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Auburn, Alabama
Auburn University, AL 36849
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Auburn University

Auburn University Rating: 4.6/5 (53 votes)

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Introduction

Auburn University is the first land-grant school established in the South. A land-grant school is sanctioned by local and federal governments, “to teach agriculture, military tactics, and the mechanical arts as well as classical studies so that members of the working classes could obtain a liberal, practical education.” It began as an all male school in 1859, became co-ed in 1892, and was re-named numerous times. Currently, the school is named for the city in which it resides. It in located in the state of Alabama just 50 miles from Montgomery, AL and only 35 miles away from Columbus, GA. Today, the university has a staff of nearly 1200 and a student body numbering over 25,000. Academic programs offer degrees which range from Business to Veterinarian Medicine via its many schools and colleges within the university. The College of Agriculture and Engineering began in 1872. Other schools, e.g. Nursing, Education and the College of Architecture, Design and Construction began in the early 20th century. Still others, like the College of Liberal Arts (1986) and the school of forestry and wildlife sciences (1984) began later and are instrumental in attracting students and staff alike.

Academics

The course catalog offers over 140 classes in various disciplines. Veteran students can sign up by registering one week before a semester begins. The spring semester begins in January and runs through May. The summer semester is from May to August. The fall semester runs from August to December.

Once registered, students are approved to begin the admissions process after meeting certain criterion. Registration is done on line and in person and each potential candidate is given a time ticket which is simply a deadline to complete registration and begin admission into the university. Freshmen and new applicants should have their applications in by early August. There is a $50 application fee and some new students are eligible for this fee to be waived. All new students must submit transcripts and ACT or SAT scores. Different standards apply for students who have some college credits and wish to transfer, such as having a 2.5 grade point average. New transfers also should have taken some basic courses in English, math, literature, and history.

International applicants have additional proficiency tests to take in order to apply. These tests are designed to show international students have the necessary aptitude in English, computer skills, and language arts like reading and writing.

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Financial Aid

All students, new or current, have to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine financial aid eligibility. The FAFSA allows applicants to find out how much funding they can receive. Types of aid include need-based grants and unsubsidized and subsidized loans from the federal government.The University also offers institutional grants and scholarships to incoming freshmen and current students.

Several scholarships are awarded each year, including scholarships associated with affiliate schools in Georgia, Tennessee and Florida. Residents of Alabama can apply for special scholarship programs and some of the departments within the university offer scholarships as well. Scholarships that Auburn students have received in the past include the National Scholars, the Spirit of Auburn, the Elite, and the Auburn Spirit Foundation. Other undergraduate scholarship categories are in athletics, ROTC, Alumni, Board of Trustees, Transfer, and General. Some are renewable each year while others cover a full four year term. Award amounts can range from $500 to $20,000 or more. Most require students to maintain a 3.0 G.P.A or better along with a SAT score of 1250 or higher.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3016th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Alabama.

Athletics

The athletics department offers sports for men and women. Both men and women can choose basketball, cross country, golf, swimming and diving as well as track and field and tennis. Men also have football and baseball. The women’s athletics clubs include equestrian, gymnastics, softball, and volleyball. The equestrian team has a particularly strong reputation. The football and baseball teams are members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

The school mascot is a tiger and the colors are orange and blue. The football team plays in the famous Jordan-Hare stadium which seats nearly 88,000 fans. It is named after the football coach with the most wins for Auburn, Ralph Jordan and a Mr. Clifford Hare, who was a well known and well respected football player for the Tigers. The stadium is one of the 10 largest in the country, and has been in existence since 1939.

Alumni

Because of the university’s excellent programs in the sciences and liberal arts, alumni have gone on to achieve great accomplishments. A retired astronaut, Thomas Mattingly, graduated in 1958. Forest McCartney, a former director of the Kennedy space center and retired lieutenant general, graduated in 1952. Hank Hartsfield, Jr. graduated in 1954 and worked alongside McCartney in piloting the final flight of the Columbia space shuttle in 1984. He is also a retired NASA astronaut and retired Air Force pilot. Kathryn Thornton, a 1974 graduate, is also a retired astronaut. She flew on the Discovery, the Columbia, and the Endeavor space shuttles.

Information Summary

Ranks 1st in Alabama and 135th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.00
Robbery 2 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 27 0.11
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 3 0.01
Arrest 36 0.14

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Auburn University, AL 36849
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population1,997 (1,997 urban / N/A rural)
HouseholdsN/A (N/A people per house)
Median Household IncomeN/A
FamiliesN/A (N/A people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District103

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 562nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $8,256 $8,256 $24,768
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,596 $1,596 $1,596
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $344 $344 $1,032
FT Graduate Tuition $8,262 $8,262 $24,786
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,596 $1,596 $1,596
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $459 $459 $1,377
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $25,282 $25,282 $41,794
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $25,282 $25,282 $41,794
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $13,730 $13,730 $30,242

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $8,262 $24,786
Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $12,162 $12,162
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Tuition $8,262 $24,786
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Required Fees $9,596 $17,596

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $8,698 $9,446 $8,698 $9,446 $23,272 $25,190
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,100(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,992 $10,606
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,562 $2,636
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,992 $10,606
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,562 $2,636
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,562 $2,636

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 15,745 (6,912 male / 8,833 female)
Admitted 13,027 (5,727 male / 7,300 female)
Admission rate 83%
First-time Enrollment 3,726 (1,791 male / 1,935 female)
FT Enrollment 3,696 (1,780 male / 1,916 female)
PT Enrollment 30 (11 male / 19 female)
Total Enrollment24,864

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Southeastern Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Southeastern Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Southeastern Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Southeastern Conference

ACT Test Admission

159th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 83%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 24 / 32
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 28
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 24 / 30

SAT Test Admission

273rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 17%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 520 / 620
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 540 / 650
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1060 / 1270

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity4,620
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$6,364
Board Fee$5,188

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 199 343 113 99 28 4,593 47 5,422
Accounting 1 9 4 1 190 205
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 3 1 2 1 1 42 50
Agricultural Economics 4 31 35
Agronomy and Crop Science
Animal Sciences, General 5 3 1 2 80 91
Anthropology 2 1 13 16
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management 5 3 1 63 72
Applied Mathematics, General 1 1 17 19
Aquaculture 7 15 22
Architectural Engineering 1 7 2 2 1 133 2 148
Architecture 1 2 1 1 40 1 46
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 2 1 73 76
Biological/Biosystems Engineering 1 1 21 23
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 3 7 10
Biomedical Sciences, General 2 21 3 7 1 170 3 207
Business Administration and Management, General 16 26 11 11 297 6 367
Business/Managerial Economics 1 2 3
Chemical Engineering 3 2 1 4 51 61
Chemistry, General 1 4 30 35
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 5 1 1 10 1 18
Civil Engineering, General 9 5 2 1 1 112 1 131
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 2 8 1 11
Clinical Psychology 4 4
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other 1 7 1 1 4 14
Communication and Media Studies, Other 3 3 2 1 75 2 86
Computer Engineering, General 12 5 2 3 45 67
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 2 19 22
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 4 1 14 20
Criminology 2 2
Design and Applied Arts, Other 2 2 4
Design and Visual Communications, General 2 1 2 1 31 37
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 3 16 19
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 1 58 60
Economics, General 5 5 3 1 35 49
Education, General 4 1 7 1 13
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 4 1 31 2 38
Educational/Instructional Technology 4 4
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 19 11 1 1 57 1 90
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 93 94
Engineering, Other 1 2 1 1 17 22
English Language and Literature, General 3 3 2 1 92 101
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 25 25
Environmental Design/Architecture 1 1 2 18 1 23
Environmental Science 7 7
Finance, General 1 3 1 4 2 155 1 167
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 2 1 35 1 40
Foreign Language Teacher Education 4 4
Forest Sciences and Biology 21 21
Forestry, Other 1 10 11
French Language and Literature 1 2 11 14
Geography 1 15 16
Geology/Earth Science, General 4 1 1 14 20
German Language and Literature 1 1 1 5 8
Health Teacher Education 5 44 49
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 2 1 1 26 30
History, General 1 2 2 86 91
Horticultural Science 2 2 1 1 50 56
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 1 1 1 1 36 1 41
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other 1 15 1 2 2 126 2 149
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 3 1 25 29
Industrial Engineering 20 12 3 3 1 71 110
Industrial and Product Design 1 2 2 6 34 45
Interior Architecture 12 12
Interior Design 2 20 22
International Business/Trade/Commerce 2 1 5 26 34
Journalism 3 1 39 43
Landscape Architecture 9 1 2 4 16
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 1 3 2 93 99
Management Information Systems, General 5 4 10 1 20
Management Science
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 1 1 22 24
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 4 2 3 89 98
Materials Engineering 1 9 10
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 1 12 14
Mathematics, General 1 1 17 19
Mechanical Engineering 10 3 4 5 100 4 126
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology 5 3 2 1 47 58
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General 7 1 1 36 45
Music Teacher Education 7 7
Music, General 8 8
Natural Resources Management and Policy 1 1
Natural Resources/Conservation, General
Nutrition Sciences 5 4 1 59 1 70
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design 3 2 5
Philosophy 12 12
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 2 14 2 1 1 119 1 140
Physics, General 2 1 14 17
Plant Sciences, Other 1 2 2 22 27
Political Science and Government, General 11 5 1 88 1 106
Polymer/Plastics Engineering 2 2 1 22 27
Poultry Science 13 13
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing 1 8 9
Psychology, General 17 3 1 150 3 174
Public Administration 1 16 1 42 60
Public Relations/Image Management 2 2 73 1 78
Radio and Television 1 9 1 48 1 60
Real Estate Development 3 11 14
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 6 2 2 124 134
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 10 10
Secondary Education and Teaching 3 2 24 29
Social Science Teacher Education 1 24 25
Social Work 6 2 29 37
Sociology 5 28 1 34
Spanish Language and Literature 2 1 6 49 1 59
Special Education and Teaching, Other 5 1 84 1 91
Statistics, General 9 2 11
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 1 1 44 1 47
Technical Teacher Education 7 1 32 1 41
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General 3 8 1 12
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 1 1 33 1 36
Zoology/Animal Biology 1 1 38 40

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 337th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $92,914 ($100,064 male / $69,721 female)
Number of FT Faculty 1,184 (756 male / 428 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,363
FT Faculty Ratio 0.9 : 1
Total Benefits $45,087,630
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