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Alabama— Ranks the State’s Best Colleges & Universities for 2021

The top higher education institutions in Alabama

What are the top colleges and universities in Alabama? See where ranks them in a variety of categories…

MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA, USA, March 17, 2021 / -- With so many excellent colleges and universities to choose from in Alabama, the challenge for prospective students isn’t selecting just any school but choosing the right school from among the state’s very best institutions . announces the release of its series “The Best Colleges & Universities in the USA,” which ranks every state’s schools in multiple categories. The top higher education institutions in Alabama are ranked here:

Alabama’s Best Colleges & Universities of 2021

Alabama’s page includes breakdown rankings and links in the following categories:
• 7 Research Universities
• 17 Liberal Arts Colleges & Universities
• 23 Graduate Schools
• 14 Public Colleges & Universities
• 14 Private Colleges & Universities
• 12 Christian Colleges & Universities
• 18 Small Colleges & Universities (fewer than 5,000 students)
• 19 Affordable Colleges (below national average of $16k/yr)
• 21 Community Colleges

Attending an in-state college or university remains a major priority for many students.. The tuition benefit students receive from attending a school in their state can be the deciding factor in pursuing a college degree. A local school within driving distance can also make a major difference in the cost, saving commuters money by providing an alternative to the costlier on-campus, residential experience.

What are some of the top Alabama schools?

Among the Alabama research universities ranked:
• Auburn University (Auburn, Alabama)
• Samford University (Birmingham)
• University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa)
• University of Alabama at Birmingham (Birmingham)
• University of Alabama in Huntsville (Huntsville)

Among the Alabama liberal arts colleges and universities ranked:
• Birmingham–Southern College (Birmingham, Alabama)
• Huntingdon College (Montgomery)
• Judson College (Marion)
• Oakwood University (Huntsville)
• Spring Hill College (Mobile)
• Troy University (Troy)
• Tuskegee University (Tuskegee)
• University of Mobile (Mobile)
• University of Montevallo (Montevallo)
• University of North Alabama (Florence)

Visit the link above to see where these schools place in each ranking, along with additional details about each and rankings of all other Alabama colleges and universities. For those students with specific needs and who want greater customization,’s rankings provide greater detail through 26 customizable filters available using Custom College Rankings for Alabama.

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“College can be costly, so students are right to have high expectations. helps students meet these expectations with the best tools on the internet, from our College Strategist and Desirability Score to our Custom College Rankings and fact-packed articles. Visit our site and see how we can help make your college search more effective and satisfying.”

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