Tuscaloosa, AL Colleges
Tuscaloosa (/t?sk??lu?s?/ TUSK-?-LOO-s?) is a city in and the seat of Tuscaloosa County in west central Alabama (in the southeastern United States). Located on the Black Warrior River, it is the fifth-largest city in Alabama, with a population of 91,605 in 2011. It is the principal city of the Tuscaloosa Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Tuscaloosa, Greene, and Hale counties, and whose estimated metro population in 2012 was 221,553. A former capital of Alabama, Tuscaloosa is named after Tuskaloosa, the chieftain of a Muskogean-speaking people, who battled and was defeated by Hernando de Soto in 1540 in the Battle of Mabila.
Tuscaloosa is the regional center of industry, commerce, healthcare, and education for the area of west-central Alabama known as West Alabama. Tuscaloosa is also the home of the University of Alabama, Stillman College and Shelton State Community College. While the city attracted international attention when Mercedes-Benz announced it would build its first automotive assembly plant in North America in Tuscaloosa County, the University of Alabama remains the dominant economic and cultural engine in the city.
The city has received many quality-of-life accolades. It was named one of the "50 Best Places to Launch a Small Business" in 2009 by Fortune Small Business, and one of the "100 Best Communities for Young People" by America’s Promise Alliance. It was named "The Most Liveable City in America" in 2011 by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Tuscaloosa has been traditionally known as the "Druid City" because of the numerous water oaks planted in its downtown streets since the 1840s. City leaders adopted the moniker "The City of Champions" after the Alabama Crimson Tide football team won the BCS National Championship game in 2010, 2012, and again in 2013. In 2008, the City of Tuscaloosa hosted the USA Olympic Triathlon trials for the Beijing Games.
Schools in and around Tuscaloosa, AL
Southeastern School of Cosmetology
Less than 2 years (below associate); Private not for profit
Birmingham Southern College
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $28,250 average out-state tuition; $28,250 average in-state tuition
Four or more years; Private for profit; $11,040 average out-state tuition; $11,040 average in-state tuition
Brown Mackie College-Birmingham
Four or more years; Private for profit; $10,620 average out-state tuition; $10,620 average in-state tuition
Four or more years; Private for profit; $13,627 average out-state tuition; $13,627 average in-state tuition
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $9,738 average out-state tuition; $9,738 average in-state tuition
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Four or more years; Public; $14,256 average out-state tuition; $6,264 average in-state tuition
Popular Majors in Tuscaloosa
- Business Administration and Management
- Marketing/Marketing Management
- Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
- Nursing - Registered Nurse Training (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
- Elementary Education
- Social Work
- Public Relations and Image Management
- Political Science and Government
- Secondary Education
- Library and Information Science
- English Language and Literature
- Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
- Radio and Television