergraduates at Wallace, Dothan, and 4,478 students altogether. 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 average amount of student loans is $5,802 a year.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $21,400 during the early-career years.

#16

University of West Alabama

Livingston, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
1,375 Yearly Degrees
$10,990 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,653 students at University of West Alabama in total, 2,239 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,883 are full-time. It takes the average University of West Alabama undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

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

Approximately 96% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,077 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,400 during the early-career years.

#17

Jefferson State Community College

Birmingham, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
1,342 Yearly Degrees
$4,860 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Jefferson State Community College is 8,711, which includes 2,488 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

26% of Jeff State students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $3,952 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

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

#18

Coastal Alabama Community College

Bay Minette, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
1,223 Yearly Degrees
$4,800 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Coastal Alabama Community College is 7,535, which includes 3,498 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

Roughly 24% of students at Coastal Alabama Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,085 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $23,800 during the early-career years.

#19

Gadsden State Community College

Gadsden, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
1,216 Yearly Degrees
$4,860 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Gadsden State Community College is 4,599, which includes 2,233 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.

#20

Bevill State Community College

Jasper, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
1,125 Yearly Degrees
$5,150 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,787 students at Bevill State Community College in total, 1,351 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

3% of Bevill State Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,848 a year.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Bevill State Community College is $23,300.

#21

Northwest-Shoals Community College

Muscle Shoals, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
944 Yearly Degrees
$4,771 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Northwest-Shoals Community College is 3,512, which includes 1,288 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Approximately 18% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,558 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 23.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from NW-SCC is $23,300.

#22

Auburn University at Montgomery

Montgomery, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
896 Yearly Degrees
$8,620 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Auburn University at Montgomery is 5,188, of which 4,523 students are undergraduates and of those, 3,505 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at AUM is 5.2 years.

About 83% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 35% are men and 65% are women.

55% of AUM students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,639 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.4% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from AUM is $30,100.

#23

Shelton State Community College

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
852 Yearly Degrees
$4,541 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,201 students at Shelton State Community College in total, 2,075 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

Students who graduate from Shelton State Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $22,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#24

Bishop State Community College

Mobile, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
816 Yearly Degrees
$4,740 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,363 full-time undergraduates at Bishop State Community College, and 2,846 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $19,100 during the early-career years.

#25

Alabama A & M University

Normal, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
810 Yearly Degrees
$10,024 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,172 students at AAMU in total, 5,273 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 4,975 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at AAMU is 5.1 years.

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

Approximately 72% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,427 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,200 during the early-career years.

Other Alabama Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Ingram State Technical College 797
27 Faulkner University 791
28 Athens State University 749
29 Lawson State Community College - Birmingham Campus 706
30 Alabama State University 663
31 University of Montevallo 601
32 Lurleen B Wallace Community College 563
33 Tuskegee University 560
34 Snead State Community College 548
35 Enterprise State Community College 529
36 Chattahoochee Valley Community College 508
37 Wallace Community College, Selma 461
38 Central Alabama Community College 404
39 H Councill Trenholm State Community College 389
40 University of Mobile 359
41 Birmingham Southern College 354
42 Oakwood University 333
43 Spring Hill College 318
44 Huntingdon College 265
45 Herzing University - Birmingham 234
45 Fortis Institute - Birmingham 234
47 Miles College 230
48 Fortis College - Montgomery (Atlanta Highway) 213
49 Fortis College 189
50 J. F. Drake State Community and Technical College 184
51 Strayer University - Alabama 180
52 Amridge University 172
53 Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine 159
54 Ross Medical Education Center - Huntsville 129
55 Marion Military Institute 124
56 South University, Montgomery 123
56 Fortis College - Dothan 123
58 Reid State Technical College 102
59 Talladega College 101
60 Stillman College 94
61 Fortis College - Foley 86
62 Paul Mitchell the School Huntsville 77
63 Judson College 75
64 United States Sports Academy 71
65 Fortis College - Montgomery (Eastdale Circle) 61
65 Paul Mitchell the School Birmingham 61
67 New Beginning College of Cosmetology 52
68 Selma University 37
69 Cardiac and Vascular Institute of Ultrasound 30
70 Winonah’S-International-School-Of-Cosmetology 28
71 University Academy of Hair Design 22
72 Blue Cliff Career College 21
73 Huntsville Bible College 19
74 The Salon Professional Academy - Huntsville 16
75 Alabama School of Nail Technology & Cosmetology 15
76 Midfield Institute of Cosmetology 12
77 Brown Beauty Barber School 11
78 Alabama State College of Barber Styling 10
78 Heritage Christian University 10

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