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IPEDS ID: 100937
OPE ID: 00101200
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Birmingham Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Road, Birmingham, Alabama 35254
General information:  (205) 226-4600
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Campus setting:  City: Midsize
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  1,185 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  13 to 1
Net Price
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and
Mission Statement
Carnegie Classification
Baccalaureate Colleges--Arts & Sciences
Religious Affiliation
United Methodist
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty8940
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Tuition and fees$29,290$30,690$30,690$31,7083.3%
Books and supplies$1,260$1,200$1,000$1,35035.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$9,620$10,220$10,700$12,53017.1%
Off Campus
Room and board$9,575$8,000$8,000$12,20052.5%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
On Campus$43,140$44,882$45,162$46,7883.6%
Off Campus$43,545$44,162$43,962$46,5585.9%
Off Campus with Family$33,970$36,162$35,962$34,158-5.0%
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Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2013-2014
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid135099%————
Grant or scholarship aid35099%$8,019,318$22,912
Federal grants7120%$335,105$4,720
Pell grants7120%$301,105$4,241
Other federal grants3410%$34,000$1,000
State/local government grant or scholarships8825%$43,204$491
Institutional grants or scholarships35099%$7,641,009$21,831
Student loan aid18853%$1,360,393$7,236
Federal student loans18653%$1,205,436$6,481
Other student loans144%$154,957$11,068
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid11,15398%$26,122,420$22,656
Pell grants22619%$979,528$4,334
Federal student loans56648%$4,059,106$7,172
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$24,712$23,380$22,250
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$18,392$15,381$13,621
$30,001 – $48,000$19,152$15,955$14,917
$48,001 – $75,000$20,579$19,219$16,801
$75,001 – $110,000$22,578$22,958$18,652
$110,001 and more$28,500$27,241$25,113
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment (all undergraduate)1,185
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment24
Attendance StatusStudent Gender
Attendance Status:
Full-time: 99%
Part-time: 1%Student Gender:
Male: 54%
Female: 46%
Student Race/ethnicity
Student Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 5%
Black or African American: 11%
Hispanic/Latino: 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 80%
Two or more races: 1%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%
Non-resident alien: 0%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 98%
25 and over: 2%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 58%
Out-of-state: 42%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Undergraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%
Undergraduate application fee (2014-2015): $50
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2014
Number of applicants2,7701,2351,535
Percent admitted53%59%49%
Percent admitted who enrolled26%29%23%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2014 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading500620
SAT Math500620
ACT Composite2429
ACT English2332
ACT Math2328
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 84%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 92 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 64%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2006]
4-year: 56%
6-year: 66%
8-year: 67%
[Began in Fall 2008]
4-year: 56%
6-year: 64%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2006 or Fall 2008
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 56%
Female: 73%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 100%
Asian: 73%
Black or African American: 40%
Hispanic/Latino: 38%
White: 67%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 50%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2013-2014
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelor
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
Asian Studies/Civilization0
Category total0
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General41
Category total41
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General56
Category total56
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication and Media Studies, Other2
Category total2
Education, Other1
Music Teacher Education0
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels21
Category total22
Category total4
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General11
Category total11
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Spanish Language and Literature3
Category total3
History, General18
Category total18
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General8
Category total8
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
International/Global Studies4
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other6
Category total14
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Studies12
Category total12
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Religion/Religious Studies5
Category total7
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General7
Physics, General1
Category total8
Psychology, General30
Category total30
Social Sciences
Economics, General11
Political Science and Government, General16
Social Sciences, Other1
Category total29
Theology and Religious Vocations
Religious/Sacred Music0
Category total0
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation2
Art/Art Studies, General0
Dance, General1
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General4
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other0
Fine/Studio Arts, General8
Keyboard Instruments0
Music Performance, General3
Music Theory and Composition1
Music, General6
Music, Other0
Musical Theatre7
Voice and Opera0
Category total32
Grand total297
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 15
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $17,921
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
2013-2014 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III (with football) MenWomen
Swimming and Diving1718
Track and Field, Indoor3032
Track and Field, Outdoor3032
Track and Field, X-Country1111
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges(!)7/1/1922 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
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(!)9/1/1934 -  Accredited
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 schools1/1/1954 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2013 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201120122013
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible323
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault110
Motor vehicle theft100
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible323
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault100
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate4.4%9.9%9.1%
Number in default122220
Number in repayment267221219
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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