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Using the directory: How to interpret the statistics

The snapshots of colleges and universities presented here contain a wealth of helpful information on everything from the most popular majors offered to the stats on the freshman class that arrived in the fall of 2011. The statistics are as of Aug. 9, 2012, and are explained in detail below. A school whose name has been footnoted did not return the U.S. News statistical questionnaire; limited data appear. If a college did not reply to a particular question, you'll see N/A, for "not available." By tapping our online directory at www.usnews.com/college-search, you can experiment with a customized search of our database that allows you to pick schools based on major, location, and other criteria.

•1.       Telephone Number

This number reaches the admissions office.

•2.       U.S. News Ranking

This abbreviation indicates which category of institution the school falls into: National University (Nat. U.), National Liberal Arts College (Nat. Lib. Arts), Regional Universities (Reg. U.), or Regional Colleges (Reg. Coll.). The regional universities and regional colleges are further divided by region: North (N), South (S), Midwest (MidW), and West (W). "Business" refers to business specialty schools. "Arts" refers to schools devoted to the fine and performing arts.

Next, you'll find the school's 2013 rank within its category. Colleges and universities that fall in the top three fourths of their categories are ranked numerically. Others are placed in the second tier, listed alphabetically. But remember: You cannot compare the ranks of schools in different categories; U.S. News ranks schools only against their peers. Specialty schools that focus on business, engineering, and the arts weren't ranked. Neither are schools with fewer than 200 students, schools with a high percentage of older or part-time students, or schools that don't use SAT or ACT test scores for admission decisions.

•3.       Website

Visit the school's website to research programs, take a virtual tour, or submit an application. You can also find a link to each site at www.usnews.com/college.

•4.       Admissions E-mail

Use this address to request information or submit an application.

•5.       Type/Affiliation

Is the school public, private, or for-profit? Affiliated with a religious denomination?

•6.       Freshman Admissions

How competitive is the admissions process at this institution? Schools are designated "most selective," "more selective," "selective," "less selective," or "least selective." The more selective a school, the harder it will probably be to get in. All of the admissions statistics reported are for the class that entered in the fall of 2011. The 25/75 percentiles for the SAT Math and Critical Reading or ACT Composite show the range in which half the students scored: 25 percent of students scored at or below the lower end, and 75 percent scored at or above the upper end. The score that is published represents the test that the greatest percentage of the entering students took.

•7.       Early Decision/Early Action Deadlines

Applicants who plan to take the early decision route to fall 2013 enrollment will have to meet the deadline listed for the school. If the school offers an early action option, the application deadline and notification date are shown also.

•8.       Application Deadline

The date shown is the regular admission deadline for the academic year starting in the fall of 2013. "Rolling" means the school makes admissions decisions as applications come in until the class is filled.

•9.       Undergraduate Student-Body

This section gives you the breakdown of full-time vs. part-time students, male and female enrollment, the ethnic makeup of the student body, in-state and out-of-state populations, the percentage of students living on campus, and the percentage in fraternities and sororities. All figures are for the 2011-12 academic year.

•10.   Most Popular Majors

The five most popular majors appear, along with the percentage majoring in each among 2011 graduates with a bachelor's degree.

•11.   Expenses

The first figure represents tuition (including required fees); next is total room and board. Figures are for the 2012-13 academic year; if data are not available, we use figures for the 2011-12 academic year. For public schools, we list both in-state and out-of-state tuition.

•12.   Financial Aid

The percentage of undergrads determined to have financial need and the amount of the average package (grants, loans, and jobs) in 2011-12. We also provide the phone number of the financial aid office.

 

State of Alabama

Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University

Normal, AL

(256) 372-5245

U.S. News Ranking: Reg. U. (S), second tier

Website: http://www.aamu.edu

Admissions E-mail: admissions@aamu.edu

Public; founded 1875

Freshman Admissions: less selective; 2014-2015: 9,790 applied, 5,204 accepted. ACT required. ACT 25/75 percentile: 15-19. High school rank: N/A

Early Decision Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Early Action Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Application Deadline (Fall): 7/15

Undergraduate Student Body: 3,930 full time, 280 part time; 48% male, 52% female; 0% American Indian, 0% Asian, 94% black, 1% Hispanic, N/A multiracial, 0% Pacific Islander, 2% white, 1% international; 79% from in state; 45% live on campus; N/A of students in fraternities, N/A in sororities

Most Popular Majors:  6% Biology/Biological Sciences, General, 6% Business/Commerce, General, 6% Food Science, 5% Physical Education Teaching and Coaching, 10% Social Work

Expenses: 2015-2016: $9,096 in state, $16,596 out of state; room/board: $5,440

Financial Aid: (256) 372-5400; 92% of undergrads determined to have financial need; average aid package $10,708

 

Alabama State University

Montgomery, AL

(334) 229-4291

U.S. News Ranking: Reg. U. (S), second tier

Website: http://www.alasu.edu

Admissions E-mail: mpettway@alasu.edu

Public; founded 1887

Freshman Admissions: Less selective; 2014-2015: 7,673 applied, 4,087 accepted. Either SAT or ACT required. ACT 25/75 percentile; 16-19. High school rank: 3% in top tenth, 7% in top quarter, 22% in top half

Early Decision Deadline: N/A, notification date: N/A

Early Action Deadline: N/A, notification date: N/A

Application Deadline (Fall): 7/30

Undergraduate Student Body: 4,374 full time, 429 part time; 39% male, 61% female; 0% American Indian, 0% Asian, 92% black, 1% Hispanic, 1% multiracial, 0% Pacific Islander, 2% white, 2% interational;

Expenses: 2015-2016: $8,720 in state, $15,656 out of state; room/board: $5,422

Financial Aid: (334) 229-4323 96% of undergrads determined to have financial need; average aid package $18,358

 

Amridge University

Montgomery, AL

(800) 351-4040

U.S. News Ranking: Nat. Lib. Arts, second tier

Website: http://www.amridgeuniversity.edu/

Admissions E-mail: admissions@amridgeuniversity.edu

Private; founded 1967

Affiliation: Church of Christ

Freshman Admissions: selective; 201142015: N/A applied, N/A accepted. Neither SAT nor ACT required. ACT 25-75 percentile: N/A. High school rank: N/A

Early Decision Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Early Action Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Application Deadline (Fall): rolling

Undergraduate Student Body: 159 full time, 132 part time; 40% male, 60% female; 0% American Indian, 0% Asian, 42% black, 1% Hispanic, 0% multiracial, 0% Pacific Islander, 30% white, 0% International

Most Popular Majors: 7% Business Management, Marketing, and related support services; 4% Computer and Information Sciences and support services; 61% Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; 28% Theology and Religious Vocations

Expenses: 2015-2016: $13,800; room/board: N/A

Financial Aid: (800) 351-4040; 94% of undergrads determined to have financial need; average aide package $7,870

 

Athens State University

Athens, AL

(256) 233-8217

U.S. News Ranking: Reg. Coll. (S), unranked

Website: http://www.athens.edu/

Admissions E-mail: N/A

Public; founded 1822

Freshman Admissions: N/A 2014-2015: N/A applied, N/A accepted. Neither SAT nor ACT required. ACT 25/75 percentile: N/A; High school rank: N/A

Early Decision Deadline: N/A; notification: N/A

Early Action Deadline: N/A; notification: N/A

Application Deadline (Fall): N/A

Undergraduate Student Body: 1,342 full time, 1,787 part time; 35% male, 65% female; 2% American Indian, 1% Asian, 12% black, 2% Hispanic, 2% multiracial, 0% Pacific Islander, 78% white, 1% international;

Most Popular Majors: 10% Accounting, 18% Business Administration and Management, General; 5% Business, Management, Marketing, and other related services, other; 16% Elementary Education and Teaching; 4% Liberal Arts and Sciences/ Liberal Studies

Expenses: 2015-2016; $6,270 in state, $11,790 out of state; room/board: N/A

Financial Aid: (256) 233-8122; 71% of undergrads determined to have financial need; average aid package $9,462

 

Auburn University

Auburn, AL

(334) 844-6425

U.S. News Ranking: Nat. U., No. 102

Website: http://www.auburn.edu

Admissions E-mail: admissions@auburn.edu

Public:founded 1856

Freshman Admissions: more selective; 2014-2015: 16,958 applied, 14,154 accepted. Either SAT or ACT required. ACT 25/75 percentile: 24-30. High school rank: 29% in top tenth, 61% in top quarter, 88% in top half

Early Decision Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Early Action Deadline: 2/1, notification date: 10/15

Application Deadline (Fall): 6/1

Undergraduate Student Body: 18,853 full time, 1,776 part time; 51% male, 49% female; 1% American Indian, 2% Asian, 7% black, 2% Hispanic, N/A multiracial, N/A Pacific Islander, 85% white, 1% international; 62% from in state; 22% live on campus; 24% of students in fraternities, 38% in sororities

Most Popular Majors: 9% Biological and Biomedical Sciences; 19% Business, Management, marketing and Related Support Services; 6% Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; 9 % Education; 16% Engineering

Expenses: 2015-2016: $10,424 in state, $28,040 out of state; room/board: $12,584

Financial Aid: (334) 844-4634; 38% of undergrads determined to have financial need; average aid package $10,531

 

Auburn University-Montgomery

Montgomery, AL

(334) 244-3611

U.S. News Ranking: Reg. U. (S.), second tier

Website: http://www.aum.edu

Admissions E-mail: admissions@aum.edu

Public; founded 1967

Freshman Admissions: selective; 2014-2015: 2,123 applied, 1,702 accepted. Either SAT or ACT required. ACT 25/75 percentile: 19-24. High school rank: 18% in top tenth, 46% in top quarter, 79% in top half

Early Decision Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Early Action Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Application Deadline (Fall): 8/15

Undergraduate Student Body: 3,081 full time; 1,296rt time; 37 male, 63 female; 0% American Indian, 2 Asian, 34%black, 1 Hispanic, 3% multiracial, 0% Pacific Islander, 54% white, 4% International; 96% from in state; 20% live on campus; 1% of students in fraternities, 3% in sororities

Most Popular Majors: 9% Biological and Biomedical Science;  31% Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; 11 Education, 18%Health Professions and Related Programs; 6% Psychology

Expenses: 20152016 $9,350state, $20,210 of state; room/board: $5,520

Financial Aid: (334) 244-3571; 66% of undergrads determined to have financial need; average aid package $7,236

 

Birmingham-Southern College

Birmingham, AL

(205) 226-4696

U.S. News Ranking: Nat. Lib. Arts, No. 120

Website: http://www.bsc.edu

Admissions E-mail:admission@bsc.edu

Private; founded 1856

Affiliation: United Methodist

Freshman Admissions: more selective; 2014-2015 2,770 applied 79% accepted. Either SAT or ACT required. ACT 25/75 percentile: 23-29. High School Rank: 25% in top tenth, 53% in top quarter, 81% in top half

Early Decision Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Early Action Deadline: 11/15 notification date 12/15

Application Deadline (Fall): 7/15

Undergraduate Student Body: 1,178 full time; 7 part time; 54% male, 46% female; 1% American Indian, 3% Asian, 11% black, 2% Hispanic, 1% multiracial, 0% Pacific Islander, 78% white, 4% International; 57% from in state; 62% live on campus; 34% in fraternities, 53% in sororities

Most Popular Majors: 13% Biology/ biological sciences, general, 18% Business Administration and Management, General, 16% History, General, 10% Psychology, General, 7% Teacher Education, multiple levels

Expenses: 2015- 2016: $33,128; room/board: $11,350

Financial Aid: (205) 226-4688, 55% of undergraduates determined to have financial need; average aid package $30,038

 

Concordia College

Selma, AL

(334) 874-5700

U.S. News Ranking: Reg. Coll. (S), unranked

Website: http://www.ccal.edu/

Admissions E-mail: admission@ccal.edu/

Private; founded 1922

Affiliation: Lutheran

Application Deadline (Fall): rolling

Undergraduate Student Body: N/A full time, N/A part time

Expenses: 20142015 $10,320; room/board $5,600

Financial Aid: (334) 874-5700 

 

Faulkner University

Montgomery, AL

(334) 386-7200

U.S. News Ranking: Reg. Coll. (S), No. 54

Website: http://www.faulkner.edu

Admissions E-mail:admissions@faulkner.edu

Private; founded 1942

Affiliation: Church of Christ

Freshman Admissions: selective; 2014-2015: 2,319 applied, 1,153 accepted. Either ACT or SAT required. ACT 25/75 percentile: 18-22. High School Rank: 6% in top tenth, 19% in top quarter, 58% in top half.

Early Decision Deadline: N/A, notification date N/A

Early Action Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Application Deadline (Fall): rolling

Undergraduate Student Body: 1,821 full time, 847 part time; 40% male, 60% female; 1% American Indian, 0% Asian, 51% black, 3% Hispanic, 2% multiracial, 0% Pacific Islander, 39% white, 2% International; 86% from in state, 26% live on campus; 17% of students in fraternities, 12% in sororities

Most Popular Majors: 46%Business Administration and Management, General; 17% Criminal Justice/ Safety Studies, 2% Elementary Education and Teaching, 19% Human Resources Management/ Personnel Administration, General, 2% Sports and Fitness Administration/Management

Expenses: 2015-2016 $19,250; room/board: $7,130

Financial Need: (334)386-7195; 63% of undergrads determined to have financial need; average aid package $6,100

Huntingdon College

Montgomery, AL

(334) 833-4497

U.S. News Ranking: Reg. Coll. (S), No. 21

Website: http://www.huntingdon.edu

Admissions E-mail: admiss@huntingdon.edu

Private; founded 1854

Affiliation: Methodist

Freshman Admissions: selective; 2014-2015 1,437 applied, 839 accepted. Either SAT or ACT required. ACT 25/75 percentile: 20-24. High School Rank: 14% in top tenth, 32% in top quarter, 78% in top half

Early Decision Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Early Action Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Application Deadline (Fall): rolling

Undergraduate Student Body: 912 full time, 248 part time: 51% male, 49% female; 1% American Indian, 1% Asian, 20% black, 2% Hispanic, 3% multiracial, 0% Pacific Islander, 64% white, 1% International: 82% from in state; 62% live on campus; 26% of students in fraternities, 42% in sororities

Most Popular Majors: 12% Biological and Biomedical Sciences; 46% Business, Management, Marketing, and related support services, 5% Communication, Journalism, and related programs, 5% Education, 10% Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

Expenses: 2015-2016 $25,050;room/board: $8,850

Financial Aid: (334) 833-4519; 74% of undergrads determined to have financial need; average aide package $17,249

 

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, AL

(256) 782-5268

U.S. News Ranking: Reg. U. (S), second tier

Website: http://www.jsu.edu

Admissions E-mail: info@jsu.edu

Public; founded 1883

Freshman Admissions: selective; 2014-2015: 2,969 applied, 2,472 accepted. Either SAT or ACT required. ACT 25/75 percentile: 19-26. High School Rank: 20% in top tenth, 42% in top quarter, 73% in top half.

Early Decision Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Early Action Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Application Deadline (Fall): rolling

Undergraduate Student Body: 5,733 full time, 1,914 part time; 43% male, 57% female; 1% American Indian, 1% Asian, 24% black, 1% Hispanic, 0% multiracial, 0% Pacific Islander, 68% white, 2% International; 82% from in state; 25% live on campus; 13% of students in fraternities, 15% in sororities

Most Popular Majors: 5% Business Administration and Management, General, ^% Criminal Justice/ Safety Studies, 5% Educational Leadership and Administration, General, 8% Elementary Education and Teaching, 17% Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

Expenses: 2014-2015: $8,790 in state, $17,280 out of state; room/board: $6,985

Financial Aid: (256) 782-5006; 86% of undergraduates determined to need financial aid, average financial aid package $9,251

 

Judson College

Marion, AL

(800) 447-9472

U.S. News Ranking: Nat. Lib. Arts, second tier

Website: http://www.judson.edu/

Admissions E-mail: admissions@judson.edu

Private; founded 1838

Affiliation: Baptist

Application Deadline (Fall): rolling

Undergraduate Student Body: N/A full time, N/A part time

Expenses: 2011-2012: $14,460; room/board: $8,550

Financial Aid: (334) 683-5170

 

Miles College

Birmingham, AL

(800)445-0708

U.S. News Ranking: Reg. Coll. (S), second tier

Website: http://www.miles.edu

Admissions E-mail: admissions@mail.miles.edu

Private; founded 1905

Affiliation: Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

Freshman Admissions: least selective; 2011-2012: N/A applied, N/A accepted. Neither SAT nor ACT required. ACT 25/75 percentile: N/A. High school rank: N/A

Early Decision Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Early Action Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Application Deadline (Fall): rolling

Undergraduate Student Body: N/A full time, N/A part time; N/A male, N/A female; N/A American Indian, N/A Asian, N/A black, N/A Hispanic, N/A multiracial, N/A Pacific Islander, N/A white, N/A international

Most Popular Majors: Information not available

Expenses: 2011-2012: $10,490; room/board: N/A

Financial Aid: (205) 929-1665

 

Oakwood University

Huntsville, AL

(256) 726-7356

U.S. News Ranking: Reg. Coll. (S), No. 49

Website: http://www.oakwood.edu

Admissions E-mail: admissions@oakwood.edu

Private; founded 1896

Affiliation: Seventh-day Adventist

Freshman Admissions: selective; 2011-2012: 2,502 applied, 793 accepted. Either SAT or ACT required. ACT 25/75 percentile: 17-22. High school rank: 14% in top tenth, 31% in top quarter, 56% in top half

Early Decision Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Early Action Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Application Deadline (Fall): rolling

Undergraduate Student Body: 1,810 full time, 143 part time; 43% male, 57% female; 0% American Indian, 0% Asian, 88% black, 1% Hispanic, N/A multiracial, N/A Pacific Islander, 1% white, 7% international

Most Popular Majors: Information not available

Expenses:2012-2013: $15,412; room/board: $12,312

Financial Aid: (256) 726-7210

 

Samford University

Birmingham, AL

(800) 888-7218

U.S. News Ranking: Reg. U. (S), No. 4

Website: http://www.samford.edu

Admissions E-mail: admiss@samford.edu

Private; founded 1841

Affiliation: Southern Baptist

Freshman Admissions: more selective; 2011-2012: 2,623 applied; 2,166 accepted. Either SAT or ACT required. ACT 25/75 percentile: 23-29. High school rank: 33% in top tenth, 61% in top quarter, 84% in top half

Early Decision Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Early Action Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Application Deadline (Fall): rolling

Undergraduate Student Body: 2,754 full time, 196 part time; 36% male, 64% female; 0% American Indian, 1% Asian, 7% black, 2% Hispanic, 1% multiracial, 0% Pacific Islander, 86% white, 1% international; 39% from in state; 68% live on campus; 11% of students in fraternities, 14% in sororities

Most Popular Majors: 20% in Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; 6% Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; 11% Education; 9% Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences; 14% Health Professions and Related Programs

Expenses: 2012-2013: $25,150; room/board: $8,250

Financial Aid: (205) 726-2905; 45% of undergrads determined to have financial need; average aid package $16,286

 

 

Spring Hill College

Mobile, AL

(251) 380-3030

U.S. News Ranking: Reg. U. (S), No. 17

Website: http://www.shc.edu

Admissions E-mail: admit@sch.edu

Private; founded 1830

Affiliation: Catholic

Freshman Admissions: more selective; 2011-2012: 6,048 applied, 2,935 accepted. Either SAT or ACT required. ACT 25/75 percentile: 21-26. High school rank: 23% in top tenth, 47% in top quarter, 76% in top half

Early Decision Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Early Action Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Application Deadline (Fall): 7/15

Undergraduate Student Body: 1,178 full time, 104 part time; 37% male, 63% female; 1% American Indian, 1% Asian, 19% black, 8% Hispanic, 1% multiracial, 0% Pacific Islander, 65% white, 1% international; 44% from in state; 77% live on campus; 17% of students in fraternities, 25% in sororities

Most Popular Majors: 12% Biological and Biomedical Sciences; 23% Business, Marketing, and Related Support Services; 10% English Language and Literature/Letters; 8% Health Professions and Related Programs; 8% Pyschology

Expenses: 2012-2013: $29,450; room/board: $11,296

Financial Aid: (251) 380-3460; 80% of undergrads determined to have financial need; average aid package $28,012

 

Stillman College

Tuscaloosa, AL

(205) 366-8837

U.S. News Ranking: Nat. Lib. Arts, second tier

Website: http://www.stillman.edu

Admissions E-mail: admissions@stillman.edu

Private; founded 1876

Affiliation: Presbyterian Church (USA)

Freshman Admissions: less selective; 2011-2012: 3,491 applied, 1,526 accepted. Either SAT or ACT required. ACT 25/75 percentile: 16-18. High school rank: 12% in top tenth, 38% in top quarter, 69% in top half

Early Decision Deadline: 7/2; notification date: 7/6

Early Action Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Application Deadline (Fall): rolling

Undergraduate Student Body: 1,032 full time, 40 part time; 47% male, 53% female; 0% American Indian, 0% Asian, 93% black, 1% Hispanic, 0% multiracial, 0% Pacific Islander, 5% white, 0% international; 65% from in state; 63% live on campus; N/A of students in fraternities, N/A in sororities

Most Popular Majors: 19% Biology/Biological Sciences, General; 15% Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other; 14% Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General; 12% History, General; 21% Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

Expenses: 2012-2013: $14,710; room/board: $7,056

Financial Aid: (205) 366-8817; 94% of undergrads determined to have financial need; average aide package $24,300

 

Talladega College

Talladega, AL

(256) 761-6235

U.S. News Ranking: Nat. Lib. Arts, second tier

Website: http://www.talladega.edu

Admissions E-mail: admissions@talladega.edu

Private; founded 1867

Affiliation: United Church of Christ

Application Deadline (Fall): rolling

Undergraduate Student Body: N/A full time, N/A part time

Expenses: 2011-2012: $11,492; room/board: N/A

Financial Aid: (256) 761-6341

 

Troy University

Troy, AL

(334) 670-3179

U.S. News Ranking: Reg. U. (S), No. 67

Website: http://www.troy.edu/

Admissions E-mail: admit@troy.edu

Public; founded 1887

Freshman Admissions: selective; 2011-2012: 6,269 applied, 3,905 accepted. Either SAT or ACT required. ACT 25/75 percentile: 18-24. High school rank: N/A in top tenth, 47% in top quarter, 82% in top half

Early Decision Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Early Action Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Application Deadline (Fall): rolling

Undergraduate Student Body: 11,085 full time, 11,160 part time; 39% male, 61% female; 1% American Indian, 1% Asian, 40% black, 3% Hispanic, 1% multiracial, 0% Pacific Islander, 46% white, 2% international; 58% from in state; 31% live on campus; 14% of students in fraternities, 15% in sororities

Most Popular Majors: 44% Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; 4% Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; 8% Education; 15% Psychology; 7% Social Sciences

Expenses: 2011-2012: $7,990 in state, $15,040 out of state; room/board: $8,380

Financial Aid: (334) 670-3186; 74% of undergrads determined to have financial need; average aid package $4,583

 

Tuskegee University

Tuskegee, AL

(334) 727-8500

U.S. News Ranking: Reg. Coll. (S), No. 13

Website: http://www.tuskegee.edu

Admissions E-mail: admiweb@tusk.edu

Private; founded 1881

Freshman Admissions: selective; 2011-2012: 2,815 applied, 1,816 accepted. Either SAT or ACT required. ACT 25/75 percentile: 17-22. High school rank: 20% in top tenth, 60% in top quarter, 100% in top half

Early Decision Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Early Action Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Application Deadline (Fall): 3/15

Undergraduate Student Body: 2,614 full time, 70 part time; 43% male, 57% female; 0% American Indian, 0% Asian, 87% black, 0% Hispanic, N/A multiracial, N/A Pacific Islander, 0% white, 1% international; 31% from in state; 57% live on campus; 6% of students in fraternities, 5% in sororities

Most Popular Majors: 13% Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences; 11% Biology/Biomedical Sciences, General; 20% Business Administration and Management, General; 27% Engineering, General; 8% Psychology, General

Expenses: 2012-2013: $18,900; room/board: $8,450

Financial Aid: (334) 727-8201; 78% of undergrads determined to have financial need; average aid package $19,250

 

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

(205) 348-5666

U.S. News Ranking: Nat. U., No.77

Website: http://www.ua.edu

Admissions E-mail: admissions@ua.edu

Public; founded 1831

Freshman Admissions: more selective; 2011-2012: 22,136 applied, 9,636 accepted. Either SAT or ACT required. ACT 25/75 percentile: 22-29. High school rank: 43% in top tenth, 62% in top quarter, 83% in top half

Early Decision Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Early Action Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Application Deadline (Fall): rolling

Undergraduate Student Body: 23,945 full time, 2,289 part time; 47% male, 53% female; 1% American Indian, 1% Asian, 13% black, 2% Hispanic, 1% multiracial, 0% Pacific Islander, 80% white, 2% international; 65% from in state; 28% live on campus; 22% of students in fraternities, 33% in sororities

Most Popular Majors: 29% Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; 9% Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; 7% Engineering; 7% Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences; 10% Health Professions and Related Programs

Expenses: 2012-2013: $9,200 in state, $22,950 out of state; room/board: $8,300

Financial Aid: (205) 348-2976; 43% of undergrads determined to have financial need; average aid package $10,486

 

University of Alabama-Birmingham

Birmingham, AL

(205) 934-8221

U.S. News Ranking: Nat. U., No. 151

Website: http://www.uab.edu

Admissions E-mail: undergradadmit@uab.edu

Public; founded 1969

Freshman Admissions: selective; 2011-2012: 5,575 applied, 4,027 accepted. Either SAT or ACT required. ACT 25/75 percentile: 21-27. High school rank: 24% in top tenth, 50% in top quarter, 77% in top half

Early Decision Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Early Action Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Application Deadline (Fall): rolling

Undergraduate Student Body: 8,137 full time, 2,991 part time; 42% male, 58% female; 0% American Indian, 4% Asian, 27% black, 2% Hispanic, 2% multiracial, 0% Pacific Islander, 60% white, 2% international; 93% from in state; 21% live on campus; 2% of students in fraternities, 3% in sororities

Most Popular Majors: 8% Biological and Biomedical Sciences; 19% Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; 12% Education; 21% Health Professions and Related Programs; 6% Psychology

Expenses: 2011-2012: $7,740 in state, $17,730 out of state; room/board: $9,294

Financial Aid: (205) 934-8223; 60% determined to have financial need; average aid package $9,420

 

University of Alabama-Huntsville

Huntsville, AL

(256) 824-6070

U.S. News Ranking: Nat. U., No. 184

Website: http://www.uah.edu

Admissions E-mail: admitme@uah.edu

Public; founded 1950

Freshman Admissions: more selective; 2011-2012: 1,952 applied, 1,243 accepted. Either SAT or ACT required. ACT 25/75 percentile: 22-29. High school rank: 29% in top tenth, 50% in top quarter, 80% in top half

Early Decision Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Early Action Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Application Deadline (Fall): 8/22

Undergraduate Student Body: 4,461 full time, 1,474 part time; 54% male, 46% female; 2% American Indian, 3% Asian, 14% black, 3% Hispanic, 1% multiracial, 0% Pacific Islander, 71% white, 3% international; 90% from in state; 20% live on campus; 6% of students in fraternities, 7% in sororities

Most Popular Majors: 7% Biological and Biomedical Sciences; 23% Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; 25% Engineering; 18% Health Professions and Related Programs; 4% Visual and Performing Arts

Expenses: 2011-2012: $8,094 in state, $19,424 out of state; room/board: $7,930

Financial Aid: (256) 824-6241; 55% of undergrads determined to have financial need; average aid package $9,319

 

University of Mobile

Mobile, AL

(251) 442-2273

U.S. News Ranking: Reg. Coll. (S), No. 28

Website: http://www.umobile.edu

Admissions E-mail: admininfo@umobile.edu

Private; founded 1961

Affiliation: Baptist

Freshman Admissions: selective; 2011-2012: 620 applied, 500 accepted. Either SAT or ACT required. ACT 25/75 percentile: 20-26. High school rank: 16% in top tenth, 47% in top quarter, 78% in top half

Early Decision Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Early Action Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Application Deadline (Fall): 8/1

Undergraduate Student Body: 1,346 full time, 198 part time; 33% male, 67% female; 2% American Indian, 1% Asian, 24% black, 1% Hispanic, 1% multiracial, 0% Pacific Islander, 63% white, 3% international; 80% from in state; 39% live on campus; 0% of students in fraternities, 0% in sororities

Most Popular Majors: 20% Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; 20% Education; 17% Health Professions and Related Programs; 9% Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies, and Humanities; 7% Theology and Religious Vocations

Expenses: 2012-2013: $17,680; room/board: $8,650

Financial Aid: (251) 442-2385; 75% of undergrads determined to have financial need; average aid package $15,545

 

University of Montevallo

Montevallo, AL

(205) 665-6030

U.S. News Ranking: Reg. U. (S), No. 37

Website: http://www.montevallo.edu

Admissions E-mail: admissions@um.montevallo.edu

Public; founded 1896

Freshman Admissions:  selective; 2011-2012: 1,315 applied, 1,022 accepted. Either SAT or ACT required. ACT 25/75 percentile: 20-26. High school rank: N/A

Early Decision Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Early Action Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Application Deadline (Fall): 8/1

Undergraduate Student Body: 2,246 full time, 296 part time; 34% male, 66% female; 1% American Indian, 0% Asian, 15% black, 3% Hispanic, 1% multiracial, 0% Pacific Islander, 74% white, 2% international; 95% from in state; 46% live on campus; 19% of students in fraternities, 24% of students in sororities

Most Popular Majors: 18% Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; 13% Education; 8% English Language and Literature/Letters; 7% Family and Consumer Sciences; 15% Visual and Performing Arts

Expenses: 2012-2013: $9,280 in state, $18,070 out of state; room/board: $5,522

Financial Aid: (205) 665-6050; 60% of undergrads determined to have financial need; average aid package $9,316

 

University of North Alabama

Florence, AL

(256) 765-4608

U.S. News Ranking: Reg. U. (S), No. 59

Website: http://www.una.edu

Admissions E-mail: admissions@una.edu

Public; founded 1830

Freshman Admissions: selective; 2011-2012: 2,381 applied, 1,872 accepted. Either SAT or ACT required. ACT 25/75 percentile: 18-25. High school rank: 30% in top tenth, 48% in top quarter, 76% in top half

Early Decision Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Early Action Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Application Deadline (Fall): rolling

Undergraduate Student Body: 4,925 full time, 1,195 part time; 43% male, 57% female; 1% American Indian, 1% Asian, 13% black, 2% Hispanic, 2% multiracial, 0% Pacific Islander, 74% white, 5% international; 85% from in state; 18% live on campus; 5% of students in fraternities, 6% in sororities

Most Popular Majors: 34% Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; 5% Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; 14% Education; 14% Health Professions and Related Programs; 3% Psychology

Expenses: 2012-2013: $8,148 in state, $14,808 out of state; room/board: $5,768

Financial Aid: (256) 765-4278; 91% of undergrads determined to have financial need; average aid package $7,457

 

University of South Alabama

Mobile, AL

(251) 460-6141

U.S. News Ranking: Nat. U., second tier

Website: http://www.southalabama.edu

Admissions E-mail: admiss@usouthal.edu

Public; founded 1963

Freshman Admissions: selective; 2011-2012: 4,473 applied, 3,903 accepted. Neither SAT nor ACT required. ACT 25/75 percentile: 19-25. High school rank: N/A

Early Decision Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Early Action Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Application Deadline (Fall): 8/10

Undergraduate Student Body: 8,678 full time, 2,900 part time; 44% male, 56% female; 1% American Indian, 3% Asian, 21% black, 2% Hispanic, 1% multiracial, 0% Pacific Islander, 63% white, 4% international

Most Popular Majors: 4% Business Administration and Management, General; 7% Elementary Education and Teaching, 4% Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General; 18% Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; 5% Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Expenses: 2011-2012: $6,204 in state, $12,108 out of state; room/board: $6,270

Financial Aid: (251) 460-6231

 

University of West Alabama

Livingston, AL

(205) 652-3578

U.S. News Ranking: Reg. U. (S), second tier

Website: http://www.uwa.edu

Admissions E-mail: admissions@uwa.edu

Public; founded 1835

Freshman Admissions: selective; 2011-2012: 937 applied, 455 accepted. Either SAT or ACT required. ACT 25/75 percentile: 18-23. High school rank: N/A

Early Decision Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Early Action Deadline: N/A; notification date: N/A

Application Deadline (Fall): rolling

Undergraduate Student Body: 1,790 full time, 286 part time; 40% male, 60% female, 0% American Indian, 0% Asian, 46% black, 1% Hispanic, 0% multiracial, 0% Pacific Islander, 44% white, 3% international; 82% from in state; 30% live on campus; 5% of students in fraternities, 5% in sororities

Most Popular Majors: 14% Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; 27% Education; 6% Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields; 5% English Language and Literature/Letters; 22% Health Professions and Related Programs

Expenses: 2011-2012: $6,918 in state, $12,766 out of state; room/board: $5,840

Financial Aid: (205) 652-3576; 85% of undergrads determined to have financial need; average aid package $13,712