College Guide A Guide to Higher Education in the South
Welcome to the Deep South College Guide Educational opportunity has always been the key to unlocking success in the South, the pathway to a better life. Educational opportunities are blossoming in a host of new directions and the world of academia is on the fast track to keep up with heightened demand for a high-value education and shrinking resources with which to pay for it. We present the Deep South College Guide as a resource for parents, students and non-traditional students to learn more about selected institutions of higher learning and the paths they offer to a better life. On the pages that follow you will see those opportunities detailed again and again in this collection of profiles of Southern institutions of higher learning, their programs and traditions.
Paying for College Student Loans
Education loans come in three primary categories: student loans, parent loans and private student loans. There is also a consolidation loan, which allows the borrower a simplified payment that wraps up a series of loans into one. There are also peer-to-peer education loans. All told, more than $100 billion in federal education loans and $10 billion in private student loans are made available to students each year. The Direct Loan program makes money available through the college’s financial aid office with funds provided by the US Department of Education. It is an alphabet soup of loans, Stafford, Plus, Consolidation, etc. Few can afford to pay for college without some form of education financing. Two-thirds (65.6%) of 4-year undergraduate students graduated with a Bachelor’s degree and some debt in 2007-08, and the average student loan debt among graduating seniors was $23,186 (excluding PLUS Loans but including Stafford, Perkins, state, college and private loans). Among graduating 4-year undergraduate students who applied for federal student aid, 86.3% borrowed to pay for their education and the average cumulative debt was $24,651. (For just federal student loan debt, excluding PLUS Loans, the figures are 61.6% and $17,878.) Average cumulative debt increased by 5.6% or $1,139 a year since 2003-04. When one includes PLUS loans in the total, 66.0% of 4-year undergraduate students graduated with some debt in 2007-08, and the average cumulative debt incurred was $27,803.
search and it’s free. To find small local awards, look for notices posted on bulletin boards at your school’s guidance office, the public library and outside the financial aid office at nearby colleges and universities. College alumni and other private scholarship sponsors occasionally establish scholarships with very specific eligibility requirements that you just might meet. There are many scholarships for average students that focus on qualities besides academic merit, as well as a variety of less competitive scholarships. There are also many community service scholarships and scholarships for hispanic and latino students. Scholarships that sound too good to be true usually are. Learn how to recognize and protect yourself from the most common scholarship scams. The number one tip: If you have to pay money to get money, it’s probably a scam. It is important to ask the school’s financial aid office about its outside scholarship policy, since this can affect how much you benefit from winning a scholarship if you are receiving need-based student aid. A portion of your scholarship might be taxable. Usually amounts used for tuition and required fees are tax-free, but you should review the rules to ensure that you report the scholarship correctly.
Unlike student loans, undergrad scholarships and graduate school fellowships do not have to be repaid. Hundreds of thousands of scholarships and fellowships from several thousand sponsors are awarded each year. For the most part scholarships and fellowships are reserved for students with special qualifications, such as academic, athletic or artistic talent. Awards are also available for students who are interested in particular fields of study, who are members of underrepresented groups, who live in certain areas of the country or who demonstrate financial need. The best way to search for scholarships and fellowships is to use a personalized search, like the FastWeb scholarship search. It works by matching the information in your completed profile to scholarships from a database of over 1.5 million scholarships worth over $3.4 billion. If you supply an email address, they will notify you when new awards that match your profile are added to the database. FastWeb also includes a college search and numerous other student resources. In addition to FastWeb, you may want to search one of the other free scholarship search sites. It doesn’t take much time to b-metro.com
Saving for College
According to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), college tuition increased by 8 percent per year, on average, from 1979 to 2001. If that trend continues, children born today will face college costs that could be four times current prices by the time they are ready for college. The rule of thumb finds parents paying at least half to twothirds of college costs through a combination of savings, current income, and loans. Government aid, college, university and private scholarships accounts for only about a third of total college costs. Naturally, you cannot start saving for your child’s education too early in life, even as early as the day the child is born. Time is one of the most valuable assets. The sooner you start saving, the more time the money you set aside for college will have to grow. If you start saving early enough, even a modest weekly or monthly investment can grow to a significant college fund. For example, saving $50 a month from birth would yield about $20,000 by the time the child turns 17, assuming a 7 percent return on investment. Saving $200 a month could turn into almost $80,000. Paying for college by saving before your child is of college age definitely costs much less than paying for college afterward. Saving $200 a month for ten years at 7 percent interest would yield $34,818.89. Borrowing the same amount at 6.8% interest with a ten year term would require payments of $400.70 a month. At 8.5% interest the payments increase to $431.70 a month. Even if college is just a year or two away, it is never too late to start saving. There are tax benefits to saving in a section 529 college savings plan or prepaid tuition plan, and every dollar you save is a
FAQs about Financial Aid
Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about financial aid. 1. I probably don’t qualify for aid. Should I apply for aid anyway? Yes. Many families mistakenly think they don’t qualify for aid and prevent themselves from receiving financial aid by failing to apply for it. In addition, there are a few sources of aid such as unsubsidized Stafford and PLUS loans that are available regardless of need. The FAFSA form is free. There is no good excuse for not applying. 2. Do I need to be admitted before I can apply for financial aid at a particular university? No. You can apply for financial aid any time after January 1. To actually receive funds, however, you must be admitted and enrolled at the university. 3. Why can’t I submit my financial aid application before January 1? The need analysis process for financial aid uses the family’s income and tax information from the most recent tax year (the base year) to judge your eligibility for need-based financial aid during the upcoming academic year (the award year). Since the base year ends December 31, you cannot submit a financial aid application until January 1. After all, your parents might earn a year-end bonus or realize capital gains from selling stocks on December 31. If you submit the financial aid application before January 1, it will be rejected. 4. Do I have to reapply for financial aid every year? Yes. Most financial aid offices require that you apply for financial aid every year. If your financial circumstances change, you may get more or less aid. After your first year you will receive a “Renewal Application” which contains preprinted information from the previous year’s FAFSA. Note that your eligibility for financial aid may change significantly, especially if you have a different number of family members in college. Renewal of your financial aid package also depends on your making satisfactory academic progress toward a degree, such as earning a minimum number of credits and achieving a minimum GPA. 5. How do I apply for a Pell Grant and other types of need-based aid? Submit a FAFSA. To indicate interest in student employment, student loans and parent loans, 140
dollar less you’ll need to borrow. There are many topics to master: Setting savings goals, savings myths, saving tips, account ownership, investment strategies, tax implications, gifts, tuition inflation and how to keep up with it. Here is a complete list of college savings vehicles are: Section 529 Plans. These include Section 529 College Savings Plans and Section 529 Prepaid Tuition Plans. Credit Card Rebate and Loyalty Programs. These are affinity programs such as Upromise, BabyMint, and SAGE Tuition Rewards. Savings Social Networking Programs. These programs leverage your social network of friends, family and local businesses to help your children save for college and reward academic achievement in school. CollegeSure CD from College Savings Bank US Treasury Savings Bonds, including Series EE Savings Bonds, Series I Savings Bonds, Zero Coupon Bonds and Treasury STRIPS, and Treasury Inflation-Indexed Securities (TIPS). Coverdell Education Savings Accounts, formerly known as Education IRAs. Money from your Retirement Plan, including penaltyfree withdrawals from individual retirement plans (IRAs) and borrowing from your 401(k). UGMA/UTMA Custodial Accounts, Saving in the Parents’ Names, Section 2503(c) Minor’s Trust, Crummey Trust Variable Life Insurance Policies (using the cash value of your variable life insurance policy) Home Equity Line of Credit. This involves using a home equity line of credit to tap into the equity in your home. you should check the appropriate boxes. Checking these boxes does not commit you to accepting these types of aid. You will have the opportunity to accept or decline each part of your aid package later. Leaving these boxes unchecked will not increase the amount of grants you receive. 6. Are my parents responsible for my educational loans? No. Parents are, however, responsible for the Federal PLUS loans. Parents will only be responsible for your educational loans if they co-sign your loan. In general you and you alone are responsible for repaying your educational loans. You do not need to get your parents to cosign your federal student loans, even if you are under age 18, as the ‘defense of infancy’ does not apply to federal student loans. (The defense of infancy presumes that a minor is not able to enter into contracts, and considers any such contract to be void. There is an explicit exemption to this principle in the Higher Education Act with regard to federal student loans.) However, lenders may require a cosigner on private student loans if your credit history is insufficient or if you are underage. In fact, many private student loan programs are not available to students under age 18 because of the defense of infancy. If your parents (or grandparents) want to help pay off your loan, you can have your billing statements sent to their address. Likewise, if your lender or loan servicer provides an electronic payment service, where the monthly payments are automatically deducted from a bank account, your parents can agree to have the payments deducted from their account. But your parents are under no obligation to repay your loans. If they forget to pay the bill on time or decide to cancel the electronic payment agreement, you will be held responsible for the payments, not them. 7. Where can I get information about Federal student financial aid? Call the Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC) at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-4333243) or 1-800-730-8913 (if hearing impaired) and ask for a free copy of The Student Guide: Financial Aid from the US Department of Education. This toll free hotline is run by the US Department of Education and can answer questions about federal and state student aid programs and applications. You can also write to Federal Student Aid Information Center, PO Box 84, Washington, DC 20044.
Consortium for Character
Community partners support leadership development program based on character. By Mason Hart
Juniors and seniors from 50 local high schools earn scholarships based on their character, rather than grades, in the Greater Alabama Council BSA Youth Leadership Development Program (YLDP). These students are chosen to represent their high schools by their principals, counselors and teachers based upon the behavior and character they have demonstrated in school. “No other single program provides so much for so many throughout the metro area,” says Tom Surtees, Director Alabama Department of Industrial Relations, and YLDP’s chairman of community advisory committee. The YLDP was founded by Dr. Kevin Walsh in 2008, and he remains executive director of the program. Since the program’s inception more than $700,000 in scholarships have been awarded. YLDP’s director, Libby Holmes, of Jefferson State Community College, expects $750,000 of scholarships to be awarded in 2013. “This program is a true consortium of the Greater Alabama Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the United Way, public and private schools, higher education, and the business community uniting to support todays’ youth and to prepare tomorrow’s leaders,” says Holmes. The YLDP is a nine-month program. Students meet once a month to hear one or two outstanding speakers, chosen for his/ her accomplishments, stature, and character. Also, during these sessions, leadership lessons and activities are led by Jefferson State Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa honor students and Dr. Liesl Harris, who serves as associate director of the program. There are also three community service activities, in which the participants are encouraged to participate. Successful participants are graduated
with a Youth Leadership Development Program certificate and are eligible to apply for available scholarships. “The success of YLDP is evident in the number of students participating, in the support of high school counselors and teachers, in the energy that surrounds the program and in the truly magnificent corporate and community support resulting in scholarships for so many of the participants,” states Jefferson State Community College President, Judy Merritt. Each year the YLDP kicks off with the “Charles Andrew von Herrmann Opening Ceremony,” hosted by Homewood High School. Local dignitaries are in attendance to encourage the students in their continued education. “Last year our keynote speaker was Dr. Larry Delucus, former astronaut and current UAB professor. This year we are honored to have American Hero Colonel, Leo Thorsness, recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, six year prisoner of war, and author of Surviving Hell as our keynote speaker,” states Geri Albright, Lawson State Community College’s associate director of YLPD. Students must attend six monthly meetings or more to qualify for a scholarship, which are awarded on a point system. A total of 60 points, earned by attending meetings, running for YLDP office, participating in a service project, readings, essays, and recommendations must be earned in order to apply for a scholarship and receive an YLDP diploma. Scholarships are awarded on total points and the students’ individual choices of where they want to attend college. “It was a life changing experience in which I made friends that will last a lifetime,” says YLDP scholarship recipient, Richard T. Colley, III. “These life lessons will stick with me for many years.” Higher education partners include Auburn University, Birmingham Southern College, Jacksonville State University, Jefferson State Community College, Lawson State Community College, Miles College, Troy University, UAB, University of Alabama, University of Montevallo, University of West Alabama, and Wallace State Community College. In addition to these institutions, vital support for this youth opportunity has come from the United Way of Central Alabama and many other community resources. “This program would not be possible without many people in our community, including but not limited to Miles College President, Dr. George French, Jr., Dr. Judy Merritt, President of Jefferson State Community College; Lawson State Community College President, Dr. Perry Ward; President of the University of Montevallo, Dr. John Stuart; Dr. Carol Garrison, UAB President,” says Walsh. “Their help along with the community support of Mr. Fred von Herrmann, Dave Wood, III the CEO of Wood Fruitticher, Representative Arthur Payne, St. Vincent’s CEO, John O’Neal, Dr. Larry Lemak, and Doug Key, CEO Mutual Savings Credit Union, helped get the program off the ground.” In 2012 the YLDP honored Walsh with an annual summer camp, named for him, “Walsh Academy of Leadership,” held at University of Montevallo and American Village where YLDP students are invited to “Scale the WAL” in an intensive, three day leadership camp. b-metro.com
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The University of Alabama UA students thrive in climate of excellence The University of Alabama provides students an education that enables them to reach their full academic and personal potential. Our dedication to excellence has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, which ranks UA in the top 5 percent of all schools surveyed. Excellence demands individuality. We offer more than 200 majors and minors. New College allows students to customize a course of study. And Honors College is home to the best and brightest students, all of whom were in the top tier of their high school graduating class. At UA we help in-state, first-time freshmen pay for college through scholarship opportunities such as Capstone Scholars, Collegiate Scholars and Presidential Scholars. We also offer meritbased scholarships such as National Merit
Finalist, National Achievement Finalist and National Alumni Association Crimson Scholarships. To learn more about these and other scholarships, visit scholarships. ua.edu. In addition to scholarships, 60 percent of UA undergraduates receive some type of financial aid such as work-study, loans or grants. To learn more about additional financial aid opportunities, visit financialaid.ua.edu. Our commitment to students goes beyond the classroom, with local volunteer opportunities, study abroad, internships and cultural events. Undergraduate research is a hallmark of UA academics; more than 280 students participated in the 2011 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference. UA offers more than 350 student groups ranging from politics
to intramural sports, and a robust Greek system. Our campus ministries organization is robust and diverse, allowing students to grow in their faith or explore avenues for spiritual growth. UA challenges students to work harder, reach higher and go farther than ever before. Our students accept that challenge. UA leads the nation in USA Todayâ€™s All-USA College Academic Team members, having placed 46 members on the team since 2003. We have produced Rhodes Scholars, Goldwater Scholars, Truman Scholars, Hollings Scholars and Javits Fellows. The University of Alabama teaches excellence; here your potential for success can flourish. To learn more, visit gobama. ua.edu.
The University of Alabama community unites students and leaders across the world — all connected by an enduring commitment to growth and excellence. With a degree from UA, you’ll gain more than a diploma. Our student experience is centered on an integration of academics, service-learning, frequent collaboration and healthy dialogue. We empower our students to perpetually strive for excellence — whether it’s in the classroom, throughout our community or around the world. This standard of commitment is one that we continuously demonstrate through our rankings. For the third consecutive year, UA has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service learning and civic engagement.
Discover your opportunity to excel at The University of Alabama — visit gobAmA.UA.edU.
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Auburn University At Auburn University, students have described the appeal of campus as “something special” for more than 150 years. This connection and appeal of the Auburn Family means even more when you consider Auburn’s strong academics. For 19 consecutive years, Auburn has been in the top 50 of public universities nationwide according to U.S. News & World Report. Auburn is also listed in Princeton Review’s 2012 edition of the “Best 376 Colleges” and “The Best 294 Business Schools: 2012 Edition.” Auburn is also recognized for value and sustainability practices as one of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance 100 Best Values in Public Colleges and The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges (2011 editions). The city of Auburn is a wonderful college town with high rankings for lifestyle and amenities. The Princeton Review surveyed more than 122,000 students to rank the top schools in the country for quality of life, and Auburn ranked number four. Important to most students when considering a university are the results from the National Survey of Student Engagement, which reveals that students rank Auburn in the upper tier nationally for providing a supportive learning environment. Results from a pioneering study known
as the Collegiate Learning Assessment at universities around the nation show significant gains in the intellectual skills of Auburn students -- more than 100 points on SATequivalent tests -- from their freshman to senior years. Auburn placed in the top third of the institutions participating. In several disciplines, students have the opportunity to earn credit for a master’s degree while still working toward their undergraduate diploma in an accelerated bachelor’s/master’s program. It’s an attractive option for highly motivated students, who want to use their academic talents to more quickly earn an advanced degree through a rigorous course of study. Auburn’s Draughon Library is the largest library in the state. The Auburn University Libraries contain 3.2 million volumes and subscribe to 19,000 journals and 256 electronic databases. It also serves as an instructional resource for faculty and houses a new Learning Commons for students and one of two locations for the new Miller Writing Center. Another aspect of our exceptional learning environment involves Auburn’s Learning Communities, which are
designed to group students with similar academic interests to build support groups for long-term academic development. The Village residential community was built to facilitate that model, and more opportunities are being developed to encourage student involvement in service learning, another widely cited element of individual academic growth. Auburn strongly believes that international skills and abilities are essential for all of its students. The Office of International Education has named 2012 to be the Year of East Asia and has developed programming for all students. The Auburn Abroad Office coordinates faculty-led study tours, educational exchanges and international internships helping our students gain cross-cultural competencies that foster success in the global arena. Each school and college at Auburn now has at least one study abroad program, and the number of students traveling abroad through these programs increases each year. Outcomes for graduates show high satisfaction rates with 97 percent of Auburn alumni rating their experience as excellent, and 94 percent saying if they had to make the choice again, they would choose Auburn. For the more than 24,000 students who enroll here from all 50 states and some 80 foreign countries, Auburn fosters one of the richest academic experiences possible. Come visit and hear your first, welcoming “War Eagle!” greeting.
We’re more than a pretty face. Ranked in the top 50 public universities for 19 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report.
96% of our graduates say if they had to choose again, they’d choose Auburn.
Auburn offers more than 140 options for undergraduate degrees.
A recent survey of Auburn graduates shows that 90% of our graduates had jobs within six months of graduation, and 92% said they were prepared or well prepared for their careers.
The Collegiate Learning Assessment, a top national performance test, shows significant knowledge gains by the time Auburn freshmen become seniors.
In the past five years, graduates and students have won an Academy Award, the Heisman Trophy, a Rhodes Scholarship, a Pulitzer Prize, and been named the CEO of Apple.
Visit www.auburn.edu/rankings to learn more.
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Birmingham-Southern College Forbes magazine ranks BirminghamSouthern College the No. 1 college or university in Alabama. It is also one of the original 40 institutions honored by Loren Pope’s book Colleges That Change Lives as “outdoing the Ivy League schools and the major universities in producing winners.” For more than 150 years, BirminghamSouthern College has been one of the nation’s best liberal arts colleges, developing students mentally, morally and physically while preparing them for successful careers. The college is recognized nationwide for its educational excellence and its value. We offer small classes – the average class size is 16 – and accessible professors, with a 13-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio.
Choose from more than 50 areas of study, including special programs in honors, leadership, urban environmental studies, entrepreneurship, and media and film studies. Or design a major that’s unique to you. At Birmingham-Southern College we’re creating the next generation of leaders. We embrace hands-on learning to equip graduates to meet the world headon, emphasizing creative problem-solving and effective communication. And our unique E-term gives you the entire month of January to dig deep into one intensive class, work on collaborative research, tackle a service project, or travel the country or the world.
More than 85 percent of students live on BSC’s green and vibrant campus just outside the city center. There are more than 80 different student groups and clubs, plus 22 varsity teams that compete in the newlyformed Southern Athletic Association, which brings together colleges that put academics first. Come see for yourself! Sit in on a class, meet with a professor in your area of interest, spend the night in a residence hall, catch a show or a game. We have tours almost daily and would love to show you around. Schedule a visit or check us out at www.bsc.edu/admission.
This is Bir mingha m -s ouT h e rn c o l l e ge ...Where everybody knows you
That includes our president, Gen. Charles C. Krulak. As former Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, “the General,” as everyone here calls him, is a proven leader. He’s also everywhere. Don’t be surprised if you’re having lunch in our cafeteria and he sits down for a chat. From a president with a true open-door policy, to professors who mentor students, to staff who care deeply about them, you won’t just be another face.
“There has never been a better time to be a student at BirminghamSouthern College than right now. We have a proud history, but an even brighter future. Our educational experience is unique, and when you graduate from Birmingham-Southern you will be equipped to meet the world head-on and to make a profound difference.” — Gen. Charles C. Krulak
President Birmingham-Southern College
Be a part of BSC. Schedule a visit or learn more at www.bsc.edu.
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Jacksonville State University Where you’re going... From the moment you step foot on the campus of Jacksonville State University or enroll in our online studies program, you’ll soon discover that you are not the only one invested in your future. For more than 125 years our focus at Jacksonville State University has been on one thing - getting you ready for where you are going. WHERE YOU’RE GOING IS THE FRIENDLIEST CAMPUS IN THE SOUTH. According to the National Survey of Student Engagement, JSU deserves the title “Friendliest Campus in the South.” Factor in the local area’s national reputation for Southern hospitality, and this may just be the friendliest campus anywhere. At JSU, being friendly isn’t something we do, it’s just who we are. WHERE YOU’RE GOING THE FACULTY ACTUALLY KNOWS YOUR NAME. The first step toward helping you succeed is really getting to know you. Our faculty works to build a strong learning
environment that works for every student. The individualized attention and smaller class sizes at JSU translate into bigger academic success for you, and that is something worth knowing! WHERE YOU’RE GOING THERE ARE MORE PATHS TO UNCOVER. Located in Calhoun County, midway between Birmingham and Atlanta, Jacksonville State University is surrounded by 375,000 acres of the lush Talladega National Forest and offers plenty of room to explore your future. So whether you’re into hiking, biking or simply relaxing, you’ll find that enjoying campus life at JSU just comes naturally. WHERE YOU’RE GOING A TOP-NOTCH EDUCATION IS WAITING. Jacksonville State University leads Alabama regional universities with the highest percentage of accredited programs. Historically, JSU has graduated more teachers than any other college of education
in Alabama, and the Princeton Review has ranked JSU’s college of business among the nation’s best. The college of business is also accredited by the AACSB, a distinction shared by only five percent of colleges and universities worldwide. WHERE YOU’RE GOING YOU CAN GO THE DISTANCE. Jacksonville State University currently offers 35 programs online, with more in the works. Choose from bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, graduate certificates, or even JSU’s first doctoral degree, the Doctor of Science in Emergency Management. Check myjsuonline.com often for the latest offerings. LET JACKSONVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY HELP YOU GET READY FOR WHERE YOU’RE GOING NEXT: WWW.JSU.EDU | (800) 231-JAX1 | JAXFACTS@JSU.EDU
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Miles College Miles College- a senior, liberal arts, church related college with roots in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and in the tradition of the Historically Black College- motivates and directs its students to seek holistic development that leads to intellectual, ethical, spiritual and serviceoriented lives. Miles College, founded in 1898, is a premier liberal arts institution located in metropolitan Birmingham within the corporate limits of the City of Fairfield. The noble founders of the institution saw educated leadership as the paramount need in the black community. Miles, which is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and accredited by Commission on Colleges for the awarding of Baccalaureate Degrees, is the only fouryear institution in historic Birmingham, Alabama designated as a member of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Miles College is a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) higher learning institution. The College is one of only 39 HBCUs to have the designation of a United Negro College Fund (UNCF) institution. Miles College has as its brand civic engagement and activism. In essence, the Civil Rights Movement, in-part came to Birmingham Alabama, because of the
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activism of students at Miles College, helping to make Birmingham, Alabama the Civil Rights Capital of the world. The College offers baccalaureate programs with majors such as Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Communications, Computer and Information Sciences, History, Language Arts, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood/Elementary Education, English, Mathematics, Political Science and Social Work. In sum, Miles offers 28 Bachelor Degree programs in six academic divisions to an enrollment of approximately 1,700 students. We attribute the success of our students to diligence and academic seriousness as well as to the faculty members who immerse themselves into the education of students. Faculty members not only teach students inside of the classroom; but, are part of their external classroom lives as well. For example, the First Year Enrichment Program is geared to help students develop leadership skills and augment the classroom
experience. Under the leadership of President George T. French, Jr., Miles College is strong financially, and in 2006 purchased a new 41-acres campus adjacent to the existing campus. Previously “landlocked,” this acquisition enabled Miles to double the land size of the College. Campus Life at Miles is robust. With an active Panhellenic Council and champion sports teams, including football, basketball and baseball, there is much to choose from at Miles. The Miles College marching band, referred to as the “Purple Marching Machine”, has been thrilling audiences with their high energy performances for decades. Miles College. Change Your Life. Miles College 5500 Myron Massey Boulevard Fairfield, Alabama 35064 205.929.1000 Miles.edu
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Samford University History Samford University was chartered as Howard College in Marion, Ala., in 1841 by a group of Alabama Baptists. It took its name from John Howard, an 18th century British prison reformer. After surviving two destructive fires and the Civil War, the college moved to Birmingham’s East Lake area in 1887. Howard became coeducational in 1913 and enjoyed a period of growth before the onset of the Great Depression brought hard times in the 1930s. Under the presidency of Major Harwell G. Davis (1939-57), Howard rebounded in the 1940s, thanks in part to a Navy V-12 program during World War II that brought the school men and money. Hemmed in by its neighborhood with little prospect for growth, Howard began looking for a new campus site, settling on a spacious 400-acre plot in Shades Valley. Laying the cornerstone to the first building in 1955, Howard moved to its Homewood campus in 1957. There, the college thrived, acquiring the Cumberland School of Law in 1961 and changing its name to Samford University in 1965, honoring the family of its longtime board chairman, Frank Park Samford. Enrollment climbed as new programs and facilities were added during the presidency of Leslie S. Wright (195883). A period of increased national and international recognition followed under President Thomas E. Corts (1983-2006)
as enrollment, endowment, academic and athletic programs grew, supported to some extent by gifts of more than $100 million from the family of Ralph W. Beeson. Under its current president, Andrew Westmoreland, inaugurated in 2006, Samford enjoys an endowment of more than $240 million and eight thriving schools. It has been Alabama’s largest private university for more than half a century. During the 2011-12 academic year, Samford’s enrollment was 4,715.
Important Areas of Study Samford offers 135 undergraduate majors, minors and concentrations. It has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12-to-1, with no classes taught by graduate assistants. Among its more important areas of study are nursing, through the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing; entrepreneurship, through the Brock School of Business; and a new worship leadership minor in the School of the Arts. Samford offers an innovative liberal arts curriculum through its University Fellows honors program. It provides a broad array of international study opportunities throughout its curriculum, with programs touching five continents.
Campus Life Samford has a vibrant program of campus life for students from 47 states and 16 nations. About two of every three undergraduates live on campus, and programs of recreation, co-curricular involvement in clubs and organizations, intramurals, athletics, publications and university ministries are open to all students. Samford is a member of the Southern Conference, the fourth oldest major college athletic conference in the U.S. Step Sing, an annual February musical extravaganza that had its beginning in 1951, involves about 1,000 students in a spirited competition between campus organizations. Family Weekend and Homecoming are annual fall events that involve hundreds of students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni. Samford places a high priority
on community outreach programs, and hundreds of students annually volunteer to serve in work projects with neighborhoods, schools, churches and other organizations to the betterment of their communities.
Graduate Programs Samford offers graduate programs in each of its eight schools, enrolling more than 1,700 students in various master’s and doctoral degree programs. Three of the schools—Cumberland School of Law, McWhorter School of Pharmacy and Beeson Divinity School—offer graduate programs exclusively. The Brock School of Business, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies, Howard College of Arts and Sciences and School of the Arts offer a multiplicity of graduate degrees.
Major Awards Samford has been ranked in the top tier of its peer group by the prestigious U. S. News & World Report annual college rankings for more than two decades. It also has been nationally recognized or ranked for its academic programs and affordability by such prestigious publications as Kiplinger’s, Forbes and The Princeton Review. Programs in law, nursing and business also have received national recognition by several prominent publications and rankings. Stephen Chew, professor and chair of Samford’s psychology department, was recognized as the 2011 national professor of the year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
National Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
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University of Montevallo Founded in 1896, the University of Montevallo is located in the community of Montevallo, approximately 35 miles south of Birmingham. Red brick walks and drives crisscross the breathtaking campus, which boasts three antebellum structures and more than 25 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. The central part of campus is a National Historic District. With the look and feel of a small, private college, the University of Montevallo, a public university with an enrollment of approximately 3,000 students, offers one of the best values in higher education in Alabama. Here students from virtually every county in Alabama, as well as from other states and 23 countries, learn in an educational environment that boasts a student/faculty ratio of 17:1 and an average class size of 21. Montevallo offers academic programs
in four colleges: arts and sciences, business, education and fine arts. Students choose from more than 30 degree programs and approximately 75 majors and concentrations. They have unprecedented opportunities for conducting undergraduate research under faculty mentors, more than 95 percent of whom have earned either the doctorate or another terminal degree. UM fields 12 NCAA Division II athletic teams that compete in the Peach Belt Conference. Unique to Montevallo is its homecoming tradition, College Night, which is known as the oldest homecoming tradition of its kind in the nation and which brings hundreds of alumni back to campus each February. College Night was selected as a “Local Legacy” for the Library of Congress’s bicentennial celebration in 2000. Montevallo is ranked by U.S. News &
World Report as the top public master’slevel university in Alabama and among the top 20 in the South in the 2011 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.” In addition, UM’s accreditation was recently reaffirmed by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges with zero recommendations and no sanctions of any kind – a rare achievement. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT UM: Visit go.montevallo.edu or www.montevallo.edu Call 205.665.6030 or 1.800.292.4349 (toll-free) Send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org Join us on facebook at http://www. facebook.com/goMontevallo
ALTOGETHER ���O��O��� Unorthodox. Unexpected. Unusual. Rather than follow the path of least resistance, creativity is about asking, questioning and discovering new paths to insight. It’s the relentless pursuit of understanding–seeking the world through a new perspective and ﬁnding yourself from within. It thrives in an environment that encourages individuality en over conformity, and self discovery through community. Because this is more than just an education: it’s the unearthing of a true individual. Welcome to Unconventional Wisdom.
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The University of Alabama at Birmingham UABe You Be Inspired UAB students learn from— and work alongside—some of the world’s top researchers, scholars, and experts. Our programs give students the benefit of exciting academic challenges and experiences that will prepare them for obtaining an advanced degree or a future in the job market. Be Brilliant Brilliant minds don’t think alike—they think differently. That’s why UAB offers more than 100 different areas of study, including courses that can’t be found anywhere else in the state—such as undergraduate biomedical engineering or forensic accounting—not to mention the individually designed majors students create around their own interests and goals. Many students are drawn to the unrivaled opportunities of the UAB Honors College,
working with each other and with dedicated faculty through research, scholarship, and service. Be Social A fulfilling social life is important. UAB offers a rich mix of academic, honors, Greek, athletic and volunteer organizations. With more than 150 campus organizations, UAB offers the chance to make lifelong friendships and opportunities to develop skills essential to leadership and teamwork. Be Prepared Alabama’s largest city is a great place to try out newly learned skills. Fortune 500 companies, startups, nonprofits, UAB’s own health system, and countless other businesses seek out UAB students to fill their internships, co-ops and work-study opportunities. They also come looking for UAB graduates to fill their positions.
Be You Your interests, your perspectives, your vision, your future— at a university where you can be who you are and who you’re going to become. Be yourself here. Learn how at uab.edu/ myuab UAB Undergraduate Admissions email@example.com 205.934.8221 Campus Tours - uab.edu/tours Being UAB •11,000+undergraduate population •#1 among public institutions for federal research dollars per incoming freshman •1 2012 Rhodes Scholar •9 pre-professional programs •Home to a nationally ranked academic medical center.
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Belhaven University With 1,000 traditional students and a 12:1 faculty ratio, Belhaven University stands apart from the crowd, providing a personal, involved approach to your degree. And since 92% of our students are receiving financial aid, a quality, affordable education is at your fingertips. Known for our nationally recognized arts degrees and business school, as well as a diverse out of state and international population, Belhaven’s enduring commitment to the liberal arts and the integration of the Christian worldview into the classroom are truly something you have to see for yourself! Come for a personal visit or to one of our Discover Days to discover Your Place…. Your Purpose.
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xcel beyond your highest goals. At Belhaven University, you will find yourself in a place where top-rated faculty and a nurturing environment converge to bring you to your best… then propel you beyond what you believe is achievable. Nationally recognized academics. Vibrant campus life. Christ-centered worldview. The faith-affirming support to become more. Aim for excellence from God’s perspective. Visit Belhaven University…your place to discover your purpose.
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Bevill State Bevill State is committed to delivering programs in academic and career technical education, adult education and workforce training. Bevill Stare offers university-parallel courses that prepare students to transfer to four-year colleges to complete baccalaureate degrees. Health sciences, career technical education Whether you’re starting your college and short-term training programs career, returning to school to change careers, prepare students to enter the workforce in or looking for classes to enrich your life, two years or less. Adult Education focuses Bevill State Community College can help on improving individuals’ skill, productivity you reach your goals. As a comprehensive and training with GED preparation and learning-centered institution, Bevill State testing, basic skills and English as a Second is dedicated to providing higher education Language. opportunities and services to residents in Bevill State strives to provide its students West Central Alabama. with state-of-the-art, well equipped Bham magazine ad_Layout 1 12/13/11 10:53 AM Page 1 As a public, two-year institution in campuses to meet the educational and selfthe Alabama Community College System, developmental needs of each student. Each
campus provides extensive library resources, bookstores, meeting facilities, dining facilities and much more. The College has multiple locations with main campuses in Fayette, Hamilton, Jasper and Sumiton and an instructional site in Carrollton. The flexibility of day, evening, weekend and online classes provides individuals an excellent opportunity to further their education. Bevill State students receive highquality education from caring, committed faculty members in small classes at an affordable price. Contact us today and learn more about how Bevill State can Change Your Life.
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Faulkner University You won’t get lost in the crowds at Faulkner University. This is a campus where professors will know you by name and where lifelong friendships are formed. A faith-based institution, Faulkner equips you with the tools to not only connect with your career but also to build a solid spiritual and ethical foundation to help you meet life’s toughest challenges. Based in Montgomery, Ala., Faulkner is committed to academic excellence. Our five colleges offer 65 academic degrees in subjects as diverse as business administration, biology and biblical studies. The university also offers six graduate degree programs plus a respected law school whose graduates lead Alabama in the rate of first-time passage of the state bar exam. In addition to its traditional undergraduate program, Faulkner provides degree-completion programs for adults at
campuses in Montgomery, Birmingham, Huntsville and Mobile. Despite its small-campus charm, Faulkner offers advanced technology to enhance the educational experience. All traditional students receive an Apple iPad tablet when they enroll, equipped with apps that make learning easier and more cost effective. Other technology tools include e-texts, live tutorials available 24/7, access to mobile-friendly research databases and enhanced online offerings. Students at Faulkner University enjoy an active campus life with modern oncampus housing options, great dining venues, social clubs, intramural sports, band and theater. The university is also home to an active intercollegiate athletics program that competes in 10 men’s and women’s sports. Thanks to a new sports stadium, football will be played on campus
in the fall of 2012 for the first time in the school’s 70-year history. Learning isn’t restricted to the Montgomery campus. Faulkner is committed to the benefits of international studies. Students in recent years have studied in exciting locations including Greece, Italy, Israel and China. Faulkner’s location in Montgomery, the capital city of Alabama and a city rich in history and culture, lends itself to a myriad of opportunities for Faulkner students for internships, jobs, entertainment and travel. Beautiful white-sand beaches, mountain lake retreats and major urban centers are all within easy driving range of Montgomery. To learn more about Faulkner University, go to www.faulkner.edu or check us out on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Come visit us and experience the difference.
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Lawson State Lawson State Community College, ranked as one of “America’s 50 Best Community Colleges,” is a comprehensive, public, two-year, multi-campus college, which seeks to provide accessible quality educational opportunities, promote economic growth and enhance the quality of life for people in its service area. Further adding to its distinctions, Lawson State was one of 17 community colleges honored by the White House in September 2011 as a “Champion of Change” for its community impact and innovative approaches to solving challenges and helping individuals achieve educational and career goals.
Since its founding in 1949, Lawson State has focused its attention on the educational success and the career accomplishments of its students. The College offers more than 85 areas of study on its Bessemer and Birmingham campuses in four educational divisions: business technologies, career technical, health professions and liberal arts and sciences. Numerous financial aid options are available for students including grants, scholarships and work-study programs. To foster a well-rounded collegiate experience Lawson State encourages participation in its numerous clubs and organizations, choir, cheerleading and dance, and competitive sports and intercollegiate athletics, including men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and
men’s baseball. The college also offers residential living on the Birmingham campus. First-hand acquaintance will reveal all that is truly distinctive about Lawson State—a well-qualified and dedicated faculty, a congenial atmosphere and a college devoted to learning and its students. For more information call: Bessemer and Birmingham Campuses: (205) 925-2515 • www.lawsonstate.edu Bessemer Campus (Exit 108 off Interstate 20/59) 1100 - 9th Avenue SW Bessemer, Alabama 35022 Birmingham Campus 3060 Wilson Road Birmingham, Alabama 35221
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Lawson State Community College is a comprehensive, multi-campus college, which seeks to provide educational opportunities, promote economic growth and enhance the quality of life for people in its service area. The College is dedicated to providing affordable and accessible learning opportunities in order to prepare students for employment or career advancement, enable students to transfer to senior colleges and universities, and provide customized training needs for business and industry.
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Mississippi College Academics are not the only thing that makes a university great. What makes a university great is the people. People who genuinely care about students and strive to support them in every facet of their lives. Mississippi College has been educating and supporting students since 1826. Mississippi College stands as the oldest college in the state and second oldest Baptist college in the world. Our university has evolved over time with new academic programs, student organizations, and new facilities, but has not forgotten the Christian principles that it was founded upon. Academically, MC features over 80 areas of study on the undergraduate level, as well as graduate programs, a law school, Physician’s Assistant program, and doctoral programs. MC’s 16:1 student toteacher-ratio consistently promotes student success, allowing faculty the opportunity to get to know students on an individual level, approximately
something not always found in a university setting. Students also benefit from a wide variety of student-led organizations and extracurricular activities. From intramural sports to honor societies to social clubs & tribes (MC’s version of Greek life), there is an organization for everyone to be involved in. Between our reputable academic programs and our vibrant campus life, MC has achieved a heritage of producing servant leaders - students who excel academically, socially, and spiritually. For the past few years Mississippi College’s accomplishments have been noted nationally when they received recognition in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” annual edition. MC is currently ranked 20th among the South’s Best Universities- Master’s Level. Furthermore, the university held its 6th place ranking among Great Schools, Great
Prices for the second year in a row. Last year, MC experienced record enrollment with over 5,300 students. Further indication of MC’s commitment to excellence is its ability to produce outstanding citizens. Some of MC’s exceptional alumni include: Presidents and CEOs of multinational corporations, renowned scholars, doctors, scientists, authors, artists, missionaries, and more. For Mississippi College students higher education is more than getting a degree. It is about finding a family away from home; having their Christian values reinforced in all areas of their lives; and obtaining an education that will serve them well throughout their careers. To learn more about Mississippi College, please contact the Admissions Office at 1-800-738-1236 or visit our website at www.mc.edu. Visit us at www■mc■edu & start your application today.
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Stillman In a word, here is what the Stillman experience is all about: Success At Stillman, we are passionately advancing a powerful idea: doing the best, having the best and being the best. We’ve created a way of life to make it happen. Stillman’s offerings and outcomes rank with the best. Period. A 15:1 student-faculty ratio, state-of-the-art facilities, guaranteed-outcome programs, and professors and advisors who are personally committed to students’ success help make Stillman a top choice for high achievers seeking performance and value. At Stillman, success embodies pursuing excellence for the common good. We invest considerable thought and resources into programs for improving students’ odds of success—including a curriculum designed to offer everything students need to complete their studies and graduate in four years. To help students and parents plan well in advance for the cost of acquiring a Stillman education we AcAdemic ProgrAms • Art • Biology • Business Administration • elementary education • english • general studies • Health and Physical education • History • Journalism • mathematics • music • Psychology • religion • Theology
promise to lock in tuition, room and board fees for four years, or eight semesters, as long as the student is continuously enrolled in a four-year degree program at the College. We are proud of our success producing global leaders in many fields, and pleased to have Stillman students and graduates—and the businesses that recruit them—enthusiastically stamp their approval on what we call, The Stillman Way. Ranked 32 among 309 baccalaureate colleges in the 2011 College Guide for the Washington Monthly and named “1 of the 15 Most Wired College Campuses” by U.S. News & World Report, Stillman flourishes under the visionary leadership of its fifth president, Ernest McNealey, Ph.D. Proud of its heritage, Stillman celebrates its past as it advances confidently into the future, embracing excellence for the common good. Contact the Office of Admissions to schedule a visit at (205) 247-8148.
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Troy University It’s About a Spirit. Choosing the right university for you. Whether you are attending college for the first time, returning to complete your education, or pursuing a specialized degree, the search for the right educational fit can be an overwhelming task. So why not start at the beginning – the foundation of the university. Founded in 1887, with the motto
“Educate the mind to think, the heart to feel, and the body to act,” Troy University’s continuing mission is to prepare future leaders through teaching the importance of service to the community. According to TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., “TROY is not trying to be all things to all people, but what we promise in preparing tomorrow’s leaders through service, ethics and patriotism, we do very well.” TROY’s founding principles have remained steadfast for more than a century. “At Troy University, we saw the need to provide distance learning options to our students in the military more than 60 years ago, so we committed to developing programs that maintained
the same quality and the same spirit of an education obtained on our Alabama campuses,” says Dr. Hawkins. With in-class and online programs in fields like business, nursing, education, computer science, and criminal justice, students can pursue an in-demand education with a university that continues to receive accolades from the nation’s top publications. TROY has been recognized by the Princeton Review as “one of the best in the Southeast,” by U.S. News & World Report as “one of the top universities in the South,” and by Military Times as “a top university for troops.” TROY is the right university to help you meet your educational goals. To find out more about Troy University programs visit www.troy.edu or call 1-800– 414–5756 today.
Educate the mind to think, the heart to feel, the body to act. - TROY Motto 1887
If a university would commit to this endeavor, imagine the type of graduates it would produce. They would be lifelong learners, taught to think beyond the present and prepared to see tomorrow’s answers. They would have giving, empathetic hearts. Most importantly, they would be moved to action – seeking careers that serve the greater community. They would be Troy University students and alumni. If you are called to serve a greater purpose, then Troy University is the university you’re looking for.
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Xcell Academy is located in Hoover, Alabama, where there are world-class neighborhoods, shopping, recreation, and schools. From luxury apartment living to established neighborhood developments, Hoover is a wonderful place to live every stage of life. We are just minutes from Birmingham, Alabama, a city with classic southern charm and hospitality. This vibrant, beautiful city is nestled in the rolling foothills of the Appalachian
Mountains and serves up nationally recognized dining, shopping and entertainment, world-class attractions, events, and other wonderful things to see and do. Xcell Academy was the very first Paul Mitchell Partner School in the state of Alabama! At our cosmetology school, we strive for excellence. New classes are beginning all the time – year round, day and night! You can look forward to an uplifting experience at Xcell Academy, where we combine a fresh, innovative style with Learning Leaders who have a desire to share their knowledge of the beauty industry.
No matter how you learn, the programs available at Xcell Academy are adaptable to nearly any learning style. We believe education is an adventure and the learning experience needs to be fun. When prospective students visit our school, everywhere you go you’ll experience a positive learning environment and a culture that inspires both confidence and success. Our learning communities provide you with the opportunities to develop essential skills while you explore your talents, passion, and creativity. Everyone on our staff is committed to helping you find the right home, wherever your dreams may take you! For more information, please call us at (205) 824-4442 or visit our website at www.xcell.paulmitchell.edu
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Things You Should Know The University of Alabama has ranked among the top 50 public universities in the nation in U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings for more than a decade. UA is ranked 31st, its highest ranking ever, in the 2012 rankings. The University of Alabama ranked 2nd in the nation among public universities in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars in the 2011 freshman class. Auburn University programs named to U.S. News & World Report’s inaugural Top Online Education Program Honor Roll for 2012. Auburn has been named by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance as one of the top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges for 2011-12. The university is the oldest four-year, coeducational school in the state and the second-oldest in the Southeast. Women were first admitted in 1892. UAB has been named three consecutive years among the top 10 universities nationally for diversity (currently 5th) by The Princeton Review. It ranks 32nd nationally in federal research funding and 20th in funding from the National Institutes of Health (10th among public universities). UAB is among the top 200 universities internationally, and top 100 in life sciences, according to Academic Ranking of World Universities. It is the second largest academic medical center in the nation, home to the largest hospital in Alabama and 14th largest in the nation. Birmingham-Southern has a groundbreaking new interdisciplinary major that is perfect for creative talent. Beginning in fall 2010, students can opt for Media and Film Studies. The program will explore all types of media, including film or video, art, digital media, broadcast, print, photojournalism, and social networking. The major is distinctive to the Southeast and is designed to provide critical communication skills for students of the 21st century. In 2011, Jacksonville State University became one of the many universities across the country to participate in the Red Balloon Initiative sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). The initiative says higher education must re-imagine and re-invent education in order to perpetuate the current, albeit, subtle, paradigm shift from the belief that colleges and universities exist to provide instruction to the ideology that colleges and universities are institutions that exist 166
to produce learning. Under the leadership of President George T. French, Jr., Miles College in 2006 purchased a new 41-acres campus adjacent to the existing campus. Previously “landlocked,” this acquisition enabled Miles to double the land size of the College. Samford University is ranked fourth in the South by U.S. News & World Report. The Princeton Review named Samford as a “Best Southeastern College.” Named a College of Distinction for 2011–2012. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has named Samford #65 of the top 100 best value private universities in the U.S. Samford’s endowment of more than $210 million places it in the top 30 percent of the more than 3,600 universities and colleges in America. The University of Montevallo, well known for its picturesque, arboretum-like campus of 160 acres and famous for its red-brick streets and pathways, was founded October 12, 1896. Hundreds of alumni return to the campus each February for Homecoming — and for College Night, known as the only Homecoming tradition of its kind in the nation. College Night is a festival of comedy, drama, music and athletics that actually lasts four nights. The Purples and Golds showcase their talents by presenting original musical productions. College Night debuted in 1919. Belhaven University, formerly Belhaven College, has created an adult completion program that is tailored to the needs of busy, working adults. With multiple campuses (Jackson, Miss.; Orlando, Fla.; Houston, Tex.; Memphis and Chattanooga, Tenn. and Atlanta, Ga.), a multitude of undergraduate and graduate programs, and a Christian-based curriculum, Belhaven University offers you a chance to earn a degree without putting your life on hold. A recent evaluation by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence and NATEF determined that Bevill State Community College’s Auto Technology Programs is a quality, certified program. Among the various occupations Bevill State graduates are qualified to seek are automotive technicians, managers, automotive parts sales, service sales, assemblers, and warranty clerks. Commitment to service is at the core of a Faulkner University
education. Students are required to perform 40 hours of service each year culminating in 160 hours for graduation. Over the years, Faulkner students have logged in thousands of hours in service projects and mission work. Lawson State Community College is a comprehensive, diverse, public, two-year, multi-campus college, dedicated to providing affordable and accessible lifelong learning opportunities to prepare students for employment or career advancement, enable students to transfer to senior colleges and universities, and provide customized training for business and industry. Mississippi’s oldest institution of higher learning, Mississippi College was established in 1826 as Hampstead Academy. With nearly 4,900 students, the school is the state’s largest private university, and the nation’s second oldest Baptist college. Mississippi College was the first coeducational college in America to grant degrees to women, with two graduating in 1831. A leader in wireless computing, Stillman College received the
National Innovation in Technology Award from Apple Computers and continues to be on the cusp of technological innovations in higher education. In 2004 the College received its first-ever ranking among top tier schools in U.S. News and World Report and continues to hold this distinction. Troy University has locations in five Southeastern states, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina as well as Japan and South Korea. Troy University’s eTROY was established as a comprehensive, educational unit of Troy University to allow and encourage any student, regardless of location, the opportunity to earn a fully accredited college education via eTROY. Each year, thousands of future professionals and staff members from Paul Mitchell Schools like Xcell Academy in Hoover donate their time, talent, and energy to support a variety of charitable causes. Over the past eight years, campaigns have raised over $6 million to support philanthropic efforts.
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Making Education Work in Birmingham BB&T salutes the Birmingham Education Foundation, the city’s religious organizations, and Apple Computer for teaming up on a program that will create iPad Labs in every middle school in the Birmingham City School District. The labs will consist of 25 iPads housed in a mobile cart that can be accessed by the district’s middle school students as a high-tech learning tool. The iPad Labs are being funded through a unique, community-based initiative called Education Sunday. On a designated Sunday in September (designed to coincide with the anniversary of the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church) churches and other religious gatherings will come together to pledge a portion of that Sunday’s tithes and offerings to the effort to put the latest technology to work for Birmingham’s middle school students.
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