Best colleges in Alabama

Discover the best colleges in Alabama, including University of Alabama and Auburn University, renowned for their academic excellence and top-notch athletic programs. Alabama is home to the United States Sports Academy, the only sports-focused institution in the nation. The state also offers several respected religiously affiliated colleges, such as Samford University and Birmingham Southern College.

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#1 in Alabama | #41 in Liberal Arts

Birmingham, Southern College

Birmingham, Alabama

Economic score 2.68

Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

Cost $19,808

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Earnings $50,775

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

Graduation rate 69%

Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

#2 in Alabama | #198 in National Universities
Economic score 2.89

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Cost $17,208

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Earnings $54,361

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

Graduation rate 60%

Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

#3 in Alabama | #230 in National Universities

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Economic score 3.15

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Cost $20,917

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Earnings $52,751

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

Graduation rate 71%

Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

#4 in Alabama | #231 in National Universities

Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama

Economic score 3.17

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Cost $24,018

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Earnings $56,933

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

Graduation rate 79%

Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

#5 in Alabama | #234 in National Universities
Economic score 3.19

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Cost $16,530

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Earnings $46,990

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

Graduation rate 63%

Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

#6 in Alabama | #340 in National Universities
Economic score 4.33

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Cost $16,826

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Earnings $43,123

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

Graduation rate 51%

Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

#7 in Alabama
Economic score 4.35

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Cost $13,699

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Earnings $39,316

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

Graduation rate 51%

Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

#8 in Alabama

Huntingdon College

Montgomery, Alabama

Economic score 4.44

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Cost $21,632

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Earnings $45,389

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

Graduation rate 50%

Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

#9 in Alabama | #353 in National Universities

Samford University

Birmingham, Alabama

Economic score 4.56

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Cost $30,072

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Earnings $53,223

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

Graduation rate 74%

Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

#10 in Alabama

University of Montevallo

Montevallo, Alabama

Economic score 6.06

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Cost $18,584

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Earnings $38,378

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

Graduation rate 57%

Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

#11 in Alabama

Faulkner University

Montgomery, Alabama

Economic score 6.36

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Cost $20,500

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Earnings $39,437

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

Graduation rate 60%

Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

#12 in Alabama

University of Mobile

Mobile, Alabama

Economic score 7.59

Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

Cost $23,416

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Earnings $40,280

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

Graduation rate 54%

Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

#13 in Alabama

Tuskegee University

Tuskegee, Alabama

Economic score 9.80

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Cost $36,528

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Earnings $44,419

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

Graduation rate 53%

Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

#14 in Alabama | #165 in Liberal Arts

Oakwood University

Huntsville, Alabama

Economic score 15.79

Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

Cost $26,953

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Earnings $37,922

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

Graduation rate 52%

Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

Economic score 4.07

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Cost $13,678

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Earnings $41,679

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

Graduation rate 40%

Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

Troy University

Troy, Alabama

Economic score 4.67

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Cost $14,992

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Earnings $39,339

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

Graduation rate 48%

Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, Alabama

Economic score 5.58

Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

Cost $17,523

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Earnings $39,354

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

Graduation rate 48%

Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

University of West Alabama

Livingston, Alabama

Economic score 6.39

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Cost $16,747

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Earnings $35,767

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

Graduation rate 37%

Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

Economic score 7.32

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Cost $15,529

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Earnings $36,339

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

Graduation rate 35%

Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

Miles College

Fairfield, Alabama

Economic score 12.13

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Cost $14,912

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Earnings $30,470

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

Graduation rate 29%

Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

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Average income based on education level

The following figures are the average salaries in Alabama for each level of education.

Average Income

The average income of people in this state with a high-school diploma, certificate, associate degree, bachelor’s degree, or master’s degree, 10 years after enrollment, based on 2021-2022 CSC data.

HS Diploma $22,000
Certificate N/A
Associate N/A
Bachelor $44,122
Master $69,191

Cost of attending college in Alabama

In-state-tuition $14,996

The average in-state tuition, before financial aid, of all 4-year institutions in the state. Includes public, private, online, on-campus, non-profit, and for-profit institutions. Based on 2021-2022 CSC data.

Out-of-state-tuition $19,618

The average tuition for out-of-state students, before financial aid of all 4-year institutions in the state. Includes public, private, online, on-campus, non-profit, and for-profit institutions. Based on 2021-2022 CSC data.

Most popular degrees in Alabama

In Florida the most popular degrees are Business Administration, Registered Nursing, and Education. To create this list, we complied and analyzed data from IPEDS and College Scorecard

They both provide information on how many graduates each program has annually. The list below is both undergraduate- and graduate-level programs.  

Fastest growing careers

Alabama job growth 6.3%

Nurse Practitioners
53.6%
Epidemiologists
50%
Occupational Therapy Assistants
37.8%
Physical Therapist Assistants
36.8%
Physician Assistants
36.2%
Orthotists and Prosthetists
33.3%
Information Security Analysts
32.1%
Statisticians
31.8%
Medical and Health Services Managers
31.8%
Industrial Engineers
25.6%

Best bachelor’s degrees in Alabama

These majors are most likely to pay off economically after graduation.

Best colleges for social mobility in Alabama

Higher education is supposed to act as an economic elevator that lifts students from low-income households into the middle class. But not all colleges do this: unfortunately, many of the nation’s most “prestigious” schools accept very few students from low-income backgrounds. 

To determine what colleges are doing the best job at lifting students out of poverty, we have devised a Social Mobility Index (SMI).  

The best colleges for social mobility in Alabama are shown below.

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