Birmingham-Southern College

Birmingham, AL

Website: www.bsc.edu/

Private
Co-ed
1,231
Undergraduate
Students
(46.8%) 576 Women
(53.2%) 655 Men
Not reported
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
65% of 1,846 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
February 1

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.48
SAT Math
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
26 average
23-29 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$34,280
Tuition and Fees
$17,650
Room and Board
$12,300
Average Percent of Need Met
74%
Average Freshman Award
$31,335
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$30,084
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
4-1-4
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
86
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 22% of classes
10-19 students: 41% of classes
20-29 students: 32% of classes
30-39 students: 3% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
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Campus Life

Birmingham Population
212,413
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Birmingham
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
85% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Panther
Sororities
53% of women participate
Fraternities
35% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.9% American Indian/Alaskan Native
4.1% Asian
8.2% Black/African-American
2.6% Hispanic/Latino
0.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
82.8% White
0.9% Unknown
International Students
Not reported
First-Year Students Returning
85.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
Not reported
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
42%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
30.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics   2
Science   2
Foreign Language   2
Social Studies   2
History   2
Academic Electives   2

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Recommended March 1
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
900 Arkadelphia Road
City, State, Zip
Birmingham, AL 35254
Phone
(205) 226-4696
Fax
(205) 226-3074
E-mail
admission@bsc.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
February 1
Application Fee
$50
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
March 1
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 1
Early Decision Notification
December 1
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
November 15
Early Action Notification
December 15

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Recommended for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
1 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
65% of 1,846 applicants were admitted
Women
61% of 967 applicants were admitted
Men
70% of 879 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
333 (28%) of 1,202 admitted students enrolled
Women
136 (23%) of 590 admitted students enrolled
Men
197 (32%) of 612 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
Not reported
Early Action Admission Rate
Not reported
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.48
3.75 and Above
49%
3.50 - 3.74
23%
3.25 - 3.49
11%
3.00 - 3.24
9%
2.50 - 2.99
7%
2.00 - 2.49
1%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
26 average
23-29 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
20%
Score of 24 - 29
52%
Score of 18 - 23
27%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 29%
Top quarter: 61%
Top half: 82%
National Merit Scholar
0%
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$34,280
Tuition and Fees
$17,650
Room and Board
$12,300
Books and Supplies
$1,260
Other Expenses
$2,770
Payment Plans
 

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 1
Award Notification
On or about March 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 001012
Free
State Aid Form  

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
346 (99.1%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
280 (80.9%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
280 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
84 (30.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
74%
Average Award
$31,335
Need-Based Gift
Received by 172 (61.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,897
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 183 (65.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,951
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 280 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
66 (18.9%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $22,455

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
876 (68.9%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
747 (85.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
746 (99.9%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
230 (30.8%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
74%
Average Award
$32,882
Need-Based Gift
Received by 485 (65.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,431
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 582 (78.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,746
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 739 (99.1%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
521 (41.0%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $21,770

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
52%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$30,084
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
23.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
2.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Area/Ethnic Studies, Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Education, Engineering/Technologies, English, Foreign Languages, Health Fields, Home Economics, Humanities, International Studies, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Premedicine, Religion/Biblical Studies, Social Sciences
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Art/Fine Arts, Dance, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Junior Miss, Leadership, Memberships, Religious Involvement
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Adult Students, Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff, Ethnic Background, First-Generation College Students, International Students, Local/State Students, Previous College Experience, Relatives of Clergy, Religious Affiliation, Veterans, Veterans' Children
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
4-1-4
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Drawing
  • Economics, General
  • Education, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • History, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Keyboard Instruments
  • Mathematics, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Painting
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Law Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Printmaking
  • Psychology, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Sculpture
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
  • Voice and Opera
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Visual and performing arts, Biological/life sciences, Psychology
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering, nursing, environmental studies with Duke University, law with Cumberland School of Law
Special Programs
Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
86
Part-Time Faculty
28
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
73%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 22% of classes
10-19 students: 41% of classes
20-29 students: 32% of classes
30-39 students: 3% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 16% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 64% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 18% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 2% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
 
Computer Ownership
Students required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
306
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Not available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Not reported

Master's Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Birmingham Population
212,413
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Birmingham
Campus Size
196 acres

Weather

Temperature
31.3 average low in January, 87.4 average high in September
Rain
117 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
3 mile(s) from campus in Birmingham
Nearest Train Station
3 mile(s) from campus in Birmingham

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
85% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
15%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
vehicle safety inspections for students, emergency phone stations throughout campus

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Panther
School Colors
Black, gold, and white

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Basketball x   x  
Cheerleading x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Baseball     x  
Football     x  
Golf x   x  
Lacrosse x   x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Basketball x  
Cheerleading x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Baseball    
Football    
Golf x  
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Basketball x  
Cheerleading x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Baseball x  
Football x  
Golf x  
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, football, racquetball, soccer, softball, table tennis, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, student newspaper, national fraternities, national sororities, student government association, quest ii event programming, black student union, multi- cultural awareness organization, reformed university fellowship
Sororities
53% of women participate
Fraternities
35% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
1,231
Women
576 (46.8%)
Men
655 (53.2%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
1,208
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.9% American Indian/Alaskan Native
4.1% Asian
8.2% Black/African-American
2.6% Hispanic/Latino
0.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
82.8% White
0.9% Unknown
International Students.
Not reported
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
Not reported

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
85.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
Not reported
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
Not reported
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
65.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
42%
Average Starting Salary
42%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
30.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Business 2%
Law 4%
Theology 0.2%
Dentistry 0.2%
Arts and Sciences 8%
Medicine 6%
Veterinary Medicine 0.2%
Education 2%
Other 16%

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