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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?

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2020 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Birmingham Southern College was awarded 25 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is psychology.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2020 analysis, BSC is ranked #513 out of 1,727 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

BSC also holds the #5 spot on the Best Colleges in Alabama ranking.

See all of the rankings for Birmingham Southern College.

Is It Hard to Get Into BSC?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Birmingham Southern College you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 62%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 18% 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 630. Math scores were between 510 and 630.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Birmingham Southern College  ( 520 to 630 )

SAT Math Scores for Birmingham Southern College  ( 510 to 630 )
BSC received ACT scores from 83% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 23 and 29.

ACT Composite Scores for Birmingham Southern College  ( 23 to 29 )

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Birmingham Southern College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Birmingham Southern College, this ratio is 13 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Birmingham Southern College is 66%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  66 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Birmingham Southern College

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 75% 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  75 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 53%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  53 out of 100

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

Good Overall Diversity at BSC

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,283 undergraduates at BSC with 1,272 being full-time and 11 being part-time.

BSC Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

The overall diversity score for BSC is 71.21 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  71.21 out of 100
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How Much Does Birmingham Southern College Cost?

The overall average net price of BSC is $22,853. 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 +
$19,326 $21,866 $21,548 $22,964 $26,909

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 49% of students took out student loans averaging $6,888 a year. That adds up to $27,552 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at BSC is 6.6%. 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.

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How Much Money Do BSC Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from BSC make around $46,700 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future BSC graduates since it is 14% more than the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year.


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

Location of Birmingham Southern College

Birmingham Southern College is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Birmingham, Alabama. The city atmosphere of Birmingham makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Location of Birmingham Southern College

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
General Biology 42 NA
Business Administration & Management 42 $32,200
General Psychology 29 NA
Mathematics 19 NA
Fine & Studio Arts 18 NA
Accounting 14 NA
General English Literature 11 NA
Chemistry 11 NA
History 10 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 10 NA

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

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