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Auburn University Overview

Located in Auburn, Alabama, Auburn University is a public institution. Auburn is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is Auburn University Known For?

5,372 Undergraduate Awards
$43,333 Avg Cost After Aid
84% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Auburn have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 4%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The highest award offered at Auburn is the doctor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 86% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Auburn with a bachelor's degree make about $48,800 a year. That's 20% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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Auburn University Rankings

Auburn landed the #427 spot in our 2021 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,320 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. Auburn also holds the #2 spot on the Best Colleges in Alabama ranking.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Auburn has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#31 Most Popular Online Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Auburn.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences (Other) Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Agricultural Production Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Architectural Engineering Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Management Information Systems Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Interior Architecture Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Environmental Design Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#68 Best Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#82 Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Auburn has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#5 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual
#13 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific College Factual
#25 Best Colleges for Education College Factual
#45 Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual
#54 Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management College Factual
#189 Best Healthcare Schools Healthcare Degree Search

Where Is Auburn University?

Location of Auburn University

Contact details for Auburn are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Auburn, AL 36849
Phone: 334-844-4000
Website: www.auburn.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/auburnu
Twitter: http://twitter.com/auburnu

How Do I Get Into Auburn?

You can apply to Auburn online at: www.auburn.edu/admissions/

Admission Requirements for Auburn

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Auburn?

84% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women
12% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 84%, Auburn may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 43% of accepted students are men and 57% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 84%, and the acceptance rate for women is 84%.

Average Test Scores

About 12% of students accepted to Auburn submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 570 and 650. Math scores were between 560 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Auburn University  ( 570 to 650 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Auburn University  ( 560 to 660 )
200
800
Auburn received ACT scores from 87% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 24 and 32. Math scores were between 23 and 28. Composite scores were between 24 and 30.

ACT English Scores for Auburn University  ( 24 to 32 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Auburn University  ( 23 to 28 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Auburn University  ( 24 to 30 )
1
36

Can I Afford Auburn University?

$43,333 Net Price
32% Take Out Loans
3.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Auburn is $43,333. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Auburn, approximately 32% of students took out student loans averaging $8,275 a year. That adds up to $33,100 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Auburn is 3.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Auburn University Undergraduate Student Diversity

22,460 Full-Time Undergraduates
50% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 24,628 undergraduate students at Auburn, with 22,460 being full-time and 2,168 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Auburn

There are also 5,812 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 22,460 full-time undergraduates at Auburn, 50% are male and 50% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Auburn

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Auburn University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Auburn Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 511
Black or African American 1,189
Hispanic or Latino 757
White 17,937
International Students 1,388
Other Races/Ethnicities 678

Geographic Diversity

Alabama students aren't the only ones who study at Auburn University. At this time, 39 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 103 countries are represented at Auburn. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at Auburn University

1,508 Took All Classes Online
7,097 Took At Least One Class Online
12.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 7,097 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Auburn has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 6th most popular in Alabama for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Auburn

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Auburn University was 12.4%. This is the #1,192 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Auburn regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Auburn majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Accounting 8%
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 13%
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 5%
Architectural Engineering 1%
Business Administration & Management 0%
Business, Management & Marketing 5%
Chemical Engineering 3%
Civil Engineering 5%
Computer Engineering 33%
Education 4%
Engineering 2%
General Education 24%
Health Professions 6%
Instructional Media Design 20%
Materials Engineering 35%
Nutrition Science 6%
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 3%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 23%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 6%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Auburn ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Auburn.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Architectural Engineering #1
Plant Sciences #2
Materials Engineering #2
Nutrition Science #5
Chemical Engineering #7
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences #9
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering #10
Industrial Engineering #12
Computer Engineering #12
Mechanical Engineering #15
Civil Engineering #16
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #18
Electrical Engineering #23
Management Information Systems #30
Engineering #50
Instructional Media Design #59
General Education #60
Special Education #78
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #85
Teacher Education Subject Specific #88
Accounting #104
Teacher Education Grade Specific #119
Educational Administration #129
Education #310
Business Administration & Management #376
Health Professions #410
Business, Management & Marketing #468

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Auburn University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 427 0 208 6 641
General Biology 0 352 0 44 7 403
Accounting 2 178 5 102 0 287
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 215 0 51 13 279
Finance & Financial Management 0 265 0 0 0 265
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 137 29 87 7 260
Nursing 0 178 0 78 0 256
Mechanical Engineering 0 208 0 32 10 250
Marketing 0 221 0 0 0 221
Architectural Engineering 0 106 59 28 0 193
General Psychology 0 166 0 9 7 182
Industrial Engineering 0 108 20 38 13 179
Computer Engineering 0 123 0 47 4 174
Civil Engineering 0 118 0 42 13 173
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 0 3 154 157
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 79 9 53 14 155
Communication & Media Studies 0 146 0 8 0 154
Design & Applied Arts 0 122 0 21 4 147
Veterinary Medicine 0 0 0 0 123 123
Animal Science 0 103 0 12 4 119
Chemical Engineering 0 98 0 9 11 118
Special Education 0 70 6 36 1 113
Electrical Engineering 0 75 0 24 11 110
Communication Sciences 0 66 0 26 9 101
Public Administration 0 23 27 49 2 101
Political Science & Government 0 97 0 0 0 97
Human Development & Family Studies 0 86 0 8 0 94
Computer Information Systems 0 85 0 0 0 85
Public Relations & Advertising 0 81 0 0 0 81
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 69 0 8 1 78
Plant Sciences 0 40 0 32 5 77
General English Literature 0 64 0 10 2 76
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 73 0 0 0 73
History 0 61 0 3 7 71
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 38 31 0 0 69
Nutrition Science 0 51 0 12 3 66
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 61 0 2 0 63
General Architecture 0 63 0 0 0 63
Journalism 0 60 0 0 0 60
Educational Administration 0 0 11 35 12 58
Social Work 0 32 0 21 0 53
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 52 0 0 0 52
Chemistry 0 30 0 1 14 45
Agricultural Production 0 6 0 23 14 43
Hospitality Management 0 43 0 0 0 43
Forestry 0 27 0 12 3 42
Environmental Design 0 41 0 0 0 41
Biological Engineering 0 34 0 5 2 41
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 41 0 0 0 41
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 40 0 0 0 40
Materials Engineering 0 19 0 19 2 40
Romance Languages 0 34 0 5 0 39
Economics 0 37 0 2 0 39
General Education 0 0 38 0 0 38
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 23 0 13 1 37
Mathematics 0 22 0 2 10 34
Fine & Studio Arts 0 32 0 0 0 32
Music 0 32 0 0 0 32
Applied Mathematics 0 25 0 4 0 29
Sociology 0 19 0 10 0 29
Management Information Systems 0 0 3 25 0 28
Wildlife Management 0 28 0 0 0 28
Student Counseling 0 0 0 18 6 24
Physics 0 13 0 8 3 24
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 8 14 22
Air Transportation 0 21 0 0 0 21
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences (Other) 0 20 0 0 0 20
Interior Architecture 0 19 0 0 0 19
Real Estate Development 0 0 0 19 0 19
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 18 0 0 0 18
Statistics 0 0 0 17 0 17
Drama & Theater Arts 0 17 0 0 0 17
Human Resource Management 0 16 0 0 0 16
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 16 0 0 16
Natural Resource Management 0 16 0 0 0 16
General Agriculture 0 15 0 0 0 15
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 15 0 15
International Business 0 15 0 0 0 15
Natural Resources Conservation 0 12 0 2 0 14
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 13 0 0 0 13
Anthropology 0 12 0 0 0 12
Geography & Cartography 0 8 1 3 0 12
Philosophy 0 10 0 0 0 10
Landscape Architecture 0 0 0 8 0 8
Polymer & Plastics Engineering 0 2 0 3 3 8
Other Engineering 0 7 0 0 0 7
Writing Studies 0 0 1 6 0 7
Business/Managerial Economics 0 0 0 0 6 6
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 5 0 5
Germanic Languages 0 3 0 0 0 3
Food Science Technology 0 1 0 0 0 1
Biotechnology 0 1 0 0 0 1
Information Technology 0 0 0 1 0 1
Criminology 0 1 0 0 0 1
Zoology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 2 5,370 256 1,372 521 7,521

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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