Auburn University

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Auburn UniversityIf you have watched college sports, you are certainly aware of the Auburn Tigers, but Auburn University is a great place to earn your degree as well. The Alabama school began in 1856 as the East Alabama Male College. It was affiliated then with the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1872, it became the state’s first land-grant university under the Morrill Act as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama. It became the first four-year coeducational university in Alabama and, in 1960, it became Auburn.

Today, the school is highly-ranked both for athletic prowess and for its academic programs. The U.S. News and World Report lists Auburn as #102 of National Universities and as # 46 of Top Public Schools. The Graduate School Education program is ranked #74, and the Engineering Graduate Program is #62. Auburn University is one of the largest universities in Alabama, but its student-to-faculty ratio is 18:1. In addition, the school has a very respectable four-year graduation rate of 42 percent. If you decide to earn a degree at Auburn, you can choose from more than 140 programs housed in 13 schools and colleges, and earn a baccalaureate, graduate or professional degree.

Auburn University Accreditation Details

Auburn University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools of the Higher Learning Commission. The Business programs are accredited by AACSB. Education programs are accredited by NCATE, and Education Counseling programs are accredited through CACREP. The Department of Nursing and Health Sciences accreditation is through CCNE and the Clinical Laboratory Sciences programs are accredited by The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

Auburn University Application Requirements

If you decide to apply to Auburn as a freshman, you will first need to create an account at the Auburn Access website. Then, through the Auburn Scholarship Manager portal, you can complete an online application. You can also submit your $200 confirmation deposit through the site and apply for housing. The school recommends that you complete a FAFSA online at this time as well, if you have not already done so. You should have your high school send your official transcript to the university and the results of any advanced placement or other early testing you have taken. Once you receive notification of acceptance, you will need to register for Camp War Eagle, which is a two-day, one-night orientation for you and your parents. You also register for your classes at that time.

If you are applying to graduate school, your first step is to complete an online application to the department of your choice. Then, upon recommendation from the department faculty, the Dean of the Graduate School will grant admission. You will need to have the official results of your GRE test, if the department requires it, or your GMAT scores, if you are in a management or financial program. You will need three letters of recommendation written and sent to the department of your major, and the school recommends that the same three people complete a Personal Potential Index for you. You will also need to submit your $60 registration deposit and request that the official transcripts from all college coursework you have taken be sent to the department as well.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition at Auburn is calculated by the credit hour. If you are a resident, undergraduate student, you will be charged $358 per credit hour for 12 hours. An out-of-state student will pay $1,074 per credit hour. Graduate students residing in Alabama will pay $477 per credit hour, and non-residents will pay $1,431. In addition, there is a student service fee of $804. There are also other fees, including some that differ by program. If you are in the nursing program, for instance, there is an additional $200 per credit hour fee. The School of Pharmacy charges a professional fee of $5,283 per semester. Although you are not required to live on the campus your freshman year, room and board at Auburn costs approximately $12,178 a year. Estimated cost for books and supplies is $1,200 per term.

If you are one of the approximately 34 percent of students who need financial aid to pay for your education, you will benefit from the FAFSA program. The form, which you completed as part of your Auburn registration, or before, asks you for financial information about you and your family. It uses that data, along with the actual cost of education at Auburn, to calculate how much you can be expected to contribute to your education, and to arrive at your financial need figure. The government then qualifies you to receive grants like the Pell, or SEOG, and direct and indirect loans. Some of these loans are subsidized, meaning the government makes the payment on the interest as long as you keep up the payments on the principle. Auburn administers these resources, along with the work-study opportunity, through its Scholarship Management portal. The university offers its own grants and scholarships in addition to the federal and state opportunities, and these resources, as well as a listing of external grants and scholarships, is available on the website.

Student Experience

Your experience at Auburn will be different than at a school of less note. That is because the athletic program is so prominent, and because the school academic program is well known and respected. A degree from Auburn raises eyebrows. The school is unique on many fronts. For one thing, it has an innovative peer study center called Study Partners, and offers tutoring both at early and late hours. The research centers at Auburn are making national news in discovery and study.

In addition, Auburn’s degree programs offer contemporary learning and hands-on learning. For example, you can earn a Bachelor of Science in Social Science. This is an education degree that prepares you to teach social studies or history at the secondary level. Auburn weaves practicum experiences all through the education program with opportunities at community facilities and local schools. The program requires a five-day pre-teaching observation class before beginning the curriculum.

The Bachelor of Science in Geology is another timely degree. Students can study issues like fracking and get hands-on experience in the field. There are exciting courses in the program like Dynamic Earth and Earth and Life Through Time along with standard requisites like calculus. During your junior year you will complete field experiences.

If you decide to earn your BSN at Auburn, you will spend your first two years in pre-nursing courses before getting to the major in your junior year. The professional core is five semesters long including one-to-two summer terms, making the degree path 125 to 127 hours.

With its low student-to-faculty ratio, all of Auburn’s classes provide opportunity for peer and faculty interaction. That factor, a prime reason many people prefer small schools over large schools like Auburn University, is another facet of the unique student experience at Auburn.