University of South Alabama

University of South Alabama Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Located in Mobile, Alabama, the University of South Alabama is a medium-sized, public university that offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition and admission information.

Is the University of South Alabama the School for You?

The University of South Alabama is located along Alabama's gulf coast. Students at this school can pursue bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in nursing, medicine, computer science, education, business and the arts and sciences. Read on to see if this university might be a good fit for you.


  • The school accepts CLEP, IB and AP credit
  • Acceptance rate is 23.2 percentage points higher than average
  • Endowment grew by 7.5% between 2010 and 2011, based on figures from the National Association of College and University Business Officers


  • The student-faculty ratio is 21:1, which is significantly higher than the average of 15:1
  • The 4-year graduation rate for students beginning their degrees in 2006 was 26 percentage points lower than average

Rankings & School Analysis

According to U.S. News and World Report in 2014, the University of South Alabama has several graduate-level programs that are ranked in the top 100, including audiology, occupational therapy, physician assistant and physical therapy. Additionally, the university has the 56th best online graduate nursing program. The University of South Alabama is also one of the fastest-growing in the state.

The University of South Alabama's main campus is located in Alabama's oldest city, Mobile. The majority of the school's academic programs can be found in the colleges of medicine and allied health professions. The College of Medicine alone offers graduate students a variety of clinical specializations. Students can also consider undergraduate degrees in cardiorespiratory care, speech and hearing sciences and radiologic sciences. Students interested in marine science might want to consider the university's graduate program, which includes studies of the biologically diverse estuary of Mobile Bay where the Tombigbee and Black Warrior waterways meet the Gulf of Mexico. Among undergraduate students, nursing, elementary education, communication and business programs are popular.

If you choose to go to the University of South Alabama, it's likely that you won't regret your decision; nearly two-thirds of students returned after completion of their freshman year in the 2011-2012 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

More students get into the University of South Alabama than average; according to the NCES, the acceptance rate at the school was 87% in 2012, which is higher than the national average of 63.8%. However, once you are accepted at the school, you will see a higher-than-average student-to-faculty ratio, at 21 to 1 vs. 15 to 1.

Getting In & Financial Aid

Students applying to the university need to meet minimum high school GPA or GED score requirements. Students must also have taken core courses in high school English, math and the sciences. In some cases, students who haven't completed college preparatory courses may still be admitted, but must enroll in remedial courses in their first semesters. Graduate students must submit undergraduate transcripts, scores from the GRE, GMAT or MAT and letters of recommendation. Certain programs may require writing samples or other additional materials.

Entering freshmen with exceptional ACT or SAT scores and a minimum 3.0 GPA can apply for the Presidential or USA Honors Scholarship program, a non-competitive, 4-year award. The university's academic departments also award scholarships and endowments to juniors and seniors majoring in English, education, foreign language, chemistry or geology, to name a few. Scholarships are available for students participating in extracurricular activities. There are also financial aid awards designated for children of war veterans, minority students or students from Slovakia. Students can also apply via the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine if they are eligible to receive federal, state and school aid.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013-2014) August 10****
Financial Aid Priority Application (2013-2014) May 1****
Application Fee (2011-2012) $35*
Acceptance Rate (2012) 87%***
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $6,660 (in-state)
$13,020 (out-of-state)***
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package (2012) $9,308****
Percent of Students with Need Met (2012) 15%****
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 8%*

Life at the University of South Alabama

The University of South Alabama has on-campus housing, including traditional and non-traditional residence halls plus student apartments. Students may choose to live with their fellow sorority or fraternity mates, also, if applicable. There are meal plans for residents and commuters, and food options include Einstein Bros. Bagels, The Delta Deli and Java City. Students also have the option to join nearly 200 student clubs and organizations or attend movie screenings, comedy shows, concerts or similar forms of entertainment.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Midsize city*
Student Population (2012) 11,315 undergraduate students, 3,321 graduate students*
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2012) 44% to 56%*
% of Full Time Students (2012) 77% undergraduates*
% of In-State Students (Fall 2011) 82%*
% of International Students (Fall 2011) 1%*
Retention Rate (2011-2012) 66% full-time students, 44% part-time students*
Campus Housing Available Yes**
Extracurricular Activities 200 student clubs and organizations***

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **University of South Alabama, ***U.S. News & World Report, ****College Board.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 307 University Boulevard, Mobile, AL 36688-0002
  • Phone: (251) 460-6101