University of South Alabama

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The University of South Alabama is a public university that offers numerous undergraduate and graduate degree programs. It is located in Mobile, Alabama. The school is recognized for its excellent health education programs, and it is home to a medical and pharmacy school.

The school also offers notable engineering, psychology, and marine science programs. More than 17,000 students are enrolled at the University of South Alabama at any given time.

General Information

Admission Office

Meisler Hall, Suite 2500

307 University Boulevard North

Mobile, AL 36688-0002

(251) 460-6141

(800) 872-5247

Fax: (251) 460-7876

Contact: Norma Tanner

Director of Admissions
Main Address
307 University Boulevard North

Mobile, AL 36688-0002

(251) 460-6101


Total undergrads: 11,048

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,617

Degree-seeking undergrads: 10,701

Graduate enrollment: 2,734


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $35

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 90%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 67%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
Tuition and fees $4,822 $5,512 $5,962 $5,748 -3.59%
Books and Supplies $1,200 $1,000 $1,000 $1,200 +20.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $6,866 $7,438 $5,344 $5,860 +9.66%
Other $2,454 $2,454 $2,454 $2,454 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $8,148 $8,750 $7,760 $7,442 -4.10%
Other $2,454 $2,454 $2,454 $2,454 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
In-state On Campus $15,342 $16,404 $14,760 $15,262 +3.40%
In-state Off Campus $16,624 $17,716 $17,176 $16,844 -1.93%
In-state with Family $6,022 $6,512 $6,962 $6,948 -0.20%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $5,400
In-state Student Fees $300
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $10,800
Out-of-state Student Fees $300

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,306 85%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,066 69% $5,459,687 $5,122
• Federal grants 530 34% $2,300,178 $4,340
• Pell grants 480 31% $1,658,674 $3,456
• Other federal grants 303 20% $641,504 $2,117
Local and state government scholarships or grants 170 11% $157,953 $929
Institutional scholarships or grants 705 46% $3,001,556 $4,258
Student loan financial aid 701 45% $4,316,591 $6,158
• Federal student loans 694 45% $4,073,952 $5,870
• Other student loans 37 2% $242,639 $6,558

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 1547 694 178 174
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 95 4 4
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 4
Biology and Biological Sciences 65 3
Biomedical Sciences 30
Environmental Toxicology 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Programs 257 39
Accounting 45 9
Business Administration and Management 85 30
Business/commerce 18
Business/managerial Economics 1
E-commerce/electronic Commerce
Finance 36
Marketing/marketing Management 72
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 85 14
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 85 14
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 27 20
Computer and Information Sciences 20
Computer Science 11
Information Science/studies 6
Information Technology 10
Education 218 174 10 13
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 26
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 4
Education, Other 5 10 13
Educational Leadership and Administration 9
Elementary Education and Teaching 140 42
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 40 20
Reading Teacher Education 2
School Librarian/school Library Media Specialist 8
Secondary Education and Teaching 31 19
Special Education and Teaching 7 39
Engineering 95 63
Chemical Engineering 11 5
Civil Engineering 18 2
Computer Engineering 5
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 26 51
Mechanical Engineering 35 5
English Language and Literature/letters 47 13
English Language and Literature 47 13
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 17
Foreign Languages and Literatures 17
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences 382 341 160 143
Audiology/audiologist 11
Clinical Laboratory Science/medical Technology/technologist 1
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services, Other 3
Communication Sciences and Disorders 22
Emergency Medical Technology/technician (emt Paramedic) 5 101
Health/medical Preparatory Programs, Other 11
Medicine 66
Occupational Therapy/therapist 23
Physical Therapy/therapist 52
Physician Assistant 34
Radiologic Technology/science – Radiographer 23 27
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 306 268 28 15
Respiratory Care Therapy/therapist 14
Speech-language Pathology/pathologist 16
History 41 7
History 41 7
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 34
Criminal Justice/law Enforcement Administration 34
Human Services Programs 12 3
Public Administration 3
Social Work 12
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Mathematics and Statistics 6 2
Mathematics and Statistics 5
Mathematics and Statistics, Other
Mathematics 1 2
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 17 4 4 7
Biological and Physical Sciences 4 4
Gerontology 7
International/global Studies 17
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 27
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 27
Physical Sciences 32
Chemistry 5
Geology/earth Science 13
Meteorology 13
Physics 1
Psychology 53 10
Psychology 53 10
Social Sciences 52 11
Anthropology 10
Geography 13 11
Political Science and Government 17
Sociology 12
Visual and Performing Arts 50
Art and art Studies 32
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 8
Music 10
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B
Biomedical Sciences B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
E-Commerce B
Finance/Banking B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Early Childhood Education B
Elementary Education B
Health Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Secondary Education B
Special Education B


Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Foreign Language & Literature – General B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Emergency Medical Technology C
Medical Radiologic Technology B
Nursing (RN) B
Respiratory Therapy B
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Statistics B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Atmospheric Sciences B
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels 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.

University of South Alabama Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(251) 460-6101
Type of School:4-year, Public
Address:307 N University Blvd, Mobile, AL 36688-0002
Setting:Rural: Remote
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:16,443
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):33%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:20 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:9,522 (58% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$7,548
Out-of-state Tuition:$14,796
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:93%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$6,730

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

University of South Alabama Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of South Alabama.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences221
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services521
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs11
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services131
English Language and Literature/Letters11
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics1
Health Professions and Related Programs5741
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service1
Mathematics and Statistics11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1211
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies1
Philosophy and Religious Studies1
Physical Sciences4
Public Administration and Social Service Professions11
Social Sciences41
Visual and Performing Arts31
Grand total851318

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at University of South Alabama.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Health Professions and Related Programs31
Grand total417

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of South Alabama and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,260

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid1,94493%
Grant or scholarship aid1,69381%$6,730
Student loan aid1,22159%$10,310

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid7,12362%$6,263
Federal student loans6,47956%$9,687

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for University of South Alabama. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled University of South Alabama students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants6,1802,7963,384
Percent admitted100%77%84%
Percent admitted who enrolled32%34%31%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

University of South Alabama Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment16,443
Undergraduate enrollment11,761
Graduate enrollment4,682

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

University of South Alabama Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy (OT) - Professional Programs (Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions)
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education
    • Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers
    • Radiologic Technology (RADTT) - Programs for radiation therapists

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does 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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