In the state of Alabama there are currently fourteen public universities as well as seventeen private ones that offer undergraduate bachelor degrees to students. The reputations of these institutions vary, with some of them high tiered while the most are lower tiered. Knowing which ones are the best to choose from may help for students to not only ensure they receive a quality education, but may also place them at an advantage once they graduate and head out into the workplace*.
Here are four of the top schools from around the state**:
Located in the medium-sized city of Auburn, this university is widely considered the best institution of higher learning in the state. They offer over 140 different degree programs to choose from, as well as hundreds of student clubs and organizations to help foster a healthy balance between academic study and student life. Fields of study include agriculture, engineering, liberal arts, science, and mathematics. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)***.
Birmingham Southern College
BSC is a private liberal arts school located in the largest city in the state. They currently offer five types of bachelor's degree in over fifty programs. In total, over forty different degrees are available. Fields of study which are available include liberal arts, economics, foreign languages, math and science, and religion among many others. The school is also accredited by the SACS and is a member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities****.
Samford is the largest private Christian university in the state, also located in Birmingham. The school boasts a respectable student to faculty ratio of 12/1 and was recently ranked third among southern regional universities offering undergraduate studies by US News and World Report. Sixty five different bachelor degrees are offered in areas such as liberal arts, business, divinity, nursing, and education. Like the majority of Alabama schools, public and private, Samford is accredited by the SACS as well*****.
Spring Hill College
This Jesuit Catholic institution was founded in 1830 and is located in the affluent Mobile, Alabama neighborhood of Spring Hill. Recently it was ranked fourteenth on a list of top colleges located in the South according to the editors at US News and World Report. Approximately forty-five different bachelor degrees are offered in various disciplines including business, communications, international studies, philosophy and religion, science, and education. Like the other universities and colleges on this list, it is also accredited by the SACS and is a member of the Council of Independent Colleges**.
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*For more information, please visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alabama#Education
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***For more information, please visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auburn_University
****For more information, please visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birmingham_Southern_College
*****For more information, please visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samford_University