2017 Best Colleges in Alabama – Top Rankings Overall, Categories and Salary Potential



Best colleges in Alabama – survey of rankings

We compiled top rankings for colleges and universities in Alabama from all major sources and reviewed the rankings on an overall basis, by categories and salary potential.

Overall

The list of best colleges in Alabama overall is based on a review of the sources provided. The methodology specified by each ranking source is set out below the table.

Criteria
Univer-sity of Ala-bama
Troy Univer-sity
Birming-ham Southern College
Auburn Univer-sity
Samford Univer-sity
Univer-sity of Alabama Birming-ham
Univer-sity of Mobile
University of Ala-bama Huntsville
Univer-sity of Monte-vello
Spring Hill College
Local AL Rank (1)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Local AL Rank (2)
1 7 8 2 4 Not Ranked 17 6 18 11
Website Rank (3)
2 7 3 1 6 3 20 4 17 15
Score
75.19 68.88 67.94 67.69 67.56 66.38 65.56 65.31 62.69 59.75
Cost
$$$$  $$$ $$$ $$$ $$$$ $$$ $$$$$ $$$ $$$ $$$
Grad-uation Rate
67% 35% 66% 68% 71% 48% 42% 47% 47% 62%
  1. Best Colleges.com (http://www.bestcolleges.com/features/best-colleges-in-alabama/) states that their ranking methodology of Alabama universities and colleges is based on “statistical data and a few consistently applied guiding principles including academic quality, affordability, and online competency“.
  2. US News Best Colleges’ ranking methodology criteria include the following:
    • Graduation and retention rates
    • Undergraduate academic reputation
    • Faculty resources
    • Faculty salary
    • Student selectivity
    • Acceptance rate
    • Financial resources
    • Graduation rate performance
    • Alumni giving rate
  3. UniRank University Ranking (http://www.4icu.org/us/alabama/) measures web metrics (totally unrelated to true academic ranking metrics) from 4 different web intelligence sources:
    • Moz Domain Authority
    • Alexa Global Rank
    • SimilarWeb Global Rank
    • Majestic Referring Domains
    • Majestic Trust Flow

Salary Potential

Best colleges in Alabama by salary potential sourced from PayScale, College Salary Report 2017, conducted from a survey of alumni salaries.

Rank
Name
Type
Early Career Pay
Mid-Career Pay
1 University of Alabama – Huntsville Campus State School, Research University $55,500 $94,000
2 Auburn University State School, Research University, For Sports Fans $48,700 $88,000
3 Samford University Private School, Religious, For Sports Fans $43,100 $82,600
4 University of Alabama – Main Campus State School, Research University, For Sports Fans $45,200 $77,200
5 Birmingham Southern College Private School, Liberal Arts School, Religious $40,200 $74,200
6 University of Alabama – Birmingham Campus State School, Research University, For Sports Fans $45,300 $71,500
7 Troy University State School, For Sports Fans $38,600 $68,500
8 Tuskegee University Private School $53,300 $68,300
9 Jacksonville State University (JSU) State School, For Sports Fans $40,300 $67,100
10 Alabama A&M University (AAMU) State School, For Sports Fans $45,700 $66,800

 

All Universities and Colleges in Alabama

List of all universities and colleges in Alabama sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics 2017, Institution type definitions, College Navigator.

Name
Address
Type
Awards offered
Campus setting
Campus housing
Student population
Under-grad-uate students
Grad-uation Rate
Alabama A & M University 4900 Meridian Street, Normal, Alabama 35762 4-year, Public Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree; Post-master’s certificate; Doctor’s degree – research/ scholarship City: Midsize Yes 5628 4505 0.31
Alabama State University 915 S Jackson Street, Montgomery, Alabama 36104-0271 4-year, Public Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree; Post-master’s certificate; Doctor’s degree – research/ scholarship; Doctor’s degree – professional practice City: Midsize Yes 5383 4764 0.27
Amridge University 1200 Taylor Rd, Montgomery, Alabama 36117-3553 4-year, Private not-for-profit Associate’s degree; Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree; Doctor’s degree – research/ scholarship City: Midsize No 627 308 0.4
Athens State University 300 N Beaty St, Athens, Alabama 35611 4-year, Public Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree Town: Fringe No 3041 3041 NA
Auburn University Auburn, Alabama 36849 4-year, Public Bachelor’s degree; Post-baccalaureate certificate; Master’s degree; Post-master’s certificate; Doctor’s degree – research/ scholarship; Doctor’s degree – professional practice; Doctor’s degree – other City: Small Yes 27287 21786 0.73
Auburn University at Montgomery 7440 East Drive, Montgomery, Alabama 36117-3596 4-year, Public Less than one year certificate; Bachelor’s degree; Post-baccalaureate certificate; Master’s degree; Doctor’s degree – research/ scholarship City: Midsize Yes 4919 4257 0.2
Birmingham Southern College 900 Arkadelphia Road, Birmingham, Alabama 35254 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor’s degree City: Midsize Yes 1346 1346 0.61
Brown Mackie College-Birmingham 105 Vulcan Road, Suite 100, Birmingham, Alabama 35209-4701 4-year, primarily associate’s, Private for-profit One but less than two years certificate; Associate’s degree; Bachelor’s degree Suburb: Large No 619 619 NA
Columbia Southern University 21982 University Lane, Orange Beach, Alabama 36561-9000 4-year, Private for-profit Less than one year certificate; Associate’s degree; Bachelor’s degree; Post-baccalaureate certificate; Master’s degree; Doctor’s degree – research/ scholarship Town: Fringe No 20823 15152 0.31
Concordia College Alabama 1712 Broad Street, Selma, Alabama 36701 4-year, primarily associate’s, Private not-for-profit Associate’s degree; Bachelor’s degree Town: Distant Yes 487 487 0.21
Faulkner University 5345 Atlanta Hwy, Montgomery, Alabama 36109-3390 4-year, Private not-for-profit Associate’s degree; Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree; Doctor’s degree – research/ scholarship; Doctor’s degree – professional practice City: Midsize Yes 3262 2564 0.21
Heritage Christian University 3625 Helton Dr, Florence, Alabama 35630-9977 4-year, Private not-for-profit Associate’s degree; Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree City: Small Yes 92 58 0
Herzing University-Birmingham 280 West Valley Ave, Birmingham, Alabama 35209 4-year, primarily associate’s, Private for-profit Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate’s degree; Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree Suburb: Large No 370 361 0.42
Huntingdon College 1500 East Fairview Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama 36106-2148 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor’s degree City: Midsize Yes 1166 1166 0.41
Huntsville Bible College 906 Oakwood Ave, Huntsville, Alabama 35811-1632 4-year, Private not-for-profit One but less than two years certificate; Associate’s degree; Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree City: Midsize No 161 133 1
Jacksonville State University 700 Pelham Road North, Jacksonville, Alabama 36265 4-year, Public Bachelor’s degree; Post-baccalaureate certificate; Master’s degree; Post-master’s certificate; Doctor’s degree – research/ scholarship City: Small Yes 8314 7383 0.31
Judson College 302 Bibb St, Marion, Alabama 36756 4-year, Private not-for-profit Associate’s degree; Bachelor’s degree Rural: Remote Yes 374 374 0.41
Miles College 5500 Myron Massey Blvd, Fairfield, Alabama 35064-2621 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor’s degree Suburb: Large Yes 1873 1873 0.2
Oakwood University 7000 Adventist Blvd NW, Huntsville, Alabama 35896 4-year, Private not-for-profit Associate’s degree; Bachelor’s degree; Post-baccalaureate certificate; Master’s degree City: Midsize Yes 1749 1703 0.42
Samford University 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, Alabama 35229-2240 4-year, Private not-for-profit One but less than two years certificate; Bachelor’s degree; Post-baccalaureate certificate; Master’s degree; Post-master’s certificate; Doctor’s degree – research/ scholarship; Doctor’s degree – professional practice Suburb: Large Yes 5206 3168 0.74
South University-Montgomery 5355 Vaughn Rd, Montgomery, Alabama 36116 4-year, Private for-profit Associate’s degree; Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree; Post-master’s certificate; Doctor’s degree – professional practice City: Midsize No 581 460 0.07
Southeastern Bible College 2545 Valleydale Road, Birmingham, Alabama 35244-2083 4-year, Private not-for-profit One but less than two years certificate; Associate’s degree; Bachelor’s degree Suburb: Large Yes 151 151 0.25
Spring Hill College 4000 Dauphin St, Mobile, Alabama 36608-1791 4-year, Private not-for-profit Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Bachelor’s degree; Post-baccalaureate certificate; Master’s degree; Post-master’s certificate City: Midsize Yes 1479 1352 0.53
Stillman College 3601 Stillman Boulevard, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor’s degree City: Small Yes 895 895 0.23
Strayer University-Alabama 3570 Grandview Pkwy Ste 200, Birmingham, Alabama 35243 4-year, Private for-profit Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate’s degree; Bachelor’s degree; Post-baccalaureate certificate; Master’s degree City: Midsize No 810 442 0
Talladega College 627 W Battle St, Talladega, Alabama 35160 4-year, Private not-for-profit Associate’s degree; Bachelor’s degree Town: Distant Yes 989 989 0.37
The University of Alabama 739 University Blvd, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487-0166 4-year, Public Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree; Post-master’s certificate; Doctor’s degree – research/ scholarship; Doctor’s degree – professional practice City: Small Yes 37098 31958 0.67
Troy University University Avenue, Troy, Alabama 36082-0001 4-year, Public Associate’s degree; Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree; Post-master’s certificate; Doctor’s degree – professional practice Rural: Fringe Yes 17765 14190 0.33
Tuskegee University Kresge Center, 3rd Floor, Tuskegee, Alabama 36088-1920 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree; Doctor’s degree – research/ scholarship; Doctor’s degree – professional practice Town: Distant Yes 2996 2486 0.45
United States Sports Academy One Academy Drive, Daphne, Alabama 36526-7055 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree; Doctor’s degree City: Small No 319 129 NA
University of Alabama at Birmingham Administration Bldg Suite 1070, Birmingham, Alabama 35294-0110 4-year, Public One but less than two years certificate; Two but less than 4 years certificate; Bachelor’s degree; Post-baccalaureate certificate; Master’s degree; Post-master’s certificate; Doctor’s degree – research/ scholarship; Doctor’s degree – professional practice; Doctor’s degree – other City: Midsize Yes 18333 11511 0.55
University of Alabama in Huntsville 301 Sparkman Dr, Huntsville, Alabama 35899 4-year, Public Less than one year certificate; Bachelor’s degree; Post-baccalaureate certificate; Master’s degree; Post-master’s certificate; Doctor’s degree – research/ scholarship; Doctor’s degree – professional practice City: Midsize Yes 7866 6013 0.49
University of Mobile 5735 College Parkway Drive, Mobile, Alabama 36613-2842 4-year, Private not-for-profit Associate’s degree; Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree Rural: Fringe Yes 1566 1442 0.45
University of Montevallo Station 6001, Montevallo, Alabama 35115-6000 4-year, Public Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree; Post-master’s certificate Suburb: Large Yes 3031 2564 0.45
University of North Alabama One Harrison Plaza, Florence, Alabama 35632-0001 4-year, Public Bachelor’s degree; Post-baccalaureate certificate; Master’s degree; Post-master’s certificate City: Small Yes 7078 6092 0.38
University of Phoenix-Alabama 100 Corporate Parkway, Birmingham, Alabama 35242-2982 4-year, Private for-profit Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree City: Small No 101 98 0.1
University of South Alabama 307 N University Blvd, Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002 4-year, Public Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Bachelor’s degree; Post-baccalaureate certificate; Master’s degree; Post-master’s certificate; Doctor’s degree – research/ scholarship; Doctor’s degree – professional practice City: Midsize Yes 16211 11524 0.36
University of West Alabama Station One, Livingston, Alabama 35470 4-year, Public Associate’s degree; Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree; Post-master’s certificate Rural: Remote Yes 4032 1915 0.29
Virginia College-Birmingham 488 Palisades Blvd., Birmingham, Alabama 35209 4-year, primarily associate’s, Private for-profit Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate’s degree; Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree City: Midsize No 2138 2077 0.11
Virginia College-Huntsville 2021 Drake Avenue, SW, Huntsville, Alabama 35801 4-year, primarily associate’s, Private for-profit Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate’s degree; Bachelor’s degree City: Midsize No 447 447 0.15

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