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Birmingham Southern College Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Birmingham Southern College, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. 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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2021 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 27 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business, management and marketing.

Overall Quality

BSC is ranked #440 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list.

BSC is also ranked #5 out of 30 schools in Alabama.

See all of the rankings for Birmingham Southern College.

Is It Hard to Get Into BSC?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Birmingham Southern College is a competitive 62%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

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 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for Birmingham Southern College  ( 510 to 630 )
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800
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 at Birmingham Southern College is about average at 13 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

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 67%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  67 out of 100
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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
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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
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Good Overall Diversity at BSC

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,268 undergraduates at BSC with 1,261 being full-time and 7 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 racial-ethnic 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 73.95 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  73.95 out of 100
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How Much Does Birmingham Southern College Cost?

The overall average net price of BSC is $25,494. 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 +
$24,110 $20,690 $24,551 $25,549 $28,675

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

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 BSC, approximately 54% of students took out student loans averaging $6,143 a year. That adds up to $24,572 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at BSC is 4.8%. 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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from BSC with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $46,700 in their early years. That's great news for BSC students since it is 17% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.

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Location of Birmingham Southern College

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

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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
Website: www.bsc.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/birminghamsouthern
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FromTheHilltop

Birmingham Southern College Majors

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 70 $32,200
General Biology 39 NA
General Psychology 37 NA
Accounting 24 NA
History 19 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 19 NA
Mathematics 18 NA
General English Literature 14 NA
Communication & Media Studies 12 NA
Chemistry 11 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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Notes and References

Footnotes

*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.

References

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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