4 Year Institutions



Birmingham Southern College


Birmingham-Southern College (BSC) is Alabama’s only nationally ranked liberal arts college. For more than a century and a half, it has remained committed to a particular ideal: academic excellence directed at a career in service of others. Its graduates can be found in all walks of life, but particularly in medicine, law, the ministry, and teaching.

Miles College


Miles College has held steadfast in its goal of providing a quality college education while challenging and molding the minds of future leaders. While many smaller colleges have faced declining enrollment, Miles College has been ranked as the fastest growing United Negro College Fund (UNCF) member in the nation. Alumni of Miles College number is 5,200 in the state of Alabama and 4,600 of those live in greater Birmingham contributing to its progress as leading educators, preachers, business executives, entrepreneurs, politicians and community leaders.

Samford University


Samford is a premier nationally ranked Christian university that offers undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts and a distinct blend of graduate and professional schools through 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford University is the 87th oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The university enrolls 5,692 students from 46 states and 28 countries.

Among Samford’s 52,838 alumni have included more than 60 members of the U.S. Congress, 8 state governors, 2 U.S. Supreme Court justices, a Secretary of State, 4 Rhodes Scholars, multiple Emmy and Grammy award-winning artists, 2 national championship football coaches, and recipients of the Pulitzer and Nobel Peace prizes.

University of Alabama at Birmingham


UAB is a comprehensive urban university with a nationally recognized academic health center. UAB is the only public, four-year degree granting university in the state’s largest metropolitan area. UAB is the largest research institution in the state of Alabama and is the largest single employer in the state.

As extraordinary as UAB’s past is, however, the future is even more promising. UAB has become one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse, and sustainable campuses. Here you will discover students and faculty redefining treatment through precision medicine, bridging gaps in education and health care, launching high-tech start-ups to boost our economy, and pursuing innovations in the arts, engineering, science, and many other fields.

University of Montevallo


University of Montevallo is a public institution that was founded in 1896. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,242, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 160 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Montevallo’s ranking in the 2022-2023 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities South, #26.


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