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Auburn University is one of Alabama's best academic institutions. Founded in 1856, the institution became the South's first land-grant college in 1872. With 24,628 undergraduate and 4,706 graduate students, Auburn is a large institution. With 14 colleges and schools that each encompass a wide range of degrees and programs, Auburn students never lack for an outlet for curiosity and research.

Overview of Auburn University

Whether students choose a bachelor's degree in the Harbert College of Business, the College of Education, or the College of Liberal arts, Auburn's high standards for academic excellence ensure that they all receive the best college education possible.

While Auburn is world-famous for its football and other varsity sports, the remaining student body is never found lacking an opportunity to exercise, compete, or explore an extra-curricular interest. Campus life includes Greek organizations, club sports, intramural activities, and a full range of outdoor activities for any interest. Students can thus find fellowship and fun whether in the aquatic center, on the climbing wall, or playing ultimate frisbee, among many other opportunities for fun and recreation. If that weren't enough, Auburn's campus hosts over 570 student organizations.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting City: Small
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 19:1
Graduation Rate 78%
Year Founded 1856

Student Enrollment

Total Students30,440


Undergraduate Student

Male 12,807
Female 11,821

Graduate Student

Male 3,022
Female 2,790

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Male 8,801
Female 11,941


Male 6,689
Female 8,956

Acceptance Rate75%

Male 76%
Female 75%

Enrollment 4,823

Male 1,640
Female 1,350
Application Fee $50
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations Recommended
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline January 15
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Auburn is a public university which focuses on educating students from Alabama, who enjoy lower tuition costs. The overall net price of an Auburn education is just under $24,000 per year when both in-state and out-of-state students are counted. Lower income students see their net cost go a bit lower, to $18,000 while families that earn over $110,000 face net costs of $27,000.

These net costs are down from the official total cost which is $32,000 for in-state students and $52,000 for out-of-state scholars. Since the cost of living in the town of Auburn is quite low, there is little or no difference in cost between students that live on campus versus those who find apartments. Costs are otherwise defrayed by Pell Grants, other federal grants, student loans, and a myriad of other institutional grants and scholarships.

In fact, students who receive Pell Grants get an average of $4,800 and federal grant recipients receive around $5,000. State/local or other government scholarships help out with another $4,000 and institutional grants and scholarships pitch in an average of $8,500. Students can still lower their costs by competing for any other scholarships they find.

Average net price 2017-2018
Net Price $23,205
Average Total Aid $9,634
Students Receiving Financial Aid 75%
Room & Board $13,600

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $11,492
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $31,124
  • Books and Supplies - $1,200
  • Room & Board - $13,600
  • Other - $5,904


Auburn is one of the best academic institutions in Alabama, if not the South. Its reputation for scholarly research and outstanding curriculum is rivaled only by its athletic teams, which thrill students every season. Indeed, Auburn University's academic prowess is borne out by its retention rates, graduation numbers, and student-to-faculty ratio.

The retention rate is a number that describes the number of first-year students who return to campus for a second year. It's assumed that students return who are pleased with the quality of the school's academics, resources, and overall campus life. In fact, Auburn boasts a retention rate of 90% for full-time students returning, while 75% of its part-time students return for a second year.

This high first-year student retention is matched by the graduation rate, which is 79%. Given that 13% transfer to other institutions, including the campus in Montgomery, Auburn does a terrific job of fostering academic ambition and strength. This is, in part, due to the favorable student-to-faculty ratio.

Though Auburn has nearly 25,000 students, class sizes remain at a reasonable size. In fact, the University boasts a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1. At Auburn, students are able to access their instructors for questions, comments, and overall academic enrichment.

Student Population Total

Student Population 30,440

Evening Classes : No
Distance Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 1,189 Total Graduates / 23%
Business Administration and Management, General 263 Graduates
Finance, General 259 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 218 Graduates
Accounting 177 Graduates
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 16 Graduates
All Engineering Majors 966 Total Graduates / 19%
Mechanical Engineering 208 Graduates
Computer Engineering, General 122 Graduates
Civil Engineering, General 118 Graduates
Industrial Engineering 108 Graduates
Architectural Engineering 106 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 619 Total Graduates / 12%
Biomedical Sciences, General 305 Graduates
Exercise Physiology 215 Graduates
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 45 Graduates
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology 40 Graduates
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 13 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 303 Total Graduates / 6%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 178 Graduates
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 66 Graduates
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 41 Graduates
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other 11 Graduates
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 7 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 287 Total Graduates / 5%
Communication and Media Studies, Other 106 Graduates
Public Relations/Image Management 81 Graduates
Journalism 60 Graduates
Mass Communication/Media Studies 40 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 36%

Outcome & Salary

After graduation, Auburn students go on to do great things for the state of Alabama, and the world at large. They also do well for themselves. Auburn's highest earning bachelor's degree recipients enter the working world earning over $73,000 before bonuses and other compensation. At the lower end of the top ten highest earning degrees, computer and information sciences degree holders earn a commendable $52,000 before other compensation is factored in. The remaining top earners represent degrees in engineering and nursing.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $54,400
College Grads Average Salary $68,000
College Grads Mid Career Salary $104,500
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $680,000
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,725,000
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $92,820
10 Year Projected ROI $587,180
20 Year Projected ROI $1,632,180
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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