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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

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, BSC is ranked #440 out of 1,715 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

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

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 1,209 undergraduates at BSC with 1,201 being full-time and 8 being part-time.

BSC Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

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

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 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.


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 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.

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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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