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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B-
Birmingham-Southern is an above-average private, Christian college located in Birmingham, Alabama. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,272 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Birmingham-Southern acceptance rate is 57%. Popular majors include Biology, Business, and Psychology. Graduating 68% of students, Birmingham-Southern alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,400.
900 Arkadelphia Road
Birmingham, AL 35254
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Southern Athletic Association

Birmingham-Southern College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
57%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1040-1220
ACT Range
23-29
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$26,863/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$25,381/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
90%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.21 responses
71%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.21 responses
52%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.21 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,272Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
11
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
27%
Varsity Athletes
38%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 16 responses
Report
  • Smart
    38%
  • Determined
    25%
  • Preppy
    13%
  • Versatile
    13%
  • Bland
    6%
  • Stressed
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
95%
Poll
68%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.25 responses
Poll
50%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.26 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 14 responses
Report
  • Forward Ever
    50%
  • Expensive
    36%
  • Community
    7%
  • Dead
    7%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$46,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
68%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
60%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.15 responses
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Loved my 4 years at BSC! I loved that I was able to take a wide variety of classes. All of my professors really cared about their students. My classes were challenging, but the professors were always there if I needed help. I had the opportunity to study abroad, complete an internship in Birmingham, and do research with professors. The only bad thing I could say about BSC is that the food could use some improvement and the dorms need more regular maintenance. Other than that, I highly recommend BSC. It is a place where students will be challenged, but those challenges will push them to meet their full potential.
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The best choice I have ever made was choosing to go to Birmingham-Southern. The first two months were challenging academically, but socially I was thriving. The social atmosphere is everything that high school was not for me. I am not the type of girl to go out and introduce myself, but the college made sure those of us who are a little more introverted feel included. The professors are very understanding, but will still uphold you to an extraordinary standard. They genuinely care about your learning experience and make themselves extremely accessible to you when you have questions. Overall, I could not be happier with my decision for this school.
Overall, this college is quite good. I am a studio arts major and I really enjoy that department, such as the classes and professors. Additionally, a majority of the staff I have interacted with have been very kind and supportive.
The dorms and campus upkeep could use some improvement. Additionally, the campus is fairly diverse, the campus could do a better job at making students and staff from all races/ethnicities, religions, genders, and sexual orientations feel more accepted and welcome.
Moreover, the campus is small, which I personally like, as this provides a more intimate feeling, especially when you live in campus housing.
Overall, even though that campus could use some improvements, I have enjoyed my time at Birmingham-Southern so far.