Birmingham-Southern College Profile

Founded in 1856, Birmingham-Southern College is a top tier private liberal arts institution located in Alabama (USA), offering a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs including the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Music, Master of Arts in Public and Private Management, Master of Music.

The college holds membership in the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS), Birmingham Area Consortium of Higher Education (BACHE), National Council on Undergraduate Research, Project Kaleidoscope, Council of Independent Colleges, etc. It is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

The College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It offers disciplinary majors in accounting, art education, art, business administration, biology, chemistry, computer science, dance education, dance, economics, engineering (3-2 program), education, English, French, German, history, music, music education, mathematics, physics, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, Spanish, and theatre arts.

In addition, the school offers multi-disciplinary majors in Asian studies, biology-psychology, computer science-mathematics, history-political science, international studies, and many more.

Birmingham-Southern is one of only six baccalaureate-liberal arts institutions in the country as classified by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to hold both the AACSB International accreditation and the designation of Phi Beta Kappa. It has been recognized as one of the nation’s top 30 colleges by The Washington Times, and has also been included among “America’s Best Christian Colleges” by Institutional Research and Evaluation Inc.


- Placed in Tier 1 and ranked 92nd among Liberal Arts Colleges in the nation (US News & World Report 2010).

- Listed as one of 26 private institutions in the nation as a Best Buy for the “quality of the academic offerings in relation to the cost of attendance” (The 2009 issue of Fiske Guide to Colleges).

- Listed as one of the top institutions in the country offering students best value (The Princeton Review 2009 edition of America’s Best Value Colleges).

- Ranked 81st in the Liberal Arts Rankings by US News 2009.

- Rated 24th among liberal arts colleges and universities in the nation according to the 2008 higher education ranking compiled by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity.

- It is one of 39 institutions receiving Honor Roll recognition in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s survey of “Great Colleges to Work For”.

- Ranked as the No. 1 Regional Liberal Arts College in the South Region in 1987 by U.S. News & World Report.