Bishop State Community College

351 North Broad Street
Mobile, AL 36603-5898
Tel: 2514057000
  • Bishop State Community College is a state-supported, open-admission, urban community college located in Mobile, Alabama. The College consists of four city campuses, dedicated to serving the residents of Mobile and Washington counties in southwest Alabama. The College is part of the Alabama College System, the state-supported network of two-year community, junior, and technical colleges that serves the residents of Alabama.
School Highlights
  • Bishop State Community College serves 3,320 students (57% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 30:1 is higher than the state community college average of 28:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 63% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 39%.
  • Bishop State Community College is one of 4 community colleges within Mobile County, AL.
  • The nearest community college to Bishop State Community College is Virginia College-Mobile (5.0 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 110 teachers has declined by 43% over five years.
Bishop State Community College(AL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate of Arts CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrsAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty110 staff73 staff
Bishop State Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Bishop State Community College has declined by 10% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 30:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Bishop State Community College diversity score of 0.53 is less than the state average of 0.56. The school's diversity has grown by 8% over five years.
Total Enrollment3,320 students1,756 students
Bishop State Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio30:128:1
Bishop State Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,878 students1,004 students
Bishop State Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students1,442 students752 students
Bishop State Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Bishop State Community College Enrollment Breakdown AL All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Bishop State Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
Bishop State Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Bishop State Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Bishop State Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Bishop State Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Bishop State Community College More (2012-2013)
% Non Resident races
Bishop State Community College Non Resident (2009-2013)
Bishop State Community College Ethnicity Breakdown AL All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.530.56
Bishop State Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Bishop State Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$26,500$29,700
Bishop State Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,260 is less than the state average of $5,427. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $7,650 is less than the state average of $8,152. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,260$5,427
Bishop State Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$7,650$8,152
Bishop State Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid94%94%
Bishop State Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates--
Median Debt for Dropouts--
Acceptance Rate100%61%


Total Sports Offered4 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Golf, SoftballBaseball, Basketball,
Golf, Softball,
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • The four campuses make Bishop State the most convenient college option in Mobile. All four campuses -- Main, Baker-Gaines Central, Carver and Southwest -- are located within the city limits. There are seven off-campus sites located in Mobile and Washington counties -- Alma Bryant, Baker, Citronelle, McIntosh, Theodore and Semmes. Bishop State offers high quality educational and support services in each of the College's six academic divisions: Education, Humanities, Natural Science and Mathematics, Business and Economics, Social Sciences, and the Health-Related Professions. Bishop State offers academic and institutional scholarships, athletic scholarships, Federal Pell grants, work study programs and other forms of financial assistance. Bishop State Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the Alabama State Board of Education, the National League for Nursing, the Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education, the American Culinary Federation Education Institute Accrediting Commission, the American Board of Funeral Service Education, and the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs.

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For Alabama public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,427 per year for in-state students and $8,152 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $12,889 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Alabama is 79%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Alabama community colleges have a diversity score of 0.56, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Alabama is Herzing University-Birmingham. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.