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Birmingham-Southern College

Birmingham, AL

At A Glance

Main Address

900 Arkadelphia Rd

Birmingham, AL 35254-0002

www.bsc.edu

Admission Office

900 Arkadelphia Road

Box 549008

Birmingham, AL 35254

(205) 226-4696

Fax : (205) 226-3074

admission@bsc.edu

Contact : Trent Gilbert

Vice President for Enrollment Management

Type of School

Small

Private

liberal arts college

4-year school

Coed

Regionally Accredited

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

College Board Member

United Methodist Church

College Board Code: 1064

Quick Facts

Percentage of students graduating within 6 years : 68.0%

Total undergraduates : 1,209

First-time degree-seeking freshmen : 332

Percentage of financial need met (average) : 58.0%

Average financial aid package : $15,153.00

In-State Tuition : $18,900.00

Out-of-State Tuition : $18,900.00

School Calendar

4-1-4

Degrees Available

Bachelor's

Setting

Very Large City (>500k)

Urban

Residential campus

Deadlines

Admission

Application rolling begin : Nov 15

Regular application due: No Regular Application Deadline

Priority application due : Apr 1

College will notify student of admission : --

Student must reply to acceptance by : May 1

Housing deposit due : May 1

Early Decision And Action

Early action application due : Nov 15

College will notify student of early action admission by : Dec 15

Early decision application due : Nov 1

College will notify student of early decision by : Dec 1

Other early decision deadline : --

College will notify student of other early decision by : --

Tests

SAT Reasoning/ACT Score report due : Apr 1

SAT subject score report due : --

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Application due : --

Financial Aid Priority Application due : Mar 1

College will notify student : --

Student must reply : May 1

Transfer Students

Transfer Application closing date : --

College will notify student of transfer decision by : --

Transfer priority application date : --

Transfer student must reply : --

Transfer deadline for filing financial aid forms : --

Transfer priority financial aid deadline : --

College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about : Apr 1

Student must reply to financial aid decision by : --

Major and Learning Environment

Learning Environment

Calendar type : 4-1-4

Student-faculty ratio : 12 to 1

Degrees Offered in : Bachelor's degrees

Graduating in 6 years : 68.0%

Returning for sophomore year : 80.0%

Accreditation and Associations

Regionally Accredited

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

College Board Member

Most Popular Majors

Bachelor's
Business/Marketing : 27.0%
Biology : 11.0%
Psychology : 11.0%
Education : 6.0%
Physical Sciences : 6.0%
History : 5.0%
Mathematics : 5.0%
Social Sciences : 5.0%
Visual and Performing Arts : 5.0%

All Majors

Levels at which colleges offer undergraduate majors are designated by these letters :

A = Associate degree, B = Bachelor's degree, C = Certificate degree, D = Doctor degree, M = Master degree

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
Asian Studies/Civilization B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General B

Business, Management, Marketing, & Related Support
Accounting B
Business Administration and Management, General B

Education
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels B

Engineering
Pre-Engineering B

English Language, Literature & Letters
English Language and Literature, General B

Health Professions & Related Clinical Sciences
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General B

History
History, General B

Mathematics & Statistics
Financial Mathematics B
Mathematics, General B

Multi & Interdisciplinary Studies
International/Globalization Studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Studies B

Philosophy & Religious Studies
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General B
Physics, General B

Psychology
Psychology, General B

Social Sciences
Economics, General B
Political Science and Government, General B
Sociology B

Visual & Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation B
Art/Art Studies, General B
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts, General B
Music, General B
Musical Theatre B

Learning outside the classroom

Many colleges offer special programs like the opportunity to study abroad or participate in internships to get on-the-job training. Nearly all colleges provide extra academic help or tutoring to students who need it.

Special Study Options

Double Major

Visiting/Exchange Student Program

Honors Program

Independent Study

Internships

Student-Designed Major

Teacher Certification

Cross-Registration

Accelerated Program

Off-Campus Study Options

Semester At Sea

Study Abroad

Computer Services

252 Public computers, available in: Computer Center, Dorms, Libraries, Student Center

Dorms wired for access to campus-wide network

Dorms wired for high speed internet connections

Student web hosting available

Wireless network available

Campus Life

Campus General Information

Size : Small

Unique Facilities : visual arts theatre, museum, urban environmental park, cadaver lab, art gallery

Geographic Location : 3 miles from downtown Birmingham.

Very Large City

Urban

Residential Campus

Total undergraduates : 1,209

First-time degree-seeking freshmen : 332

Degree-seeking undergrads : 1,205

Graduate enrollment : --

Student General Information

All students average age : 20

Full time students average age : 20

In state students : 65.0%

Out of state students : 35.0%

Part Time students : <1%

Percentage of males : 47.0%

Percentage of females : 53.0%

Race/Ethnicity

Black African American : 14.0%

Asian : 2.0%

Hispanic/Latino : 3.0%

White : 79.0%

Non-Resident Alien : 1.0%

Other Activities & Organizations

38.0% Men who Join Fraternities

52.0% Women who Join Sororities

Student Newspaper : Bagheera

Housing Policies

First-year students living in college housing : 83.0%

All undergraduates living in college housing : 78.0%

Housing Options

Apartments For Married Students

Apartments For Single Students

Men's Housing

Women's Housing

Special Housing For Disabled Students

Theme Housing

Coed Housing

Fraternity/Sorority Housing

Additional Housing Options

Housing deposit : $300.00

Housing deposit due : May 1

Housing deposit is not refunded if student does not enroll.

Car is allowed for freshman

Pet is not allowed in the Dorm

General Athletics

Team Name : Panthers

Sport Member : NCAA

Sport's Levels Available

Club

NCAA Division III

Intercollegiate

Intramural

Counseling And Wellness

Career counseling

Employment services for undergraduates

Health services

Personal counseling

Placement services for graduates

Veteran's counselor

Alcohol/substance abuse counseling

Financial aid counseling

Chaplain/spiritual director

Additional Programs for Students with Disabilities

Partial services for students with learning disabilities

Wheelchair Accessibility

Academic Support Programs

Pre-admission summer program

Reduced course load

Study skills assistance

Tutoring

Writing center

Learning center

Activities

Y indicates available and N indicates not available

Activity Name

Available on Campus

Campus Ministries

Y

Choral Groups

Y

Concert Band

Y

Dance Activity

N

Drama/Theater

Y

Film Society

N

Fraternities

Y

Government or Political Activity

Y

International Student Organization

Y

Jazz Band

Y

Literary Magazine

Y

Marching Band

Y

Model United Nations

Y

Music Ensembles

Y

Musical Theater

Y

Opera

Y

Pep Band

Y

Radio Station

N

Sororities

Y

Student Newspaper

N

Symphony Orchestra

N

Television Station

N

Yearbook

Y

Sports

Sport Name

Levels Available

Baseball

Men's Intercollegiate

Men's NCAA Division III

Basketball

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's NCAA Division III

Women's NCAA Division III

Cheerleading

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Cross-Country

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's NCAA Division III

Women's NCAA Division III

Diving

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Football

Men's Intercollegiate

Men's NCAA Division III

Football(non-tackle)

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Golf

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's NCAA Division III

Women's NCAA Division III

Lacrosse

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's NCAA Division III

Women's NCAA Division III

Racquetball

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Soccer

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's NCAA Division III

Women's NCAA Division III

Softball

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Women's NCAA Division III

Swimming

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's NCAA Division III

Women's NCAA Division III

Tennis

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's NCAA Division III

Women's NCAA Division III

Track and Field

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Track: Indoor

Men's NCAA Division III

Women's NCAA Division III

Track: Outdoor

Men's NCAA Division III

Women's NCAA Division III

Ultimate Frisbee

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's Club

Volleyball

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Women's NCAA Division III

Water Polo

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Other Sports : dodge ball, kickball, H-O-R-S-E, 3-on-3 basketball, 3-point shooting contest


Applying

General Applying Information

Application Fee: $50.00

Application fee notes: Paper application (no fee for online application)

Application Fee Waiver Available: Yes

Total applicants : 3,384

Admitted : 1,821

Enrolled : 332

Somewhat selective 54.0% of applicants admitted

Applied early admission : 15

Admitted early admission : 15

Applied early action : --

Admitted early action : --

Plan Available for early admission : Early action - not restrictive, Early decision



Admission stats are based on first-time, degree seeking freshmen from Fall 2016 and Fall 2017.

Very Important

Academic GPA

Character/Personal Qualities

Extracurricular Activities

Standardized Test Scores

Important

Application Essay

Class Rank

Interview

Rigor of secondary school record

Talent/Ability

Considered

Recommendations

Volunteer Work

Work Experience

Test Policies for Admission Decisions

Test Policies for placement

AP

Institution's own exam

SAT score use policy

Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates

Other Test Policies

Information not supplied by college

A note from the college

High school record most important, recommendations, and required essay. Standard test-score optional.

High school class rank of incoming freshmen

Top Tenth : 24.0%

Top Quarter : 49.0%

Top Half : 77.0%

Bottom Half : 23.0%

Bottom Quarter : 5.0%

GPAs of incoming freshmen

3.5 - 3.74 : 18.0%

3.25 - 3.49 : 16.0%

3.00 - 3.24 : 8.0%

2.50 - 2.99 : 9.0%

2.00 - 2.49 : 1.0%

SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing

700 - 800 : 14.0%

600 - 699 : 43.0%

500 - 599 : 41.0%

400 - 499 : 2.0%

For the SAT, we don't yet have information on the percent of freshmen in each score range. We'll post that information when it's available in spring 2017.

SAT Math

700 - 800 : 17.0%

600 - 699 : 31.0%

500 - 599 : 43.0%

400 - 499 : 9.0%

For the SAT, we don't yet have information on the percent of freshmen in each score range. We'll post that information when it's available in spring 2017.

ACT Composite

30 - 36 : 16.0%

24 - 29 : 43.0%

18 - 23 : 40.0%

12 - 17 : 1.0%

ACT Math

30 - 36 : 8.0%

24 - 29 : 50.0%

18 - 23 : 32.0%

12 - 17 : 10.0%

ACT English

30 - 36 : 26.0%

24 - 29 : 35.0%

18 - 23 : 32.0%

12 - 17 : 7.0%

Advanced Placement Program (AP) Information

Offers credit for AP Exams : Yes

Offers placement into higher-level courses for AP Exams : Yes

Offers sophomore standing for qualifying AP scores : Yes

AP credit policy depends on student’s major, school, or program : Yes

From the college: A student may earn credit through the Advanced Placement (AP) Program. AP scores accepted by the College may be applied toward general education requirements (except in English and history) and major or minor requirements. For each AP score accepted, a grade of "S" is entered on a student's transcript along with the Birmingham-Southern College courses for which he or she is given credit.

High school Coursework

High School diploma required, GED accepted

Course Name

Required

Recommended

Science Lab

0

1

History

0

2

English

4

0

Math

0

2

Science

0

2

Social Studies

0

2

Foreign Language

0

2

Academic Electives

0

0

TEST Scores

Percent who submitted SAT scores : 17.0% and Percent who submitted ACT scores : 74.0%

Test Subjects

Middle 50% of First-Year Students

SAT Math

540 - 650

SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing

570 - 660

ACT Composite

22 - 29


AP & Admission Policy

Exam

Min Score Required

Number of Credits (By single units, 1 course = 1 unit)

Equivalent Course(s)

Applicable Program

2-D Art and Design

4

1

AR 111 or AR 112

All

3-D Art and Design

4

1

AR 111 or AR 112

All

Art History

4

1

ARH 215 or 216

All

Biology

4

1

BI 110

All

Calculus AB

4

1

MA 231

All

Calculus BC

4

2

MA 231 and 232

All

Chemistry

4

1

CH 120

All

Comparative Government and Politics

4

1

PS 238

All

Computer Science A

4

2

CAC 170 and CAC 180

All

Computer Science Principles

4

1

CAC 170

All

Drawing

4

1

AR 150

All

English Language and Composition

5

1

EH 102

All

English Literature and Composition

5

1

EH 200

All

Environmental Science

4

1

UES 150

All

European History

4

1

HI 103

All

Latin

4

1

LA 201

All

Macroeconomics

4

1

EC 201

All

Microeconomics

4

1

EC 202

All

Music Theory

4

1

MU 150

All

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

5

1

PH 122

All

Physics C: Mechanics

5

1

PH 121

All

Psychology

4

1

PY 101

All

Spanish Language and Culture

4

1

SN 220

All

Spanish Literature and Culture

4

1

SN 280

All

Statistics

4

1

MA 207

All

United States Government and Politics

4

1

PS 101

All

United States History

4

1

HI 151 or 152

All

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Exam

Minimum Grade for Credit

Credit Hours Awarded

American Government

50

--

American Literature

50

--

Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

51

--

Calculus with Elementary Functions

42

--

College Algebra

47

--

English Literature

49

--

French I

42

--

German I

39

--

History of United States I

49

--

History of United States II

49

--

Human Growth and Development

51

--

Information Systems and Computer Applications

49

--

Introduction to Educational Psychology

50

--

Introductory Business Law

51

--

Introductory Psychology

49

--

Introductory Sociology

50

--

Principles of Macroeconomics

44

--

Principles of Management

49

--

Principles of Marketing

50

--

Principles of Microeconomics

42

--

Spanish I

45

--

Western Civilization I

50

--

Western Civilization II

48

--

Paying

Financial Aid Distribution & Stats

% of scholarship / grants : 61.0%

% of loans / jobs : 39.0%

% of freshmen with need who received financial aid : 100.0%

% Applied for need-based aid : 69.0%

% Judged to have need : 80.0%

% that were offered aid : 80.0%

% that had need fully met : 22.0%

% of need met : 58.0%

Average 1st year financial aid package : $15,153.00

Avg non need-based aid : $6,618.00

Avg need-based scholarship or grant award : $6,651.00

Avg need-based loan : $3,227.00

Avg indebtedness at graduation : $28,007.00

Financial Aid Deadlines

Financial Aid Priority Deadline : Mar 1

Respond By Date : May 1

Contact Information

Financial aid contact name : Melissa Burgett

Financial aid office phone : (205) 226-4688

Financial Aid Forms

Domestic first-year financial aid applicants must submit the following forms, if applicable:

FAFSA

State aid form

Part-Time Costs

Cost per credit hour (in-state): $708.00

Cost per credit hour (out-of-state): --

Note: These costs are tuition fees only. In some cases, fees and other expenses can be additional.

Financial Aid Policies

This school practices need-blind admissions.

Scholarship Opportunities

Neal and Anne Berte Scholarship: full tuition; based on academic achievement; 1 awarded. Blount-Monaghan/Vulcan Materials Company Scholarship: full tuition; based on academic achievement; 1 awarded. William Jones and Elizabeth Perry Rushton Scholarship: full tuition, room and board, fees, books, $2,000 travel stipend; based on academic achievement; 1 awarded. Thomas E. Jernigan Honors Scholarship: 90% of student's Cost of Attendance; 1 awarded. United Methodist Scholarship: $1,000-$2,500; awarded to United Methodist with recommendation from senior United Methodist Minister. Five additional full-tuition scholarships.

Non need-based financial aid determined by

Academics

Alumni Affiliation

Art

Leadership

Minority Status

Music/Drama

ROTC

Religious Affiliation

State/District Residency

Work Study Programs

Nights

Weekends

Tuition payment plans

Credit card payment

Deferred payment

Installment payment

ROTC Programs

ROTC, Air Force : Offered at a cooperating institution

ROTC, Army : Offered at a cooperating institution

Annual College Costs

Cost Category

On Campus

Off Campus

At Home

In-state tuition and fees:

$18,900.00

$18,900.00

$18,900.00

Out-of-state tuition and fees:

$18,900.00

$18,900.00

$18,900.00

Room and board:

$12,900.00

--

--

Books and supplies:

$1,260.00

$1,260.00

$1,260.00

Estimated personal expenses:

$1,270.00

$1,270.00

--

Transportation expenses:

$1,500.00

$1,400.00

--

Estimated Total In-state:

$35,830.00

$22,830.00

$20,160.00

Estimated Total Out-of-state:

$35,830.00

$22,830.00

$20,160.00

The prices listed above are probably not what you and your family will pay. Most college students receive financial aid, which reduces the amount the family actually pays. For U.S. colleges, use the college's net price calculator to get the best estimate of what your family will pay.


For Transfer Students

Credit Information

Minimum number of credits: --

Minimum college GPA (on a 4.0 scale): 2

Lowest grade earned for course that may be transferred for credit (on a 4.0 scale): 2

Maximum credits/courses from a 2-year institution: 64

Maximum credits/courses from a 4-year institution: 64

Minimum credits transfers must complete to earn bachelor's degree: 72

Admission Requirements (Required)

High School Transcript

College Transcript(s)

Essay or Personal Statement

Statement of good standing from Prior Institution(s)

Admission Requirements (Recommended)

Interview

Standardized Test Scores

Students who applied for transfer

Total students who applied for transfer: 114

Transfers admitted percentage: 39.0%

Transfers admitted: 45

Transfers enrolled percentage: 28.0%

Transfers enrolled: 32

Students who applied for transfer from 2 year schools: 39.0%

Students who applied for transfer from 4 year schools: 61.0%

Terms in which transfer students may enroll

Fall

Winter

Spring

Summer

Transfers accepted as

1st semester freshman

2nd semester freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Services for students transferring IN from another school

Advisor

Orientation

Pre-admission transcript evaluation (determination of what courses will transfer)

Special Requirements

--

For International Students

Admission for International Students

Application fee: $50.00

Annual College Costs

Tuition and Fees: $18,900.00

Room & Board(on-campus): $12,900.00

Room & Board(off-campus): --

Additional estimated expenses: --

Costs per credit hour: $708.00

Financial Aid

International students eligible for need based aid

International students eligible for non-need based aid

Total Amount Awarded: $217,906.00

Number of enrolled international undergraduates received aid: 18

Non-resident aliens must submit the following financial aid forms:

Foreign Student Certification of Finances

Tests for International Students

TOEFL Required of non-resident alien applicants

TOEFL (internet-based test) average score: --

TOEFL (internet-based test) minimum score: 81

TOEFL (paper) average score: --

TOEFL (paper) minimum score: --

Services for International Students

Special International Student Orientation Program

International Student Adviser