Birmingham Alabama Schools: Largest Schools by Enrollment

There are 17 colleges and universities within a 25-mile radius of Birmingham, Alabama. Explore how these schools stack against each other in several different key categories to find the school for you.

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The largest city in Alabama, Birmingham offers students a variety of school options within its borders; four-year universities, community colleges and career schools are all within reach. To help students decide which school is right for them, prospective students are encouraged to use data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), reviewing critical evaluation factors such as: location, size, price, and graduation rate.

Schools Closest to Birmingham, Alabama

There is a combination of public and privately-owned, 4-year institutions near Birmingham. Within a 5-mile radius, there are 6 schools to choose from. Below are the 5 schools closest to Birmingham, Alabama:

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (0.7 miles away)
  • Birmingham Southern College (1.9 miles away)
  • Brown Mackie College - Birmingham (3.0 miles away)
  • Herzing University (4.2 miles away)
  • Virginia College (3.0 miles away)

Largest Schools Near Birmingham, Alabama

Of the 17 schools near Birmingham, only 12 of them have more than 2,000 total students. They are a mix of state universities, community colleges, and private schools. Here is a list of the 5 largest schools near Birmingham:

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (18,333 total students)
  • Jefferson State Community College (8,821 total students)
  • Samford University (5,206 total students)
  • Lawson State Community College - Birmingham Campus (3,172 total students)
  • Virginia College (2,138 total students)

Lowest Net Price

Most students have financial considerations when making college decisions, as the cost of full-time attendance -- including tuition, fees and educational supplies -- is a major investment. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the following schools have the lowest 2014-2015 undergraduate net prices near Birmingham. They range from $7,500 to $18,500 per year:

  • Lawson State Community College - Birmingham Campus ($7,676)
  • Jefferson State Community College ($9,113)
  • Miles College ($15,646)
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham ($15,772)
  • Brown Mackie College - Birmingham ($18,317)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES publishes stats on colleges' graduation rates, which are helpful to research to get an idea of a particular institution's education quality. For the Birmingham schools below, these figures are based on data for full-time undergrads who earned their first certificate or degree within 150% of normal program completion time. According to this information, the following five schools have the highest graduation rates (NCES).

  • Samford University (74% graduation rate)
  • Birmingham Southern College (61% graduation rate)
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (55% graduation rate)
  • Herzing University (42% graduation rate)
  • ITT Technical Institute-Bessemer (29% graduation rate)

To make an informed and confident college selection, prospective students in Birmingham should place significant weight on factors such as graduation rate, cost, student population, and proximity to Birmingham.

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