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Birmingham-Southern College is a private institution that was founded in 1856. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,231, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 192 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Birmingham-Southern College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 115. Its tuition and fees are $30,690 (2013-14).
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Birmingham-Southern College is a nationally ranked, residential liberal arts college and a sheltering institution for a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Its academic calendar provides a special opportunity during the January term for students to engage in domestic or international travel, to take part in an internship or service project, or to work closely on campus with a faculty member on a topic of special interest. The College is noted for its robust collaborative research opportunities throughout the year between students and faculty across the disciplines; this research often results in conference presentations. The College is equally well known for its tradition of service learning, leadership studies, and honors education. BSC's general education program is outcomes based, focusing on graduates' abilities to communicate clearly, and to apply scientific methodologies, quantitative analysis, and interpretative strategies to problem solving. The program also encourages civic engagement in both local and global arenas. The College is also recognized nationally for the percentage of its students admitted to medical, dental, or health career programs.
|School type||private, coed college|
|Religious affiliation||United Methodist|
When applying to Birmingham-Southern College, it's important to note the application deadline is February 1, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at Birmingham-Southern College is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 80.6 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||80.6%|
|Application deadline||February 1|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||March 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Birmingham-Southern College is 13:1, and the school has 64.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Birmingham-Southern College include: Business Administration and Management, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Psychology, General; English Language and Literature, General; and Accounting. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 81.3 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||55%|
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Birmingham-Southern College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,231, with a gender distribution of 53.2 percent male students and 46.8 percent female students. At this school, 85 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 15 percent of students live off campus. Birmingham-Southern College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA III|
Campus Info & Services
Birmingham-Southern College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. Birmingham-Southern College 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 Birmingham-Southern College, 88 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Birmingham-Southern College.
|Students who have cars on campus||88%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
Paying for School
At Birmingham-Southern College, 57.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $9,145.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$30,690 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$10,700 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data