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Founded in 1856, the Birmingham-Southern College is a non-profit private liberal arts higher education institution located in the urban setting of the small city of Birmingham (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), Alabama. Officially accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Birmingham-Southern College (BSC) is a very small-sized (uniRank enrollment range: 500-999 students) coeducational US higher education institution formally affiliated with the Christian-Methodist religion. Birmingham-Southern College (BSC) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor's degrees and master's degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study table below for further details. This 168-year-old US higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic records and grades. The acceptance rate range is 60-69% making this US higher education organization a moderately selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. BSC also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, as well as administrative services.

University Snapshot


Birmingham-Southern College's Control Typeprivate


Birmingham-Southern College's Entity Typenon-profit


Birmingham-Southern College' Size by Total Enrollmentvery small-sized


Birmingham-Southern College's Selectivity by Acceptance Ratemoderately selective

University Identity

Acronym BSC
Founded 1856
Motto Pro Christo et Republica
For Christ and the Republic
Colours Black and gold
Mascot Rowdy the Panther
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University Location

Address 900 Arkadelphia Road
35254 Alabama
United States
Birmingham-Southern College's location map and satellite view Location Map and Satellite View
Birmingham-Southern College Phone Number +1 (800) 523 5793
Birmingham-Southern College Fax Number +1 (205) 226 3074

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Fields of Study / Degree Levels


What is the difference between comprehensive/generalist and specialized universities in terms of the range of fields of study they offer, degree levels available and academic and carreer paths pros and cons? Read our guide article about generalist and specialized universities to learn more.

Fields of Study and Degree Levels Matrix

The following Birmingham-Southern College's Fields of Study/Degree Levels Matrix is divided into 6 main fields of study and 4 levels of degrees, from the lowest undergraduate degree to the highest postgraduate degree. This matrix aims to help quickly identify Birmingham-Southern College's academic range and degree level offering.

Programs and Courses

Courses and Programs

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Tuition Fees


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Yearly Tuition Fees Range Matrix

This Birmingham-Southern College's Tuition Fees Range Matrix is divided into 2 types of students, local and international students, and 2 degree levels, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and aims to help students to have an approximate idea of the yearly tuition range they might expect to pay at Birmingham-Southern College.

Birmingham-Southern College: Tuition Fees Range Matrix

Undergraduate Postgraduate
20,000-24,999 US$
(18,225-22,780 Euro)
Not reported
20,000-24,999 US$
(18,225-22,780 Euro)
Not reported

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Admission Information

uniRank publishes below some basic Birmingham-Southern College's admission information.

Birmingham-Southern College's Gender Admission Policy Gender Admission

This institution admits Men and Women (coed).

Birmingham-Southern College's Admission Selection Admission Selection

Has Birmingham-Southern College a selective admission policy? Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic records and grades.

Acceptance Rate Admission Rate

Birmingham-Southern College's acceptance rate range is 60-69% making this institution a moderately selective higher education institution.

Admission Requirements Admission Requirements

  • Secondary school GPA is required
  • Secondary school rank is considered but not required
  • Secondary school record is considered but not required
  • Completion of college-preparatory program is recommended
  • Recommendations are considered but not required
  • Formal demonstration of competencies is considered but not required
  • Admission test scores are required
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is considered but not required
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) is neither required nor recommended

Source: IPDES

Birmingham-Southern College's International Students Admission International Students Admission

International students are welcome to apply for admission at this institution.

Birmingham-Southern College's Admission Office Admission Office

900 Arkadelphia Road Box 549008
Birmingham 35254
(205) 226 4696
800 523 5793

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Size and Profile


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Size and Profile

uniRank publishes below some major size and profile indicators for Birmingham-Southern College.

Birmingham-Southern College's Total Student Enrollment Student Enrollment

Birmingham-Southern College has an enrollment range of 500-999 students making it a very small-sized institution.

Birmingham-Southern College's Total Faculty/Academic staff Academic Staff

This institution has a range of 100-199 academic employees (Faculty).

Birmingham-Southern College's Control Type Control Type

Birmingham-Southern College is a private higher education institution.

Birmingham-Southern College's Entity Type Entity Type

Birmingham-Southern College is a non-profit higher education institution.

Birmingham-Southern College's Campus Setting Campus Setting

This institution's main campus is located in a Urban setting.

Birmingham-Southern College's Academic Calendar Academic Calendar

This institution adopts a 4-1-4 type of academic calendar.

Birmingham-Southern College is Christian-Methodist Religious Affiliation

Birmingham-Southern College has a Christian-Methodist affiliation (United Methodist Church - www.gbhem.org).

Carnegie Classification


The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education is a framework for categorizing colleges and universities in the United States...

The classification was first created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 1970, and it has been updated periodically since then. The Carnegie Classification is based on a set of criteria, such as the level and types of degrees offered, research activity and enrollment size. Institutions are classified into one of several categories based on these criteria, ranging from "doctoral universities" with very high research activity to "special focus institutions" that primarily award degrees in a specific field, such as the arts or health professions. The classification allows for quick comparisons between institutions within and across categories.

Carnegie Classification

uniRank provides below the official Birmingham-Southern College's Carnegie classification.

Basic Classification Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
Size & Setting Four-year, small, highly residential institution
Enrollment Profile Exclusively undergraduate four-year
Undergraduate Profile Four-year, full-time, selective, lower transfer-in institution
Undergraduate Instructional Program Arts & sciences plus professions, no graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program Not classified (Exclusively Undergraduate)

Facilities and Services


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University Facilities

uniRank provides below an overview of Birmingham-Southern College's main facilities:

Birmingham-Southern College's Library University Library

This institution has a physical Library. Visit Birmingham-Southern College's Library

Birmingham-Southern College's library does not have any external branch. The library collection is comprised of both physical (i.e. books, medium, etc.) and digital/electronic items. In 2021 the library reported 257,006 physical volumes, 31,061 physical media, 193,781 digital/electronic media and 164 licensed digital/electronic databases. The library is managed by a total number of 12 full-time employees, including 6 librarians. Birmingham-Southern College's library has a total library expenditure greater than $100,000 per year. Source: IPDES.

Birmingham-Southern College's Housing University Housing

This institution provides housing services such as on-campus residences or dormitories.

In particular, the Birmingham-Southern College provides on-campus housing and the total dormitory capacity, whether on or off campus, was about 1,418 students in the 2021 academic year. Source: IPDES.

Birmingham-Southern College's Sport Facilities/Activities Sport Facilities/Activities

This institution features sporting facilities and organizes sports activities for its students.

Birmingham-Southern College (BSC) offers a range of sport activities and facilities for its students. BSC is a member of the NCAA Intercollegiate Athletics at the Division IV level and is part of the Southern Conference. The college supports various intercollegiate athletic programs, including football (men), basketball, softball (women), volleyball (women), baseball (men), track and field, swimming, soccer, golf, tennis, and lacrosse. Additionally, BSC provides numerous intramural sports opportunities for its students.

For more information regarding our facilities, please visit: http://bscsports.net/facilities

University Services

uniRank provides below an overview of Birmingham-Southern College's main services:

Birmingham-Southern College's Financial Aid Financial Aid

This institution offers one or more of the following financial aid for eligible students: scholarships, grants, loans, tuition waivers, emergency financial aid etc.

Birmingham-Southern College financial aid information is available at:

  • https://www.bsc.edu/fp/index.html

Birmingham-Southern College's Study Abroad Study Abroad

This institution offers study abroad and exchange program opportunities for its students.

Birmingham-Southern College offers a range of study abroad opportunities to enhance students' academic experiences and global perspectives. For detailed information on these opportunities, students can visit the official website: https://www.bsc.edu/academics/krulak/studyabroad.html.

Birmingham-Southern College's Distance Learning Distance Learning

Not reported

In particular, this institution offers some courses via distance education at the undergraduate level Source: IPDES.

Birmingham-Southern College's Academic Counseling Academic Counseling

This institution offers students academic guidance and support to assist them in their academic pursuits.

Birmingham-Southern College's Career Services Career Services

This institution offers career counseling, career assessments, job and internship postings, career events, alumni networking or other career-related services to assist students transition successfully from academic life to professional life.

Recognition and Accreditation


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Birmingham-Southern College's Recognition or Accreditation Institutional Recognition or Accreditation

Birmingham-Southern College is legally recognized and/or institutionally accredited by: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Year of first Recognition or Accreditation


Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

uniRank publishes the following list of the most important Birmingham-Southern College's programmatic accreditations; feel free to submit any relevant missing specialized accreditations.

  • Alabama State Board of Education
  • American Chemical Society
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation

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Memberships and Affiliations


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Affiliations and Memberships

uniRank publishes the following list of the most important Birmingham-Southern College's affiliations and memberships; feel free to submit any relevant missing higher education-related organizations this university is affiliated with.

  • American Association of University Women
  • American Council on Education
  • Annapolis Group of Liberal Arts Colleges
  • Associated Colleges of the South (ACS)
  • Association of Alabama Independent Colleges and Universities
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
  • Birmingham Area Consortium for Higher Education (BACHE)
  • Campus Compact
  • Council on Undergraduate Research
  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education
  • Council of Independent Colleges
  • General Board for Higher Education and Ministries
  • National Association of College and University Business Officers
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church
  • National Athletic Association (NAA)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Academic Structure


Academic divisions can provide valuable insights into the range of fields of study and disciplines a University focuses on and the institution's level of specialization. Comprehensive or Generalist Universities typically offer a wide range of academic programs and have many academic divisions and subdivisions across different disciplines, while Specialized Universities tend to focus on a narrower range of programs within a specific field or industry and have fewer academic divisions and a simplified organizational structure. Read our guide article "Understanding Academic Divisions in Universities - Colleges, Faculties, Schools" to learn more about academic divisions and typical university organizational structures.

Academic Structure

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Social Media


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Social Media

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Facebook Facebook

Birmingham-Southern College's Facebook page Birmingham-Southern College's official Facebook page

Twitter X (Twitter)

Birmingham-Southern College's X (formerly Twitter) page Birmingham-Southern College's official Twitter page

YouTube YouTube

Birmingham-Southern College's YouTube channel Birmingham-Southern College's official YouTube channel

Instagram Instagram

Birmingham-Southern College's Instagram page Birmingham-Southern College's official Instagram channel

LinkedIn LinkedIn

Birmingham-Southern College's main LinkedIn profile

TikTok TikTok

Birmingham-Southern College's official TikTok channel

Free Online Courses

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