bishop state community college logoBishop State Community College, founded 1927, is a state-supported, two-year, public, historically black college (HBCU) located in Mobile, Alabama, U.S.A. It’s nickname is the Wildcats and the University is a member of the Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC). Their colors are Green and Yellow.

351 North Broad Street, Mobile, Alabama 36603-5898
Phone: (251) 405-7000

Type: 2-year, Public
Awards offered: Less than one year certificate, One but less than two years certificate, and Associate's degree
Campus setting:
City: Midsize
Campus housing: No
Student population: 3,725 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 19 to 1



  • Bishop State Community College was founded in the summer of 1927, as a Branch of Alabama State College in Montgomery, Alabama.
  • It was established as an in-service arm of Alabama State College that offered extension courses to African-American elementary and secondary teachers in Mobile.
  • In 1942, property was acquired on Broad Street where the present Main Campus is located.
  • In 1963, the name “Mobile Branch of Alabama State College” was changed to Alabama State College – Mobile Center.
  • In 1971, the Alabama State Legislature renamed the college to S. D. Bishop State Junior College & again in 1989 to “Bishop State Community College”


Bishop State is located in downtown Mobile, which provides students with access to shopping and dining.

Our Students

  • The total number of enrolled students at Bishop State Community College is 3,725.
  • 64% of students are female
  • 44% of students are minority
  • 46% are enrolled full time
  • 95% are Alabama residents
  • 66% receive financial aid
  • 64% of degrees/awards were in career/technical fields
  • Average age for 2009-2010 was 26


  • Community College employs 373 people from the community 279 full-time; 94 part-time employees
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 19 to 1


Bishop State has six academic divisions and four technical divisions:


  • Education
  • Humanities
  • Natural Science and Mathematics
  • Business and Economics
  • Social Sciences
  • Health-Related Professions


  • Workforce Development
  • Commercial and Industrial Technology
  • Consumer & Transportation Technology
  • Engineering and Construction


  • Extracurricular activities provided for the students are three intercollegiate sports programs – basketball for men and women, baseball, and softball.
  • Additional student activities consist of the choir, band, and several student clubs, along with specific activities sponsored by the Student Government Association.
  • 89% of students receive financial aid. Students can expect to pay about $0 for living on campus
  • The College Bowl, an academic quiz contest, is a highlight each year.
  • Students may work on the Newsline (student-run newspaper), the Sword (yearbook), or Around Campus, which publishes activities, important events, and happenings concerning the campus community.

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