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University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL

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About the University of South Alabama

Located in the centuries-old city of Mobile, AL, the University of South Alabama is a public, postsecondary institution in the upper Gulf Coast region. The university opened its doors in 1964 to serve a student body of 928. Today, the school serves nearly 15,000 graduate and undergraduate students.

In addition to academics, the school also provides a number of services for the region. The university's Mitchell Cancer Institute employs over 300 people in the Mobile area and provides treatment for roughly 55,000 patients annually. The USA Technology and Research Park has created over 600 local area jobs in computer science, biomedicine and information technology through unique partnerships between the school and local industries. Roughly 1/3 of the area's physicians and 85% of the city's public teachers are graduates of the University of South Alabama.


Ten schools and colleges administer the University of South Alabama's diverse range of offerings. The College of Allied Health Professions contains 8 departments covering health-related areas, such as biomedical science and physical therapy. The largest number of departments is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, which includes music, Air Force studies, psychology and gerontology. The Harrison School of Pharmacy is part of an affiliation agreement with Auburn University. Additional colleges and schools include medicine, engineering, education, computing, continuing education and special programs, nursing and business.


Admission to the University of South Alabama begins with a high school transcript and an ACT or SAT score. A student's high school GPA can be lower, provided the ACT or SAT score is higher, and vice versa. High school students who completed their junior years, have GPAs that are 3.5 or higher and scored over 1250 on their SAT (28 for ACT) can apply for early admission. Transfer applicants typically need to have only a 2.0 or higher in prior college coursework to be considered for unconditional admission.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition rates vary depending on the college or school where classes are being taken. For example, in the arts and sciences and education colleges and the computing and continuing education schools, in-state undergraduate students pay $265 per credit, out-of-state undergraduate students pay $530 per credit, in-state graduate students pay $358 per credit, and out-of-state graduate students pay $716 per credit.

Per-credit tuition rates in the other schools and colleges are slightly higher, though there's only an $18 difference between the highest and lowest rate for in-state undergraduates and a $36 difference for out-of-state undergraduates. At the graduate level, the tuition rates are within $23 of each other for in-state graduate students and $50 of each other for out-of-state grad students.

Additional fees are assessed regardless of credit load. Some fees are billed differently depending on the credit load. An undergraduate taking fewer than 15 credits is charged a $150 registration fee. Financial aid is available, including various scholarships awarded through individual colleges or schools.

School Type 4-year, public*
Degrees Offered Certificates, bachelor's, master's, doctorate
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Midsize city*
Student Body 15,009**
Student Housing 6 residence halls (2 buildings are freshmen-only)
Schools and Programs 10 colleges and schools; more than 50 undergraduate programs, nearly 30 graduate programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 21 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) - Bachelor's: Registered Nursing (312)
- Master's: Registered Nursing (266)
- Doctor's: Medicine (69)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates - 13% in 4 years, 37% in 6 years, 42% in 8 years (for students who began in Fall 2003)*
Admission Rate 87% (Fall 2011)*
First-Year Retention Rates 65% for full-time and 36% for part-time students (2010-2011)*
Average ACT Score of Admitted Students 22.3**
Application Due Date - July 15 for fall
- December 1 for spring
- May 1 for summer (priority deadlines)**
Decision Notification Date Immediately upon receipt of all materials and with an in-person visit**
Tuition $265-$283 per credit for in-state undergrads, $530-$566 per credit for out-of-state undergrads (2012-2013)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For undergraduates in 2010-2011:
- Grant or scholarship aid (60%)
- Pell grants (35%)
- Federal student loans (52%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 91% of full-time first-year undergraduates in 2010-2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **University of South Alabama.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 307 N. University Blvd., Mobile, AL 36688-0002
  • Phone: (251) 460-6101
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