Bishop State Community College, located in Mobile, Alabama, was founded in 1927 when it was originally a branch campus of Alabama State College (University) in Montgomery. The school originally provided courses for currently employed teachers, but became a full fledged community college in 1965 when the state declared it independent and named it Mobile State Junior College.The school went through several name changes over the following years, but received its final name in 1991 when the school was merged with Southwest State Technical College and Carver State Technical College. Bishop State Community College is a public two year institution dedicated to providing workforce training, educational opportunity, and public service to its service communities.
Bishop State Community College offers a variety of programs that allow students to pursue career training or academic transfer opportunities. Career training programs provide students the training and skills necessary to enter the workforce as qualified professionals in their particular area of study. Programs provide practical and classroom education, allowing for the first hand experience alongside more traditional teaching methodology. Students will earn a certificate or degree through a program that takes between one and two years to complete, and demonstrates competency in the area of study. Career programs are usually in high demand fields and based on community needs.
Academic transfer programs allow students to complete the freshman and sophomore years of a four year education at low monetary cost followed by transfer to a four year institution where they will finish their baccalaureate degree. Students will apply to a college or university to after completing their first two year, with public schools in Alabama being easier to enter through agreements in place with BSCC. Requirements for transfer will vary by school and it is recommended that students meet with a counselor prior to the start of their education to plan their curriculum to best meet the requirements of their desired school or schools.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
As an open enrollment institution, any applicant that meets the minimum requirements for admission to Bishop State Community College may enroll by submitting an application. Applicants must provide all transcripts and/or GED test scores, take a placement test or provide ACT/SAT test scores and meet with a counselor to choose a program of study.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student AID (FAFSA), the resulting student aid report (SAR) from which will be used to identify financial need, aid program eligibility, and monetary awards. Students may be asked to provide further financial information prior to the disbursement of funds as per new federal regulations governing financial aid. New applications for aid must be submitted prior to the start of each academic year due to changing financial circumstances from year to year.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $5,400. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Tuition estimates per year:
- State Residents: $3,500-$4,100
- Out-of-State: $6,900-$8,280
- Charges per unit:
- State Residents: $120-$140 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $230-$280 per credit unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||94%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||93%||$5,213|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help students and recent graduates, Bishop State Community College may offer services including:
- Online classes
- Weekend and night classes available
- Remedial instructional courses
- Career path counseling
- Employing students to lower education costs
- Assisting students to find work
- Day care
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Students who attend a community college will be able to choose from a variety of programs that will lead to an associate's degree or transfer to a four year institution. The following list shows graduation and transfer-out rates for this school compared to community colleges in Alabama, which can be useful for determining which community college to attend.
|Bishop State Community College||Mobile County||Alabama|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Funeral Service Education Program
- Accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education, Committee on Accreditation (since 1988)
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
- Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1980)
- See a list of all associate's degree in nursing (ADN) programs in Alabama
- Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Program
- Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 2000)
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Bishop State Community College by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
Computer and Information Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Personal and Culinary Services
Transportation and Materials Moving
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Bishop State Community College.
- John C Calhoun State Community College in Tanner, AL (10 miles away)
- James H Faulkner State Community College in Bay Minette, AL (20 miles away)
- Jefferson Davis Community College in Brewton, AL (64 miles away)
- Alabama Southern Community College in Monroeville, AL (70 miles away)
- Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, MS (89 miles away)