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Universities in Western Alabama with School Overviews

There are 14 colleges and universities in western Alabama. To find a school that meets your educational needs, check out information on some of their locations, student population sizes, net prices, and graduation rates.

Prospective students in western Alabama can choose from among several public and private institutions of higher learning. In order to get a better idea of the educational options in this part of the state, it can be helpful to examine data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Schools in Western Alabama Near Large Cities

Western Alabama is largely rural but there are a few colleges and universities located in Mobile and Tuscaloosa, the state's third- and fifth-largest cities, respectively. There are also two schools in Florence, another small city. If you would like to go to college in a metropolitan area, you may want to consider one of these five institutions:

  • University of South Alabama (Mobile)
  • Spring Hill College (Mobile)
  • The University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa)
  • Stillman College (Tuscaloosa)
  • University of North Alabama (Florence)

Largest Schools in Western Alabama

The sizes of the student populations in western Alabama schools vary considerably, ranging from small colleges with only a few hundred students, to large universities with over twenty thousand. At larger institutions, you may have access to a greater number of academic and extracurricular opportunities, but schools with fewer students often have smaller classes and more personalized instruction. If a larger school is what you seek, you may want to consider one of the following five largest schools in western Alabama:

  • The University of Alabama (37,098 students)
  • Columbia Southern University (20,823 students)
  • University of South Alabama (16,211 students)
  • University of North Alabama (7,078 students)
  • University of West Alabama (4,032 students)

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Lowest Net Price

College affordability is a major concern for many prospective students in western Alabama and elsewhere. To provide an estimate of the cost of getting a degree, the NCES calculates net price. The net price of a school is defined as the total annual cost for a full-time undergraduate student minus the average financial aid package. These five non-specialty western Alabama schools reported the lowest net prices for the 2014-2015 academic year:

  • University of North Alabama ($10,848 per year)
  • Columbia Southern University ($10,902 per year)
  • Selma University ($11,666 per year)
  • University of West Alabama ($12,884 per year)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES reports a school's graduation rate based on the percentage of full-time undergraduate students who finish their degree within 150% of the expected completion time. Often, this can be an indicator of whether or not the educational environment at the school is conducive to academic success. According to statistics from students who began their studies in fall 2009, these five western Alabama schools have the highest graduation rates:

  • Selma University (100%)
  • The University of Alabama (67%)
  • Spring Hill College (53%)
  • University of Montevallo (45%)
  • University of Mobile (45%)

If you're an aspiring student in western Alabama, you have several higher education options. Statistical information about some of the schools you may wish to consider can help you identify the college or university that best suits your preferences and needs.


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