Birmingham Southern College

Birmingham Southern College

Birmingham-Southern College, or BSC, traces its roots to the Southern University which was established in 1856. The Birmingham College which was founded in 1898, merged with the Southern University in 1918 to form the Birmingham-Southern College. The campus of BSC is located on 192 acres of land in Birmingham, Alabama.

Birmingham-Southern College offers bachelor's degrees in over 50 programs of study. Students can choose from courses in the fields of behavioral and social sciences, business, education, fine and performing arts, humanities, science, and mathematics.

The athletics department of BSC fields teams in baseball, basketball, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, track and field, tennis, softball, and volleyball. Nicknamed the Panthers, the teams compete in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. The college also publishes a monthly email newsletter called 'From The Hilltop'.

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Birmingham Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Road
Birmingham , AL 35254
General Phone: (205) 226-4600

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Birmingham Southern Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts88Latin American studies, German language, French language, Spanish language, English, interdisciplinary studies, economics, international relations, political science, ...
Business and Management74business management, accounting, international business
Science44biology, biochemistry, biopsychology, chemistry, physics
Therapy and Counseling29psychology
Education and Teaching17secondary teaching, teacher ed, art education, music teaching, education courses
Fine Arts17fine arts, art history and criticism, painting, sculpture, fine arts studies
Music9music, music theory and composition, piano, voice, various music studies
Mathematics8mathematics, mathematics and computer science
Religion and Philosophy6philosophy, religion
Drama and Performing Arts5dance, drama
Computer Science and Engineering4computer science
Photography and Commercial Art1film and photography
Art Studies0art studies

Number of programs and degrees for Birmingham Southern in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree29045
Master's degree162

Birmingham Southern Student Body

In 2007-2008, Birmingham Southern had a total enrollment of 1,389 students (1,332 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 53%
Women 47%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 96%
Graduate 4%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 84%
Black 6%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 3%
American Indian 4%
Unknown 2%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 48%
20-21 38%
22-24 9%
25-29 1%
30-34 1%
35-39 1%
40-49 1%
50-64 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%
North Carolina1%
South Carolina1%

Birmingham Southern Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 80 %

Birmingham Southern Room and Board (2007)

Birmingham Southern offers campus housing for 1,420 of its 1,332 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Birmingham, Alabama for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Alabama Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Birmingham Southern Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal520640
SAT Math510630
ACT Verbal2331
ACT Math2128
ACT Composite2328

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT49%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT86%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Birmingham Southern Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 25,586
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 25,586
Room and board $ 9,105
Room charge $ 5,245
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,860
Books and supplies $ 1,100
Other expenses $ 900

Financial Aid:
Birmingham Southern participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 101200)

Birmingham Southern Faculty

Birmingham Southern has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year31$83,06614$77,937
Associate professoracademic year17$67,86016$62,680
Assistant professoracademic year4$49,31310$51,041
Instructoracademic year2*3$35,972
Lectureracademic year3$37,8592*
No academic rankacademic year1*0*
All faculty totalacademic year58$71,64345$61,753

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Birmingham Southern Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
Basketball Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
Track Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports4366109

Birmingham Southern Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Education, Other
Music Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

Engineering, General

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Latin American Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, General

Music Theory and Composition
Music, General
Music, Other
Piano and Organ
Voice and Opera

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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