In 1984, The University of South Alabama established a campus in Baldwin County. It was created to offer partial degree programs with upper-level undergraduate courses and graduate courses. The first classes met in September 1984, on the campus of Faulkner State Junior College in Bay Minette with fewer than one hundred students.
The University of South Alabama Baldwin County began offering courses in Fairhope in 1986 to meet the demands of population growth in the southern part of the county. Since its beginning, enrollment at USA Baldwin County has grown steadily and today has over 1,500 students annually. The curriculum has expanded and students who have completed the university’s general education requirements can complete a bachelor’s degree in the Inter-Disciplinary Degree Program, Communication – Public Relations Track, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, and Nursing, which offers both a traditional and accelerated track. Minors in Communication and Psychology are also offered. In addition, students can earn a master’s degree in Nursing – Accelerated Track.
USA Baldwin County is tailored towards the working adult by offering most courses one night a week; however, education and nursing classes are held during the day. On-line courses are available as scheduled by the academic departments. Once admitted, students can register for courses offered at either university location.
Many outstanding and unique activities that go beyond the classroom are available on the campus of USA Baldwin County. The Performance Center is used for community events throughout the year including the Fairhope Film Series.
USA Baldwin County and Baldwin County United created and sponsor Leadership Baldwin County, a county-wide program designed to identify current and potential leaders and enhance leadership. The class meets monthly from October through May every year. Adults who live in the county are encouraged to apply for the program.
The University of South Alabama Baldwin County is an accredited university through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).