Auburn University

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202 Martin Hall

Auburn University, AL 36849

Phone: (334) 844-4000
2013-2014 Tuition
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Feb. 1
application deadline

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#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. National Universities

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Auburn University is a public institution that was founded in 1856. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 20,175, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 1,875 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Auburn University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 91. Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,852 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $26,364 (2013-14).

Auburn, Alabama, has been ranked one of the best places to live, and life at Auburn University can be similarly enjoyable for students. Football is a particularly big attraction in the fall, as fans support the Auburn Tigers with the help of school mascot Aubie the Tiger. The Tiger sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference, and the influx of football fans makes Auburn the fifth-largest city in the state on game days. Pep rallies are held in the downtown Toomer's Corner, and the area is covered in toilet paper by fans after every big victory. There are more than 300 organizations on campus, and about 6,000 students are involved in the school's Greek system. Auburn freshmen ease into the college transition through Camp War Eagle, a two-day, overnight summer orientation program. Transition help continues on Hey Day, an annual effort to get students to wear name tags and say hello to one another. Freshmen do not have to live on campus; in fact, a dorm room isn't even guaranteed. Because of space restraints, first-year students are awarded on-campus living assignments on a first-come, first-served basis.

As a land, sea and space grant institution, Auburn University receives federal funding for research projects that benefit the larger community. The school has an Urban Studio, where students can participate in community projects, and a Rural Studio, aimed at finding housing solutions for residents of West Alabama. Research projects include storage facilities for nuclear waste. The university also offers unique programs, such as the first wireless engineering program in the country. Notable Auburn alumni include famed college football coach Vince Dooley and a handful of NASA astronauts – such as Kathryn Thornton, the second American woman to walk in space.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

1Auburn University has provided instruction, research and outreach to benefit the state and nation for more than 150 years, and is among a distinctive group of universities designated as Land, Sea, and Space Grant institutions. AU makes a nearly $5 billion economic contribution to the state each year, has more than 250,000 graduates and provides 140 degree programs to more than 25,000 graduate and undergraduate students. Graduates include six NASA astronauts, the head of the Kennedy Space Center, the nation's first and only class of undergraduate wireless engineers, dozens of CEOs, world-famous architects, and several authors and journalists. AU emphasizes international education, is at the forefront of engineering, transportation technology and veterinary medicine, achieves global impact through modern agricultural, extension and forestry/wildlife programs, and fulfills critical research and national shortages through pharmaceutical, sciences, mathematics, education, nursing and human sciences offerings.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1856
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $458,906,091


When applying to Auburn University, it's important to note the application deadline is February 1, and the early action deadline is February 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at Auburn University is $50. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 77.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 77.2%
Application deadline February 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Auburn University is 18:1, and the school has 29.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Auburn University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Engineering; Education; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 88 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 18:1
4-year graduation rate 38%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 21%
Engineering 16%
Education 11%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 7%
Social Sciences 6%

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Student Life

Auburn University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 20,175, with a gender distribution of 50.9 percent male students and 49.1 percent female students. At this school, 20 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 80 percent of students live off campus. Auburn University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 25,134
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Auburn University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Auburn University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Auburn University, 69 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Auburn University.

Students who have cars on campus 69%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Auburn University, 37.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,784.

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In-state tuition and fees $9,852 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $26,364 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,552 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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