University of South Alabama Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Bell Tower at the University of South Alabama
Bell Tower at the University of South Alabama.  faungg / Flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0

University of South Alabama Admissions Overview:

The University of South Alabama, with an acceptance rate of 78%, is a somewhat selective school. Students, in order to apply, will need to submit an application, high school transcripts, and scores from the SAT or ACT (see average scores of admitted applicants below). For more information, all interested students are encouraged to visit the school's website or to get in touch with the admissions office.

Admissions Data (2016):

University of South Alabama Description:

The University of South Alabama, USA, is a fast-growing public university located in Mobile, Alabama. USA has strong health science and medical programs, and Nursing is the most popular undergraduate major--other popular choices include accounting, engineering, and education. The university is made up of nine colleges including Education, Engineering, Nursing, Business, and Arts and Sciences. Outside of the classroom, students can choose from over 200 clubs and activities to join, ranging from academic honor societies, to recreational sports, to performing arts ensembles. In athletics, the University of South Alabama Jaguars compete in the NCAA Division I Sun Belt Conference. Football is a recent addition to the USA intercollegiate athletic program, and the team has competed in the in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision since in 2013. 

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 16,443 (11,761 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 46% Male / 54% Female
  • 82% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,548 (in-state); $14,796 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,260 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $7,340
  • Other Expenses: $4,150
  • Total Cost: $20,298 (in-state); $27,546 (out-of-state)

University of South Alabama Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 93%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 81%
    • Loans: 59%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $6,730
    • Loans: $10,310

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Elementary Education, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Marketing, Nursing, Psychology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 73%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 34%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 16%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 38%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Tennis, Track and Field, Football, Golf, Baseball, Basketball
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Soccer, Track and Field, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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