Birmingham-Southern College

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School Overview

The Birmingham Southern College is a private, United States Methodist Church affiliated liberal arts college, located in Birmingham, AL. Rigorous academic training is complemented by courses in Christian ethics.

Over 80 student organizations are located on campus. Opportunities are available with student publications, service organizations, fraternities, and various social clubs.

Educational programs and student organizations are heavily influenced by the college’s religious mission. The Chaplain and Office of Religious Life sponsors worship services, theological training programs, and interfaith activities.

Popular bachelor’s degree programs include religion, musical theatre, media and film studies, art history, and art. The school also offers master’s degree program in business administration.

General Information

Admission Office

900 Arkadelphia Road

Box 549008

Birmingham, AL 35254

(205) 226-4696

(800) 523-5793

Fax: (205) 226-3074

Contact: Sheri Salmon

Dean for Enrollment Management
Main Address
900 Arkadelphia Road

Birmingham, AL 35254

(205) 226-4600


Total undergrads: 1,412

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 451

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,412

Graduate enrollment: 46


Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $40

Online application fee: $40
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 69%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 75%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $24,300 $25,586 $26,746 $27,890 +4.28%
Books and Supplies $1,000 $1,100 $1,100 $1,200 +9.09%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $8,273 $9,105 $9,800 $10,210 +4.18%
Other $800 $900 $1,000 $1,050 +5.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $8,273 $9,105 $9,236 $9,500 +2.86%
Other $800 $900 $1,000 $1,050 +5.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $34,373 $36,691 $38,646 $40,350 +4.41%
In-state Off Campus $34,373 $36,691 $38,082 $39,640 +4.09%
In-state with Family $25,300 $26,686 $27,846 $29,090 +4.47%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $16,600
In-state Student Fees $278
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $16,600
Out-of-state Student Fees $278

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 433 96%
Grant or scholarship aid 431 96% $7,019,762 $16,287
• Federal grants 71 16% $363,278 $5,117
• Pell grants 71 16% $250,028 $3,522
• Other federal grants 59 13% $113,250 $1,919
Local and state government scholarships or grants 196 43% $102,894 $525
Institutional scholarships or grants 427 95% $6,553,590 $15,348
Student loan financial aid 182 40% $1,226,532 $6,739
• Federal student loans 181 40% $1,105,332 $6,107
• Other student loans 11 2% $121,200 $11,018

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 219 4
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies
Asian Studies/civilization
Latin American Studies
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 21
Biochemistry 1
Biology and Biological Sciences 20
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Programs 56 4
Accounting 13
Business Administration and Management 43 4
International Business/trade/commerce
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 2
Computer Science 2
Education 6
Art Teacher Education
Education, Other 2
Music Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 4
Engineering 4
Engineering 4
English Language and Literature/letters 11
English Language and Literature 11
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 3
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature 3
History 11
History 11
Mathematics and Statistics 6
Mathematics 6
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 18
Biopsychology 2
Mathematics and Computer Science
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 16
Natural Resources and Conservation 2
Environmental Studies 2
Physical Sciences 7
Chemistry 6
Physics 1
Psychology 22
Psychology 22
Social Sciences 17
Economics 7
Political Science and Government 9
Sociology 1
Visual and Performing Arts 33
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 4
Art and art Studies
Dance 6
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 9
Film/video and Photographic Arts, Other 1
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other 1
Fine/studio Arts 5
Keyboard Instruments
Music Theory and Composition
Music 1
Music, Other
Painting 2
Sculpture 3
Voice and Opera 1
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Arts – General B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Drawing B
Music – General B
Music – Piano/Organ B
Music – Voice/Opera B
Music History/Literature B
Music Theory/Composition B
Painting B
Photography B
Sculpture B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
International Business B
Marketing Management B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Art Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Education – General B
Elementary Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Special Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
German B
Spanish B


History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Mathematics/Computer Science B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Religious/Sacred Music 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.

Birmingham-Southern College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (205) 226-4600
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 900 Arkadelphia Road, Birmingham, AL 35254
Setting: City: Midsize
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 1,209
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 66%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 11 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 1,209 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $18,238
Out-of-state Tuition: $18,238
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 97%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $9,176

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Birmingham-Southern College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Birmingham-Southern College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 2
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Education 2
Engineering 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 1
History 1
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 2
Psychology 1
Social Sciences 4
Visual and Performing Arts 5
Grand total 30

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Birmingham-Southern College 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 Fees 2019-2020
In-state $18,238
Out-of-state $18,238
Books and supplies $1,260

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 319 97%
Grant or scholarship aid 318 97% $9,176
Student loan aid 180 55% $7,499

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,192 94% $10,432
Federal student loans 594 47% $6,497

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Birmingham-Southern College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Birmingham-Southern College students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 3,384 1,420 1,964
Percent admitted 100% 59% 50%
Percent admitted who enrolled 10% 12% 8%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
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

Birmingham-Southern College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 1,209
Undergraduate enrollment 1,209
Graduate enrollment 0

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

Birmingham-Southern College Accreditation

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

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • 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
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*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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