Birmingham-Southern College Summary

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Basic Statistics

Location
Birmingham, AL
Website
www.bsc.edu
Full-Time Undergrads
1,295
Part-Time Undergrads
10
Setting
Mid-sized city
In-State Tuition
$29,600
Out-of-State Tuition
$29,600
Room & Board
$10,700
Acceptance Rate
65 %
Admission Difficulty
Average
Average SAT Scores
1500–1803
Average ACT Scores
23–29

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Teachers that actually speak English
  • SoCo
  • E-fest
  • Starbucks coffee

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Finding a parking spot
  • Meal plans
  • Living in the ghetto
  • Cultural events

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

When people reflect on their college experience at Birmingham-Southern, they usually talk about what great opportunities they have access to, and what an outstanding education they're receiving. For the price of the school, there's got to be some kind of long-term benefit. It's no secret that if you graduate from BSC, then you're pretty much guaranteed to get a job in the metro area right out of college. Students also talk about the lifelong friendships they formed, and all the different kinds of people they met while at Southern. It's the kind of place that alumni love to come back to and reminisce about, as well as encourage their kids to come.

The whole school feels like one big family. While there are struggles, it seems as though everyone at BSC is looking to improve upon their mistakes and make it a place that everyone can enjoy. The administration is always changing curriculum to fit the needs of the students, and the students are always challenging the faculty in order to improve upon the status quo. Academics are a high priority at Southern, but it's still possible to have a life while you're here, as well. BSC is an exception to most of the stereotypes for the region, because it is always growing and changing. Some people come to the South and expect to find people in the Dark Ages. At BSC, however, it's clear that people are looking towards the future.

Birmingham-Southern Student Reviews

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I am absolutely in love with BSC. I was impressed by what I found researching it on the website. But when I visited, I knew without a doubt that this was where I belong. The atmosphere here is one of acceptance and care. The small class sizes are a huge plus for me and he staff want you to do well. The completely fenced in campus along with the responsive, kind security make me feel safe and secure and the students and staff make me feel like family.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: BSC has a little bit of everyone and everywhere. The diversity on campus is wide and everyone gets along with everyone. There is a welcoming and accepting tone the minute you enter the campus. All the students and staff welcome anyone and everyone with open arms and it takes no time for you to feel at home.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The college is fairly generous with financial aid. I was given about half of the funds I needed in merit based aid. The remainder was covered by need based aid also from the college and a few manageable loans. The financial planning team at BSC made the whole process very simple and easy. I had my award letter within weeks of submitting my FAFSA.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus always has security guards on duty 24/7. And they are super helpful and friendly. They'll even help you off campus if you call them. The campus has public phones that students can use to call security whenever they need them. The security officers will bring you back to campus after a night on the town or walk you back to your dorm after a late night study session.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There is a lot of variety in the Norton dining hall. They have just about everything you could want to eat including vegetarian dishes. My personal favorite is the make your own Caesar salad bar. And there's plenty of space so finding a seat is no problem.

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