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Birmingham Southern College Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Birmingham Southern College ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. If you’re interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Birmingham Southern College Ranked?

2023 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Birmingham Southern College was awarded 73 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business administration and management.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2023 analysis, BSC is ranked #1,121 out of 2,241 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

BSC is also ranked #10 out of 40 schools in Alabama.

See all of the rankings for Birmingham Southern College.

Is It Hard to Get Into BSC?

Acceptance Rate

Birmingham Southern College has an acceptance rate of 60%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for BSC.

Average Test Scores

About 14% of students accepted to BSC submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 520 and 610. Math scores were between 500 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Birmingham Southern College  ( 520 to 610 )

SAT Math Scores for Birmingham Southern College  ( 500 to 580 )
BSC received ACT scores from 77% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 22 and 28.

ACT Composite Scores for Birmingham Southern College  ( 22 to 28 )

Learn more about Birmingham Southern College admissions.

Birmingham Southern College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At BSC, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 10 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Birmingham Southern College is 78%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  78 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Birmingham Southern College

Freshmen Retention Rate

Birmingham Southern College has a freshmen retention rate of 80%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  80 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at BSC for first-time, full-time students is 63%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  63 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Birmingham Southern College.

Birmingham Southern College Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,129 undergraduates at BSC with 1,126 being full-time and 3 being part-time.

How Much Does Birmingham Southern College Cost?

The overall average net price of BSC is $19,808. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for BSC

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$17,186 $18,870 $19,226 $20,071 $22,268

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of BSC, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

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 BSC, approximately 46% of students took out student loans averaging $7,080 a year. That adds up to $28,320 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at BSC is 4.4%. 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.

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How Much Money Do BSC Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from BSC make about $50,775 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future BSC graduates since it is 20% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Birmingham Southern College make the most money.

Location of Birmingham Southern College

Located in Birmingham, Alabama, Birmingham Southern College is a private not-for-profit institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Contact details for BSC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 900 Arkadelphia Road, Birmingham, AL 35254
Phone: 205-226-4600

Birmingham Southern College Majors

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 60 $39,374
General Biology 24 $23,048
Health Sciences & Services 22 NA
General Psychology 17 $23,580
History 15 NA
Accounting 14 NA
Computer Information Systems 14 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 14 NA
Communication & Media Studies 12 NA
Religious Studies 10 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Birmingham Southern College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at BSC

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2019-2020, 377 students took at least one online class at Birmingham Southern College. This is an increase from the 0 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 377 3
2018-2019 0 0
2017-2018 0 0
2016-2017 0 0
2015-2016 0 0

Learn more about online learning at Birmingham Southern College.

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Notes and 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.


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