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59 Colleges
67,962 Yearly Graduations
$37,370 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$25,618 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In 2021, 67,962 students received a degree from a college in Alabama, making it rank #23 in terms of graduations. The average in-state tuition for students attending college in Alabama is $9,342 a year, while the average out-of-state tuition is $13,559 a year.

About 50% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $6,405 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
10,311 Yearly Degrees
$11,620 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 31,670 undergraduates at UA, of which 27,750 are full-time, and there are 37,840 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

About 80% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 38% are men and 62% are women.

Roughly 41% of students at UA take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $10,714 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.0% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $44,485 during the early-career years.

#2

Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
8,027 Yearly Degrees
$11,826 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Auburn University is 30,737, of which 24,505 students are undergraduates and of those, 22,458 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Around 85% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 44% are men and 56% are women.

Roughly 30% of students at Auburn take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $9,177 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $49,695 during the early-career years.

#3

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, Alabama
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
6,886 Yearly Degrees
$5,775 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Columbia Southern University is 18,533, of which 13,254 students are undergraduates and of those, 6,866 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 39 to 1.

Approximately 58% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,412 a year. Columbia Southern University has a 6.5% 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 $52,526 during the early-career years.

#4

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
6,252 Yearly Degrees
$8,568 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 22,563 students at UAB in total, 13,878 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 10,402 are full-time. The freshman retention rate at UAB is 86%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

About 81% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 36% are men and 64% are women.

51% of UAB students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,713 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UAB is $39,271.

#5

Troy University

Troy, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
3,913 Yearly Degrees
$9,312 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 12,712 undergraduates at TROY, of which 8,208 are full-time, and there are 16,497 students altogether. It takes the average TROY undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

Around 92% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 37% are men and 63% are women.

Approximately 85% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,148 a year. TROY has a 7.3% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from TROY with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,760 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#6

University of South Alabama

Mobile, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
3,694 Yearly Degrees
$8,756 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 14,224 students at USA in total, 9,050 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 7,611 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at USA is 4.6 years.

About 73% of students who apply get accepted. Around 35% of accepted students are men, and 65% are women.

54% of USA students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $11,438 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from USA is $36,829.

#7

University of Alabama in Huntsville

Huntsville, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
2,320 Yearly Degrees
$11,488 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 8,027 undergraduates at UAH, of which 6,730 are full-time, and there are 9,999 students altogether. It takes the average UAH undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 77%. Around 56% of accepted students are men, and 44% are women.

Approximately 41% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,839 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from UAH with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $47,533 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#8

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
2,043 Yearly Degrees
$11,120 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 9,238 students at Jacksonville State University in total, 7,747 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 6,031 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Jacksonville State University is 4.7 years.

About 64% of students who apply get accepted. Around 37% of accepted students are men, and 63% are women.

63% of Jacksonville State University students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $8,367 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $34,081 during the early-career years.

#9

University of North Alabama

Florence, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
1,972 Yearly Degrees
$10,620 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,946 undergraduates at UNA, of which 4,708 are full-time, and there are 8,086 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UNA is 4.7 years.

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

Roughly 50% of students at UNA take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,867 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UNA is $35,791.

#10

University of West Alabama

Livingston, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
1,781 Yearly Degrees
$10,990 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,734 students at University of West Alabama in total, 2,248 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,775 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at University of West Alabama is 4.5 years.

Around 93% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 33% are men and 67% are women.

Roughly 83% of students at University of West Alabama take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,806 a year. University of West Alabama has a 5.8% 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 $34,478 during the early-career years.

#11

Samford University

Birmingham, Alabama
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,756 Yearly Degrees
$35,360 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,576 undergraduates at Samford, of which 3,501 are full-time, and there are 5,729 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 84%. Of the accepted students, 32% are men and 68% are women.

Roughly 36% of students at Samford take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $8,559 a year. Samford has a 2.0% 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 $45,778.

Public Public vs. Private
1,373 Yearly Degrees
$4,940 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,558 full-time undergraduates at Calhoun Community College, and 8,278 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

Approximately 26% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,740 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.0% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Calhoun Community College is $28,285.

#13

Auburn University at Montgomery

Montgomery, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
1,076 Yearly Degrees
$8,860 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,375 undergraduates at AUM, of which 3,374 are full-time, and there are 5,212 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Around 96% of students who apply get accepted. Around 33% of accepted students are men, and 67% are women.

Roughly 58% of students at AUM take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,467 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.2% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $33,326 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
978 Yearly Degrees
$4,860 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,763 students at Wallace State, Hanceville in total, 2,349 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Roughly 25% of students at Wallace State, Hanceville take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,999 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Wallace State, Hanceville is $30,399.

#15

Jefferson State Community College

Birmingham, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
975 Yearly Degrees
$4,920 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,451 full-time undergraduates at Jeff State, and 8,526 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

Roughly 29% of students at Jeff State take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $3,266 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.1% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $30,686 during the early-career years.

#16

Faulkner University

Montgomery, Alabama
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
878 Yearly Degrees
$23,490 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,098 undergraduates at Faulkner, of which 1,361 are full-time, and there are 2,961 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Faulkner is 4.7 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 76%. Of the accepted students, 50% are men and 50% are women.

76% of Faulkner students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $9,426 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.9% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $32,902 during the early-career years.

#17

Coastal Alabama Community College

Bay Minette, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
848 Yearly Degrees
$4,860 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,777 full-time undergraduates at Coastal Alabama Community College, and 6,653 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Approximately 31% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,083 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,501 during the early-career years.

#18

Alabama A & M University

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

The total student population at Alabama A & M University is 5,977, of which 5,093 students are undergraduates and of those, 4,663 are full-time. For undergraduates at AAMU, the average graduation time is 4.9 years.

Around 90% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 33% are men and 67% are women.

72% of AAMU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,857 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 AAMU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,704 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#19

Athens State University

Athens, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
802 Yearly Degrees
$9,060 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,867 students at Athens State University in total, 2,688 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,202 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Athens State University is $38,536.

#20

Tuskegee University

Tuskegee, Alabama
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
690 Yearly Degrees
$22,614 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,747 students at Tuskegee in total, 2,280 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,170 are full-time. It takes the average Tuskegee undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

About 61% of students who apply get accepted. Around 30% of accepted students are men, and 70% are women.

Approximately 23% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,084 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.4% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Tuskegee is $35,093.

#21

Alabama State University

Montgomery, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
652 Yearly Degrees
$11,068 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Alabama State University is 4,072, of which 3,614 students are undergraduates and of those, 3,289 are full-time. For undergraduates at Alabama State, the average graduation time is 4.7 years.

Around 99% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 31% are men and 68% are women.

69% of Alabama State students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,563 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.8% 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 $25,949 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#22

Gadsden State Community College

Gadsden, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
645 Yearly Degrees
$5,248 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,916 full-time undergraduates at GSCC, and 3,993 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

2% of GSCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,896 a year.

Students who graduate from GSCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,906 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
641 Yearly Degrees
$4,860 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,019 full-time undergraduates at Southern Union State Community College, and 3,950 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Roughly 23% of students at Southern Union State Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,696 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.9% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Southern Union State Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,999 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#24

University of Montevallo

Montevallo, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
570 Yearly Degrees
$13,710 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,228 undergraduates at Montevallo, of which 1,998 are full-time, and there are 2,600 students altogether. It takes the average Montevallo undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

About 61% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 33% are men and 67% are women.

58% of Montevallo students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,881 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Montevallo is $32,169.

#25

Shelton State Community College

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
537 Yearly Degrees
$4,587 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Shelton State Community College is 3,743, which includes 1,603 full-time undergraduates. 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 $27,172 during the early-career years.

Other Alabama Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Bevill State Community College 528
27 Northwest-Shoals Community College 485
28 Wallace Community College, Dothan 476
29 Northeast Alabama Community College 464
30 Snead State Community College 411
31 Lawson State Community College - Birmingham Campus 369
32 Bishop State Community College 353
33 University of Mobile 338
34 Spring Hill College 322
35 Lurleen B Wallace Community College 295
36 Oakwood University 291
37 Birmingham Southern College 276
38 Wallace Community College, Selma 272
39 Huntingdon College 252
40 Chattahoochee Valley Community College 232
41 Amridge University 217
42 Enterprise State Community College 214
43 Miles College 204
44 Strayer University - Alabama 195
45 Central Alabama Community College 188
46 H Councill Trenholm State Community College 171
47 Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine 155
48 Talladega College 147
49 Herzing University - Birmingham 137
50 Stillman College 122
51 South University, Montgomery 107
52 Marion Military Institute 86
53 J. F. Drake State Community and Technical College 75
54 United States Sports Academy 69
55 Reid State Technical College 28
56 Fortis Institute - Birmingham 15
57 Huntsville Bible College 14
58 Heritage Christian University 13
59 Ingram State Technical College 0

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