University of South Alabama

University of South Alabama Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is University of South Alabama Ranked?

2022 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.

University of South Alabama was awarded 91 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is emergency medical technology/technician (EMT paramedic).

Overall Quality

USA landed the #1,256 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

USA is also ranked #7 out of 48 schools in Alabama.

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Is It Hard to Get Into USA?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at University of South Alabama is 82%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that USA is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 7% of students accepted to USA submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 610. Math scores were between 500 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of South Alabama  ( 510 to 610 )

SAT Math Scores for University of South Alabama  ( 500 to 590 )
USA received ACT scores from 94% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 20 and 26.

ACT Composite Scores for University of South Alabama  ( 20 to 26 )

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University of South Alabama Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1, University of South Alabama is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

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 University of South Alabama is 62%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  62 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of South Alabama

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of South Alabama has a freshmen retention rate of 74%. 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  74 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at USA is 14%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  14 out of 100

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University of South Alabama Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 9,601 undergraduates at USA with 8,065 being full-time and 1,536 being part-time.

How Much Does University of South Alabama Cost?

The overall average net price of USA is $15,501. 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 USA

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,641 $13,079 $16,459 $20,422 $20,792

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 USA, 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 USA, approximately 61% of students took out student loans averaging $10,983 a year. That adds up to $43,932 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at USA is 6.9%. 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 USA Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from USA make about $37,800 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at University of South Alabama make the most money.

Location of University of South Alabama

Located in Mobile, Alabama, University of South Alabama is a public institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Contact details for USA are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 307 N University Blvd, Mobile, AL 36688-0002
Phone: 251-460-6101

University of South Alabama Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 60 majors graduated from University of South Alabama. Of these students, 2,158 received undergraduate degrees and 1,379 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 308 $55,500
General Biology 162 $20,400
Interdisciplinary Studies 111 $29,100
Teacher Education Grade Specific 106 $34,900
Teacher Education Subject Specific 103 $29,600
Health/Medical Prep Programs 103 $25,400
Allied Health Professions 89 $50,800
General Psychology 76 $25,000
Communication & Media Studies 68 $27,000
Civil Engineering 68 $55,200

Learn more about the majors offered at University of South Alabama along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at USA

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 2018-2019, 7,081 students took at least one online class at University of South Alabama. This is an increase from the 7,050 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 7,081 3,533
2017-2018 7,050 3,379
2016-2017 6,975 3,420
2015-2016 6,921 3,444
2013-2014 5,826 2,973

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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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