2022 best colleges in Alabama best-colleges

On top of quality academics, Alabama universities like the University of Alabama and Auburn University are best known for their competitive athletic programs. Sports fans will also find the first and only sports-focused institution in the country, the United States Sports Academy, which provides accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees in fields like sports coaching and recreation management. While the state leaves a lot to be desired in terms of liberal arts colleges, it does feature high-quality religious institutions, including Samford University and Birmingham Southern College. 

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Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

Degree premium: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state. This is called “Vs. state average” in school profiles below.

Ranking: The payback rate is divided by the degree premium (set as a percentage), the lower the number the higher the rank. (i.e. payback=1, degree premium 20% higher than state school median: 1/120% = .883.

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#1 in Alabama

University of Alabama in Huntsville

Huntsville, Alabama

Admission rate: 78%

Grad rate: 54%

Net cost: $15,860

Payback: 2.4 Years

Earnings: $54,361

Vs. state average: + $10,998

Economic score: 1.91

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#2 in Alabama

Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama

Admission rate: 86%

Grad rate: 78%

Net cost: $24,104

Payback: 3.1 Years

Earnings: $56,933

Vs. state average: + $13,570

Economic score: 2.37

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#3 in Alabama

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Admission rate: 81%

Grad rate: 69%

Net cost: $22,597

Payback: 3.2 Years

Earnings: $52,751

Vs. state average: + $9,388

Economic score: 2.64

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#4 in Alabama

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama

Admission rate: 81%

Grad rate: 57%

Net cost: $16,953

Payback: 3.2 Years

Earnings: $46,990

Vs. state average: + $3,627

Economic score: 2.91

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#5 in Alabama

Samford University

Birmingham, Alabama

Admission rate: 84%

Grad rate: 70%

Net cost: $29,673

Payback: 4.0 Years

Earnings: $53,223

Vs. state average: + $9,860

Economic score: 3.27

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#6 in Alabama

Birmingham-Southern College

Birmingham, Alabama

Admission rate: 61%

Grad rate: 67%

Net cost: $22,107

Payback: 3.9 Years

Earnings: $50,775

Vs. state average: + $7,412

Economic score: 3.35

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#7 in Alabama

University of South Alabama

Mobile, Alabama

Admission rate: 74%

Grad rate: 47%

Net cost: $15,501

Payback: 3.5 Years

Earnings: $43,123

Vs. state average: - $240

Economic score: 3.49

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#8 in Alabama

Spring Hill College

Mobile, Alabama

Admission rate: 55%

Grad rate: 56%

Net cost: $22,221

Payback: 4.4 Years

Earnings: $47,960

Vs. state average: + $4,597

Economic score: 3.95

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#9 in Alabama

University of North Alabama

Florence, Alabama

Admission rate: 83%

Grad rate: 51%

Net cost: $14,130

Payback: 3.9 Years

Earnings: $39,316

Vs. state average: - $4,047

Economic score: 4.33

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#10 in Alabama

University of Mobile

Mobile, Alabama

Admission rate: 67%

Grad rate: 59%

Net cost: $17,122

Payback: 4.1 Years

Earnings: $40,280

Vs. state average: - $3,083

Economic score: 4.47

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#11 in Alabama

Huntingdon College

Montgomery, Alabama

Admission rate: 55%

Grad rate: 50%

Net cost: $21,486

Payback: 4.7 Years

Earnings: $45,389

Vs. state average: + $2,026

Economic score: 4.48

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#12 in Alabama

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, Alabama

Admission rate: 64%

Grad rate: 48%

Net cost: $15,559

Payback: 4.4 Years

Earnings: $39,354

Vs. state average: - $4,009

Economic score: 4.90

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#13 in Alabama

University of Montevallo

Montevallo, Alabama

Admission rate: 61%

Grad rate: 50%

Net cost: $16,435

Payback: 4.5 Years

Earnings: $38,378

Vs. state average: - $4,985

Economic score: 5.08

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#14 in Alabama

Tuskegee University

Tuskegee, Alabama

Admission rate: 62%

Grad rate: 64%

Net cost: $34,575

Payback: 7.5 Years

Earnings: $44,419

Vs. state average: + $1,056

Economic score: 7.32

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#15 in Alabama

Oakwood University

Huntsville, Alabama

Admission rate: 89%

Grad rate: 50%

Net cost: $24,274

Payback: 7.3 Years

Earnings: $37,922

Vs. state average: - $5,441

Economic score: 8.39

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#16 in Alabama

Judson College

Marion, Alabama

Admission rate: 57%

Grad rate: 45%

Net cost: $16,827

Payback: 11.3 Years

Earnings: $29,569

Vs. state average: - $13,794

Economic score: 16.63

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#17 in Alabama

Amridge University

Montgomery, Alabama

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: 36%

Net cost: $8,705

Payback: 2.8 Years

Earnings: $37,895

Vs. state average: - $5,468

Economic score: 3.20

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#18 in Alabama

Auburn University at Montgomery

Montgomery, Alabama

Admission rate: 96%

Grad rate: 38%

Net cost: $13,987

Payback: 3.8 Years

Earnings: $41,679

Vs. state average: - $1,684

Economic score: 3.96

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#19 in Alabama

Troy University

Troy, Alabama

Admission rate: 93%

Grad rate: 37%

Net cost: $14,285

Payback: 3.9 Years

Earnings: $39,339

Vs. state average: - $4,024

Economic score: 4.33

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#20 in Alabama

Faulkner University

Montgomery, Alabama

Admission rate: 76%

Grad rate: 42%

Net cost: $20,715

Payback: 5.4 Years

Earnings: $39,437

Vs. state average: - $3,926

Economic score: 5.97

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