Alabama State University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Alabama State University

Alabama State University is a public HBCU situated on a 146-acre site in Montgomery, a city with a vibrant civil rights legacy. Students come from 42 states and seven countries, and they can choose from roughly 50-degree options at the undergraduate and graduate levels. An 18:1 student/faculty ratio supports the curriculum. Student life is active at the institution and includes numerous fraternities and sororities. In athletics, the Alabama State Hornets play in the NCAA Division I Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). The institution disciplines seven men’s and nine women’s Division I sports.


  • Total Enrollment: 4,413 (3,903 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 37 percent male/63 percent female
  • 93 percent full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $11,068 (in-state); $19,396 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,600
  • Room and Board: $6,050
  • Other Expenses: $3,392
  • Total Cost: $22,110 (in-state); $30,438 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 96 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 88 percent
    • Loans: 76 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $9,011
    • Loans: $6,709

Academic Programs Offered

Most Popular Majors: Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator; Elementary Education and Teaching; Business Administration and Management, General; Speech Communication and Rhetoric; and Biology/Biological Sciences, General

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 60 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 10 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 22 percent

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Football, Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Tennis, Track & Field
  • Women’s Sports: Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Softball, Basketball, Bowling, Track & Field, Golf

Overview of Alabama State University

50% of applicants to Alabama State University are rejected; in 2016, the acceptance rate was 46 percent. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application, and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data

  • Alabama State University Acceptance Rate: 98 percent
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 380/480
    • SAT Math: 380/480
    • ACT Overall: 16/20
    • ACT English: 15/19
    • ACT Math: 14/19

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Alabama State University, then it should be easy for you to gain admissions to the schools below. If Abilene Christian University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Texas Southern University, Bennett College, California State University Dominguez Hills, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Pine Manor College, Paul Quinn College, Wiley College

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Alabama State University, then you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, Southern Vermont College, Buffalo State College, University of Bridgeport, College of St. Elizabeth, Albertus Magnus College, Bloomfield College

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Alabama State University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

La Salle University, University of Texas at El Paso, University of California, Merced, California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Kean University, California State University Los Angeles

Applying to Alabama State University

Application Deadline: July 30

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Graduate Admissions Website:   

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