Birmingham-Southern College

900 Arkadelphia Rd, Birmingham, United States
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Overview of Birmingham-Southern College

About this school

  • Website


    www.bsc.edu/
  • Coeducational


    Yes

  • Graduate Students


    Not reported

  • Institution Type


    Private

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:1,231
    • Men:655 (53.2%)
    • Women:576 (46.8%)

Location

Admission Information

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Birmingham-Southern College is moderately difficult: more than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is recommended

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
-
2
Science
-
2
Foreign Language
-
2
Social Studies
-
2
History
-
2
Academic Electives
-
2

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Recommended
March 1
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
SAT: Not used ACT: Not used

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
900 Arkadelphia Road
City, State, Zip
Birmingham, AL  35254
Phone
(205) 226-4696
Fax
(205) 226-3074
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
February 1
Application Fee
$50
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
March 1
Accept Offer Of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 1
Early Decision Notification
December 1
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
November 15
Early Action Notification
December 15

Application Form


Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
Recommended for all freshmen
Letters Of Recommendation
1 required for all freshmen
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
65% of 1,846 applicants were admitted
Women
61% of 967 applicants were admitted
Men
70% of 879 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
333 (28%) of 1,202 admitted students enrolled
Women
136 (23%) of 590 admitted students enrolled
Men
197 (32%) of 612 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.48
375 And Above
49%
3.50 - 3.74
23%
3.25 - 3.49
11%
3.00 - 3.24
9%
2.50 - 2.99
7%
2.00 - 2.49
1%

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
Not reported
• Score 700 - 800
Not reported
• Score 600 - 700
Not reported
• Score 500 - 600
Not reported
• Score 400 - 500
Not reported
• Score 300 - 400
Not reported
• Score 200 - 300
Not reported
Sat Critical Reading
Not reported
• Score 700 - 800
Not reported
• Score 600 - 700
Not reported
• Score 500 - 600
Not reported
• Score 400 - 500
Not reported
• Score 300 - 400
Not reported
• Score 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
26 average |23-29 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
20%
• Score 24 - 29
52%
• Score 18 - 23
27%
• Score 12 - 17
0%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - $17,650 (51.94231901118305%)
  • Room & Board: - $12,300 (36.19776339022955%)
  • Other Expences: - $1,260 (3.7080635668040025%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $2,770 (8.151854031783403%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Birmingham-Southern College accepts

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
-
Website
Net Price Calculator Url
Not reported

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 1
Award Notification Date
On or about March 1
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 001012
Free
State Aid Form
-

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
346 (99.1%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
280 (80.9%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
280 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
84 (30.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
74%
Average Award
$31,335
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 172 (61.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,897
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 183 (65.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,951
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 280 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
66 (18.9%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $22,455

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
876 (68.9%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
747 (85.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
746 (99.9%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
230 (30.8%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
74%
Average Award
$32,882
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 485 (65.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,431
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 582 (78.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,746
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 739 (99.1%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
521 (41.0%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $21,770

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
52%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$30,084
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
23.0%
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
2.0%

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Area/Ethnic Studies, Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Education, Engineering/Technologies, English, Foreign Languages, Health Fields, Home Economics, Humanities, International Studies, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Premedicine, Religion/Biblical Studies, Social Sciences
Creative Arts/Performance
Art/Fine Arts, Dance, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Special Achievements/Activities
Junior Miss, Leadership, Memberships, Religious Involvement
Special Characteristics
Adult Students, Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff, Ethnic Background, First-Generation College Students, International Students, Local/State Students, Previous College Experience, Relatives of Clergy, Religious Affiliation, Veterans, Veterans' Children

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported

Academics & Instruction

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


4-1-4

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Not required

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


86

Part-Time Faculty


28

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


73%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 22% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 41% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 32% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 3% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 1% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 1% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 16% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 64% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 18% of discussion sections/labs
  • 30-39 students: - 2% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
-

Computing


Computer Ownership
Students required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
306
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Not Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Not available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Birmingham-Southern College provides wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


85.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


Not reported

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


Not reported

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


65.0%

Programs & Majors

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (42)


  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Drawing
  • Economics, General
  • Education, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • History, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Keyboard Instruments
  • Mathematics, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Painting
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Law Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Printmaking
  • Psychology, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Sculpture
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
  • Voice and Opera

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


No online degree programs

Special Programs


Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Business/marketing, Visual and performing arts, Biological/life sciences, Psychology

Online Degrees


Engineering, nursing, environmental studies with Duke University, law with Cumberland School of Law

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Not reported

Campus Life

Location & Geography

Population


212,413

Nearest Metropolitan Area


196 acres

Environment


Urban environment

Campus Size


Birmingham

Weather


Temperature
31.3 average low in January, 87.4 average high in September
Rain
117 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
5 mile(s) from campus in Birmingham
Nearest Bus Station
3 mile(s) from campus in Birmingham
Nearest Train Station
3 mile(s) from campus in Birmingham

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing

Students of College Housing


85% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshmen are required to live on campus

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


15%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Not offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Panther
School Colors
Black, gold, and white

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross-Country Running
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross-Country Running
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
basketball, football, racquetball, soccer, softball, table tennis, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Birmingham-Southern College offers choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, student newspaper, national fraternities, national sororities, student government association, quest ii event programming, black student union, multi- cultural awareness organization, reformed university fellowship

Sororities


53% of women participate

Fraternities


35% of men participate

ROTC


Army ROTC is offered off campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


1,208

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
1,231
Women
576
Men
655

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.9% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 4.1% Asian
  • 8.2% Black/African-American
  • 2.6% Hispanic/Latino
  • 0.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 82.8% White
  • 0.9% Unknown

International Students


Not reported

Average Age


20

Number of Graduate Students


Not reported

Student Resources

Study resources