University of South Alabama
Meisler Hall Suite 2500
Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

The University of South Alabama is a public, four-year institution in Mobile, Ala., and the only major public university in the upper Gulf Coast area. The university’s history dates back to 1963, when it was created by an act of the Alabama State Legislature. Since that time, the university has grown into a diverse research institution with a student population of just more than 15,000, and it remains one of the fastest-growing universities in Alabama. The university’s Mitchell College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which is considered the gold standard approval in business and accounting education. Last but least, the university’s College of Medicine is a component of the USA Health System, a well-regarded group of hospitals and private practices.

Programs Offered

The University of South Alabama provides a wide range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs through its many colleges, including programs in the arts and sciences, allied health professions, business, education, medicine, pharmacy, engineering, nursing, computing, and continuing education and special programs. Of note, the university offers pre-professional programs at the undergraduate level that prepare students for acceptance into professional programs in medicine, dentistry, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, optometry, veterinary medicine, physician assistant, and podiatry. In addition to offering high quality traditional programs, the university also offers distance learning through USA Online. These include online bachelor’s degree completion programs and entire online graduate programs, including a Master of Education, Master of Science in Instructional Design and Development, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). The university is currently in the midst of transitioning from the eCollege learning management system to a new system called Sakai, so online students may take courses using both types of software until the transition is complete.


The University of South Alabama has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges, since 1968. Several individual programs offered by the university have also received specialized accreditation, which students can verify on College Navigator.


First-time freshmen must submit a completed application, pay a $35 application fee, submit official high school transcripts with senior year schedule, and submit official ACT or SAT scores. Slightly different admissions requirements apply to early admission applicants, freshmen with previous credits, GED first-time freshmen, transfer applicants, and other special applicants; for full undergraduate admissions information, see the university website. Graduate applicants must possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate work, must have completed sufficient undergraduate courses in the relevant subject to qualify for graduate study, and submit the appropriate entrance exam scores, such as the GRE or GMAT, if applicable. In addition, graduate applicants must be recommended by the appropriate coordinator/chair, the director of graduate studies, and approval by the graduate dean, and meet all other qualifications for admissions established by the particular graduate department. Final deadlines for all applications and supporting documents for new graduate students are July 15 for the fall semester, Dec. 1 for the spring semester, and May 1 for the summer semester.


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