Birmingham Southern College

Institution Location

900 Arkadelphia Rd
Birmingham, AL 35204

Accrediting Agency

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
  • University Senate of the United Methodist Church
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
  • Alabama State Department of Education
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • American Council on Education, Annapolis Group
  • Association of Alabama Independent Colleges and Universities
  • More Online

Institution Type

  • Baccalaureate University/College (4 year)

Admission

Fall Deadline: November 15
Spring Deadline: February 1

Contact Info

Caroline McLean, International Student Coordinator
cemclean@bsc.edu
Phone: 205-226-7715
Fax: 205-226-3074
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About

  • Birmingham-Southern College is a four-year, private liberal arts institution founded in 1856 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church.
  • Location: 3 miles from downtown Birmingham, Alabama.
  • Enrollment: 1288 students from 35 states and 13 countries
  • Academic profile, class of 2020: High school core GPA of 3.7, average ACT score of 26
  • Faculty: 103 full-time and 48 part-time, 93 percent with a Ph.D. or highest degree in their field
  • Student/faculty ratio: 13:1
  • Average class size: 16
  • Academic calendar: 4-1-4; two semesters of four units each plus one Exploration Term course
  • Majors: 25 undergraduate majors, 25 minors, 10 special programs
  • History: Birmingham-Southern College is the result of a merger of Southern University, founded in Greensboro, Alabama, in 1856, with Birmingham College, opened in 1898 in Birmingham, Alabama. These two institutions were consolidated on May 30, 1918 under the name of Birmingham-Southern College.
  • Campus: 192 acres, including lake and urban environmental park

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  • Clubs and organizations: 80+
  • Athletics: 22 NCAA Division III varsity sports competing in the Southern Athletic Association
  • Academic consortia: Associated Colleges of the South (ACS); Birmingham Area Consortium of Higher Education (BACHE); National Council on Undergraduate Research, Council of Independent Colleges
  • National Honor Societies: Sheltering institution for a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, home to business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma; plus many more
  • Financial Aid: Birmingham-Southern is committed to making your education affordable. We are a need aware institution, which means that in the application process, we will ask for you to disclose your financial information. Based off of this information along with your full application, you will be eligible for merit-based scholarships and need-based financial aid through the college.

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Academics

Specialized Programs

  • Pre-Health
  • Pre-Law
  • Nursing dual-degree
  • Law dual-degree
  • Environmental Studies dual-degree
  • Distinction in Leadership Studies
  • Distinction in Poverty Studies
  • Distinction in Public Health

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Research Programs

Does your institution have a Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) Program for students?
Yes

Overview of the research emphasis of our institution/faculty/students

An overview of the Research Emphasis at our institution can be found here.

Research Area

Research opportunities are available in all areas of study.

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Internships/Cooperative Education (COOP)

Does your institution have an internship program?
Yes

Does your institution have a COOP program?
No

Does your institution support Curricular Practical Training (CPT)?
Yes


Education Abroad

Does your institution offer education abroad opportunities for all students?

  • Faculty led abroad
  • Short term abroad
  • Summer abroad
  • Semester abroad
  • Exchange abroad
  • Internships abroad
  • Work experience abroad
  • Service abroad
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Campus Life

Environment
Small, private, liberal arts college in located 2 miles out side of a major city.

Athletics
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Gold
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Softball
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Activities

Click here to learn more about student organizations, honor societies, interest groups, service groups, and Greek organizations.

Does your institution have a service learning/community service outreach program?

The Bunting Center for Engaged Study and Community Action programs include:

  • Ongoing community partnerships with service agencies in Birmingham that address a range of needs.
  • Annual Exploration Term projects and alternative springs breaks that offer intensive service experiences in diverse settings.
  • Classes in multiple disciplines that integrate service into the curriculum.
  • Other opportunities such as Outreach Days, clothing and meal card drives, and voter registration initiatives. Check out the links to the left to learn more about how you can get involved.

Student Organization Information

International Student/Faculty Organizations


Facilities

  • Single Sex Housing
  • Co-ed Housing
  • Single Occupancy
  • Double Occupancy
  • Suite Single Occupancy
  • Housing for Disabled Students
Academic Facilities Available

To take a virtual tour of our facilities, click here.


US Immigration Compliance Information

Does your institution issue I20 for F1 visa status and/or DS2019 for J1 visa status?
Yes

Does your institution offer US Immigration advising?

The Office of Multicultural Affairs, specifically the International Student Services Coordinator, works to make international students feel at home at BSC and assists with the immigration process, orientation, and support throughout your time on the Hilltop.

US Immigration Support Services


Cost and Financial Aid

International Student Costs

Category $ Per Year $ Per Semester
Undergraduate tuition (per semester)* -- $8177
Room and Board (per semester)* -- $6247
Required Fees (per year) $1297 --
Average Book Expense (per year) $1260 --

International Financial Aid

Does your institution offer financial aid (scholarships, institutional aid, etc.) for admitted international students?

Birmingham-Southern is committed to making your education affordable. We are a need aware institution, which means that in the application process, we will ask for you to disclose your financial information. Based off of this information along with your full application, you will be eligible for merit-based scholarships and need-based financial aid through the college.


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