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University of South Alabama Overview

University of South Alabama is a public institution situated in Mobile, Alabama. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is University of South Alabama Known For?

2,052 Undergraduate Awards
$24,078 Avg Cost After Aid
82% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at USA.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 61% of the faculty were full-time.

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University of South Alabama Rankings

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.

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#26 Most Popular Online Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#87 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#172 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#197 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#287 Most Popular Bachelor’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 USA.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#4 Best Value Systems Engineering Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Most Popular Nursing Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Most Popular Health/Medical Prep Programs Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Most Popular Allied Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Most Popular Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Most Popular Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#83 Most Popular Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#126 Most Popular Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#151 Most Popular General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#153 Most Popular Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

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

Rank Ranking Name Source
#20 Best Value Colleges for Computer Information Systems College Factual
#33 Best Computer Information Systems Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#53 Best Value Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences College Factual
#66 Best Value Colleges for Health Professions College Factual
#76 Best Value Colleges for Nursing College Factual
#125 Best Health Professions Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is University of South Alabama?

Location of University of South Alabama

Contact details for USA are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 307 N University Blvd, Mobile, AL 36688-0002
Phone: 251-460-6101
Website: www.southalabama.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theuniversityofsouthalabama
Twitter: https://twitter.com/UofSouthAlabama

How Do I Get Into USA?

You can apply to USA online at: www.southalabama.edu/departments/admissions/applytousa.html

Admission Requirements for USA

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program neither required nor recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into USA?

82% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
7% Submit SAT Scores
USA has an acceptance rate of 82%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 37% of accepted students are men and 63% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 79%, and the acceptance rate for women is 84%.

Average Test Scores

About 7% of students accepted to USA submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 610. Math scores were between 500 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of South Alabama  ( 510 to 610 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of South Alabama  ( 500 to 590 )
200
800
USA received ACT scores from 94% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 27. Math scores were between 18 and 25. Composite scores were between 20 and 26.

ACT English Scores for University of South Alabama  ( 21 to 27 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of South Alabama  ( 18 to 25 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of South Alabama  ( 20 to 26 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of South Alabama?

$24,078 Net Price
61% Take Out Loans
8.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of USA is $24,078. 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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At USA, approximately 61% of students took out student loans averaging $10,983 a year. That adds up to $43,932 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at USA is 8.4%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

University of South Alabama Undergraduate Student Diversity

8,065 Full-Time Undergraduates
60% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 9,601 undergraduate students at USA, with 8,065 being full-time and 1,536 being part-time.

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

There are also 4,796 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 8,065 full-time undergraduates at USA, 40% are male and 60% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  USA

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of USA Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 253
Black or African American 1,740
Hispanic or Latino 338
White 4,932
International Students 181
Other Races/Ethnicities 621

Geographic Diversity

Alabama students aren't the only ones who study at University of South Alabama. At this time, 33 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 63 countries are represented at USA. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Kuwait, India, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at University of South Alabama

3,379 Took All Classes Online
7,050 Took At Least One Class Online
3.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 7,050 students took at least one online class at the school.

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

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This school is the 4th 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 USA

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of South Alabama was 3.3%. This is the #1,791 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at USA regardless of major.

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

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Other Education 5%
Special Education 38%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at USA 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 USA.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Other Education #39
Special Education #159
Teacher Education Subject Specific #161
Teacher Education Grade Specific #223
Nursing #394

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%.

University of South Alabama Undergraduate Concentrations

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

Major Basic Certificate Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 0 0 255 94 744 157 1,250
Allied Health Professions 65 18 81 0 39 0 203
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 103 0 47 0 150
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 0 144 0 0 0 144
General Biology 0 0 135 0 4 0 139
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 67 0 21 0 88
General Psychology 0 0 82 0 6 0 88
Business Administration & Management 0 0 56 0 24 4 84
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 77 0 7 0 84
Medicine 0 0 0 0 0 80 80
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 80 0 0 0 80
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 62 0 9 0 71
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 0 28 39 67
Accounting 0 0 53 0 9 0 62
Computer Information Systems 0 0 28 0 29 2 59
Communication Sciences 0 0 16 0 25 15 56
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 48 0 0 0 48
Marketing 0 0 47 0 0 0 47
Chemical Engineering 0 0 43 0 4 0 47
Electrical Engineering 0 0 39 0 7 0 46
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 0 46 0 0 0 46
Information Science 16 0 25 0 0 0 41
Civil Engineering 0 0 34 0 6 0 40
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 37 0 0 0 37
Social Work 0 0 35 0 0 0 35
General English Literature 0 0 25 0 7 0 32
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 28 0 3 0 31
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0 14 16 30
History 0 0 21 0 3 0 24
General Business/Commerce 0 0 23 0 0 0 23
Statistics 0 0 23 0 0 0 23
Computer Science 0 0 22 0 0 0 22
Other Education 0 0 5 5 10 2 22
Geography & Cartography 10 0 12 0 0 0 22
Special Education 0 0 1 0 20 0 21
Political Science & Government 0 0 20 0 0 0 20
Music 0 0 16 0 4 0 20
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 18 0 0 0 18
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 18 0 0 0 18
International Studies 3 0 14 0 0 0 17
Computer Engineering 0 0 16 0 0 0 16
Hospitality Management 0 0 14 0 0 0 14
Student Counseling 0 0 0 0 14 0 14
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 0 14 0 0 0 14
Sociology 0 0 10 0 4 0 14
Chemistry 0 0 13 0 0 0 13
Anthropology 0 0 13 0 0 0 13
Public Administration 0 0 0 0 12 0 12
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 11 0 0 0 11
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 0 10 0 10
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 0 0 0 9 9
Biological & Physical Science 0 0 0 0 4 3 7
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 0 7 7
Mathematics 0 0 0 0 5 0 5
Systems Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 4 4
Philosophy 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 0 3 0 3
Physics 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Gerontology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Natural Resource Management 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 94 18 1,940 99 1,122 338 3,611

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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