With a population of just over 215,000 and a metro area population of 1.2 million, Birmingham is the largest city in the state of Alabama. Birmingham was established in the early 1870s through the merger of three small farm towns. Over the years, it continued to grow, annexing other small towns in the process. For nearly 40 years (from 1880 to1920) the city was nicknamed the The Magic City, a result of its strong, and what seemed to be, never ending growth.
Since its founding, Birmingham has always had a strong economy, and that trend continues. Today the city is one of the most important centers for business, banking and commerce in the Southeastern United States. Other strong business sectors that drive Birmingham’s economy include transportation, telecommunications, energy, insurance, financial services, medicine/health care, and higher education. The city is also the headquarters for several fortune 500 and fortune 1000 corporations.
Birmingham is the center for higher education in the state of Alabama. The city is home to the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham–Southern College, Virginia College–Birmingham (a large career college), and several colleges and universities. Both the Alabama School of Dentistry and Alabama School of Medicine (previously known as the Medical College of Alabama) were founded in Birmingham in 1947. Samford University, another large university, is located just nextdoor in neighboring Huntsville. Altogether, Birmingham offers nationally recognized graduate and/or undergraduate programs in dentistry, engineering, medicine, healthcare/nursing, pharmacy, optometry, and law. Of the five law schools in Alabama, three are located in Birmingham. These include the Birmingham School of Law, Cumberland School of Law (Samford University), and Miles Law School (an independent law school).
Other noteworthy higher education institutions in and around the city of Birmingham include Birmingham-Southern College, University of Montevallo, Lawson State Community College, and Jefferson State Community College.
Below are profiles for the four-year colleges and universities located in Birmingham.
900 Arkadelphia Road
Birmingham, AL 35254
main phone: 280 West Valley Ave, Birmingham, AL 35209
admission phone: (205) 226-4696
admission fax: (205) 226-3074
Birmingham-Southern College has a total enrollment of 1,450+ students and offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Birmingham-Southern College offers a large selection of majors in the following categories: visual and performing arts, business and management, computer and information sciences, education, english language and literature, history, multi/interdisciplinary studies, natural resources, physical sciences, socical sciences, psychology and theology.
HUC 531, 1530 Third Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35209
main phone: (205) 916-2800
Herzing University in Birmingham, Alabama has a total enrollment of 600+ students and offers certificates, associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs in business administration, technology, engineering technology health services, nursing and criminal justice.
ITT Technical Institute-Bessemer
6270 Park South Drive
Bessemer, AL 35022
main phone: (205) 497-5700
ITT Technical Institute in Bessemer, Alabama right outside of Birmingham has a total enrollment of 1,800+ students and offers associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs in in business administration, construction management, computer software, engineering technology, drafting and criminal justice.
PO Box 39800
Birmingham, AL 35208-3980
main phone: (205) 929-1000
admission phone: (205) 929-1655
admission fax: (205) 923-9292
Miles College has a total enrollment of 1,800+ students and offers bachelor’s degree programs. Majors at Miles College include business, management and marketing, visual and performing arts, music, biology, communications, computer science, education, english and literature, chemistry, social work and political science.
Southeastern Bible College
2545 Valleydale Road
Birmingham, AL 35244-2083
main phone: (205) 970-9200
admission phone: (205) 970-9210
admission fax: (205) 970-9207
Southeastern Bible College has a total enrollment of 200+ students and offers associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs in bible studies and leadership ministries.
University of Alabama Birmingham
HUC 531, 1530 Third Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-1150
main phone: (205) 934-4011
admission phone: (205) 934-8221
admission fax: (205) 975-7114
University of Alabama Birmingham has a total enrollment of 15,000+ students and offers bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and first professional degree programs. The college offers majors in African-American studies, art, drama, music, biology, business, accounting, marketing, management, communications and journalism, several areas in education, engineering, english, foreign languages, health and clinical sciences, history and more.
488 Palisades Blvd.
Birmingham, AL 35209
main phone: (205) 802-1200
University of Alabama Birmingham has a total enrollment of 14,000+ students and offers Certificate, Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees and programs in accounting, business administration, information systems, communications technologies, computer and information sciences, engineering technology, medical assisting, healthcare administration, criminal justice, culinary services, and visual and performing arts.