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Birmingham Southern College Data & Information Overview

Great Price Value for Your Money
66% Acceptance Rate
4% Student Loan Default Rate
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How Well Is Birmingham Southern College Ranked?

#1,515 Best Colleges in Nation
#21 Best Colleges in AL
General Psychology Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked BSC as #1,515 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 40 colleges in Alabama, BSC is ranked at #21.

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Is It Hard to Get Into BSC?

66% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
7% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Birmingham Southern College you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 66%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 7% 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 550 and 610. Math scores were between 540 and 630.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Birmingham Southern College  ( 550 to 610 )

SAT Math Scores for Birmingham Southern College  ( 540 to 630 )
BSC received ACT scores from 54% 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 )

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Birmingham Southern College Faculty

10 to 1 Student to Faculty
78% Full Time Teachers

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

78% Freshmen Retention
61% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 78% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Birmingham Southern College enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  78 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At BSC the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 61%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  61 out of 100

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

Birmingham Southern College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,126 Full-Time Undergraduates
22.1% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
53.8% Percent Women

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?

$19,808 Net Price
81% Take Out Loans
$16,252 Total Student Loans
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 81% of students took out student loans averaging $4,063 a year. That adds up to $16,252 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?

$50,775 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
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

Alabama State
1,126 Full-Time Undergraduates
Midsize City Campus Setting
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

29 Majors With Completions
276 Undergraduate Degrees
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.

This is a decrease from the 377 students who took online classes the previous year.

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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