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Alabama Colleges and Universities: Top 20 Largest Schools

Read about some of the largest schools in Alabama. Get details about school size, programs offered and rankings so that you can compare institutions and decide if one of them is right for you. Keep reading for a list of additional Alabama schools for you to consider.

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Alabama's 90 colleges and universities include Bible colleges, beauty schools, an Air Force college and private, for-profit institutes, as well as traditional public and private universities. Below is a listing of the top 20 largest schools in Alabama, excluding those that are for-profit.

Largest Alabama Universities

1. Troy University in Troy, Alabama

Troy University is the largest university in Alabama. Its seven campuses offer undergraduate major options ranging from history and education to journalism and design. Graduate programs include nursing, counseling and a wide array of programs in education, including music education and physical education. Doctoral programs are available in specific subject areas as well. It is possible to complete certain degrees completely online through Troy's eCampus program.

2. University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Alabama's flagship university is its oldest public college and second-largest school, serving around 27,000 students. U.S. News and World Report ranked the university among the top 50 in public universities in the country in 2009; other accolades include its law school's ranking of no. 30 in the same organization's 2010 Best Graduate Schools publication. Undergraduate students may choose from a wide variety of majors; many opportunities for graduate study and research are available as well.

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List of the 20 Largest Alabama Colleges and Universities

College/University Student Population Address Phone Number
Troy University 28,303 University Ave., Troy, Alabama 36082 (334) 670-3100
The University of Alabama 27,014 739 University Blvd., Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487 (205) 348-6010
Auburn University Main Campus 24,530 Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama 36849 (334) 844-4000
University of Alabama at Birmingham 16,149 Administration Bldg., Ste. 1070, Birmingham, Alabama 35294 (205) 934-4011
University of South Alabama 14,064 307 N. University Blvd., Mobile, Alabama 36688 (251) 460-6101
John C. Calhoun State Community College 9,694 6250 U.S. Highway 31 N., Tanner, Alabama 35671 (256) 306-2500
Jacksonville State University 9,481 700 Pelham Rd. N., Jacksonville, Alabama 36265 (256) 782-5781
Jefferson State Community College 8,298 2601 Carson Rd., Birmingham, Alabama 35215 (205) 853-1200
University of Alabama in Huntsville 7,431 301 Sparkman Dr., Huntsville, Alabama 35899 (256) 824-6120
University of North Alabama 7,203 One Harrison Plaza, Florence, Alabama 35632 (256) 765-4100
Gadsden State Community College 5,803 1001 George Wallace Dr., Gadsden, Alabama 35903 (256) 549-8200
Alabama State University 5,695 915 S. Jackson St., Montgomery, Alabama 36101 (334) 229-4400
George C. Wallace State Community College-Hanceville 5,547 801 Main St. N.W., Hanceville, Alabama 35077 (256) 352-8000
Shelton State Community College 5,511 9500 Old Greensboro Rd., Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35405 (205) 391-2347
Auburn University at Montgomery 5,296 7440 East Dr., Montgomery, Alabama 36117 (334) 244-3000
Alabama A & M University 5,124 4900 Meridian St., Normal, Alabama 35762 (256) 372-5000
Southern Union State Community College 4,971 750 Roberts St., Wadley, Alabama 36276 (256) 395-2211
Samford University 4,469 800 Lakeshore Dr., Birmingham, Alabama 35229 (205) 726-2011
Bevill State Community College 4,134 1411 Indiana Ave., Jasper, Alabama 35501 (205) 387-0511
Northwest Shoals Community College 4,041 800 George Wallace Blvd., Muscle Shoals, Alabama 35661 (256) 331-5200
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