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Campus Quality


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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Overall the campus is quiet and beautiful. Very much caters to the students' needs.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Some of the dorms are very nice but you have to spend a lot of money to get into them. The greek life houses are very nice and so are the athletic facilities. Almost every facility on campus is in very good condition.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I feel as though I'm attending an SEC school but on a very smaller level. All the options I have would be offered at a very large school, but you can't find this level of personableness there.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Most of the buildings on campus are either on the newer side or have been recently renovated. Some of the highlights include a state-of-the-art science building, recently renovated student center, and brand new admissions building.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The facilities at BSC are impressive. In the past several years, the College has added 2 new dorms, an apartment community, a football stadium, a new gym, and a lake habitat. There is also a state-of-the-art science center, and renovations on our new all-you-can-eat Caf were finished earlier this semester.


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Nearly all the facilities at Birmingham-Southern are new or newly renovated. The Norton Student Center is the place for eating, socializing, finding books, buying necessities, and mailing letters home to mom and dad. Norton is usually the place on campus with the most activity, but not far behind is the Striplin Fitness Center. The equipment is new, and there are even reservable private rooms. IM sports are played there, and there is an indoor pool for relaxing. Nearly all of the academic buildings have been renovated, and the newest addition is the Elton B. Stephens Science Center that has high-quality labs and equipment. Furthermore, the staff at BSC is very good about maintaining all of the facilities. There are always people outside working on the grounds and perfecting the landscape, as well as a friendly maintenance crew that is quick to take care of problems. The administration has talked about a complete renovation of the dance and sports education buildings, as well as ongoing renovations for the dorms. There is always something that is being improved so that students can have access to the best facilities possible. Aside from the buildings on campus, students can also enjoy a striking view of the Birmingham cityscape that really enhances the aesthetic and overall appeal of the campus.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
192 acres
Student Centers
Norton Student Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Charles Andrew Rush Learning Center
  • N.E. Miles Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The Attic
  • Dorm quad
  • Frat Row
  • Intramural field
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
The Attic, located between Margaret Daniel and Cullen Daniel residence halls
Movie Theater on Campus
Norton Theater and the Harbert Auditorium can be reserved to show movies by contacting the Office of Special Events.
School Slang
  • The Battle: Nickname for Bill Battle Coliseum
  • Bush Hills, College Hills, Graymont: Neighborhoods surrounding the College
  • The Café: Refers to the main dining area on campus which is in the Norton Student Center and is actually called the Court
  • The Dungeon: Refers to the bottom floor of the Harbert building where the IT department is housed
  • East Buddha/BFE: Nickname that refers to how far away you end up parking your car
  • Ecoscape: One of several environmental projects that combines a garden with an innovative design; the original one is located behind the IM field.
  • The Gate: The gate that encloses campus and keeps all the bad guys out
  • Guard Shack: The location of the Campus Police Department in a small building at the entrance of the school
  • The Hilltop: Nickname for BSC, due to its location on top of a large hill
  • Interim: The yearly January term where students can travel or opt to take one class on campus
  • Maggie D: Nickname for Margaret Daniel, a building on campus
  • Munger: The name of the building that houses Munger Auditorium
  • North: Upperclassmen men's dorm, officially renamed Daniel Residence Hall
  • Norton: Refers to the Norton Student Center
  • Olin: Shortened name for the Olin Math and Computer Science building
  • The Quad: Grassy area located outside the dorms where students often meet or hang out
  • Shawty: The friendly homeless guy at the local BP
  • Simpson: The old Simpson school house building, located behind sorority town houses
  • Southern: A shortened version of the school's name, which is used regularly
  • Stephens, Science: Shortened names for the Elton B. Stephens Science Center
  • Tennis Courts: The former tennis courts, which now serve as a large parking lot for students
  • The View: A special section of the Hilltop News that covers issues in the surrounding neighborhoods
  • Awards Day: Before the end of each spring semester, there is a special awards ceremony that recognizes students and organizations that have demonstrated leadership or academic excellence over the last year. After the ceremony, everyone meets out on the Alumni Plaza for a picnic and live music provided by the BSC Jazz Band.
  • Bell Tower: Each year on the last day of class, seniors go to the bell tower on the academic quad and ring the bells to signify the end of their college journey.
  • Capping Ceremony: On graduation day, each senior is allowed to pick a special person to present them with their cap. Family members, professors, or friends ceremonially cap them to signify the special bond that has helped them get through college.
  • Dream Café: Dream Café is a special event that is held during Alumni Reunion Weekend that features acoustic music and other performances. It serves as a fundraiser for the service-learning and leadership studies programs.
  • E-Fest: A miniature fall version of SoCo, E-Fest is usually a chance for students to enjoy free music after their first big stint of school during the fall. It's a free concert and a great way to relax during the fall.
  • Greek Week: Each spring, fraternities and sororities get together to compete on the Quad in field games such as tug of war and pickup football games. Each fraternity and sorority is scored on each event, and there is a final winner chosen at the end of the day.
  • Guys Bid Day: Every year when the pledging season comes to a close and male pledges get a bid for a fraternity, the whole ceremony is followed by a huge party. In recent years, with the completion of New Fraternity Row, more space has given way to even more raucous behavior.
  • Halloween on the Hilltop: Every Halloween, neighborhood kids are invited to participate in a Halloween celebration involving a haunted house, carnival-style games, and a costume contest. Sororities and fraternities set up booths for the kids, and other organizations serve as chaperones and playmates for the kids.
  • The Honor Pledge: Before classes begin each fall, new students participate in a convocation where they ceremonially sign the Honor Pledge, and assert that they will follow it in the classroom and elsewhere on campus.
  • Honors Day: Honors Day is held each spring and is a culmination of the work done by seniors and other students throughout the year. Students give presentations all throughout the day that were sponsored by faculty members. Presentations range from biological studies to art exhibitions.
  • I*Jam: I*Jam is a recent tradition added to the BSC arsenal of musical festivities. This one-night event includes a hand-selected lineup of independent acts and is usually held in the old Simpson schoolhouse, now known as the Simpson building. The strange venue makes for an all-out party with a variety of people.
  • Interim Term: In January of each academic year, every student has the option of taking only one course or participating in an internship or study-abroad opportunity. The interim term is modeled after European institutions such as Cambridge and Oxford, which offer a special term for in-depth study.
  • SGA Christmas Party: Each year, around Greek formal time, the SGA hosts a Christmas party that features music, dancing, and optional formal attire. The party is open to everyone and is one opportunity for independents to go to a formal, as well.
  • SoCo: SoCo is BSC's two-night concert series that is a spring celebration of youth and entertainment. Formerly known as Southern Comfort, the festival name was recently shortened to "SoCo" in an effort to disassociate the event with the brand of liqueur that shares its name. Past guests have included 17th Floor, Sister Hazel, the North Mississippi All Stars, and Tonic.
  • Welcome Back Dinners : In the fall of every year, on one of the first nights after classes have started, the cafeteria caters a welcome-back dinner where students, faculty, and staff are invited to eat dinner with the entire campus community. The president gives his first address of the year to welcome students back to the Hilltop.
Urban Legends
  • BSC spends more money on landscaping annually than they do on dorm renovations.
  • The gate went up around the school after a female student was shot at during the 1970s.
  • There are wolves and other kinds of strange wildlife that mysteriously appear on campus.
  • There's an underground art gallery in New Men's Hall.
Favorite Things To Do
Students can be found enjoying one of four yearly productions provided by the College Theater, drinking Starbucks in the Attic, throwing a Frisbee on any available grassy area outside, or eating lunch under an umbrella in Alumni Plaza. You can work out or take a swim in Striplin Fitness Center, look at the current art exhibition at the Durbin Gallery, do the ropes course down at the Ecoscape (the outdoor classroom and garden), see the exhibit at the planetarium, or catch poetry readings and local bands at the Attic without ever leaving campus.
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 13 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 6 responses

  • 27% SoCo
  • 13% Bell Tower
  • 13% Honors Day
  • 13% E-Fest
  • 13% Interim Term
  • 7% The Honor Pledge
  • 7% SGA Christmas Party
  • 7% Guys Bid Day
  • 0% Capping Ceremony
  • 0% Greek Week
  • 0% Awards Day
  • 0% Dream Café
  • 0% I*Jam
  • 0% Welcome Back Dinners
  • 0% Halloween on the Hilltop

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 7 responses

  • 14% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 71% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 14% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 10 responses

  • 20% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 70% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 10% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 75% Read/walk/sit/talk/eat outside, take pictures
  • 12% Go to art exhibitions
  • 12% Play Frisbee


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