Alabama Colleges Summary

More than a dozen universities in Alabama are available to provide both undergraduate and graduate education to students. From locations as varied as Athens, Huntsville and Jacksonsville, many of these universities offer campus-based and online access to public education. The state's public community colleges and technical schools also provide diverse technical and career-oriented programs. Students looking for additional options through colleges in Alabama may be interested in private schools that range from the all-female Judson College to Huntsville Bible College, which offers choices in ministry and biblical studies, and even some online coursework.

Credit Transfer and Reciprocation Agreements

Alabama participates in the Academic Common Market (ACM), which means that academic degree programs are shared across Southern states allowing students across borders to receive in-state tuition. These programs are managed through the Southern Regional Educational Board, composed of more than a dozen states. Students also can use the STARS System to transfer from a two-year public school in the state to a public four-year school -- to the major of their choice -- without any loss of credit.

Alabama Colleges: A Few Highlights

Auburn University, a public research school, was established in 1856 and offers more than 140 majors and 300 students clubs and organizations. The school's mascot is even a "mischievous" tiger named Aubie (not real, of course!) The Alabama Community College System includes schools like Coastal Alabama Community College, which has several different campus sites in the state as well as transfer agreements with two nearby universities. Northeast Alabama Community College, another one of the community colleges in Alabama, provides diverse learning opportunities that range from tech education to the natural sciences.

For more details on public institutions of higher education in Alabama, see


  • About Judson, Judson College, Accessed March 2018,
  • Academic Programs, Huntsville Bible College, Accessed March 2018,
  • Coastal Alabama Community College, Accessed March 2018,
  • Northeast Alabama Community College, Accessed March 2018,
  • Quick Facts, Auburn University, Accessed March 2018,

Education Institutes in Alabama
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Alabama
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,
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Colleges and Universities in Alabama
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
The University of AlabamaTuscaloosa38,390Four or more years$10,780203
Auburn UniversityAuburn30,440Four or more years$11,276234
University of Alabama at BirminghamBirmingham21,923Four or more years$8,568162
Columbia Southern UniversityOrange Beach21,104Four or more years$5,53550
Troy UniversityTroy16,981Four or more years$8,90891
University of South AlabamaMobile14,834Four or more years$8,396107
John C Calhoun State Community CollegeTanner9,736At least 2 but less than 4 years$4,82034
University of Alabama in HuntsvilleHuntsville9,736Four or more years$10,71499
Jefferson State Community CollegeBirmingham9,078At least 2 but less than 4 years$4,80045
Jacksonville State UniversityJacksonville8,479Four or more years$8,76074
University of North AlabamaFlorence7,488Four or more years$10,14278
Coastal Alabama Community CollegeBay Minette7,419At least 2 but less than 4 years$4,74062
Alabama A & M UniversityNormal6,106Four or more years$9,74458
Samford UniversityBirmingham5,619Four or more years$31,650134
Auburn University at MontgomeryMontgomery5,211Four or more years$8,40463

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,