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79 Colleges
78,491 Yearly Graduations
$40,011 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$26,353 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. Students who are able to take advantage of in-state tuition will only pay an average of $10,003 per year to get their degree at a college in Alabama, while out of state students will pay an average of $14,092 per year.

About 56% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $6,588 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
$11,620 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at The University of Alabama is 37,840, of which 31,670 students are undergraduates and of those, 27,750 are full-time. The freshman retention rate at UA 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 80%. Around 38% of accepted students are men, and 62% are women.

Approximately 41% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $10,714 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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
$5,775 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.

Roughly 58% of students at Columbia Southern University take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,412 a year. Columbia Southern University has a 8.8% 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 $51,900 during the early-career years.

#3

Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
7,521 Yearly Degrees
$11,796 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 30,737 students at Auburn in total, 24,505 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 22,458 are full-time. Students tend to stick around at Auburn. The freshman retention rate is 92%.

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

Approximately 30% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $9,177 a year. Auburn has a 2.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national 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
$8,568 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 average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UAB is 4.4 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 81%. Of the accepted students, 36% are men and 64% are women.

Roughly 51% of students at UAB take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,713 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.3% 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 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. 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 $30,400 during the early-career years.

#6

University of South Alabama

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

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

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 73%. Around 35% of accepted students are men, and 65% are women.

Roughly 54% of students at USA take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $11,438 a year. USA has a 6.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

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.

Public Public vs. Private
2,539 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.

Approximately 25% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,999 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.2% is very similar to 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
$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.

Roughly 26% of students at Calhoun Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,740 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.1% 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
$11,338 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 9,999 students at UAH in total, 8,027 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 6,730 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

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

Roughly 41% of students at UAH take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,839 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.5% 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 $36,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
1,970 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.

Approximately 23% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,696 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.6% 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.

#11

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
1,750 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. For undergraduates at Jacksonville State University, the average graduation time is 4.7 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 64%. Of the accepted students, 37% are men and 63% are women.

63% of Jacksonville State University students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,367 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $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

The total student population at University of North Alabama is 8,086, of which 5,946 students are undergraduates and of those, 4,708 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

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 50% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,867 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.4% which is higher than 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.

#13

Samford University

Birmingham, Alabama
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,617 Yearly Degrees
$34,198 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. For undergraduates at Samford, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

About 84% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 32% are men and 68% are women.

Approximately 36% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $8,559 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.6% 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
$4,860 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Northeast Alabama Community College is 2,530, which includes 969 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Approximately 15% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $3,364 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.9% 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
$4,800 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,681 students at Wallace, Dothan in total, 1,215 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Roughly 2% of students at Wallace, Dothan take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,319 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
$10,990 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,248 undergraduates at University of West Alabama, of which 1,775 are full-time, and there are 5,734 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

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

Approximately 83% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,806 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.3% 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.

#17

Jefferson State Community College

Birmingham, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
1,342 Yearly Degrees
$5,850 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.

Approximately 29% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $3,266 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.5% 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
$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.

31% of Coastal Alabama Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,083 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.5% 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
$5,176 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 typical student loan amount is $5,896 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
$5,214 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,204 students at Bevill State Community College in total, 970 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Roughly 4% of students at Bevill State Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,435 a year.

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

#21

Northwest-Shoals Community College

Muscle Shoals, Alabama
Public Public vs. Private
944 Yearly Degrees
$4,831 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Northwest-Shoals Community College is 3,360, which includes 1,081 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Roughly 28% of students at NW-SCC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,257 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

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

#22

Auburn University at Montgomery

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

There are 5,212 students at AUM in total, 4,375 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 3,374 are full-time. For undergraduates at AUM, the average graduation time is 4.9 years.

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

58% of AUM students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,467 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.9% is close 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
$4,560 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 $22,700 during the early-career years.

#24

Bishop State Community College

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

The total student population at Bishop State Community College is 2,176, which includes 755 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Bishop State Community College is $19,100.

#25

Alabama A & M University

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

There are 5,977 students at AAMU in total, 5,093 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 4,663 are full-time. It takes the average AAMU undergraduate about 4.9 years to complete their degree.

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

72% of AAMU students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,857 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from AAMU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

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 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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