Birmingham-Southern College: Narrative Description

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900 Arkadelphia Rd.
Birmingham, AL 35254
Tel: (205)226-4600
Free: 800-523-5793
Admissions: (205)226-4696
Fax: (205)226-3074
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Methodist, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1856. Setting: 196-acre urban campus. Endowment: $122.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $8290 per student. Total enrollment: 1,453. Faculty: 124 (96 full-time, 28 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 1,157 applied, 83% were admitted. 34% from top 10% of their high school class, 69% from top quarter, 90% from top half. 7 National Merit Scholars, 28 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,335 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 21 students, 43% women, 57% men. Students come from 31 states and territories, 22 other countries, 25% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 6% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.1% international, 1% 25 or older, 79% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 82% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at University of Alabama at Birmingham, Samford University, Miles College. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 12/1 for early action. Notification: continuous, 12/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $28,135 includes full-time tuition ($20,425), mandatory fees ($630), and college room and board ($7080). College room only: $5000. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $851 per credit hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 70 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 47% of eligible men and 58% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Southern Volunteer Services, Student Conservancy, Residence Hall Association. Major annual events: homecoming, Outreach Day, Entertainment Festival/Southern Comfort. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, vehicle safety inspection. 1,500 college housing spaces available; 1,122 were occupied in 2003-04. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Charles Andrew Rush Learning Center/N. E. Miles Library with 232,330 books, 34,552 microform titles, 949 serials, 31,471 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $853,400. 156 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Birmingham Southern College.

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