List of colleges and universities in Alabama

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A collage of buildings and structures on campuses of colleges and universities in Alabama. Left: a red brick bell tower topped with white concrete, top center: a dark brown brick building fronted with four white ionic columns, right: a red brick building topped with a clock tower, bottom center: a red brick Gothic Revival building.
Clockwise from left: Denny Chimes at the University of Alabama, Rogers Hall at the University of North Alabama, Samford Hall at Auburn University, Flowers Hall at Huntingdon College

There are 61 colleges and universities in the U.S. state of Alabama. The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa is the largest university in the state with 38,100 enrolled for fall 2019.[1] Calhoun Community College in Decatur is the largest two-year college, with an enrollment of 9,315. The smallest institution is Heritage Christian University, a Churches of Christ-affiliated seminary, with an enrollment of 86 students. The oldest institution is Athens State University in Athens founded in 1822.[2] There are also 8 four-year and 3 two-year historically black colleges and universities.[3]

The majority of Alabama's colleges and universities are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS),[4] although several are accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE),[5] the Council on Occupational Education (COE),[6] or the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).

The University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of South Alabama, the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine feature the only medical schools in the state.[7] The University of Alabama School of Law, the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, and the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law at Faulkner University are American Bar Association-accredited law schools.[8] The Birmingham School of Law and Miles Law School (unaffiliated with Miles College) are state accredited law programs.[9]

There are four institutions of higher learning in Alabama that are listed among Tier 1 national universities by U.S. News & World Report - The University of Alabama (UA), Auburn University (AU), the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). Three of these universities are also classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity:" The University of Alabama, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Auburn University.

Institutions[edit]

List of colleges and universities in Alabama
School Location(s)[10] Control Type[a] Enrollment[10]
(Fall 2019)
Founded Accreditation[10]
Air University Montgomery Public
(Air Force)
Master's university [b] 1946 SACS
Alabama A&M University[c] Normal[d] Public Master's university 6,172 1875[12] SACS
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine Dothan Private Medical school 660 2010 AOA's COCA
Alabama State University[c] Montgomery Public Master's university 4,190 1867[13] SACS
Amridge University Montgomery Private
(Churches of Christ)
Special-focus institution (Bible college) 833 1967[14] SACS
Athens State University Athens[e] Public Baccalaureate college 2,941 1822[16] SACS
Auburn University Auburn Public Research university 30,460 1856[17] SACS
Auburn University at Montgomery Montgomery Public Master's university 5,188 1967[18] SACS
Bevill State Community College Sumiton[f] Public Associate's college 3,787 1963[19] SACS
Birmingham School of Law Birmingham Private Law school 400 1915[20] Alabama Bar Association
Birmingham–Southern College Birmingham Private
(United Methodist Church)
Baccalaureate college 1,209 1856[21] SACS
Bishop State Community College[c] Mobile Public Associate's college 2,846 1927[22] SACS
Calhoun Community College Tanner[g] Public Associate's college 9,315 1965[23][h] SACS
Central Alabama Community College Alexander City[i] Public Associate's college 1,799 1989[24][j] SACS
Chattahoochee Valley Community College Phenix City[k] Public Associate's college 1,592 1974[26] SACS
Coastal Alabama Community College Bay Minette[l] Public Associate's college 7,535 1965[27] SACS
Columbia Southern University Orange Beach Private
(For-profit)
Master's university 20,034[m] 1993 DEAC
Community College of the Air Force Montgomery Public
(Air Force)
Associate's college [n] 1979[28][o] SACS[p]
Enterprise State Community College Enterprise[q] Public Associate's college 1,804 1965[30] SACS
Faulkner University Montgomery[r] Private
(Churches of Christ)
Baccalaureate college 3,036 1942[32] SACS
Gadsden State Community College[c] Gadsden[s] Public Associate's college 4,599 1985[33][t] SACS
H. Councill Trenholm State Community College Montgomery Public Associate's college 2,042 1966[34] SACS
Heritage Christian University Florence Private
(Churches of Christ)
Special-focus institution (Bible college) 86 1971[35] ABHE
Huntingdon College Montgomery Private
(United Methodist Church)
Baccalaureate college 1,008 1854[36] SACS
Huntsville Bible College Huntsville Private
(Interdenominational)
Special-focus institution (Bible college) 145 1986[37] ABHE
J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College Huntsville Public Associate's college 1,062 1961[38] SACS
J. F. Ingram State Technical College Deatsville Public Associate's college 485[u] 1965[39] COE
Jacksonville State University Jacksonville Public Master's university 9,021 1883[40] SACS
Jefferson State Community College Birmingham[v] Public Associate's college 8,711 1965[41] SACS
Judson College Marion Private
(Southern Baptist Convention)
Baccalaureate college 250 1838[42] SACS
Lawson State Community College Birmingham[w] Public Associate's college 3,375 1950[43] SACS
Lurleen B. Wallace Community College Andalusia[x] Public Associate's college 1,767 1969[44] SACS
Marion Military Institute Marion Public Associate's college 409 1842[45] SACS
Miles College[c] Fairfield Private
(Christian Methodist Episcopal Church)
Baccalaureate college 1,456 1905[46] SACS
Miles Law School Fairfield Private Law school 1974 Alabama Bar Association
Northeast Alabama Community College Rainsville Public Associate's college 2,981 1963[47] SACS
Northwest–Shoals Community College Muscle Shoals[y] Public Associate's college 3,512 1993[48][z] SACS
Oakwood University[c] Huntsville Private
(Seventh-day Adventist Church)
Baccalaureate college 1,526 1896[49] SACS
Reid State Technical College Evergreen Public Associate's college 549 1966[50] COE
Samford University Birmingham Private
(Christian)
Master's university 5,692 1841[51] SACS
Selma University[c] Selma Private
(National Missionary Baptist Convention of America)
Special-focus institution (Bible college) 323 1878[52] ABHE
Shelton State Community College[c] Tuscaloosa Public Associate's college 4,201 1979[53][aa] SACS
Snead State Community College Boaz[ab] Public Associate's college 2,237 1898[54] SACS
Southern Union State Community College Wadley[ac] Public Associate's college 4,655 1994[55][ad] SACS
Spring Hill College Mobile Private
(Roman Catholic Church)
Master's university 1,290 1830[56] SACS
Stillman College[c] Tuscaloosa Private
(Presbyterian Church of the USA)
Baccalaureate college 861 1876[57] SACS
Talladega College[c] Talladega Private
(United Church of Christ)
Baccalaureate college 1,239 1867[58] SACS
Troy University Troy[ae] Public Master's university 16,436 1887[60] SACS
Tuskegee University[c] Tuskegee Private Baccalaureate college 2,876 1881[61] SACS
United States Sports Academy Daphne Private Special-focus institution 499 1972[62] SACS
University of Alabama Tuscaloosa Public Research university 38,100 1831[63] SACS
University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham Public Research university 22,080 1966[64] SACS
University of Alabama in Huntsville Huntsville Public Research university 9,988 1969[65] SACS
University of Mobile Prichard Private
(Southern Baptist Convention)
Master's university 1,989 1961[66] SACS
University of Montevallo Montevallo Public Master's university 2,553 1896[67] SACS
University of North Alabama Florence Public Master's university 7,702 1830[68] SACS
University of South Alabama Mobile[af] Public Research university 14,397 1963[70] SACS
University of West Alabama Livingston Public Master's university 5,653 1835[71] SACS
Wallace Community College Dothan[ag] Public Associate's college 4,478 1949[72] SACS
Wallace Community College Selma Selma Public Associate's college 1,529 1963[73] SACS
Wallace State Community College Hanceville[ah] Public Associate's college 4,985 1966[74] SACS

Out-of-state institutions[edit]

Nonprofit colleges and universities in Alabama based in other states
School Location(s)[10] Control Accreditation[10] Notes
Columbia College Missouri Redstone Arsenal[75] Private HLC
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Auburn Private AOA's COCA VCOM-Auburn is located on the Auburn University campus.[76]
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Huntsville, Fort Rucker, Mobile Private SACS ERAU has four instructional sites in Alabama: one in Huntsville,[77] one at Fort Rucker,[78] and two in Mobile.[79][80]
Florida Institute of Technology Huntsville[81] Private SACS
Southeastern University Birmingham, Cullman, Florence, Huntsville Private
(Assemblies of God)
SACS Students are able to pursue a degree from Southeastern University while dually-enrolled at Highlands College in Birmingham.[82] Additionally, SEU has instructional sites at four churches in Birmingham, Cullman, Florence, and Huntsville.[83]
United States Army Command and General Staff College Redstone Arsenal[84] Public
(Army)
HLC

Additionally, several for-profit colleges and universities based in other states have campuses in Alabama:

Defunct institutions[edit]

Five now-defunct institutions were located in Alabama:

Defunct institutions
School Location Control Type Founded Closed Ref
Concordia College Alabama[c] Selma Private
(Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod)
Baccalaureate college 1922 2018 [85]
Daniel Payne College Birmingham Private
(AME)
Baccalaureate college 1889 1979 [86]
Southeastern Bible College Birmingham Private
(Interdenominational)
Special-focus institution (Bible college) 1934[87] 2017 [88]
Southern Benedictine College Cullman Private
(Catholic)
Baccalaureate college 1929 1979 [89]
Virginia College Birmingham[ai] Private
(for-profit)
Baccalaureate/Associate's college 1983 2018 [91]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ School types are based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
  2. ^ Air University is a professional military education institution of the United States Air Force. It is unclear how many Air University students are based in Alabama.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Historically black college or university[3]
  4. ^ In addition to its main campus, Alabama A&M has an instructional site on the campus of Lawson State Community College in Birmingham.[11]
  5. ^ In addition to the main campus, Athens State offers programs, along with Calhoun Community College, at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur[15]
  6. ^ Bevill State has campus locations in Sumiton, Fayette, Hamilton, and Jasper, and has an instructional center in Carrollton.[10]
  7. ^ In addition to the main campus in Tanner, Calhoun Community College has locations in Huntsville and at the Limestone Correctional Facility.[10] It also offers programs, along with Athens State University, at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur[15]
  8. ^ Created in 1965 as a merger of two institutions founded in 1947 and 1963[23]
  9. ^ Central Alabama has locations in Alexander City, Childersburg, Prattville, and Talladega.[10]
  10. ^ Created in 1989 as a merger of two institutions, both founded in 1963[24]
  11. ^ In addition to its main campus, Chattahoochee Valley Community College has an instructional site at Ft. Benning in Georgia.[25]
  12. ^ Coastal Alabama has locations in Bay Minette, Fairhope, Gulf Shores, Atmore, Brewton, Gilbertown, Jackson, Monroeville, and Thomasville.[10]
  13. ^ Columbia Southern University is an online-only institution. It is unclear how many students are based in Alabama.
  14. ^ The Community College of the Air Force enrolls over 370,000 students at sites in 36 states, the District of Columbia, and six foreign locations. It is unclear how many are located in Alabama.[28]
  15. ^ Founded in 1972 in Texas, moved to Alabama in 1979[28]
  16. ^ The Community College of the Air Force is accredited by SACS through its parent organization, Air University.[29]
  17. ^ In addition to the main campus in Enterprise, Enterprise State has two Alabama Aviation College locations in Andalusia and Ozark
  18. ^ In addition to the main campus in Montgomery, Faulkner University has instructional sites in Hoover, Huntsville, and Mobile.[31]
  19. ^ Gadsden State has campus locations in Gadsden and Anniston, and also has an instructional site in Centre.[10]
  20. ^ Created in 1985 as a merger of three institutions founded in 1925, 1960, and 1965[33]
  21. ^ All students at J.F. Ingram State Technical College are incarcerated adults
  22. ^ Jefferson State has locations in Birmingham, Hoover, Clanton, and Pell City.[10]
  23. ^ Lawson State has locations in Birmingham and Bessemer
  24. ^ Lurleen B. Wallace has campus locations in Andalusia, Greenville, and Opp, and has an instructional site in Luverne.[10]
  25. ^ Northwest–Shoals has a location in Phil Campbell.[10]
  26. ^ Created in 1993 as a merger of two institutions founded in 1963 and 1966[48]
  27. ^ Created in 1979 as a merger of two institutions founded in 1952 and 1972[53]
  28. ^ In addition to its main campus, Snead State has instructional sites in Arab and Albertville.
  29. ^ Southern Union has locations in Wadley, Opelika, and Valley.[10]
  30. ^ Created in 1994 as a merger of two institutions founded in 1922 and 1963[55]
  31. ^ Troy has locations in Troy, Dothan, Montgomery, and Phenix City, in addition to locations in 15 other states and 6 countries.[59]
  32. ^ In addition to the main campus in Mobile, the University of South Alabama has a satellite campus in Fairhope.[69]
  33. ^ Wallace has locations in Dothan and Eufaula[10]
  34. ^ In addition to the Hanceville campus, Wallace State has an instructional site in Oneonta
  35. ^ Virginia College has locations in Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile, and Montgomery, in addition to 21 locations in other states.[90]

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