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University of South Alabama

The University of South Alabama is a public, research university in Mobile, Alabama, USA. It was created by the Alabama Legislature in May, 1963, and replaced existing extension programs operated in Mobile by the University of Alabama.


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University of South Alabama (USA) is a public, research university in Mobile, Alabama, USA. It was created by the Alabama Legislature in May, 1963, and replaced existing extension programs operated in Mobile by the University of Alabama. USA is the only major public institution of higher learning on the upper Gulf Coast. With Alabama's two older universities more than 200 miles distant, the University is strategically located in the greater Mobile area, which has a population of more than a million within a 100-mile radius. Currently, USA is divided into ten colleges and schools and includes one of Alabama's two state-supported medical schools. The university has an enrollment of about 15,000 students. To date, the University has awarded over 75,000 degrees. USA has an annual payroll of $404 million (US), with over 5,500 employees, and is the second largest employer in Mobile, Alabama. It has remained one of Alabama's fastest growing universities for the past several years.Despite the rapid growth, as of 2010 the university maintains a 17% 4-year graduation rate. However, it is worth noting that these statistics do not include students that transferred to or from the university. South Alabama also has an annual economic impact of US$2 billion. South Alabama owned hospitals treat over 250,000 patients annually.

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The University of South Alabama Honors Program offers a curriculum of interdisciplinary excellence designed to stimulate analytical and critical thinking of exceptionally qualified and highly motivated students. In this effort, the USA Honors Program challenges the students with scholarly creative activities, exposes them to cultural enrichment, and requires them to engage in community service. The USA Honors Program aspires to instill in students the intellectual excitement that will better prepare them for productive careers and citizenship. The Honors Program also emphasizes the intangible responsibilities of supporting one another throughout the program. Within the context and diversity of a mid-size urban university, the Honors Program provides the academic and cultural atmosphere and setting expected of a small, personal, campus community of excellence. Two Honors Program options are available at the University of South Alabama, 1) a four-year program resulting in the designation on the transcript and at graduation of "University Honors Program "; or 2) Departmental programs resulting in the designation of "Departmental Honors " on the transcript in selected majors.



Marlon Anderson (Second Baseman), Major League Baseball Glenn Borgmann, Major League Baseball Herbert L. "Sonny" Callahan, former United States Congressman (attended but did not graduate) Terry Catledge, Former NBA Player Steve Falteisek, Major League Baseball David Freese, Major League Baseball; Currently with the St. Louis Cardinals; 2011 World Series MVP Award and 2011 NLCS MVP Award winner Luis Gonzalez, Major League Baseball Carolyn Haines, American Romance and Mystery author Jon Lieber, Major League Baseball Adam Lind, Major League Baseball; Currently with the Toronto Blue Jays Rodger McFarlane (1955�2009), Gay rights activist and first executive director of Gay Men's Health Crisis. Mike Mordecai, Major League Baseball Juan Pierre, Major League Baseball; Currently with the Philadelphia Phillies Dan Povenmire, co-creator of the Disney Channel Show Phineas and Ferb (Did not graduate) Heath Slocum, Professional Golfer; currently plays on the PGA Tour Courtney Smith (Wide Receiver), Arena Football League; Currently with the New Orleans VooDoo Eddie Stanky, Major League Baseball Player & Manager; former head coach of USA Baseball Program Jessie Tompkins,former Nationally ranking hurdler in Track and Field and civil-rights activist P. J. Walters Major League Baseball; Currently with the Minnesota Twins Turner Ward, Major League Baseball; Current manager of Mobile BayBears Minor League Baseball team Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki, alleged terrorist with Al-Shabaab (militant group) (attended but did not graduate) Michael Kearney, world's youngest college graduate.



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