The University of South Alabama is a public, national research university in Mobile, Alabama
University of South Alabama was created by the Alabama Legislature in May, 1963, and replaced existing extension programs operated in Mobile by the University of Alabama.
USA is the only major public institution of higher learning on the upper Gulf Coast. With Alabama’s two older universities more than 200 miles distant, the University is strategically located in the greater Mobile area, which has a population of more than a million within a 100-mile radius.
Currently, USA is divided into ten colleges and schools and includes one of Alabama’s two state-supported medical schools. The university has an enrollment of about 15,000 students. To date, the University has awarded over 75,000 degrees.
USA has an annual payroll of $404 million (US), with over 5,500 employees, and is the second largest employer in Mobile, Alabama. It has remained one of Alabama’s fastest growing universities for the past several years. The university has come under great criticism, as of 2014 the university maintains a 14% graduation rate. South Alabama also has an annual economic impact of US$2 billion. South Alabama owned hospitals treat over 250,000 patients annually.
The university offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degrees in ten colleges and schools. Several programs offer masters level degrees in addition to undergraduate degrees. Doctoral level degrees are offered in several areas, including Business Administration, Nursing, Medicine, Basic Medical Sciences, Instructional Design, Communication Sciences and Disorders,Audiology, Marine Science, Psychology, Physical Therapy, and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree offered in collaboration with Auburn University.
The university will add doctoral programs in Business and Engineering beginning in 2013, with the business doctorate being the state’s first doctorate in business administration.
The psychology doctoral program was initiated in 2009 and is one of a handful of such programs nationwide that offers a Combined degree, emphasizing both Clinical Psychology and Counseling Psychology. Significant research is done by faculty members in the above fields.
In all, undergraduate students at South Alabama can choose from more than 50 bachelor’s degree and certificate programs while there are more than 40 master’s degree programs. As of 2011, USA ranks as the 22nd best public university in the southern United States, and 52nd overall (in the South). It has an acceptance rate of 86.5%.
The student-faculty ratio at USA is 22:1, and the school has 41.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. USA students are 57% female and 43% male.