About Birmingham Southern College

Founded in 1856, Birmingham Southern College. is a Private college. Located in Alabama, which is a city setting in Alabama, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 1,293 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.

The Birmingham Southern College Academic calendar runs on a Four-one-four plan basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 13:1. There are 95 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Birmingham Southern College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate48%
Application Deadline
Application Fee50
SAT Range990-1180
ACT Range23-28

Admissions at BSC are considered More Selective, with ,14% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 9 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

88% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 65% were in the top quarter, and 31% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Birmingham Southern College.

Birmingham Southern College REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    29 Students rated on-campus housing 3.5 stars. 21 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    22 Students rated off-campus housing 2.7 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    30 Students rated campus food 3 stars. 7 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    30 Students rated campus facilities 4.2 stars. 50 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    30 Students rated class size 4.6 stars. 63 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    30 Students rated school activities 3.9 stars. 47 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    30 Students rated local services 3.6 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    30 Students rated academics 4.1 stars. 43 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Birmingham Southern College?

9 Students rated Birmingham Southern College

Nicole - 02/27/2020

I love Birmingham Southern. It is a campus where you feel overall safe and at home. The academics are important but also having fun! The professors are always welcoming and ready to answer any questions. There are multiple opportunities for internships and experiences all around. Overall Birmingham Southern is a school that prides itself on being home and school for students all over the county.

Isabella - 08/01/2019

I love Birmingham Southern College. It is a great campus, full of amazing people and professors who really care about you and your successes. There are so many opportunities on campus, you just have to find them. Its a small campus, either you know everyone or know of everyone.

Richelle - 07/18/2019

Overall, I absolutely love this college. I wish I was able to attend this upcoming fall. The students and faculties are so wonderful. They make everyone feel welcome,safe, and comfortable. Even though I only spend 3 days on campus, I can definitely say it felt like home away from home. And if you're seeking for a college that feels like family, stop looking because you already found it!

Tyler - 02/24/2019

I loved visiting BSC and look forward to being a student on campus in the fall. I will be working towards my pharmacy degree and also getting a minor in business while I’m at BSC. I will also be on the football team so I’m excited about joining the Panther family. I look forward to working with the coaching staff and the professors.

Birmingham Southern College FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Birmingham Southern College?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Birmingham Southern College is 48%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    When looking for a good college to attend, do not simply choose a place because of its name. Think about what it is that you want to get out of your college experience and make your decision from there. I chose a smaller college because I wanted to go somewhere where the professors would actually know my name and would care enough about my education to help me succeed. My college may not be known for its football team or 'ivy league status,' but it is definitely known for producing the most respected leaders and scholars of tomorrow. Once you have chosen the college you want to go to and have moved in on the first day, things may seem a little scary. That is okay. You will make friends and get involved and pretty soon, you will be the one comforting prospective students by telling them what an amazing experience college can be. It is important that you learn to make every effort to pay attention in class and get homework done. While college can be a lot of fun, you are also there to learn and to expand your education for the betterment of your future. Good luck!

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  3. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The school places a strong emphasis on diversity and multiculturalism, but many faculty and students can be hostile to Christian beliefs. The campus seems more concerned about getting a long than the truth.

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  4. What kind of person should attend this school?

    The people at Birmingham-Southern College are hard working, talented, and creative individuals. Each student dedicates much time and energy to each class he or she takes. When a students begins to struggle he/she does not give up. They work hard to give their all every day. It shows in each future career that Birmingham-Southern College graduates pursue. Hard workers willing to make great effort and wanting to pursue great challenges should attend this school.

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  5. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Mostly for two things. One for the Greek life, and two for the academic standing. BSC is known to be a high academic school with a lot of students participating in Greek Life.

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  6. What's unique about your campus?

    The academics at BSC are the best in the state. Through small class sizes, engaging professors, and dedicated students, every class offered here challenges students to learn more.

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  7. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Birmingham-Southern is a liberal arts college dedicated to helping shape its students into global citizens. There’s an incredible spirit on campus that inspires us to experience cultures, religions, languages and lifestyles different from our own. It teaches us to challenge ourselves and requires us to journey beyond our comfort zones. My college education at BSC has already changed my life and the direction it will take. I’m eager to immerse myself in other cultures, and I yearn for knowledge and growth. A college education is the key that will open the doors that lay before me.

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  8. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I had realized how quickly four years go by. I would want to know to carefully plan out the courses I wanted to take and the activities I wanted to participate in to ensure that I would not miss out on any opportunities.

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  9. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Birmingham Southern is a small liberal arts school that is focused on challenging its students in every way possible.

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  10. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    As (what I would consider) a very successful high school student, I feel I never found a successful way to learn and perform the best that I could at Birmingham-Southern. It's a very intimidating college as a new student and it seems that there is one type of student that they cater to help. Students that would be considered "brown-nosers" are the most successful. This was frustrating to me because extroversion is not one of my personality traits which kept me from standing out in a positive way.

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  11. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Someone who is not prepared to do a heavy amount of work in any class.

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  12. Describe the students at your school.

    Most of the students here on campus are civil but since it is such a small campus anything anyone does gets around to everyone in a very short amount of time. its like high school all over again (except for the education)

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  13. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    When I tell my friends about Birmingham-Southern College I like to tell them how challenging it is. Each class I took during the first semester of college took time and effort. I attended all of my classes each time they met and the professors took notice. I worked late in to the night on most nights in order to do my best work. The faculty at this small school always takes the time to talk to me when I'm struggling or when I just want to say "hi." I brag about the challenge because I grow through it.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

100% of students attending Birmingham Southern College receive some sort of financial aid. 21% were awarded federal grants. While 51% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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