Birmingham-Southern College

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“What all of this says is that Birmingham-Southern is a high-quality, caring place where a person from any part of the country would not only be comfortable but would grow intellectually, morally, and personally.
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Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Road
Box 549008
Birmingham, Alabama 35254
205.226.4696 / 800.523.5793
⋅ 950 students from 30 states and 11 countries
⋅ 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio and 3:1 student-to-faculty-and-staff ratio
⋅ 27% of the student body self-identifies as black, Hispanic, Asian, or other
⋅ 2024-2025 Total Cost of Attendance (including room, board, and books): $37,050
⋅ Tuition and Mandatory Fees: $22,750
⋅ 100% of admitted students receive merit-based aid

The fountain outside of the student center is a popular place to eat and study.
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Female student in a graduation cap and gown smiling with her degree in hand.
Birmingham Southern students

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  • Four-year, private, residential liberal arts college founded in 1856 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church.
  • The College’s 192-acre campus is located just 3 miles north of downtown Birmingham—one of Alabama’s largest metropolitan cities. As a medical hub in the Southeast, home to Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, tech incubators, and award-winning restaurants, students live and learn in a city rich in history, diversity, and creativity. Birmingham is 2 hours from Atlanta, 3 from Nashville, 4 from the Gulf Coast; for anything further, the Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport is just 10 minutes from campus.
  • Academics within all distinctions focus on effective communication, creative problem solving, civic engagement, self-directed teaching and learning, and the ability to connect ideas across disciplines.

Worth Noting
  • BSC aims to provide the real-world experiences that are necessary to create graduates who have a positive impact on the environment around them. BSC guarantees internship, study abroad, research in partnership with faculty, and community service opportunities.
  • Second-year students participate in Sophomore Summit, a unique opportunity centered around professional-development programming. Faculty, staff, alumni, and local professionals work jointly to provide one-on-one support, workshops, panels, and networking for second-year students.
  • Eighty percent of alumni attend their choice of graduate programs within one year of completing their undergraduate degree at Birmingham-Southern.

Faculty & Academics
  • More than 96% of full-time faculty hold the most advanced degree in their field.
  • More than 50 defined majors, minors, distinctions, and pre-professional programs
  • Birmingham-Southern’s Explorations curriculum moves general education away from a more traditional “check-box” approach — which emphasizes disciplinary requirements — to one that stresses the significance of outcomes-based learning. The outcomes are precisely the skills and perspectives that professional schools, graduate schools, and employers are seeking in today’s increasingly complex and inter-connected world.
  • In addition to Phi Beta Kappa, more than 20 other honorary and professional societies in various academic fields.

Areas of Study
For the most current listings, please check the college website.

Majors, Minors, & Dual Degree Programs (*Minor Only)
Applied Computer Science
Arabic Studies*
Architectural Studies
Art (BA, BFA)
Art History
Business Administration (Finance, Management, Marketing, International Business)
Data Science*
Education (with teacher certifications)
Engineering (Dual Degree)
Environmental Studies (Dual Degree)
Gender & Women Studies*
Global & Comparative Studies
Greek & Roman Studies*
Health Sciences
Human Rights & Conflict Studies*
Latin America Studies*
Law (Dual Degree)
Mathematical Finance
Media & Film Studies
Music (BS, BMA)
Musical Theatre
Nursing (Dual Degree)
Philosophy, History, & Law
Political Science
Pre-Pharmacy (Dual Degree)
Spanish for the Workplace
Theatre Arts
Urban Environmental Studies (BA, BS)

Black Studies
Leadership Studies
Poverty Studies
Public Health Studies

Pre-Professional Programs
Pre-Health (Pre-Med, Pre-Nursing, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Veterinary, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Kinesiology)

Special Programs
Contract Learning
Entrepreneurship Program
Harrison Honors Program
Pre-Health Advisory Committee
Study Abroad
Vail Research Fellowships

Campus Life
  • 3-year on-campus residency requirement; more than 90% live on campus all four years
  • Top 10 for Campus Safety, according to Readers’ Digest
  • Long-established Honor Code that emphasizes a campus culture of honesty and integrity
  • 80+ student organizations; 13 national fraternity and sorority chapters; 11 club and intramural sports
  • Five weekly denominational and non-denominational worship services
  • Recreation center with two weight rooms, two basketball courts, six-lane swimming pool, multi-lane track, Peloton room, and golf simulator

Varsity Sports

22 varsity sports in NCAA Division III, Southern Athletic Association:

Men’s Sports
Cross Country
Swimming and Diving
Track & Field (Indoor and Outdoor)

Women’s Sports
Cross Country
Swimming and Diving
Track & Field (Indoor and Outdoor)

Life After College
  • 250+ community mentors and 350+ event opportunities for career preparation.
  • Annually ranks #1 in Alabama and among the nation’s best in percentage of all graduates accepted to medical, dental, or health career programs, often receiving prestigious scholarships.
  • Named in top 10 colleges that lead to graduate school; over 80% of alumni attend graduate school one year after graduation.
  • Top 20 Best Value in the US
  • The average salary for BSC graduates after graduation is one-third higher than the national average.

Academic Profile of Entering Class
  • Average GPA: 3.5
  • Average ACT score: 25
  • 37% students of color