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The College admits as students those applicants whose ability, training,
motivation, and interests indicate that they will do successful college work.
The course of study and quality of work done in high school or college are
both taken into consideration when a student applies for admission. Also
taken into consideration are his or her scores on the Scholastic Aptitude
Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT), a personal statement, and
the evidence from references (high school principals, guidance counselors,
teachers, alumni of the College, ministers, or other reputable citizens) that
the applicant will be an honorable and responsible member of the College
To be admitted to Birmingham-Southern College as an entering
first‑year student
an applicant must have graduated from an accredited
high school or homeschool with an acceptable average in all academic
subjects attempted and received credit for at least sixteen units, four of
which should be in English. The other twelve academic units may be in any
of the fields listed below:
Foreign languages (at least two units in the same language)
Mathematics (algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus,
Natural sciences (general science, biology, chemistry, physics)
Social sciences (civics, democracy, economics, psychology,
The applicant must also present acceptable scores on the Scholastic
Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) and must submit
an original personal statement and a satisfactory recommendation from the
high school or homeschool official.
Applicants who did not graduate from high school may submit G.E.D.
scores. They must also submit all other required credentials for beginning
students. The ACT or SAT requirement is waived for students who have
been out of high school for more than two years.
To be admitted to Birmingham-Southern College for early
an applicant must meet all regular requirements for admission.
An applicant should normally have an overall “B” high school average
on a 4.00 scale) and above average ACT or SAT scores. In addition,
an applicant must exhibit maturity which indicates readiness to adjust to
a college environment. An interview with the Associate Vice President of
Admission is required.