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

Birmingham, AlabamaLOCATION
CollegeSCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1856Established Year
  1283Enrollment

Birmingham - Southern College 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Vaishnavi Agrawal Vaishnavi Agrawal
Study Abroad Expert

In the 2018 Fall intake, over 3600 applicants from all over the world applied to BSC, a total of 57% were admitted. While the stakes are high, BSC is one of the very few colleges to cut down its tuition fee by 51% making it one of the best value for money colleges for international education. 

Located in Alabama, USA, BSC offers Bachelor's Degree Courses in over 50 majors, minors and specialty programs, with Biological Sciences, Business Administration and Management, Psychology, Mathematics, and Fine/Studio Arts being the popular programs. 

  • Birmingham Southern College opens applications for Fall sessions.
  • BSC accepts applicants on the basis of Early Decision, Early Action, and Regular Decision.
  • Applicants may upload the supporting documents while making the online application or email them at agelgin@bsc.edu or send them to the BSC Office of Admission upon filling the online form.
  • Although, students are recommended to follow the regular decision deadline and complete the application process by February 1st.
  • Students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships when they apply however, students who wish to apply for need-based scholarships are required to apply for College Scholarship Profile Code (1064) at the time of their application.
  • On average, financial aid received by international students ranges from $2,000-$15,000 per year.

Highlights

Application PortalOnline Portal
Application Fee50 USD
Acceptance Rate57%
Average SAT Score1040-1220
Average ACT Score23-29
Mode of PaymentMaster-Card/ American Express/Discover/Visa
Academic CalendarSemester Based
Intake SeasonsFall, Spring, and Summer
Work ExperienceNot required
Financial AidLoans, Grants, Scholarships available

 Admission Deadlines

Students seeking admission at American universities are encouraged to apply at least 2 months prior to the expiry of the application deadlines.

Application ProcessDeadlinesNotifications
Early DecisionNov 1Nov 15
Early ActionNov 15Dec 15
Regular DecisionFeb 1Mar 1

Admissions dependant on availability post-February 1st 2020

Birmingham Southern College International Students' Admissions

Application Portal: Students have the opportunity to apply online from the BSC website, different portals are available for domestic and international students. 

Application Fee: 50 USD

Application Requirements :

In order to be considered for admission at Birmingham Southern College, international applicants must submit the following documents, given that they are done with their second high school education and have NOT been enrolled in higher education : 

(Note: Changes made by the college in the admission process amidst the Covid-19 crisis are included.)

  1. The BSC Application or the Common Application form 
  2. Official High School Transcripts translated to English
  3. Official Scores of English Proficiency Test like TOEFL/IELTS, SAT/ ACT
  4. Letter of Recommendation
  5. An essay or Personal Statement
  6. Copy of a Valid Passport
  7. Documentation of Financial Support (Signed Affidavit as well as a bank statement showing a minimum balance of the cost of attendance, $30,640 USD)
  8. CSS Profile-Code Number 1064 (for a need-based scholarship, available in the online admission form)
  9. Virtual Interview with the International Admissions Counselor- Alaina Elgin

At the time of filling the BSC Online Application, you will have the opportunity to submit the above-mentioned documents online. 

However, you may also submit your forms and documents:

Via mail: agelgin@bsc.edu

Via Post : 

BSC Office of Admission 

Box 549008 

900 Arkadelphia Road 

Birmingham, AL 35254

Or by fax: 

205-226-3074 

English Proficiency Test Score for International Students

International applicants are required to complete all of the secondary schoolings in an English medium – This must be verified, in writing, by a school official and present TOEFL, ESL, and/or SAT scores to demonstrate English proficiency. The minimum required scores by the university are:

TestMinimum Score Required
IELTS81
TOEFL6.5
Pearson Test of English58
SAT510
ACT22

Visa Process for International Students

As COVID-19 impacts international students and the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified schools, SEVP is yet to provide further information on international travel and visa-related processes. For more information, go to US Government Student Visa 

However, the regular process is mentioned below as follows : 

International applicants can apply for a student visa to study in the USA right after an application letter is issued. Students whose applications have been approved will be issued the I-20 Form. 

The I-20 form can be obtained via FedEx, once the admissions process is completed. 

Any questions regarding the I-20 can be directed towards the Admission's Office Of BSC admiss@bsc.edu 

Aspirants will be required to submit the following documents while applying for a visa:

  • Valid Passport
  • Visa
  • Proof of Health Insurance/Verification Form
  • I-94
  • Current United States Address and Phone Number
  • Original I-20
  • Receipt of 200 USD for I-901 Fee Payment

After the submission of the completed I-20 form and payment of SEVIS fee, students can 

schedule an interview with the nearest US embassy.

Birmingham Southern College Undergraduate Admissions

Birmingham Southern College offers over offers Bachelor's Degree Courses in Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Economics, Engineering, Psychology, and many more courses. Aspirants are required to submit transcripts while filling the application online. Where to Apply: Online Application portal

Application Fee: 50 USD

Admission Requirements: Applicants must submit the following documents at the time of admission:

  • Official High School Transcripts translated to English
  • Official Scores of English Proficiency Test like TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, ACT
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • An essay or Personal Statement
  • Copy of a Valid Passport
  • Documentation of Financial Support (Signed Affidavit as well as a bank statement showing a minimum balance of the cost of attendance, $30,640 USD)

Here are specific academic requirements for some of the popular undergraduate programs offered by Birmingham Southern College :

RequirementsBusiness AdministrationBiologyMathematicsPsychologyFine Arts
Application Fee50 USD50 USD50 USD50 USD50 USD
Transcripts RequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired
EssayRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired
RecommendationRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired
Admission InterviewCompulsoryCompulsoryCompulsoryCompulsoryCompulsory

The processing of applications usually ranges from 2-4 weeks depending upon the type of application process the student has applied through. Students are recommended to submit all required documents and transcripts online. Students are usually informed about the status of their admission through email and on the given notification deadline. In view of the Covid-19 crisis, the deadlines and processes might be subjected to change, applicants are suggested to check BSC's website for updates.

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