• 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 4,655 students (54% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 15:1 is higher than the state community college average of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 28% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 42%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 4,655 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,696
  • Out-state tuition: $6,860
  • Student:teacher ratio: 15:1
  • Minority enrollment: 28%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Southern Union State Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Alabama for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 315 teachers has grown by 83% over five years.
Southern Union State Community College
(AL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
315 staff
153 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Southern Union State Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 has decreased from 31:1 over five years.
The Southern Union State Community College diversity score of 0.44 is less than the state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
4,655 students
1,944 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
15:1
14:1
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# Full-Time Students
2,496 students
869 students
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# Part-Time Students
2,159 students
1,075 students
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This chart display the Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of Southern Union State Community College.
This chart display community college average Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of AL.
Total Dormitory Capacity
460 students
168 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
1%
% Asian
2%
1%
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% Hispanic
3%
5%
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% Black
21%
26%
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% White
72%
58%
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% Two or more races
2%
3%
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% Non Resident races
n/a
1%
% Unknown races
n/a
5%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in AL.
Diversity Score
0.44
0.59
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College Completion Rate
27%
27%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$32,600
$29,700
This chart display average graduate earnings (10 Years) of Southern Union State Community College and community college average graduate earnings (10 Years) of AL by year, disaggregated by student subgroups with the latest 2012-13 school year data.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $3,696 is less than the state average of $4,077. The in-state tuition has declined by 15% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $6,860 is less than the state average of $7,206. The out-state tuition has declined by 15% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$3,696
$4,077
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$6,860
$7,206
This chart display tuition fees for an out-of-state student of Southern Union State Community College and the public community college average tuition fees for an out-of-state student of AL by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
81%
89%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Southern Union State Community College and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in AL by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$9,587
$11,000
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in Southern Union State Community College and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in AL by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,500
$5,500
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in Southern Union State Community College and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in AL by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
n/a
78%
SAT Reading
n/a
530
SAT Math
n/a
545
ACT Composite
n/a
23
ACT English
n/a
21
ACT Math
n/a
22
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 4,655 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,696
  • Out-state tuition: $6,860
  • Student:teacher ratio: 15:1
  • Minority enrollment: 28%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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For Alabama public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,077 per year for in-state students and $7,206 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,921 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Alabama community colleges have a diversity score of 0.59, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Alabama is J. F. Drake State Community and Technical College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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