Explore HBCU – Stillman College

Staff Writer
May 10, 2022

Stillman College is a private, liberal arts, historically black Presbyterian college in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.


In 1875, the Tuscaloosa Institute was authorized by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States and held its first classes in the fall of the following year. By 1895, the institute was chartered as a legal corporation by the State of Alabama, and the name was changed to the Stillman Institute in honor of Dr. Charles Allen Stillman, a pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa. 

The institute became coeducational in 1922, with a junior college being added just five years after. In the years since, Stillman has continued to collect accolades, becoming accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in 1937, and by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in 1953. Stillman has been a member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) since 1961, and has received the National Innovation in Technology Award presented by Apple Computers in 2002. The school earned its first-ever ranking on the U.S. News and World Report list of top tier schools in 2004, and six years later was named 1 of the 15 most wired college campuses by the publication. 

Today, Stillman College is an institution proud of its rich and diverse heritage, committed to excellence in rigorous scholarship and service. Stillman’s physical campus now encompasses 25 buildings, while the college continues to expand in order to fulfill its plan for a “sense of place.” 

Programs & Opportunities

Stillman College has organized its academic affairs in three schools—Arts and Sciences, Education, and Business. In 2006, the college expanded its offering of degrees with the addition of journalism and nursing, and now students can enter over a total of 20 programs with different tracks and specializations. 

In order to enhance the college experience, Stillman also hosts numerous on-campus groups and extracurriculars for students to choose from, including Greek and Non-Greek programs, Choir, Band, Honda All-star Team, and a Safari club.

Learn more about Stillman College’s academic programming opportunities here.

Alumni Affairs

Through the fostering of experiential learning and community engagement, Stillman works to equip and empower students and members for leadership and service.

Some notable Stillman College alumni include, but are not limited to, 

  • Dr. Trudier Harris, PhD—a historian and professor of American Literature and Folklore—graduated with an undergraduate degree in English from Stillman College.
  • Michael Figures, lawyer and politician who served in the Alabama Senate, graduated from Stillman College with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
  • Ruth Eaton Cummings Bolden, a library founder and civil rights worker, earned her undergraduate education at Stillman College. 

Financial Information

At Stillman College, faculty and university officials hold firm the belief that all individuals are deserving of an education. As such, the institution strives to offer efficient financial assistance, along with prompt and customer friendly services to help students explore possible financing opportunities. 

While tuition for a standard 12-18 credit hours is $9,548 per academic year, with the use of loans, grants, and work study financing opportunities, education at Stillman College becomes that much more accessible.


At Stillman College, students are guided under the principles of faith and ethical integrity intrinsic to the Christian education they utilize. Stillman students are continuously exposed to assessment and improvement opportunities to increase favorable student outcomes, establish new partnerships, and serve the greater Tuscaloosa community.

Learn more about Stillman College here.