State Snapshot: Visit Alabama’s Colleges & Universities

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. Will one of Alabama’s 61 colleges and universities become your home for the next four years?

Well-known for southern hospitality, history, and outdoor adventure, the state of Alabama is located in the southeastern region of the United States. It is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Georgia to the east, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and Mississippi to the west.

When it comes time to visit colleges, you’ll find a broad spectrum of large and small colleges and universities as well as a mix of public, private and two-year institutions.

Of course there is always thriving Tuscaloosa, home to the University of Alabama (UA), the state’s flagship school. If you are looking for a big school experience, with competitive and nationally ranked athletics and nationwide pride, a visit to UA may be worth checking out.

The University of Alabama isn’t the only large school located in the state. Auburn University, with a student population of more than 25,000, is the well-known in-state rival to UA’s Crimson Tide.

If a small school experience is more your style, visit Birmingham-Southern College or perhaps Samford University; both are located in the city of Birmingham.

There are plenty of historical sites to visit and outdoor adventures to be had in Alabama, and many can be found near your favorite prospective university. After your college visit, explore the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville and even have lunch with an astronaut!

For a more outdoorsy time you could visit the beautiful Rickwood Caverns located in Warrior, AL. Check out the state’s website and discover Alabama while visiting colleges along the way!

For directions and travel planning tools to visit Alabama’s colleges and universities, search by name or state on the college profile pages here on

Author: Valerie

Valerie Grove is a junior at Virginia Tech, majoring in communications and former intern at Smart College Visit.

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