Best Colleges in Alabama

Put the “Bam” in Alabama

(Rocket) launch your career in Alabama

Looking for a downhome school that promises southern charm, an insane student section at football games, oh, and ample employment opportunities after graduation? With 61 colleges and universities packed into its 52,419 square miles, there’s something for everyone in Alabama. Healthcare majors will have plenty of career opportunities since hospitals take 3 of the top 10 spots for the state’s largest employers.* Or if military studies or engineering is your game, you’ll fit right in at the Maxwell Air Force Base and the U.S. Army base of Redstone Arsenal. And with dozens of automobile suppliers setting up facilities in Alabama—Honda, Hyundai, and Toyota to name a few—an auto technician certification or mechanical engineering degree will keep you prospering in “The Yellowhammer State.”

Stake your collegiate claim in some of Alabama’s largest cities, including Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, and the rapidly growing Auburn. Home to the snaking Tennessee River, several national forests, and a short Gulf coast, Alabama’s got it all for nature lovers and outdoor adventurers. Relax on the beaches, dress up for an SEC football game, savor some sweet tea, enjoy a few rounds of golf, or brush up on your civil rights history that started here with Rosa Parks. And with the Marshall Space Flight Center located in Huntsville, your aspiration to be a rocket scientist could be closer than you think. Choosing a school in growing, evolving Alabama? They don’t call it “Sweet Home” for nothing.

*Wikipedia, “Alabama” *www.netstate.com/economy/al_economy.htm *www.acinet.org

Best Four Year Universities in Alabama

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL

The University of Alabama offers 256 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small city. In 2015, 8,674 students graduated with students earning 6,350 Bachelor's degrees, 1,712 Master's degrees, 564 Doctoral degrees, and 48 Certificates degrees.

Based on 28 Reviews
2 Samford University Birmingham, AL

Samford University offers 129 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,627 students graduated with students earning 840 Bachelor's degrees, 471 Master's degrees, 288 Doctoral degrees, and 28 Certificates degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
3 Auburn University Auburn, AL

Auburn University offers 252 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small city. In 2015, 6,606 students graduated with students earning 4,751 Bachelor's degrees, 1,160 Master's degrees, 535 Doctoral degrees, and 160 Certificates degrees.

Based on 48 Reviews
4 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL

University of Alabama at Birmingham offers 184 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 4,813 students graduated with students earning 2,348 Bachelor's degrees, 1,745 Master's degrees, 633 Doctoral degrees, and 87 Certificates degrees.

Based on 20 Reviews
5 University of Alabama in Huntsville Huntsville, AL

University of Alabama in Huntsville offers 111 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 1,649 students graduated with students earning 1,143 Bachelor's degrees, 424 Master's degrees, 48 Doctoral degrees, and 34 Certificates degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews
6 University of South Alabama Mobile, AL

University of South Alabama offers 126 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 3,587 students graduated with students earning 2,029 Bachelor's degrees, 982 Master's degrees, 301 Certificates degrees, and 275 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
7 Tuskegee University Tuskegee, AL

Tuskegee University offers 92 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a far away town. In 2015, 582 students graduated with students earning 432 Bachelor's degrees, 86 Master's degrees, and 64 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
8 Alabama A & M University Normal, AL

Alabama A & M University offers 63 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 649 students graduated with students earning 438 Bachelor's degrees, 202 Master's degrees, 6 Doctoral degrees, and 3 Certificates degrees.

9 University of North Alabama Florence, AL

University of North Alabama offers 85 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a small city. In 2015, 1,426 students graduated with students earning 1,106 Bachelor's degrees, 303 Master's degrees, and 17 Certificates degrees.

10 Troy University Troy, AL

Troy University offers 98 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a outlying rural. In 2015, 4,634 students graduated with students earning 2,858 Bachelor's degrees, 1,349 Master's degrees, 376 Associate's degrees, 26 Doctoral degrees, and 25 Certificates degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews

Best Community Colleges in Alabama

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Snead State Community College Boaz, AL

Snead State Community College offers 15 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a far away town. In 2015, 546 students graduated with students earning 457 Associate's degrees, and 89 Certificates degrees.

2 George C Wallace State Community College-Hanceville Hanceville, AL

George C Wallace State Community College-Hanceville offers 81 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a far away town. In 2015, 1,275 students graduated with students earning 882 Associate's degrees, and 393 Certificates degrees.

3 John C Calhoun State Community College Tanner, AL

John C Calhoun State Community College offers 45 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 1,828 students graduated with students earning 1,178 Associate's degrees, and 650 Certificates degrees.

4 Gadsden State Community College Gadsden, AL

Gadsden State Community College offers 76 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a small city. In 2015, 2,098 students graduated with students earning 1,343 Certificates degrees, and 755 Associate's degrees.

5 Marion Military Institute Marion, AL

Marion Military Institute offers 2 Degree programs. It's a very small public college in a remote rural. In 2015, 101 students graduated with students earning 101 Associate's degrees.

6 Northeast Alabama Community College Rainsville, AL

Northeast Alabama Community College offers 45 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a far away rural. In 2015, 834 students graduated with students earning 422 Associate's degrees, and 412 Certificates degrees.

7 Jefferson State Community College Birmingham, AL

Jefferson State Community College offers 49 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 1,381 students graduated with students earning 939 Associate's degrees, and 442 Certificates degrees.

8 George C Wallace State Community College-Dothan Dothan, AL

George C Wallace State Community College-Dothan offers 65 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 1,254 students graduated with students earning 651 Associate's degrees, and 603 Certificates degrees.

9 Bevill State Community College Jasper, AL

Bevill State Community College offers 70 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a far away town. In 2015, 718 students graduated with students earning 430 Associate's degrees, and 288 Certificates degrees.

10 James H Faulkner State Community College Bay Minette, AL

James H Faulkner State Community College offers 47 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a far away town. In 2015, 582 students graduated with students earning 478 Associate's degrees, and 104 Certificates degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
The University of Alabama The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
3/5
25 : 1 37,098
Samford University Samford University Birmingham, AL
5/5
14 : 1 5,206
Auburn University Auburn University Auburn, AL
3/5
22 : 1 27,287
University of Alabama at Birmingham University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
2/5
8 : 1 18,333
University of Alabama in Huntsville University of Alabama in Huntsville Huntsville, AL
3/5
21 : 1 7,866
University of South Alabama University of South Alabama Mobile, AL
2/5
18 : 1 16,211
Tuskegee University Tuskegee University Tuskegee, AL
4/5
12 : 1 2,996
Alabama A & M University Alabama A & M University Normal, AL
3/5
21 : 1 5,628
University of North Alabama University of North Alabama Florence, AL
2/5
26 : 1 7,078
Troy University Troy University Troy, AL
2/5
24 : 1 17,765
Jacksonville State University Jacksonville State University Jacksonville, AL
2/5
23 : 1 8,314
Alabama State University Alabama State University Montgomery, AL
3/5
18 : 1 5,383
University of Montevallo University of Montevallo Montevallo, AL
3/5
19 : 1 3,031
Birmingham Southern College Birmingham Southern College Birmingham, AL
5/5
13 : 1 1,346
Spring Hill College Spring Hill College Mobile, AL
5/5
16 : 1 1,479
Auburn University at Montgomery Auburn University at Montgomery Montgomery, AL
3/5
21 : 1 4,919
University of West Alabama University of West Alabama Livingston, AL
3/5
25 : 1 4,032
Oakwood University Oakwood University Huntsville, AL
4/5
15 : 1 1,749
Huntingdon College Huntingdon College Montgomery, AL
5/5
18 : 1 1,166
University of Mobile University of Mobile Mobile, AL
4/5
16 : 1 1,566
Columbia Southern University Columbia Southern University Orange Beach, AL
2/5
83 : 1 20,823
Faulkner University Faulkner University Montgomery, AL
4/5
20 : 1 3,262
Stillman College Stillman College Tuscaloosa, AL
3/5
20 : 1 895
Snead State Community College Snead State Community College Boaz, AL
2/5
32 : 1 2,456
Concordia College Alabama Concordia College Alabama Selma, AL
3/5
15 : 1 487

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