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BIRMINGHAM - SOUTHERN COLLEGE - [BSC], BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA

Birmingham, AlabamaLOCATION
CollegeSCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1856Established Year
  1283Enrollment

Birmingham - Southern College: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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Born out of the merger between Southern University and Birmingham College in 1918, the Birmingham-Southern College (BSC) is a four-year, private liberal arts institution located in Birmingham, Alabama. 

The institution offers undergraduate traditional liberal arts degree, pre-professional programs, as well as special interdisciplinary programs. The BSC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate degrees. 

Considered among the best educational institution in the USA leading to graduate school, BSC has around 1,268 students from 34 states and 9 countries on campus (Fall 2018). According to reports, Birmingham-Southern College saw a drop in student enrollment for 2018. With an enrollment of 1,283 in Fall 2017, the student enrollment dropped by 1.17% in 2018. However, the college maintains high-quality education and provides opportunities to send students to some of the most prestigious graduate schools in the USA.

The college has a graduation rate of 64%. Post-graduation, students from BSC go either for job placement or higher education and complete their PG. The chart shows job placement and graduate school attendance after BSC over the last five years.

Birmingham-Southern College Job Placement

Rankings and Accolades

  • U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges ranked BSC #123 among the national liberal arts college.
  • College Factual placed BSC in the top 5% of colleges across the country with exceptional gender diversity. Also, it ranked BSC at #3 in Alabama with exceptional gender diversity. 
  • Steppingblocks ranked Birmingham-Southern College as one of the 50 best colleges nationwide for landing a job after graduation.
  • Forbes name BSC as one of the top 100 colleges for return on investment
  • In the World University Rankings, BSC was positioned at #489 across the USA.

Highlights

Year of Establishment1918
LocationBirmingham, Alabama
Type of UniversityPrivate
Campus SettingUrban
Faculty Members103 full-time; 48 part-time
UG Enrollment (Fall 2018)1268
International Students % (Fall 2018)1.3%
Annual Acceptance Rate48%
Estimated Cost of Attendance34,970 USD
Test Scores AcceptedSAT/ ACT, TOEFL/ IELTS/ PTE/ Duolingo
Official websitebsc.edu

Explore the Programs, Faculties, and Divisions at BSC

BSC offers more than 50 majors and minors, apart from several specialty programs at the undergraduate level. The undergraduate degrees awarded are Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Musical Arts, and Bachelor of Science.

The most popular majors at the institution are Biology/Biological Sciences, Business Administration and Management, Psychology, Mathematics, and Fine/Studio Arts. 

The institution operates out of 22 distinctive academic departments including Applied Computer Science, Media and Film Studies, Urban Environmental Studies, Art & Art History, Foreign Languages, Urban Environmental Studies, etc.

Campus

Located in Alabama’s biggest city, the BSC campus covers 192 acres in downtown Birmingham that includes a lake, sports stadiums, athletics facilities, and urban environmental park. 

45 traditional red brick houses residence halls and academic buildings in green, open spaces make the Birmingham-Southern College campus a supportive, engaged, residential community. The campus is also equipped with art studios, a theatre, a planetarium, a chapel, and a dance studio.

Housing Facilities or Residence at Birmingham-Southern College

All students at BSC are required to live on campus for their first two years. As a result, more than 90% of Birmingham-Southern College students live on campus. 

The college offers a range of men's, women's, and co-ed housing options, including traditional double rooms, suite-style, and apartment accommodation. The campus houses eight residence halls and on-campus apartment complexes that are equipped with high-speed wireless internet access, cable TV, and free laundry facilities. 

  • The First-year Student Housing include Cullen Daniel Hall and Margaret Daniel Hall for females, and New Men’s Hall for males. 
  • Upperclass Student Housing includes Bruno Hall, Bill & Lyndra Daniel Hall, Pierce Hall, Lakeview Hall and Hilltop Village Apartments.
  • The college also has Greek Student Housing which includes Sorority Townhouses, Fraternity Houses with Suite Bathrooms and Fraternity Houses with Central Bathrooms.

New entrants at BSC who have paid their admission deposit should apply for housing by May 15 through the college’s Housing Portal. Housing rates range from 8,200 USD to 13,900 USD per year.

Students can look for affordable student housing after their second year such as homestays, shared or rented apartments, etc. However, most of the students prefer to stay in on-campus accommodation. 

All you need to know about the Application Process at Birmingham-Southern College

Admissions at Birmingham-Southern College are selective with an acceptance rate of 48%. According to reports, the college received around 3,636 applications for Fall 2018. 57% were accepted and 16% enrolled at the college.

Birmingham Southern College Fall Admissions

How to apply: Application is online, through either Common Application or through the BSC Online Application. The BSC Application Form can also be downloaded in the pdf format and filed physically. 

Application fee: BSC Online and Paper applications are both free. Common Application will warrant a fee of 50 USD, if applied after November 15.

Application Deadline:

Application ActionDeadlineNotification
Early DecisionNovember 1November 15
Early ActionNovember 15December 15
Regular DecisionFebruary 1March 1

Please note that applications submitted after February 1 will be considered for admission on the basis of availability.

Admission Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • All official Secondary School transcripts. Transcripts that are originally issued in a language other than English, should be accompanied by appropriate English translation.
  • Official English Proficiency Test Scores. The tests accepted by BSC and their minimum scores are:
Duolingo-
TOEFL81
IELTS6.5
PTE58
SAT510 (Critical Reading)
ACT22 (English)
  • Recommendation Letter
  • Personal Statement/ Essay
  • Copy of a Valid Passport
  • Financial Support Document (Signed Affidavit and a bank statement certifying a minimum balance of the cost of attendance for one year, USD 30,640)
  • CSS Profile-Code Number 1064
  • Virtual Interview with Alaina Elgin, the International Admissions Counselor

Applicants may submit the above-listed documents online. Alternatively, these documents along with the paper application can be submitted via 

Fax to 205-226-3074 or 
Emailed to agelgin@bsc.edu, or
Mailed to: BSC Office of Admission
Box 549008
900 Arkadelphia Road
Birmingham, AL 35254

Expenses to be incurred at Birmingham-Southern College

The annual cost to attend BSC includes tuition fees, mandatory fees, housing, and dining. Cost varies for each student on the bases of their residential choice or meal plans. An estimate of the cost of attendance at BSC is presented below:

ExpensesAnnual Fee (in USD)
Direct Costs
Tuition & Mandatory Fees18,238
Room & Board12,402
Indirect Costs
Books & Supplies1,260
Transportation1,500
Miscellaneous1,570
Total Cost of Attendance34,970

Financing your studies at BSC – Scholarship and Financial Aid

Students at BSC need to apply through FAFSA soon after they are accepted into the college to be considered for financial aid. Financial Aid can be in the form of work-study, loans, and grants based on financial need and scholarships for meritorious students.

However, international students are eligible for merit-based scholarships. They are considered for merit scholarships by default when they apply for admission. More than two-thirds of new entrants at BSC qualify for renewable academic scholarships and may be eligible for a merit scholarship ranges from 2,000 USD to 15,000 USD per year. 

International applicants who wish to be considered for need-based financial aid should apply for the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile (code 1064) at the time of application. BSC usually does not accept any application if the financial document states that the students need is greater than the financial aid provided through merit-based scholarships.

Several special scholarships are awarded at BSC based on the candidate’s achievements, interests, background, or selected major. These special scholarships are often add-ons to academic scholarships and can be renewed provided the awardee meets the renewal criteria.

  • Abroms Scholarship – awarded to Jewish students with a minimum GPA of 3.00, demonstrated involvement and ability in local Jewish communities.
  • Distinguished Scholars Awards-competitive scholarships providing up to full tuition are based on an outstanding achievement.
  • The Multicultural Scholarship awards scholarships to newly admitted students of color.
  • Stump Entrepreneurial Scholarships- awarded to students who demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit and who are interested in business as a career.

Students can also apply for international scholarships provided by private organizations or the Education Ministry in respective home countries. Education Loans are another means of financial aid for students. 

Work While You Study

The Work-Study program at BSC can be availed of through federal funding for on-campus positions through the Office of Financial Aid. Students can earn between 7.25 USD and 8 USD per hour, depending on their qualifications and the complexity of the job. Earnings are capped at 1,000 USD for one academic year and cannot continue working for the remainder of the year, once a student has earned the maximum amount. Again, if a student fails to work for the maximum award in a given academic year, he/she is debarred to apply for work-study in future semesters.

Alumni Network

A BSC graduate automatically becomes a part of the 20,000 strong Birmingham-Southern Alumni Association. Some distinguished alumni of BSC are listed below:

  • Ulysses Bennett, 1967- Former CFO, Mobil Corporation
  • Senator J.T. Waggoner, 1960- Alabama State Senate
  • Mary Kimbrough Jackson, 1958- Accomplished organist, teacher, choir director, composer, accompanist
  • Charles L. Gaines III, 1964- Author, journalist, screenwriter, editor
  • Richard I. Kirkland, 1973- Managing Editor, Fortune Magazine
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Birmingham - Southern College Overview

Institution TypePrivate (Not for Profit)
Student Population1325
FAFSA Code001012
Application Cost$50
Accreditation SACSSCOC
Average Cost of Attendance$16,402 / Year
Student : Faculty Ratio1 : 1

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

Regular decision Deadlines

January 15

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

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Test Scores for International Applicants

ExamsAvg. ScoreMin. ScoreMax. Score% Submitted
Undergraduate
SATCheck Detailed Score114510301260 18%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing575520630-
Mathematics570510630-
ACTCheck Detailed Score262329 83%
English272331-
Mathematics252227-

Birmingham - Southern College Acceptance Rate

61.9%

Acceptance Rate

2559

Total Applicants

1325

Total Enrolled

Male
Female

49.0%

Male

51.0%

Female

Undergraduate
Undergraduate Program61.9%
Total Applicants2142
Total Enrolled1325

Birmingham - Southern College Enrollment

Enrollment
Birmingham - Southern College Enrollment1325
Undergraduate Enrollment1325
Graduation Rate
Average Graduation Rate62.2%

Attendance Cost

$16,402

Attendance Cost

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Tuition Fees
Undergraduate Programs$16,402 / Year
On Campus Accomodation
Books & Supplies$1,260 / Year
On campus, Room & Board$12,350 / Year
On Campus, Other Expenses$3,000 / Year
Off Campus Accomodation
Off campus (not with family), Room & Board$8,000 / Year
Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses$4,500 / Year
Off campus (with family), Room & Board$4,272 / Year
Off campus (with family), Other Expenses$4,500 / Year
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Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Program Wise Accreditations
Music ProgramsNational Association of Schools of Music

Faculty

Total FacultyFull TimePart timeGraduate Assistants
17941133661-
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