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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

In terms of yearly graduations, Alabama is ranked #25 in the country with 78,491 degrees handed out in 2019. The average in-state tuition for students attending college in Alabama is $9,820 a year, while the average out-of-state tuition is $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 (In-State

There are 29,923 full-time undergraduates at UA, and 38,563 students altogether. UA has a freshman retention rate of 87%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

About 53% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 39% 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. The student loan default rate of 5.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from UA with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $37,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#2

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, Alabama
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
7,635 Yearly Degrees
$3,780 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.

Roughly 59% of students at Columbia Southern University take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,329 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.6% 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
7,521 Yearly Degrees
$9,828 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Auburn University is 29,776, of which 21,762 students are full-time undergraduates. The freshman retention rate at Auburn is 92%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

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

32% of Auburn students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $8,275 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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
$8,100 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at University of Alabama at Birmingham is 20,902, of which 9,677 students are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at UAB, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

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

55% of UAB students take out loans to afford college costs. 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
$7,650 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 9,491 full-time undergraduates at TROY, and 17,521 students altogether. 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.

Roughly 81% of students at TROY take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,278 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.8% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from TROY is $30,400.

#6

University of South Alabama

Mobile, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
3,611 Yearly Degrees
$7,956 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at University of South Alabama is 15,569, of which 9,090 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $31,500 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
2,539 Yearly Degrees

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

31% of Wallace State Community College 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%.

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

Public Public vs. Private
2,199 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.

Approximately 27% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans 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%.

Students who graduate from Calhoun Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#9

University of Alabama in Huntsville

Huntsville, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
2,000 Yearly Degrees
$10,632 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 5,903 full-time undergraduates at UAH, and 9,101 students altogether. It takes the average UAH undergraduate about 4.8 years to complete their degree.

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

Roughly 46% of students at UAH take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,298 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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

Public Public vs. Private
1,970 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.

Roughly 24% of students at Southern Union State Community College take out loans to pay for college. 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%.

Students who graduate from Southern Union State Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#11

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
1,750 Yearly Degrees
$9,600 Yearly Tuition (In-State

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

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

Approximately 59% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $8,016 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.8% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Jacksonville State University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#12

University of North Alabama

Florence, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
1,701 Yearly Degrees
$6,660 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at University of North Alabama is 7,204, of which 5,141 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

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

Roughly 69% of students at UNA take out loans to pay for college. 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UNA is $28,600.

#13

Samford University

Birmingham, Alabama
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,617 Yearly Degrees
$17,754 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Samford University is 5,509, of which 3,266 students are full-time undergraduates. The freshman retention rate at Samford is 87%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 83%. Of the accepted students, 32% are men and 68% are women.

38% of Samford students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $8,448 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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

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

12% of Northeast students take out loans to afford college costs. 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

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.

3% of WALLACE DOTHAN students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,802 a year.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from WALLACE DOTHAN is $21,400.

#16

University of West Alabama

Livingston, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
1,375 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. For undergraduates at University of West Alabama, the average graduation time is 4.6 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 28%. 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 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%!

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

#17

Jefferson State Community College

Birmingham, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
1,342 Yearly Degrees

There are 2,647 full-time undergraduates at Jeff State, and 8,840 students altogether. 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 13.8% 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.

#18

Coastal Alabama Community College

Bay Minette, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
1,223 Yearly Degrees

There are 4,968 students at Coastal Alabama Community College in total, 2,486 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

Approximately 24% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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%.

Students who graduate from Coastal Alabama Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#19

Gadsden State Community College

Gadsden, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
1,216 Yearly Degrees

There are 2,465 full-time undergraduates at GSCC, and 4,979 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Approximately 3% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans 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

The total student population at Bevill State Community College is 3,872, of which 1,583 students 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 typical student loan amount is $5,848 a year.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $23,300 during the early-career years.

#21

Northwest-Shoals Community College

Muscle Shoals, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
944 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Northwest-Shoals Community College is 3,440, of which 1,436 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Roughly 18% of students at Northwest-Shoals Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans 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%.

Students who graduate from Northwest-Shoals Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#22

Auburn University at Montgomery

Montgomery, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
896 Yearly Degrees
$7,362 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 4,894 students at AUM in total, 3,239 of which are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at AUM, the average graduation time is 5.2 years.

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

Roughly 55% of students at AUM take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,639 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.4% 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.

#23

Shelton State Community College

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
852 Yearly Degrees

There are 2,092 full-time undergraduates at Shelton State Community College, and 4,607 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Shelton State Community College is $22,700.

#24

Bishop State Community College

Mobile, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
816 Yearly Degrees

There are 3,233 students at Bishop State Community College in total, 1,557 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Students who graduate from Bishop State Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $19,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#25

Alabama A & M University

Normal, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
810 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. Around 35% of accepted students are men, and 65% are women.

Roughly 72% of students at AAMU take out loans to pay for college. 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%.

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

Other Alabama Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 J F 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 George C Wallace State 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 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 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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