Located in nearby Decatur, Calhoun Community College is largest of the 32 two-year institutions comprising The Alabama College System, Calhoun is an open-admission, community-based, state-supported, coeducational, comprehensive community college dedicated to providing affordable, high-quality and accessible education to individuals in its four-county service area. Offering 49 associate degree programs and 52 career/certificate programs, Calhoun serves approximately 11,000 students at its 110-acre Decatur campus and three other sites. Customized training programs have been developed for local companies and the Tennessee Valley Authority. Calhoun Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. For information, call toll-free in Alabama 1-800-626-3628, or write to P.O. Box 2216, Decatur, AL 35609. Calhoun’s website also offers details (www.calhoun.cc.al.us).
Northwest-Shoals Community College is two-year public institution accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and the Associate in Applied Science degrees as well as certificates in occupationally specific areas. Located in the Northwest corner of Alabama, the college is comprised of multiple campuses serving the counties of Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, and Lawrence, and the western portion of Winston county. More than 5,300 students come from both urban and rural communities to campus sites in the Shoals and Phil Campbell. For general information, write to the Shoals Campus, P.O. Box 2545, Muscle Shoals, AL 35662, or call 256-331-5200. The Phil Campbell Campus may be reached by writing 2080 College Road, Phil Campbell, AL 35581, or calling 256-331-6200. Information is also available on the website www.nwscc.cc.al.us.
Athens State University serves the graduates of state junior, community, and technical colleges and institutes. Nearly 2,800 students attend Athens State. More than 80 percent of students hold full or part-time jobs. Athens State offers a course schedule to meet varying needs, whether it be day, night or weekend or short-term courses. Located in Athens, Alabama and served by two federal highways (Interstate 65 and U.S. 72), Athens State University is minutes away from most of North Alabama and South Tennessee. The School of Business is nationally accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs. The School of Education is nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Contact the Admissions Office at 256-233-8220 or toll-free in Alabama at 1-800-522-0272, ext. 220. For a campus tour, contact the Students Activities office (ext. 243) to set up an appointment. Catalog and course information are available on the web at www.athens.edu.
Strayer is proud to open one of the newest colleges in Decatur, Al. This downtown location puts students just steps from popular eateries like Mellow Mushroom and The Railyard and entertainment venues like Cook Museum of Natural Science and The Princess Theatre. Plus, our Strayer campus includes a classroom, lounge and immediate access to Strayer staff and resources. Located at 305 2nd Ave. SE, Decatur, AL. 35601-2319, call 256-686-5850.
The Alabama Center of Arts, located downtown Decatur, AL., is the regions premier art center and degree program. The project continues a long standing collaborative academic effort between Calhoun Community College and Athens State University. It has been heralded as a model for institutional cooperation In the state. The Art Center is a venue for college visual and performing arts instruction, community education, cultural events and it serves as a catalyst for creative growth and expression in North Alabama, Southern Tennessee and surrounding states. Located at 133 2nd Ave. NE, Decatur, AL. 35601. Call 256-260-4293.
The University of North Alabama in Florence is a comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs, serving residential and commuting students. Founded in 1830, it was the first college charter to be issued by the new State of Alabama. UNA has colleges of Business, Education, Nursing and Arts and Sciences. For information, call 256-765-4100 or 1-800-825-5862. The Admissions number is 256-765-4608. UNA’s website is www.una.edu.
The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) is an autonomous campus of The University of Alabama System. UAH is a key participant in one of the nation’s major international centers for advanced technological research. Master’s programs are offered in the liberal arts, nursing and administrative science. UAH also offers professional degree programs at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, as well as selected Ph.D. programs in high-technology fields in the sciences and engineering. For more information contact the Office of Admissions. Campus at 256-824-6070. On the web, information is located at www.uah.edu.
Oakwood College in Huntsville is a four-year liberal arts college enrolling more than 2,000 students annually. Oakwood College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate and baccalaureate degrees; and the Seventh-day Adventist Board of Higher Education. For information, write to 7000 Adventist Blvd., Huntsville, AL 35896, or call 256-726-7000. Oakwood College’s website is www.oakwood.edu.
Wallace State Community College in Hanceville is a comprehensive community college that is a major provider of trained skilled technicians for business, industry and health care facilities. Wallace State Community College offers programs leading to the Associate in Arts Degree, Associate in Science Degree, and Associate in Applied Science Degree. Certificate programs are also offered in certain subject areas. For more information, write to 801 Main Avenue NW, Hanceville AL 35077, call 256-352-8000 or visit the college’s website at www.wallacestatehanceville.edu.
Founded in 1875 by an ex-slave, William Hooper Council, Alabama A&M University is a comprehensive, coeducational, land-grant university granting bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees. It is the site of Alabama’s oldest baccalaureate degree program in computer science and is one of only 10 universities in the nation with a nationally accredited program in urban planning. For information, call 1-800-553-0816 or 1-800-824-5312, or write to the Office of Admissions, Alabama A&M University, Box 908, Normal, AL 35762. Information is also available on the website www.aamu.edu.
Faulkner University is a private, Christian liberal arts university based in Montgomery, Alabama. With a mission to provide an education anchored by not only intellect but also character and service, the Faulkner experience aims to educate the whole person. Locations: Main campus in Montgomery, with extended campuses in Mobile, Birmingham and Huntsville. Colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Biblical Studies, College of Education, College of Business and Executive Education, Faulkner Law. For more information, call 1-822-879-9816, or contact the school directly through their website www.faulkner.edu.