The schools located in Huntsville and its surrounding area offer a unique variety of learning experiences. The information from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) that we use to compare the traditional schools in the area can help students find the right school to meet their needs.
Closest Schools to Huntsville, Alabama
Most of the schools that are closest for students in the Huntsville area are 4-year schools. These schools offer students a wide range of degrees from associate's degrees to doctoral degrees.
- Virginia College-Huntsville (located downtown)
- Strayer University-Huntsville Campus (2.9 miles from downtown)
- University of Alabama in Huntsville (3.6 miles from downtown)
- Alabama A & M University (4.5 miles from downtown)
- J F Drake State Community and Technical College (4.5 miles from downtown)
Largest Schools Near Huntsville, Alabama
There are several larger schools with more than 1,000 students in the area, including a community college. Almost all of these larger schools are public institutions.
- John C Calhoun State Community College (9,985 students)
- University of Alabama in Huntsville (7,866 students)
- Alabama A & M University (5,628 students)
- Athens State University (3,041 students)
- Oakwood University (1,749 students)
Lowest Net Price
The NCES computes a statistic called net price, which takes into consideration the amount of financial aid the average full-time undergrad student receives at a given institution and then subtracts that from the total price of attending that school. Most schools in the Huntsville area had net prices less than $20,000 for 2014-2015.
- John C Calhoun State Community College ($5,358)
- J F Drake State Community and Technical College ($7,033)
- Alabama A & M University ($13,203)
- University of Alabama in Huntsville ($13,737)
- Virginia College-Huntsville ($17,301)
Highest Graduation Rate
It can be helpful to look at a school's graduation and retention rates when considering whether to attend because those statistics can provide insight into how well a college is satisfying its students' academic and social needs. The NCES keeps track of graduation rates by analyzing the percentage of full-time undergraduate students who graduate from a school within 150% of the 'normal time' it would take to complete their degree program. The graduation rates in the area usually fell below 50% for 2015.
- University of Alabama in Huntsville (49% graduation rate)
- Oakwood University (42% graduation rate)
- Alabama A & M University (31% graduation rate)
- ITT Technical Institute-Madison (25% graduation rate)
- John C Calhoun State Community College (15% graduation rate)
Huntsville, AL, is home to several 2-year and 4-year schools that provide students with various school locations, sizes, prices, and graduation rates to help fit their needs.