About University of South Alabama

Founded in 1963, University of South Alabama. is a Public college. Located in Alabama, which is a city setting in Alabama, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 11,761 full time undergraduate students, and 4,682 full time graduate students.

The University of South Alabama Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 20:1. There are 590 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at University of South Alabama include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate80%
Application Deadline
Application Fee35
SAT Range920-1130
ACT Range20-23

Admissions at USA are considered Less Selective, with ,48% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 32 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at University of South Alabama.

University of South Alabama REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    92 Students rated on-campus housing 3.9 stars. 26 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    64 Students rated off-campus housing 3.8 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    96 Students rated campus food 3.2 stars. 19 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    101 Students rated campus facilities 4.2 stars. 43 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    101 Students rated class size 4.3 stars. 46 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    101 Students rated school activities 4.3 stars. 48 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    102 Students rated local services 4.3 stars. 55 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    103 Students rated academics 4.2 stars. 43 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of University of South Alabama?

60 Students rated University of South Alabama

Marleigh - 02/12/2024

My opinion of South Alabama is that I cannot wait to attend this institution in the fall. I am so excited to be a student and be involved in student life. I plan to rush and to get extremely involved in the school. I am excited for gamedays for football and for basketball games in the big arena.

saira - 04/13/2023

I personally love South Alabama. The class room sizes aren’t too big so you’re able to build that relationship with your professor and get the help that you want. The biology department is great and the biology advisor does everything he can possibly do to help you succeed. There are lots of activities that get students involved and football games are a blast. The campus also itself is gorgeous!

Treyvian - 04/12/2023

The greatest school ever.

Hannah - 12/28/2020

South Alabama is a very good school for academics and during the pandemic. They have handled the pandemic well and enforce wearing masks around campus. Online classes are very effective and make it easier on the students. The teachers are always thinking of the students.

University of South Alabama FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at University of South Alabama?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for University of South Alabama is 80%. 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?

    Begin application process as soon as you can apply to multiple schools and think about cost & location.

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

    The joy of diversity from all the different people I would meet not only from the US but from all the different countries from around the globe.

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

    The administration at this school is very old school and, quite frankly, unconcerned with the best interests of the student body. They are not open to student suggestions; they are also not very accomodating to non-traditional students.

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  5. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are diverse, communicative, and friendly.

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

    A person who should not attend this school is someone who does not like different cultures. At the college I attend there are a wide variety of people with different cultured backgrounds. There are so many different clubs and organizations for the different types of cultures. Some people that attend this college come from various countries around the world. This college has a great deal of respect for the different cultures people are brought up with. The fact that this college has so many cultures makes it unique.

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

    the school has a lot of school spirit. And i think most universities need that

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  8. What's unique about your campus?

    This school has a large ammount of degrees / programs availible, and from what I know they are all acredited and have a good reputation within the community as far as quality of education is concerned. In adddition, the tuition for the University of South Alabama, fees, and other associated costs is very cheap when compaired to many other high level four year colleges.

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  9. What are the academics like at your school?

    There are a few large lecture hall classes, with about 100 students, but most classes have about 30 students. The upper level classes tend to be smaller classes. This makes it easy to get to know your professor, because he/she does not teach 500 students per semester. I often go to my professor during office hours and talk about facts in or related to the course that catch my interest. This gives endless opportunity to improve oneself professionally. One of the toughest classes I've ever taken was Organic Chemistry. The professor, Dr. Rogers, was one of the best I've had yet. A year after finishing the course, I still drop by his office from time to time to chat.

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  10. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Medical and Engineering departments and Sports teams.

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

    That my college has an excellent medical program and how i hope to be accepted into medical school. The rate that the university is growing is another factor to be bragged on.

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  12. What kind of person should attend this school?

    If interested in attending IU, one must be willing to work and work hard.

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

    University of South Alabama is the most amazing place to step into when you graduate high school, where you know you will be challenged on a high level of academics.

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  14. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Many people feel their is minimal involvolvement in community service, organizations, etcetera (besides sports) on our campus. In actuality, there are many chances to get involved from donating books to illiterate children to chances talent shows, poetry readings, and bake sales to fund student organizations. Of course there are athletic events to look foward to, but there is so much more.

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  15. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    One of the best things to get involved with is Greek life. There are organizations for both men and women, and they are very involved on campus. I am a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon at South, so I speak from experience when I say that it is a great idea to go Greek. We encourage good academics, we do community service, and we are leaders on campus. This is how I met all of my friends and continue to meet new friends every day.

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  16. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    We have a new football and new marching band in the works for next fall! We are one of only two colleges with College of Medicine in the state of Alabama! We have a top five Nursing program in the nation! We are growing in numbers and size! Come by for a campus tour! Just call 251-460-6141

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

    Every organisation has its flaws, University of South Alabama has theirs but it not frustrating, They improving and that's what matters .

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  18. Tell us about the sports scene on campus.

    Sports is very big at USA. The campus takes much pride in their football team that was undefeated for the first two years of their existance. About 15 to 20,000 people usually show up for home games. The basketball games are also very popular at USA. Soccer is not too popular nor baseball. However, the USA students are very supportive of their sports teams. Many people show up for games.

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  19. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    None of the stereotypes are near accurate! Everyone gets along

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  20. Why did you decide to go to this school?

    At first, I never really considered the University of South Alabama, simply because it was in the town I grew up in. I wanted to get away from Mobile, and at the time I started seriously thinking about college, USA didn't have a marching band. When USA got a football team and marching band, I considered it a backup plan. A couple high school wrecks and problems like overdrawing my bank account made me realize I probably wouldn't survive without my mom. I ended up choosing USA because of proximity to my mom, marching band, and it was also my cheapest option.

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  21. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    Well, I don't know if there are any stereotypes about us except for the stereotypes that follow all Alabamians, like the old "dumb Southerner" image. I think people from Alabama, in general, are perceived as being backwards and xenophobic.

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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.

93% of students attending University of South Alabama receive some sort of financial aid. 45% were awarded federal grants. While 58% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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