Best Colleges in Birmingham

Sweet Home Birmingham

Diversity is key in this southern city built from steel

The SEC rivalry is alive and well in Birmingham. So is the educational system. Birmingham is Alabama’s largest city with 10 universities and colleges to choose from. These schools offer degrees ranging from medicine to engineering and law. Government, trade & transportation, education, and healthcare are the largest industries in the city, employing 49% of the Birmingham workforce.* That’s a lot of people when you realize the Birmingham area has a population that accounts for 1/4th of the entire state of Alabama.* And with an average weekly wage of $946 and an unemployment rate of 6.6%, right on par with the national average, you could have some promising career prospects after graduation.*

When you get a chance to wander off campus, Birmingham has plenty to offer in terms of the outdoors, cultural arts, and quality of life. Thanks to its competitive salaries and low living expenses, Birmingham is one of the best cities for college and post-collegiate life. With the world’s best motorcycle collection, the Barber Motorsports Museum, and Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham has grown into one of the cultural hubs of the Southeastern United States. In addition, the city has plans to add more green space per capita than any other US city, so the outdoor lovers will be in Heaven. And with an average temperature of 63◦ and only 2 inches of snowfall a year, the climate couldn’t get any better for walking to class or cheering on your school’s football team.* So change things up, and bloom in Birmingham.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics *Wikipedia, “Birmingham” *www.usclimatedata.com *www.birminghamal.org

Best Four Year Universities in Birmingham

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 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
2 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
3 University of Montevallo Montevallo, AL

University of Montevallo offers 43 Degree programs. It's a small public university in a large suburb. In 2015, 472 students graduated with students earning 319 Bachelor's degrees, 140 Master's degrees, and 13 Certificates degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
4 Birmingham Southern College Birmingham, AL

Birmingham Southern College offers 52 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 249 students graduated with students earning 249 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
5 Miles College Fairfield, AL

Miles College offers 27 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 267 students graduated with students earning 267 Bachelor's degrees.

6 ITT Technical Institute-Bessemer Bessemer, AL

ITT Technical Institute-Bessemer offers 16 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 138 students graduated with students earning 124 Associate's degrees, and 14 Bachelor's degrees.

7 Brown Mackie College-Birmingham Birmingham, AL

Brown Mackie College-Birmingham offers 28 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 316 students graduated with students earning 163 Certificates degrees, 151 Associate's degrees, and 2 Bachelor's degrees.

8 Herzing University-Birmingham Birmingham, AL

Herzing University-Birmingham offers 44 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 263 students graduated with students earning 187 Certificates degrees, 54 Associate's degrees, 20 Bachelor's degrees, and 2 Master's degrees.

9 Southeastern Bible College Birmingham, AL

Southeastern Bible College offers 10 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 48 students graduated with students earning 38 Bachelor's degrees, 10 Associate's degrees.

10 University of Phoenix-Alabama Birmingham, AL

University of Phoenix-Alabama offers 14 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a small city. In 2015, 56 students graduated with students earning 46 Bachelor's degrees, and 10 Master's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Birmingham

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 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.

2 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.

3 Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus Birmingham, AL

Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus offers 70 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 703 students graduated with students earning 464 Certificates degrees, and 239 Associate's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
4 Fortis Institute-Birmingham Birmingham, AL

Fortis Institute-Birmingham offers 15 Degree programs. It's a small private college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 435 students graduated with students earning 399 Certificates degrees, and 36 Associate's degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Samford University Samford University Birmingham, AL
5/5
14 : 1 5,206
University of Alabama at Birmingham University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
2/5
8 : 1 18,333
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
Jefferson State Community College Jefferson State Community College Birmingham, AL
2/5
36 : 1 8,821
Bevill State Community College Bevill State Community College Jasper, AL
2/5
19 : 1 3,619
Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus Birmingham, AL
2/5
26 : 1 3,172
Miles College Miles College Fairfield, AL
3/5
18 : 1 1,873
Paul Mitchell the School-Birmingham Paul Mitchell the School-Birmingham Hoover, AL 22 : 1 128
ITT Technical Institute-Bessemer ITT Technical Institute-Bessemer Bessemer, AL
4/5
19 : 1 483
Fortis Institute-Birmingham Fortis Institute-Birmingham Birmingham, AL
3/5
21 : 1 454
Brown Mackie College-Birmingham Brown Mackie College-Birmingham Birmingham, AL
3/5
26 : 1 619
Herzing University-Birmingham Herzing University-Birmingham Birmingham, AL
3/5
24 : 1 370
University Logo Alabama State College of Barber Styling Gardendale, AL 8 : 1 8
Southeastern Bible College Southeastern Bible College Birmingham, AL
3/5
12 : 1 151
University Logo Southeastern School of Cosmetology Birmingham, AL 14 : 1 55
University of Phoenix-Alabama University of Phoenix-Alabama Birmingham, AL 15 : 1 101
University Logo Nunation School of Cosmetology Birmingham, AL

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