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Biggest Colleges in Alabama

Alabama has more than 75 accredited colleges and universities, but sorting the choices can be easy. Use our search tool to list Alabama colleges by tuition, graduation rates and other important statistics.

List of the Largest Colleges in Alabama

There are many reasons why students in Alabama opt for studying at a big college. The big college experience entails a more diverse variety of majors and courses, well-stocked libraries, many student activities and organizations to partake in, well-funded sports programs, distinguished faculty and staff, and state-of-the-art research facilities, just to name a few. If you're looking to attend one of the biggest colleges in Alabama, and we have created a list of them in order of student enrollment numbers. Feel free to browse through the list to get a feel for which school may be the best fit for you.

Rank School Name City State Net Cost School Level Retention Rate Details
1

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa

AL

$18,935

4 year

86.7%

# of Students 38,918

2

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach

AL

N/A

4 year

42.97%

# of Students 37,041

3

Auburn University

Auburn University

AL

$18,500

4 year

90.52%

# of Students 26,555

4

Troy University

Troy

AL

$10,112

4 year

75.14%

# of Students 26,232

5

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham

AL

$13,982

4 year

82.88%

# of Students 21,329

6

University of South Alabama

Mobile

AL

$12,066

4 year

71.07%

# of Students 17,588

7

John C Calhoun State Community College

Tanner

AL

$5,342

2 year

58.2%

# of Students 16,800

8

Jefferson State Community College

Birmingham

AL

$8,727

2 year

55.65%

# of Students 13,578

9

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville

AL

$13,304

4 year

71.8%

# of Students 10,236

10

University of Alabama in Huntsville

Huntsville

AL

$13,270

4 year

76.96%

# of Students 8,621

11

Gadsden State Community College

Gadsden

AL

$5,674

2 year

52.58%

# of Students 8,292

12

University of North Alabama

Florence

AL

$10,118

4 year

72.3%

# of Students 8,184

13

Shelton State Community College

Tuscaloosa

AL

$9,233

2 year

60.32%

# of Students 7,852

14

George C Wallace State Community College-Hanceville

Hanceville

AL

$7,252

2 year

63.29%

# of Students 7,262

15

Southern Union State Community College

Wadley

AL

$7,354

2 year

57.83%

# of Students 7,021

16

Alabama State University

Montgomery

AL

$10,905

4 year

57.25%

# of Students 6,992

17

Virginia College-Birmingham

Birmingham

AL

N/A

4 year

33.33%

# of Students 6,840

18

James H Faulkner State Community College

Bay Minette

AL

$6,719

2 year

60.3%

# of Students 6,635

19

George C Wallace State Community College-Dothan

Dothan

AL

$3,162

2 year

56.31%

# of Students 6,509

20

Auburn University at Montgomery

Montgomery

AL

$12,827

4 year

65.2%

# of Students 6,268

21

Bishop State Community College

Mobile

AL

$5,144

2 year

40.84%

# of Students 5,760

22

Alabama A & M University

Normal

AL

$14,746

4 year

65.95%

# of Students 5,591

23

Northwest-Shoals Community College

Muscle Shoals

AL

$6,674

2 year

58.53%

# of Students 5,500

24

University of West Alabama

Livingston

AL

$12,350

4 year

64.51%

# of Students 5,305

25

Samford University

Birmingham

AL

$

4 year

87.95%

# of Students 5,294


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