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Colleges in Alabama

25 colleges
74,890 yearly degrees
$8,479 average yearly in-state tuition
$24,434 average 4-year student loan

While there are fewer options to choose from in this state, all that matters is you find the college that is the right fit for you! Students who are able to take advantage of in-state tuition will only pay an average of $8,479 to get their degree at a public Alabama college, while out of state students will pay an average of $14,534.

An estimated 42% of college students in Alabama take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,109.

Browse the biggest schools below sorted by largest to smallest in size:

#1

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Public public vs private
9,530 yearly awards
$21,973 net cost

The total student population at The University of Alabama is 38,563, of which 29,923 students are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at UA. The freshman retention rate is 87%.

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

Approximately 42% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $10,219. The student loan default rate of 5.2% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from UA is $44,500.

#2

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, Alabama
Private for-profit public vs private
7,490 yearly awards
$10,853 net cost

There are 8,567 full-time undergraduates at Columbia Southern University, and 20,818 students altogether. It takes the average Columbia Southern University undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

60% of Columbia Southern University students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $5,936. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.3% is close to the national average.

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Columbia Southern University earns $0.

#3

Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama
Public public vs private
6,980 yearly awards
$23,416 net cost

There are approximately 29,776 students at Auburn in total, 21,762 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Auburn undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

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

Roughly, 34% of students at Auburn take out loans to pay for college. Most of these students take out loans totaling $8,442. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $48,800.

#4

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama
Public public vs private
5,330 yearly awards
$17,535 net cost

There are 9,677 full-time undergraduates at UAB, and 20,902 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at UAB. The freshman retention rate is 84%.

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

56% of UAB students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of these loans is $7,168. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

$41,200 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from UAB earns.

#5

University of South Alabama

Mobile, Alabama
Public public vs private
3,960 yearly awards
$14,237 net cost

The total student population at University of South Alabama is 15,569, of which 9,090 students are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at USA. The freshman retention rate is 78%.

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

Approximately 58% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $10,747. USA has a 8.4% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate for USA with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $37,800 after graduation.

#6

Troy University

Troy, Alabama
Public public vs private
3,720 yearly awards
$13,349 net cost

There are approximately 17,521 students at TROY in total, 9,491 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average TROY undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

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

Roughly, 76% of students at TROY take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $4,527. The student loan default rate of 10.4% is very similar to the national average.

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from TROY earns $37,000.

#7

University of Alabama in Huntsville

Huntsville, Alabama
Public public vs private
1,950 yearly awards
$19,986 net cost

The total student population at University of Alabama in Huntsville is 9,101, of which 5,903 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average UAH undergraduate about 4.8 years to complete their degree.

81% of students who apply get accepted. Around 58% of accepted students are men, and 42% are women.

Roughly, 43% of students at UAH take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $6,232. UAH has a 7.4% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $46,700.

Public public vs private
1,800 yearly awards
$7,450 net cost

There are 2,554 full-time undergraduates at Wallace State Community College, and 5,301 students altogether.

Approximately 32% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $5,124. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Wallace State Community College is $32,200.

Public public vs private
1,730 yearly awards
$5,401 net cost

There are approximately 9,861 students at Calhoun Community College in total, 3,307 of which are full-time undergraduates.

27% of Calhoun Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of these loans is $4,769. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

Students who graduate for Calhoun Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,000 after graduation.

#10

Samford University

Birmingham, Alabama
Private not-for-profit public vs private
1,710 yearly awards
$29,032 net cost

The total student population at Samford University is 5,509, of which 3,266 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Samford undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

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

Approximately 32% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $8,544. Samford has a 1.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

$49,900 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Samford earns.

#11

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, Alabama
Public public vs private
1,700 yearly awards
$18,074 net cost

There are 5,523 full-time undergraduates at Jacksonville State University, and 8,567 students altogether. It takes the average Jacksonville State University undergraduate about 4.8 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 54%. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

Roughly, 53% of students at Jacksonville State University take out loans to pay for college. Most of these students take out loans totaling $7,159. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 11.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $35,800.

#12

University of North Alabama

Florence, Alabama
Public public vs private
1,540 yearly awards
$12,754 net cost

There are approximately 7,204 students at UNA in total, 5,141 of which are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at UNA. The freshman retention rate is 76%.

About 70% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 37% are men and 63% are women.

83% of UNA students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $4,255. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.6% is close to the national average.

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from UNA earns $37,800.

#13

Jefferson State Community College

Birmingham, Alabama
Public public vs private
1,370 yearly awards
$9,003 net cost

The total student population at Jefferson State Community College is 8,840, of which 2,647 students are full-time undergraduates.

25% of Jeff State students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $3,725. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Jeff State is $30,600.

Public public vs private
1,350 yearly awards
$10,083 net cost

There are approximately 4,828 students at Southern Union State Community College in total, 2,486 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Approximately 24% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $4,660. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

$30,700 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Southern Union State Community College earns.

#15

University of West Alabama

Livingston, Alabama
Public public vs private
1,170 yearly awards
$13,512 net cost

There are 1,843 full-time undergraduates at University of West Alabama, and 4,646 students altogether. It takes the average University of West Alabama undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 28%. Around 38% of accepted students are men, and 62% are women.

Roughly, 84% of students at University of West Alabama take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $6,654. The student loan default rate of 7.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate for University of West Alabama with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $37,400 after graduation.

#16

Gadsden State Community College

Gadsden, Alabama
Public public vs private
1,160 yearly awards
$3,794 net cost

The total student population at Gadsden State Community College is 4,979, of which 2,465 students are full-time undergraduates.

Roughly, 3% of students at GSCC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of these loans is $4,802.

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from GSCC is $26,700.

#17

Bevill State Community College

Jasper, Alabama
Public public vs private
1,090 yearly awards
$7,873 net cost

There are 1,583 full-time undergraduates at Bevill State Community College, and 3,872 students altogether.

4% of Bevill State Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $5,540.

Students who graduate for Bevill State Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,100 after graduation.

#18

Auburn University at Montgomery

Montgomery, Alabama
Public public vs private
1,020 yearly awards
$15,310 net cost

There are approximately 4,894 students at AUM in total, 3,239 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average AUM undergraduate about 5.2 years to complete their degree.

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

Approximately 65% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $5,502. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 11.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

$33,300 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from AUM earns.

Public public vs private
950 yearly awards
$2,664 net cost

There are 1,929 full-time undergraduates at WALLACE.HAN, and 4,645 students altogether.

Roughly, 3% of students at WALLACE.HAN take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $4,994.

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from WALLACE.HAN earns $24,700.

#20

Northeast Alabama Community College

Rainsville, Alabama
Public public vs private
950 yearly awards
$2,874 net cost

The total student population at Northeast Alabama Community College is 2,736, of which 1,222 students are full-time undergraduates.

13% of Northeast students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of these loans is $3,396. 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-degree holder from this school earns $27,900.

#21

Northwest-Shoals Community College

Muscle Shoals, Alabama
Public public vs private
910 yearly awards
$6,179 net cost

There are approximately 3,440 students at Northwest-Shoals Community College in total, 1,436 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Approximately 23% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $4,878. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 21.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Northwest-Shoals Community College earns $25,600.

#22

Alabama A & M University

Normal, Alabama
Public public vs private
850 yearly awards
$15,184 net cost

The total student population at Alabama A & M University is 6,001, of which 4,714 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average AAMU undergraduate about 5.1 years to complete their degree.

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

Roughly, 75% of students at AAMU take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of these loans is $6,301. 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 average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from AAMU is $31,000.

#23

Faulkner University

Montgomery, Alabama
Private not-for-profit public vs private
830 yearly awards
$23,562 net cost

There are approximately 3,350 students at Faulkner in total, 1,744 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Faulkner undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 51%. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

Approximately 73% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $6,218. 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-degree holder from this school earns $35,400.

#24

Alabama State University

Montgomery, Alabama
Public public vs private
830 yearly awards
$12,874 net cost

There are 3,866 full-time undergraduates at Alabama State, and 4,760 students altogether. It takes the average Alabama State undergraduate about 4.9 years to complete their degree.

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

74% of Alabama State students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $6,812. 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 for Alabama State with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,700 after graduation.

#25

J F Ingram State Technical College

Deatsville, Alabama
Public public vs private
790 yearly awards
$2,659 net cost

There are approximately 449 students at ISTC in total, 359 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Approximately 0% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $.

$0 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from ISTC earns.

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