Lawson State Community College

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Lawson State Community College (also known as “Lawson State”) is a public two-year community college based in Birmingham, Alabama. The college also has a branch campus in Bessemer, Alabama.

Lawson State was recently ranked among the top two-year community colleges in the nation, due in part to its exceptional student and teacher satisfication ratings. Students find Lawson State to offers an excellent academic program and a satisfying student life, and teachers agree!

The college is fully accredited to award two-year associate degrees and technical certificates in various academic fields and career-oriented disciplines, including business, health, engineering technologies, family services, construction trades, culinary arts, legal studies, public administration and nursing, among many others. In addition to degree programs and certificates, Lawson State also offers various adult education options.

Washington Monthly ranked Lawson State among the community colleges found in its “America’s 50 best community colleges” list which is published each year. Given the shear number of community colleges in the United States, this is quite an impressive feat.

Lawson State is dedicated to the success of their students and to this end they offer a lot of student support services, including academic and career counseling, career placement, health services and a special programs (TRIO) for disabled students.

General Information

Admission Office

3060 Wilson Road SW

Birmingham, AL 35221-1717

(205) 929-6309

Fax: (205) 923-7106

Contact: Jeff Shelley

Director of Admissions
Main Address

3060 Wilson Road SW

Birmingham, AL 35221-1717

(205) 925-2515

Total undergrads: 3,609

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 931

Degree-seeking undergrads: 3,609


Urban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No

Admissions Policies/Requirements

Advanced placement option for licensed practical nurses (LPN) and nursing education. Nursing students must pass nursing entrance exam or have 20 ACT or comparable SAT.

College Majors

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting A
Administrative/Secretarial Services A
Business Administration/Management A
Fashion Merchandising C
Information Processing/Data Entry A
Office Clerical Services C
Office Management A
Operations Management A

Communications & Journalism

Radio/Television C

Communications Technologies

Graphic/Printing Equipment Operation C
Photographic/Film Technology C

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science A,C

Construction Trades

Carpentry C
Construction Trades – General A,C
Electrician C
Masonry/Tile Setting C
Pipefitting C
Plumbing C
Power/Electric Transmission C


Electrical/Communications Engineering A

Engineering Technologies

Architectural Engineering Technology A,C
Automotive Engineering Technology A,C
Construction/Building Technologies A,C
Drafting and Design Technology A,C
Electrical Engineering Technologies A,C
Mechanical Drafting A,C

Family & Consumer Sciences

Apparel/Textile Manufacturing C
Child Development C
Foods/Nutrition Studies C

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Dental Assistance C
Emergency Medical Technology C
Home Attendant C
Medical Administrative Assistance A,C
Nursing (RN) A
Nursing Assistance C

Law & Legal Studies

Legal Administrative Assistance A
Prelaw A

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies A
Liberal Arts & Sciences A

Mechanic & Repair Technologies

Auto Body Repair A,C
Diesel Mechanics C
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Repair C
Heating/A.C./Refrigeration Mechanics C
Industrial Electronics C
Industrial Equipment Maintenance/Repair C
Mechanics & Repair – General C

Personal & Culinary Services

Barbering C
Cosmetic Services C
Manicure/Nails C

Precision Production Trades

CabinetmakingMillwork C
Welding Technology C

Public Administration & Services

Social Work A

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies A
Fire Protection/Safety Technology C

Degrees, certificates and diplomas for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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