Selma University Admissions

Costs, Financial Aid, Graduation Rates & More

The Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, a mile from Selma University
The Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, a mile from Selma University. Carol M. Highsmith / Wikimedia Commons

Selma University Admissions Overview:

Selma University has open admissions, which means that any interested and qualified students have the chance to enroll in the school. Still, those who wish to attend Selma University will need to submit an application. This application can be completed online at Selma's website. Along with an application, applicants will need to submit various forms and high school transcripts.

While SAT or ACT scores are not required, applicants will need to provide three character references and write a personal essay about their academic and religious background. While a visit to Selma's campus is not required, it is encouraged for any interested students, to see if the school would be a good match for them. If you have any questions about applying, be sure to get in touch with a member of the admissions team.

Admissions Data (2016):

Selma University Description:

Founded in 1878 as the Alabama Baptist Normal and Theological School, Selma University is today a private, four-year, historically black, Baptist university.

The school's location in Selma, Alabama, places it near historically important locations from the civil rights movement. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at the town's Brown Chapel, and the town was the starting point for the four-day march to Montgomery in protest of Jim Crow laws. Another historically black college, Concordia College, is just a mile away.

SU students can choose from one Associate of Arts degree, five Bachelor of Arts programs, and two Master of Arts programs. Biblical studies is the most popular field at all degree levels. Academics are supported by a 15 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and the university takes pride in its personal, family atmosphere. On the athletic front, the Selma University Bulldogs compete in baseball and men's and women's basketball.

Enrollment (2015):

  • Total Enrollment: 333 (314 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 51% Male / 49% Female
  • 76% Full-time

Costs (2015 - 16):

  • Tuition and Fees: $6,705
  • Books: $900 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $5,000
  • Other Expenses: $6,000
  • Total Cost: $18,605

Selma University Financial Aid (2014 - 15):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 85%
    • Loans: 99%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $3,389
    • Loans: $2,759

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Bible, Theology and Christian Education; Business Administration; General Studies

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 47%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 100%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball
  • Women's Sports: Basketball

    Data Source:

    National Center for Educational Statistics

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