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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    A
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B-
South Alabama is an above-average public university located in Mobile, Alabama. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 8,637 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the South Alabama acceptance rate is 79%. Popular majors include Nursing, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT Paramedic), and Health Service Preparatory Studies. Graduating 46% of students, South Alabama alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $31,500.
307 N University Blvd
Mobile, AL 36688
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About South Alabama...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Sun Belt Conference

University of South Alabama Rankings

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

South Alabama Admissions

Acceptance Rate
79%
Application Deadline
July 15
SAT Range
1030-1220
ACT Range
20-27
Application Fee
$35
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$13,624/ 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
$7,439/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
95%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
75%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.102 responses
66%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.120 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.120 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    34%
  • On Campus
    63%
  • Online
    3%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
8,637Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,656
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
43%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 83 responses
  • Everyone's different
    58%
  • Fun but studious
    22%
  • Always willing to help
    11%
  • True diversity
    5%
  • Apathetic.
    2%
  • Athletic in some aspect
    1%
  • Outgoing
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
52%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.145 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.169 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 98 responses
  • Go jags
    42%
  • Diamond in the rough
    17%
  • AWESOME
    16%
  • Warm welcoming
    7%
  • Intelligent
    6%
  • Competent.
    4%
  • Existent.
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$37,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
46%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
91%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.81 responses
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This is probably one of the better schools in my state that offers the courses I need. That's the ONLY reason I chose it. That, and being FAR away from my parents at the north of the state.
The parking system is the literal worst, and I'm actually having to get married early just to escape parking tickets! Yes, my out to parking tickets? MARRIAGE.
This is due to the fact you can't have both commuter and resident parking passes at the same time. They won't let me cancel my housing contract (I moved out mid-semester) until I get MARRIED.
So, I'm going to. That way they'll change my residency in the system and let me get a damn commuter parking pass so I stop getting parking tickets for ATTENDING CLASS...
Also, the teachers have been either incredibly rude or completely ignorant about current events. We're in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, but they can't be bothered to cut students more slack about dates when they themselves are slacking.
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I love USA! I came from a very small, local high school, so South's campus and classes have been both overwhelming and fantastic. The only drawbacks I've found have been how difficult it can be to find specific information, especially for first-time freshmen. They've handled the pandemic relatively well, requiring masks inside buildings and amply allowing for social distancing. I'm a commuter student, but it doesn't seem like living on campus would be worth your money in the same way it has been in years past.
The University of South Alabama is excellent 4-year University! It has a beautiful campus close to the beaches and it makes me feel right at home. Everyone, from students to faculty and staff, are very friendly and they will go great lengths to make sure you are on the right track and successful in you academic careers. I am a nursing major and I just recently finished my freshman year. South has a really good nursing program and many great opportunities within the College of Nursing. Along with that, there are many clubs, organizations, honor societies, Greek organizations to be a part of. Currently, I am a member of the Alpha Epsilon Delta, which is an honor society for pre-health majors. Furthermore, the campus is a nice size! It is not too big and not too small. There are a lot of great resources, such as the Jagtran, which is a bus system that students can use to go to their classes. One thing that South can improve on is the Dining Hall. It gets pretty messy in there sometimes.