10 Most Popular Colleges in Alabama

Find out which Alabama schools have the largest student enrollment.

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There are dozens of college and universities in Alabama. However, the vast majority enroll less than 5,000 students. Find out which Alabama colleges are the most popular among students along with important details regarding their best programs and tuition costs.

10. University of North Alabama

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 7,097

Cost: $4,025 (in-state), $8,050 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Business, management and marketing and related support services — 34 percent of students are enrolled in one of these programs.

Fun Fact: UNA has an astounding 93 undergraduate majors from which to choose.

9. University of Alabama, Huntsville

Type of College: Public University

Enrollment: 7,264

Cost: $5,216 (in-state), $11,024 (out-of-state)

Best Program: 25 percent of students are enrolled in the engineering program at UAH.

Fun Fact: UAH offers excellent research opportunities for students in the fields of technology and science.

8. Jefferson State Community College

Type of College: Community college

Enrollment: 7,944

Cost: $3,060 (in-state), $5,190 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Nursing and business

Fun Fact: At Jefferson State Community College, about 23 percent of students are over the age of 40.

7. Jacksonville State University

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 9,077

Cost: $4,056 (in-state), $8,122 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Nursing and secondary education/teaching — 35 percent of students are enrolled in one of these programs.

Fun Fact: At Jacksonville State, 95 percent of students have a car on campus.

6. John C. Calhoun State Community College

Type of College: Community college

Enrollment: 13,779

Cost: $2,850 (in-state), $4,980 (out-of-state)

Best Program: Nursing – over 600 students enrolled in this program in a single academic year.

Fun Fact: Calhoun offers the only associate’s degree program in biotechnology in the state of Alabama.

5. University of South Alabama

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 13,779

Cost: $4,822 (in-state), $8,842 (out-of-state)

Best Program: Nursing — 17 percent of students are enrolled in this program

Fun Fact: The University of South Alabama has nearly 200 students organizations, including 18 fraternities and sororities.

4. University of Alabama, Birmingham

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 16,246

Cost: $4,208 (in-state), $9,296 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Health professions and related programs – 21 percent of students are enrolled in one of these programs. UAB is also home to a highly ranked medical school.

Fun Fact: Despite UAB’s large student population, over 38 percent of classes have fewer than 20 students.

3. Auburn University, Main Campus

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 24,137

Cost: $5,834 (in-state), $16,334 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Business and engineering. AU has been designated as a land, sea, and space grant institution, so it qualifies for special federal funding for research projects.

Fun Fact: Six NASA astronauts have graduated from AU, including Kathryn Thornton, the second American women to travel to space.

2. The University of Alabama

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 25,544

Cost: $5,700 (in-state), $16,518 (out of-state)

Best Programs: Business, management and marketing and related support services — 29 percent of students are enrolled in one of these programs.

Fun Fact: The University of Alabama has one of only four wheelchair basketball programs in the country.

1. Troy University

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 28,955

Cost: $4,264 (in-state), $8,428 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Business, management and marketing and related support services — 44 percent of students are enrolled in one of these programs.

Fun Fact: At Troy University, over half of the student population takes online courses through the university’s eCampus. Students can also study abroad through one of Troy’s many consortia relationships with colleges in China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, and the United Arab Emirates.

Quick Tips

  • When considering Alabama colleges and universities, keep in mind that the campuses vary widely. While the University of Alabama, Birmingham is in a major urban center, Troy University is located in a rural area of the state.

Stats source: CollegeStats.


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