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The Best Colleges in Alabama Ranked for 2018

These are the best four year colleges in Alabama as ranked by CollegeSimply. This Alabama ranking is a subset of our national ranking of the best colleges in America. Our ranking methodology is purely statistical and not subjective in nature. Measuring factors include but are not limited to: student body intellect as indicated by admission scores, graduation rate and admission selectivity. In order to be considered for the ranking, a school must offer four year undergraduate degrees, selectively admit students and be a non-profit institution. Leading our 2018 ranking as the best college in Alabama is The University of Alabama.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in Alabama
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 The University of Alabama 338 377 383
2 Spring Hill College 370 162 511
3 Birmingham Southern College 369 353 490
4 Auburn University 194 1,069 384
5 University of Alabama at Birmingham 179 516 1,030
6 Samford University 317 1,385 284
7 University of Alabama at Huntsville 141 1,160 1,031
8 University of Montevallo 424 809 1,096
9 Huntingdon College 640 470 776
10 University of Mobile 641 545 1,095
11 University of North Alabama 714 471 1,485
12 Jacksonville State University 712 713 1,396
13 Tuskegee University 966 354 1,097
14 Faulkner University 965 439 1,362
15 Oakwood University 939 238 1,322
16 University of South Alabama 642 1,070 1,224
17 Southeastern Bible College 222 1,492 1,600
18 Troy University 819 1,367 1,323
19 Stillman College 1,122 440 1,340
20 Alabama State University 1,138 219 1,506
21 University of West Alabama 713 908 1,469
22 Concordia College Selma 1,172 152 1,685
23 Auburn University at Montgomery 891 1,096 1,361
24 Alabama A & M University 1,107 657 1,395
25 Herzing University Birmingham 1,173 1,423 1,123

Ranking Methodology

Overall Rank is calculated based on the following school characteristics.

1National Academic Rank is calculated using standardized test admission data as well as GPA data for admitted freshman.
2National Selectivity Rank is based on admission selectivity for incoming students starting the 2015-2016 academic year.
3National Graduation Rank is based on the percentage of students graduating with bachelor's degrees within six years.