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

Birmingham-Southern College offers 30 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 340 students graduated with students earning 340 Bachelor's degrees.

Samford University
Birmingham, AL

Samford University offers 148 degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 1,530 students graduated with students earning 815 Bachelor's degrees, 381 Doctoral degrees, 305 Master's degrees, and 29 Certificates.

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University of Alabama at Birmingham offers 188 degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 5,556 students graduated with students earning 2,523 Bachelor's degrees, 2,197 Master's degrees, 565 Doctoral degrees, and 271 Certificates.

University of Montevallo
Montevallo, AL

University of Montevallo offers 40 degree programs. It's a small, public, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 581 students graduated with students earning 449 Bachelor's degrees, 113 Master's degrees, and 19 Certificates.

Miles College
Fairfield, AL

Miles College offers 25 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 230 students graduated with students earning 230 Bachelor's degrees.

Herzing University-Birmingham offers 69 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 234 students graduated with students earning 110 Certificates, 107 Associate's degrees, 9 Master's degrees, and 8 Bachelor's degrees.

Strayer University-Alabama offers 66 degree programs. It's a small, private for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 178 students graduated with students earning 82 Master's degrees, 60 Bachelor's degrees, 32 Associate's degrees, and 4 Certificates.

Best Community Colleges in Birmingham

Fortis Institute-Birmingham offers 8 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a midsize city. In 2019, 234 students graduated with students earning 209 Certificates, and 25 Associate's degrees.

Lawson State Community College offers 74 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a midsize city. In 2019, 704 students graduated with students earning 367 Certificates, and 337 Associate's degrees.

Bevill State Community College offers 57 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a faraway town. In 2019, 1,026 students graduated with students earning 554 Certificates, and 472 Associate's degrees.

Jefferson State Community College offers 56 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a midsize city. In 2019, 1,324 students graduated with students earning 865 Associate's degrees, and 459 Certificates.

List of all colleges in Birmingham

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Birmingham-Southern College Logo Birmingham-Southern College Birmingham, AL
4/5
12 : 1 1,209
Samford University Logo Samford University Birmingham, AL
5/5
15 : 1 5,692
University of Alabama at Birmingham Logo University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
3/5
24 : 1 22,080
University of Montevallo Logo University of Montevallo Montevallo, AL
3/5
17 : 1 2,553
Alabama State College of Barber Styling Logo Alabama State College of Barber Styling Gardendale, AL     10
Miles College Logo Miles College Fairfield, AL
3/5
19 : 1 1,456
Fortis Institute-Birmingham Logo Fortis Institute-Birmingham Birmingham, AL
3/5
43 : 1 514
Paul Mitchell the School-Birmingham Logo Paul Mitchell the School-Birmingham Hoover, AL     221
Herzing University-Birmingham Logo Herzing University-Birmingham Birmingham, AL
3/5
34 : 1 586
Lawson State Community College Logo Lawson State Community College Birmingham, AL
2/5
39 : 1 3,375
Bevill State Community College Logo Bevill State Community College Jasper, AL
2/5
36 : 1 3,787
Jefferson State Community College Logo Jefferson State Community College Birmingham, AL
2/5
59 : 1 8,711
Strayer University-Alabama Logo Strayer University-Alabama Birmingham, AL
3/5
901 : 1 1,802