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Birmingham-Southern College is recognized nationally for its quality academics, its value, its safety preparedness, and the success of the graduates it produces.Princeton Review

Birmingham-Southern College is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The college is praised for its academic reputation, small classes, interaction with faculty, and beautiful campus and called “an institution that cares for its students and provides them with a high-quality education and opportunities to succeed.”

Parents & Colleges

The Parents & Colleges website ranks Birmingham-Southern College No. 1 on its list of the “Top 10 Most Engaging Greek Life Schools” in the country. The college received high marks for scholarship, leadership, philanthropy, and inclusiveness.

Colleges that change lives

Colleges That Change Lives has again included Birmingham-Southern as one of 40 colleges that are “outdoing the Ivy League schools and the major universities in producing winners.”  Read more at

Forbes magazine ranks Birmingham-Southern as the best college or university in Alabama—public or private—in its annual “America’s Top Colleges” listing based on the 2012 Fiske Guide to Collegesquality of the education, the experiences of the students, and how much they achieve.

Birmingham-Southern is one of only 310 colleges in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain highlighted in the 2012 Fiske Guide to Colleges as one of the “best and most interesting” schools.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazineBSC is one of only 200 colleges and universities named a 2011-12 College of Distinction by the college research service Student Horizons for “providing students with the highest level of undergraduate education and continuing to demonstrate its commitment to the four distinctions: engagement, teaching, community, and outcomes.”  Read more at

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, which ranks “the top schools that provide a high-quality education at an affordable price", includes Birmingham-Southern on its 2011-12 list of the “Best Values in Private Colleges.” Read more at

Birmingham-Southern was the highest ranked liberal arts college in the nation for “safety preparedness” in a recent Reader’s Digest survey.

The Princeton ReviewBirmingham-Southern College is one of the nation's “Best 376 Colleges” for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review.

The Princeton Review also ranks Birmingham-Southern as one of America’s “286 Greenest Colleges” for its eco-friendly campus.

President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll,

For the seventh straight year, Birmingham-Southern is on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.

Each year, more than 50 percent of the college’s graduates go on to graduate school at some of the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities.  The college annually ranks No. 1 in Alabama and among the nation’s best in percentage of all graduates accepted to medical, dental, or health career programs.  The college also ranks high nationally in graduates accepted to law school.  And for those who choose to move directly into their professional careers, BSC graduates have a distinguished record of job placement.

Other Points of Pride Southern Athletic Association

Birmingham-Southern and seven other Division III southeastern colleges have joined together to form a new athletic conference beginning with the 2012-13 season. The new conference will be named the Southern Athletic Association (SAA). Spanning six states, the SAA also includes Centre College in Kentucky, Hendrix College in Arkansas, Millsaps College in Mississippi, Oglethorpe University and Berry College in in Georgia, and Rhodes College and Sewanee: The University of the South in Tennessee.

Birmingham-Southern received a Watershed Conservation Development Award at the annual meeting of the Cahaba River Society in February at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens for its water-saving features in the new Lakeview North and Lakeview South residence halls on campus. BSC's two LEED-certified residence halls, which opened in fall 2010, were recognized for their high efficiency dual-flush toilets, low-flow faucets and showerheads, and hot water recirculating pump. The facilities also were recognized for the 15,000 gallon underground tank used to harvest rainwater from half of the total roof area to reuse for landscape irrigation purposes. The measures save the college about 300,000 gallons of water a year. This marks the second time in three years that Birmingham-Southern has received this award. The college's Urban Environmental Park was recognized in 2010 for its water conservation initiatives.