Birmingham-Southern College

Birmingham, AL

Birmingham-Southern College

Birmingham, AL

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Birmingham-Southern College makes a nationally ranked, transformative liberal arts education available to all students. 

We offer incredible value and proven results. You’ll find great professors teaching and mentoring in small classes, a beautiful residential campus in one of the South’s most up-and-coming cities, and a commitment to giving students the hands-on experiences they need to succeed.

Numerous programs and pathways
In addition to our 50+ areas of study, Birmingham-Southern offers several interdisciplinary majors—including Applied Computer Science, Architectural Studies, and Health Sciences—designed to give you the skills for professional success in a fast-changing world. New distinctions in Black Studies, Poverty Studies, and Public Health Studies allow students the opportunity to examine complex topics in addition to their major. And dual-degree programs with other local universities offer accelerated pathways to professional degrees in Law with Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, and Nursing with the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Experiences for all
Take a class that inspires you, or visit a country you’ve only seen on a map. Be challenged in small classes by our top-notch faculty to tackle situations you never imagined, then take what you learn beyond the classroom. Whatever you choose—an internship, a research project with a professor, a one-on-one mentorship, a service or travel project—you’ll get the tools you need to achieve your goals.

A campus for living
As a residential college, 80% of students live on our green campus near downtown Birmingham—we call it The Hilltop. You’ll have access to more than 80+ campus organizations, offering the chance to expand your horizons or take on a leadership role, plus 22 Division III athletic teams. Experience a true community and make friends for a lifetime at BSC.

Come see why Colleges That Change Lives lists Birmingham-Southern among just 40 schools honored, calling it “what college ought to be.” Learn more at


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Recognized among the top 10 colleges that lead to graduate school | U.S. News & World Report

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Ranked among the top 50 “Underrated Colleges Doing Great Things” | College Consensus

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Included among just 40 schools in Colleges That Change Lives

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Rated one of the top 20 “Best Value Schools” in the US | Fiske Guide to Colleges

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Recognized among the top 100 schools for return on investment | Forbes

At a Glance

Type of school: Private liberal arts college

Number of students: 1,300

Student-faculty ratio: 12:1

Programs and degrees: 50+ areas of study, plus specialty honors, leadership, service learning, entrepreneurship, and research programs

Geographic diversity: Students from 31 states and 18 countries

Cost of attendance: $33,060 (including tuition, room and board, and fees)

Test score requirements: BSC uses a holistic approach and doesn’t have minimum test score requirements. Students may also choose test-optional admission.

Application deadlines: Early Decision: November 1; Early Action: November 15; Regular Decision: February 1

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “The environment for learning at BSC is so valuable. It’s the small class sizes and close relationships with faculty that make the learning environment so personal and individualized for every student.”

    • Emily Farley ’20
  • “I can rely on every person at Birmingham-Southern to support me throughout my college journey—and that’s really special. That’s something I can’t get anywhere else.”

    • Allie Brown ’22
  • “BSC knows how important learning outside of campus is. Faculty and staff are always looking for ways for students to study abroad, find internships, or do service learning projects with our neighbors and in places outside of Birmingham.”

    • Kazia Taylor ’21
  • “The southern culture and hospitality, caring people, food, beautiful campus, and amazing faculty and staff at BSC have made me feel like Birmingham is my home away from home. Coming to BSC has been the best decision I’ve made.”

    • Jorge Mahomar ’22