University of South Alabama

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307 University Boulevard

Mobile, AL 36688-0002

Phone: (251) 460-6101
2013-2014 Tuition
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Jul. 15
application deadline

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University of South Alabama is a public institution that was founded in 1963. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 11,315, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 1,224 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of South Alabama's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,152 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $15,504 (2013-14).

Located in the upper Gulf Coast region, the University of South Alabama campus is situated in Mobile, the oldest city in the state. Undergraduate students at South Alabama can choose from more than 50 bachelor's degree and certificate programs. There are more than 40 master's degree programs, including those in the Mitchell College of Business and in the fields of medicine, health and education. University of South Alabama, often shortened to USA, also offers career services such as job boards, on-campus interviews with potential employers and career fairs.

On campus, USA students can join nearly 200 organizations, about 18 fraternities and sororities and student government. Student athletes can try out for the South Alabama Jaguars teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Sun Belt Conference. Jaguar Productions, named after the school mascot, is the USA student activities board that plans many campus events for students, such as comedy shows, concerts, poetry slams and movie screenings.

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

The mission of the University of South Alabama is to offer high-quality programs of teaching, research, public service, and health care that create, communicate, preserve, and apply knowledge in service to the people of Alabama as citizens in a global community.

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School type public, coed college
Year founded 1963
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $141,264,000


When applying to University of South Alabama, it's important to note the application deadline is July 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 15. The application fee at University of South Alabama is $45. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 87.2 percent.

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

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 87.2%
Application deadline July 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of South Alabama is 21:1, and the school has 43.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of South Alabama include: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Elementary Education and Teaching; Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Speech Communication and Rhetoric; and Business Administration and Management, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 66 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 21:1
4-year graduation rate 14%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 20%
Elementary Education and Teaching 7%
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General 6%
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 5%
Business Administration and Management, General 4%

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Student Life

University of South Alabama has a total undergraduate enrollment of 11,315, with a gender distribution of 43.9 percent male students and 56.1 percent female students. At this school, 25 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 75 percent of students live off campus. University of South Alabama is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 14,636
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of South Alabama offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. University of South Alabama 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). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at University of South Alabama.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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In-state tuition and fees $8,152 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $15,504 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,174 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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