Montgomery represents a blend of Southern history and modern innovation. Students attending colleges in Montgomery can find an interesting dining scene, live local music and Riverwalk, an events and activity space along the Alabama River. They can also participate in recreational activities in the city's parks, trails and on the river. The cost of living — including housing costs are historically lower than the national average, helping to make Montgomery an affordable place for students and residents alike.
Secondary students attending Montgomery Public Schools may participate in dual enrollment and dual credit programs to earn college credit while working toward their high school diploma.
H. Councill Trenholm State Community College has roots in the River Region that date back 50-plus years. Students can acquire technical training in culinary arts, office administration and accounting, graphic design, computer science, architecture, automotive technology and construction trades.
At Fortis College, a private school with two locations in Montgomery, the certificate and associate degree programs focus on pharmacy technician training, nursing, medical and dental assisting, and HVAC, among others.
There is a well-rounded group of universities in Montgomery. Here are a few highlights about some of them.
Alabama State University's predecessor, the Lincoln School, was founded in 1867 by nine freed slaves. It soon became the nation's first state-sponsored liberal arts college for the higher education of African Americans.
Auburn University at Montgomery offers a comprehensive selection of degree programs — and some fun traditions such as Shriek Week to celebrate Halloween.
There are two private Christian colleges in Montgomery. Faulkner University has a liberal-arts focus and its most popular majors are in business, human resources and criminal justice/safety. At Huntingdon College, founded in 1854, students can cheer for its numerous NCAA-Division III intercollegiate teams.
Students seeking advanced degrees at universities in Montgomery also have multiple choices. A number of master's and doctoral programs are available for those seeking careers in healthcare professions.
The most popular graduate degrees awarded by Alabama State University are occupational therapy and physical therapy. And at Southern University, family practice nursing and healthcare administration are the top picks. At Faulkner University, mental health counseling tops the list.
To learn about more higher education opportunities in the state, we provide an extensive list of Alabama Colleges.