What You Need to Know About Alabama Colleges


Where to Start Looking to Find Alabama Colleges

The place to start when looking for Alabama colleges is probably the Alabama Career Information Network (ACIN) which is part of the Career and Technical Education department. Students are directed to a separate site where they register to complete an Interest Inventory. There is a limited number of four-year education plans in Word or PDF format that I really don’t see students using. The financial aid section consists of links to other sites including Mapping Your Future.org. The exception is the listing of Alabama Financial Aid Programs.

The ACIN site has a link to the Alabama Commission on Higher Education. Like the ACIN site, it basically provides links to other sites such as KnowHow2Go. You can find a map of institutions of higher education in Alabama. There is also a listing of Alabama colleges a very basic search function for programs at public institutions.

If you’re interested in starting at a community college and transferring, visit the Statewide Transfer and Articulation Reporting System (STARS). The system allows you to generate a list of courses that transfer from public two-year Alabama colleges to public four-year institutions. You can choose up to two schools to transfer to and the courses listed appear to be a binding an articulation agreement. If you take the classes and show the agreement, they’ll be accepted. If you are interested in transferring to a private college, it provides a link to the community college for more information.

Some Numbers to Help You Find a College

There are 26 four-year Alabama colleges with 500 or more full-time undergraduates. 12 are private not-for profit colleges and 14 public universities according to the Integrated Post-secondary Data System. Of the 121,660 students, 14% attend private Alabama colleges and 86% attend public universities.

The average four-year graduation rate for private Alabama colleges was 31.2% and the average five-year rate for public schools was 34.4%. Only four Alabama colleges meet the DIY College Rankings 50-50 profile  requirements.

College-bound seniors in Alabama had an average of 19.1 ACT Composite score with a 18.8 for English and 18.4 for Math. The 75th Percentile scores were a Composite of 22, 23 for English, and 21 for Math.  A total of 18 colleges ACT 75th% Composite scores were at or above this level.

The top 20 colleges ACT test takers in Alabama applied to:

  • Auburn University
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Alabama In Birmingham
  • Troy University-Troy
  • University of South Alabama
  • Jacksonville State University
  • Alabama A & M University
  • University of North Alabama
  • Alabama State University
  • University of Alabama In Huntsville
  • Auburn University Montgomery
  • Wallace State Community College
  • Samford University
  • Mississippi State University
  • University of Montevallo
  • Calhoun Community College
  • Shelton State Community College
  • University of West Alabama
  • Jefferson State Community College
  • Gadsden State Community College

Alabama Colleges Conferences and Divisions

Alabama colleges athletic conferences

List of Alabama Colleges

In the following table, the four-year graduation rate is used for private colleges and the five-year rate for public colleges. The data are based on the data available from IPEDS in September of 2015 which are available on the DIY College Search spreadsheet.

Alabama Colleges with Graduation Rates and Test Scores
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