Southern Union State Community College

Tel: (256)395-2211
4,727 students
Public institution
  • The mission of the College is to provide quality academic, technical, and health science programs which are affordable, accessible, and responsive to the needs of the community, business, industry, and government. As an open-door institution, the College provides an educational program that complements the various ability levels of a diverse student population. In support of these efforts, the College employs a highly qualified staff which is active in the planning and evaluation of all programs. The education offered allows for successful transfer entry into upper-level study at a senior college or university, trains for immediate employment upon completion of a technically-oriented program, and provides educational opportunities for those students interested in careers in the health care field.
School Highlights
Southern Union State Community College serves 4,727 students (58% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 31:1 is higher than the state community college average of 28:1.
Minority enrollment is 29% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 39%.
Southern Union State Community College is the only community colleges within Randolph County, AL.
The nearest community college is Central Alabama Community College (25.90 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 151 teachers has declined by 12% over five years.
College Southern Union State Community College (AL) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 151 staff 70 staff
Southern Union State Community College Total Faculty (2006-2014)

Student Body

The student population of 4,727 has declined by 7% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 31:1 has increased from 29:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.45 is less than the state average of 0.56. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 4,727 students 1,398 students
Southern Union State Community College Total Enrollment (2006-2014)
Student : Teacher Ratio 31:1 28:1
Southern Union State Community College Student Staff Ratio (2006-2014)
# Full-Time Students 2,727 students 869 students
Southern Union State Community College Full-Time Students (2006-2014)
# Part-Time Students 2,000 students 676 students
Southern Union State Community College Part-Time Students (2006-2014)
Southern Union State Community College Enrollment Breakdown AL All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity 460 128
% Asian
1%
1%
Southern Union State Community College Asian (2006-2014)
% Hispanic
1%
2%
Southern Union State Community College Hispanic (2006-2014)
% Black
21%
25%
Southern Union State Community College Black (2006-2014)
% White
71%
61%
Southern Union State Community College White (2006-2014)
% Unknown races
5%
9%
Southern Union State Community College Ethnicity Breakdown AL All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.45 0.56
Southern Union State Community College Diversity Score (2006-2014)

Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $3,584 is less than the state average of $4,140. The in-state tuition has grown by 9% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $6,636 is less than the state average of $7,410. The out-state tuition has grown by 9% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,584 $4,140
Southern Union State Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Out-State Tuition Fees $6,636 $7,410
Southern Union State Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 84% 94%
Southern Union State Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2014)
Source: 2014 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Southern Union State Community College serves residents of an eight county area of East Central Alabama as well as neighboring Georgia counties from its campuses in Wadley, Valley and Opelika. A three-faceted educational emphasis is on academic programs for transferability, technical/vocational programs for specialized career competencies, and nursing and allied health programs for specialized training in health sciences. Southern Union State Community College was formed on August 12, 1993, when the Alabama State Board of Education effectively merged Southern Union State Junior College, located in Wadley, Valley, and Opelika, with Opelika State Technical College in Opelika. From its opening with 51 students in a single building on September 13, 1923, until 1964, the College remained church related, operating as Piedmont Junior College, Southern Union College, and The Southern Union College. On October 1,1964, the college was deeded to the State of Alabama and became part of a newly created system of two-year colleges under the governance of the Alabama State Board of Education. The name of the college became Southern Union State Junior College. Southern Union State Community College provide a comprehensive and accessible program of instruction which offers opportunities for lifelong learning through pre-baccalaureate, technical, occupational, health science, and continuing education programs. The pine-wooded Wadley Campus is bordered by a scenic 15-acre college lake. Since 1922, this campus has served students in the tradition of a small college providing the complete college experience including on-campus housing. An outstanding athletic program and an emphasis on the fine arts can be found at the Wadley Campus along with a strong academic curriculum and selected technical and health sciences courses. Southern Union State Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science and Associate in Occupational Technologies Degrees.

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Did You Know?
For Alabama public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,140 per year for in-state students and $7,410 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,995 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Alabama is 76%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Alabama community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.56, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Alabama is Herzing University-Birmingham. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.