Alabama contains eight schools that offer astronomy programs. Emory University, the highest-ranking astronomy school in AL, has a total student population of 12,930 and is the 30th highest ranked school in America.
Of the 8 astronomy schools in Alabama, only 7 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Florida Institute of Technology comes out as the most expensive ($25,836/yr), with University of Georgia as the lowest recorded at only $9,224/yr.
Astronomy students from Alabama schools who go on to become astronomers, astrophysicistss, lunar and planetary institute directors, national radio astronomy observatory directors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 1,240 people working as astronomers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $102,740. Also, Atmospheric and space scientists make on average $85,160 per year and there are about 8,320 of them employed in the US today.
Also, within the astronomy schools in Alabama, the average student population is 4,121 and average student-to-faculty ratio is 18 to 1. Aside from astronomy, there are 2845 total degree (or certificate) programs in the state, with 2,868 people on average applying for a school. Undergraduate tuition costs are normally around $3,989, but can vary widely depending on the type of school.
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