Best colleges in Alabama

Put the “Bam” in Alabama

(Rocket) launch your career in Alabama

Looking for a downhome school that promises southern charm, an insane student section at football games, oh, and ample employment opportunities after graduation? With 61 colleges and universities packed into its 52,419 square miles, there’s something for everyone in Alabama. Healthcare majors will have plenty of career opportunities since hospitals take 3 of the top 10 spots for the state’s largest employers.* Or if military studies or engineering is your game, you’ll fit right in at the Maxwell Air Force Base and the U.S. Army base of Redstone Arsenal. And with dozens of automobile suppliers setting up facilities in Alabama—Honda, Hyundai, and Toyota to name a few—an auto technician certification or mechanical engineering degree will keep you prospering in “The Yellowhammer State.”

Stake your collegiate claim in some of Alabama’s largest cities, including Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, and the rapidly growing Auburn. Home to the snaking Tennessee River, several national forests, and a short Gulf coast, Alabama’s got it all for nature lovers and outdoor adventurers. Relax on the beaches, dress up for an SEC football game, savor some sweet tea, enjoy a few rounds of golf, or brush up on your civil rights history that started here with Rosa Parks. And with the Marshall Space Flight Center located in Huntsville, your aspiration to be a rocket scientist could be closer than you think. Choosing a school in growing, evolving Alabama? They don’t call it “Sweet Home” for nothing.

*Wikipedia, “Alabama” *www.netstate.com/economy/al_economy.htm *www.acinet.org

Best Four Year Universities in Alabama

Heritage Christian University offers 8 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 10 students graduated with students earning 5 Bachelor's degrees, and 5 Master's degrees.

Birmingham-Southern College offers 30 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 340 students graduated with students earning 340 Bachelor's degrees.

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Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, AL

Tuskegee University offers 72 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a faraway town. In 2019, 550 students graduated with students earning 394 Bachelor's degrees, 102 Master's degrees, and 54 Doctoral degrees.

Auburn University
Auburn, AL

Auburn University offers 268 degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 7,262 students graduated with students earning 5,156 Bachelor's degrees, 1,328 Master's degrees, 521 Doctoral degrees, and 257 Certificates.

Samford University
Birmingham, AL

Samford University offers 148 degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 1,530 students graduated with students earning 815 Bachelor's degrees, 381 Doctoral degrees, 305 Master's degrees, and 29 Certificates.

University of Alabama at Birmingham offers 188 degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 5,556 students graduated with students earning 2,523 Bachelor's degrees, 2,197 Master's degrees, 565 Doctoral degrees, and 271 Certificates.

University of Montevallo
Montevallo, AL

University of Montevallo offers 40 degree programs. It's a small, public, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 581 students graduated with students earning 449 Bachelor's degrees, 113 Master's degrees, and 19 Certificates.

Oakwood University
Huntsville, AL

Oakwood University offers 66 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 329 students graduated with students earning 288 Bachelor's degrees, 30 Certificates, 10 Master's degrees, and 1 Associate's degree.

The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL

The University of Alabama offers 257 degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 9,026 students graduated with students earning 6,848 Bachelor's degrees, 1,742 Master's degrees, 416 Doctoral degrees, and 20 Certificates.

Spring Hill College
Mobile, AL

Spring Hill College offers 57 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 311 students graduated with students earning 272 Bachelor's degrees, 26 Master's degrees, and 13 Certificates.

Best Community Colleges in Alabama

Marion Military Institute offers 2 degree programs. It's a very small, public, two-year college in a remote rural area. In 2019, 124 students graduated with students earning 124 Associate's degrees.

Fortis Institute-Birmingham offers 8 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a midsize city. In 2019, 234 students graduated with students earning 209 Certificates, and 25 Associate's degrees.

Fortis College-Montgomery
Montgomery, AL

Fortis College-Montgomery offers 2 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a midsize city. In 2019, 61 students graduated with students earning 39 Associate's degrees, and 22 Certificates.

George C Wallace State Community College-Selma offers 27 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a faraway town. In 2019, 369 students graduated with students earning 209 Associate's degrees, and 160 Certificates.

Northeast Alabama Community College offers 42 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a faraway rural area. In 2019, 1,329 students graduated with students earning 876 Certificates, and 453 Associate's degrees.

George C Wallace State Community College-Hanceville offers 88 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a faraway town. In 2019, 2,203 students graduated with students earning 1,224 Certificates, and 979 Associate's degrees.

George C Wallace Community College-Dothan offers 41 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a small city. In 2019, 1,321 students graduated with students earning 723 Certificates, and 598 Associate's degrees.

Lurleen B Wallace Community College offers 32 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a outlying rural area. In 2019, 550 students graduated with students earning 294 Associate's degrees, and 256 Certificates.

Snead State Community College offers 25 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a faraway town. In 2019, 533 students graduated with students earning 423 Associate's degrees, and 110 Certificates.

Reid State Technical College offers 16 degree programs. It's a very small, public, two-year college in a outlying rural area. In 2019, 102 students graduated with students earning 74 Certificates, and 28 Associate's degrees.

List of all colleges in Alabama

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Heritage Christian University Logo Heritage Christian University Florence, AL
3/5
22 : 1 86
Birmingham-Southern College Logo Birmingham-Southern College Birmingham, AL
4/5
12 : 1 1,209
Tuskegee University Logo Tuskegee University Tuskegee, AL
4/5
12 : 1 2,876
Auburn University Logo Auburn University Auburn, AL
3/5
21 : 1 30,460
Samford University Logo Samford University Birmingham, AL
5/5
15 : 1 5,692
University of Alabama at Birmingham Logo University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
3/5
24 : 1 22,080
University of Montevallo Logo University of Montevallo Montevallo, AL
3/5
17 : 1 2,553
Oakwood University Logo Oakwood University Huntsville, AL
4/5
16 : 1 1,526
The University of Alabama Logo The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
3/5
25 : 1 38,100
Spring Hill College Logo Spring Hill College Mobile, AL
5/5
16 : 1 1,290
University of Mobile Logo University of Mobile Mobile, AL
4/5
27 : 1 1,989
University of Alabama in Huntsville Logo University of Alabama in Huntsville Huntsville, AL
3/5
28 : 1 9,988
Jacksonville State University Logo Jacksonville State University Jacksonville, AL
3/5
26 : 1 9,021
Stillman College Logo Stillman College Tuscaloosa, AL
3/5
21 : 1 861
Huntingdon College Logo Huntingdon College Montgomery, AL
5/5
19 : 1 1,008
Judson College Logo Judson College Marion, AL
4/5
9 : 1 250
University of South Alabama Logo University of South Alabama Mobile, AL
3/5
25 : 1 14,397
University of West Alabama Logo University of West Alabama Livingston, AL
3/5
49 : 1 5,653
University of North Alabama Logo University of North Alabama Florence, AL
3/5
28 : 1 7,702
Troy University Logo Troy University Troy, AL
3/5
31 : 1 16,436

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