Alabama's University System Overview

The Alabama public university system consists of over 40 research-based institutions that are located throughout the state. See how these schools compare to see which one is right for you.

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There are about 45 public universities in the state of Alabama, meaning students looking to study in the state need to look into each school and see if it is the right choice for them. Information sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) provides insights into these different schools, which can be organized by factors such as lowest net price and highest graduation rate.

Alabama Schools Near Large Cities

Alabama has a diverse geography that includes mountains, beaches and countryside, but it also has urban areas that will appeal to students who want to live close to the city. Listed below are five public universities in Alabama that are close to or located in reasonably large cities that students may want to consider, including one in the state's capital of Montgomery.

  • Jefferson State Community College (Birmingham)
  • Troy University - Montgomery Campus (Montgomery)
  • The University of South Alabama (Mobile)
  • The University of Alabama in Huntsville (Huntsville)
  • Shelton State Community College (Tuscaloosa)

Lowest Net Price

The total cost of enrollment is an important consideration to keep in mind when deciding on which university to enroll in. The NCES College Navigator supplies the average net price paid by students for the 2015-2016 school year. This is how these Alabama schools perform for net price:

  • Chattahoochee Valley Community College ($1,287)
  • Northeast Alabama Community College ($3,117)
  • George C Wallace State Community College - Dothan ($3,263)
  • Jefferson Davis Community College ($4,030)
  • Reid State Technical College ($4,096)

Highest Graduation Rate

Graduation rate is another important factor to consider before enrolling in an institution. This number, while not telling the complete story, can be a good indicator of the academic success experienced by students. The highest graduation rates in the Alabama public university system are:

  • Auburn University - Auburn (73%)
  • The University of Alabama (67%)
  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham (55%)
  • The University of Alabama in Huntsville (49%)
  • The University of Montevallo (45%)

Largest Student Population

Alabama public universities are not the largest in the country, with the biggest five colleges hosting student populations of less than 40,000. Nonetheless, students at these schools can take advantage of a wide range of programs, from an associate or bachelor's to a research-based doctorate degree.

  • The University of Alabama (36,047)
  • Auburn University (25,912)
  • Troy University (19,041)
  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham (18,698)
  • The University of South Alabama (15,805)

Overall, Alabama has a number of choices for students looking for public universities and the information provided here may prove useful when the time comes to make a decision about your education.

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