Bishop State Community College

351 North Broad Street
Mobile, AL 36603-5898
Tel: (251)405-7000
  • 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 5 community colleges within Mobile County, AL.
  • The nearest community college is ITT Technical Institute-Mobile (4.30 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 110 teachers has declined by 36% over five years.
Bishop 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 Public
Total Faculty 110 staff 72 staff
Bishop State Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 3,320 has declined by 15% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 30:1 has increased from 20:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.53 is less than the state average of 0.56. The school's diversity has grown by 6% over five years.
Total Enrollment 3,320 students 1,650 students
Bishop State Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 30:1 28:1
Bishop State Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 1,878 students 974 students
Bishop State Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students 1,442 students 676 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 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. 0.53 0.56
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 Aid 94% 94%
Bishop State Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates - $11,500
Median Debt for Dropouts - $6,002
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. The Main and Baker-Gaines Central campuses offer day-care services for parents enrolled in Bishop State classes. There are seven off-campus sites located in Mobile and Washington counties -- Alma Bryant, Baker, Citronelle, Mary Montgomery, McIntosh, Theodore and Washington County high schools. 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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