Students Say

Birmingham-Southern College “is an institution that cares for its students and provides them with a high-quality education and opportunities to succeed.” A double-major in art and psychology says, “I chose BSC because I wanted a small liberal arts college where I would know my teachers personally and where I would gain a well-rounded education and experience to help me further my career in life.” Most students rave about the “academic reputation and the small class sizes that allow for personalized interaction with the professors.”

Overview

Applicants
1,846
Acceptance Rate
65%
Average HS GPA
3.48

GPA Breakdown

39%
Over 3.75
14%
3.50 - 3.74
11%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
18%
2.50 - 2.99
5%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
500 - 610
SAT Math
510 - 610
SAT Writing
490 - 583
ACT Composite
23 - 29

Deadlines


Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)

Overall

Students Say

Birmingham-Southern College “is an institution that cares for its students and provides them with a high-quality education and opportunities to succeed.” A double-major in art and psychology says, “I chose BSC because I wanted a small liberal arts college where I would know my teachers personally and where I would gain a well-rounded education and experience to help me further my career in life.” Most students rave about the “academic reputation and the small class sizes that allow for personalized interaction with the professors.” The college is known for its strong premed and theater programs, and students say BSC has a “reputation for sending students to some of the most prestigious and reputable graduate and professional schools in the country.” Professors get high marks across the board. Students say, “The professors here make BSC what it is” and add, “They’re always willing to help you out and meet with you if you need extra help. They make the academic experience here completely fabulous and well worth the hard work you have to put into your studies.” Academic standards are considered rigorous, and students say BSC “demands the best from the professors and the best from the students. The faculty is fantastic, and the campus is beautiful.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
114
with Terminal Degree
87

65
Men
49
Women
3
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years
65%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Asian Studies/Civilization

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business/Commerce, General

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Education, Other
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

  • Engineering

  • Engineering, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biopsychology
  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Chemistry, Other
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other
  • Painting
  • Piano and Organ
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Voice and Opera


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Miles Copeland
agent, manager and producer of The Police and REM

Rebecca Gilman
Guggenheim Fellow and playwright of Spinning Into Butter

Sena Jeter Naslund
best-selling author of Ahab's Wife

Betty Hawk
vice president/general manager of Materials Resource Division for 3M Compan

Dr. Donald Harrison
past president of American Heart Association

John Paul Huguley
founder of American College of the Building Arts

Jim Newman
Broadway actor

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
89
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,770

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,145

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,947

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,629

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
50%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$16,000

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,300

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$0
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

At BSC, typical students are “goal-oriented and focused,” but also “hard workers” who “find time for play.” One student says, “Simply put, a BSC student is a laid-back workaholic who knows how to have a good time.” Another adds, “The model Birmingham-Southern student is over-committed, because at BSC it’s cool to be busy.” Students say they’re “heavily involved in Greek life and student organizations” and that the small student body allows for more leadership roles in extracurricular activities. Despite the popularity of the Greek system and the fact that “most people at BSC drink,” drinking is “not required to have friends or fun,” and “Students fit in well at BSC regardless of their personal preferences, usually.” Most students are “Southern, both in origin and in nature—warm hellos from strangers are a part of life on campus. Overall, it’s a pretty likeable” and “smart bunch.” Although, “The typical student comes from an upper-middle-class background,” one student says, “There are many (like myself) who are here through extensive scholarships and financial aid.” Birmingham gets praise as a vibrant community with a local art scene, and a psychology major says, “There is a great coffeehouse scene in Birmingham, and during exams you can often find students studying at various locally owned coffeehouses.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,231
Out of State
41%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
12

Demographics

47% female
53% male
41% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

Students Say

BSC “is a gated/closed campus, so living on campus is preferred by most students—and many of the activities happen at night for this reason.” Students describe the atmosphere on campus as, “welcoming [and] intelligent, where assumptions are challenged, and individuals [are] supported” and say, “In order to ‘fit in’ one must get involved in something.” Many students say the small size of the college “allows for a lot of opportunities for students to get involved and become an active part of campus.” Clubs and intramurals are popular, and students say, “It definitely never gets boring here on campus.” One student adds, “Even if you can’t think of anything to do, the school is always having some kind of event that’s usually free and pretty fun.” The administration earns some grumbles, with students saying, “There is a disconnect with administration and the student population.” Better communication around campus “is something students have been looking for in the past few years.” A collaborative education major says, “We’ve recently had some financial troubles, and it has exposed some gaping holes in the way the administration deals with the student body”; however, some are optimistic that “steps have been taken this year to improve that situation.” A common complaint is the cafeteria, where students feel frustrated by high prices and a lack of quality.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
53%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
85
First-Year Students living on campus
93%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
77

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
70
Number of Honor Societies
18

Number of Social Sororities
6
Number of Religious Organizations
5

35% join a fraternity
53% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Panthers)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Panthers)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
Riflery
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Allies is a student organization open to gay, lesbian, and straight students.

Minority Support Groups: Black Student Association Muslim Student Association Indian Cultural Society Dir. of Multicultural Activities

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Samford University

Sustainability

Green Rating
68

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
67

Average Number of PC's per Lab
22

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Becky Baxter
Administrative Assistant - Admission

Address
Office of Admission
Box 549008
Birmingham, AL 35254

Phone
205-226-7849

Email
admission@bsc.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Urban Environmental Park
Striplin Physical Fitness Center
The Cellar - Coffee House
The Court

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Oak Mountain State Park
The Summit
The Galleria
5 Points South
Birmingham/Jefferson County Civic Center

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Saturday
M-F 8:15-4:45; Saturday 10:00 am
205-226-7849

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admission@bsc.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Bus, taxi, SGA shuttle from Shuttlesworth International Airport.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-59/20 take exit 123 onto Arkadelphia Road. Turning toward the south, BSC is one block on the right.

Local Accommodations
Comfort Suites – Fultondale Location **Off I-65 @ Exit 267– approximately 10 minutes from BSC. Restaurants nearby. 1325 Old Walker Chapel Road, Fultondale, AL 35068 Phone: 205.259.2160 Comfort Suites negotiated rate: $89.00 Hampton Inn – Mountain Brook Location ** Suburb location near area malls and many restaurants – approximately 15 minutes to BSC. 2731 Hwy 280 South, Mountain Brook, AL 35223 Phone: 205.870.7822 Hampton Inn negotiated rate: $90.00 – Standard Hampton Inn – Fultondale Location **Off I-65 @ Exit 267 – approximately 10 minutes from BSC. Restaurants nearby. 1716 Fulton Road, Fultondale, AL 35068 Phone: 205.439.6700 Hampton Inn Express negotiated rate: $89.00 Holiday Inn Express – Fultondale Location **Off I-65 @Exit 267 – approximately 10 minutes from BSC. Restaurants nearby. 1733 Fulton Road, Fultondale, AL 35068 Phone: 205.439.6300 Holiday Inn Express negotiated rate: $89.00 Sheraton Civic Center – Starwood Hotel **Downtown, near restaurants and museums – approximately 10 minutes to BSC. 2101 Richard Arrington Blvd., Birmingham, AL 35203 Phone: 205.324.5000 Sheraton negotiated rate: $90.00 (Ask for In-House Reservations) Tutwiler – Hampton Inn – Historic Wyndham Hotel **Downtown historic hotel near 5 Points South, restaurants, museums – approximately 10 minutes to BSC. 2021 Park Place North, Birmingham, AL 35203 Phone: 205.322.2100 Tutwiler negotiated rate: $139.00 – Standard Queen – Other BSC rooms/rates available
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Key Stats

1,846
Applicants
1,231
Size
65%
Acceptance Rate
1120
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists