Why Choose an Alabama Independent College?

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In today’s rapidly changing and ever- expanding global community, the need for higher education has never been greater. And next in importance to making a commitment to pursue a postsecondary education is choosing the college or university that meets each student’s unique intellectual, financial, and personal needs. Finding a good fit requires time and thoughtfulness. 
There are abundant opportunities to obtain an exceptional, affordable higher education at one of Alabama's independent colleges or universities. While each college or university is unique, they all share a common belief that a liberal arts education prepares students not only for a career, but for a lifetime of learning, leadership, and service. 

Small Classes

Faculty-to-student ratio and class size are much less than other schools allowing for more individual attention in a supportive, personal, interactive atmosphere.  The average ratio is one professor for every thirteen students.  Professors know students by name. 


Fourteen  independent colleges and universities each with a unique historical, geographic, cultural, and faith background, including five historically black colleges and universities and one women’s colleges.


Small, close-knit residential communities encourage healthy interpersonal relationships and participation in a variety of campus living, learning, service, athletic, and leadership activities.



On average, independent college and universities have very high retention and graduation rates; moreover, the relatively small size and quality of the graduating classes result in a higher percentage of placements in careers and in graduate and professional schools.


The cost of an outstanding independent college education is often comparable to that of a public university after consideration of institutional scholarships (academic, athletic, need-based) combined with state and federal scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study programs.  In 2009 alone, our schools raised $95.4 million for direct student aid.  The "sticker" price and "net" price often vary greatly!  Over 90% of our students recieve financial aid.

The Opportunity for a Liberal Arts Education

A broad exposure and understanding of the major ideas, individuals, and works of art and science that have shaped our traditions and our world not only prepare students for careers, but also enables them to relate naturally to people different from themselves and to approach technical and social problems with understanding and with confidence