The University of South Alabama (USA) is a public, doctoral-level university in Mobile, Alabama, USA. It was created by the Alabama Legislature in 1963, and replaced existing extension programs operated in Mobile by the University of Alabama. At the time that this university was founded, a new concept was implemented in Alabama for the first time; that a public institution of higher education would be created that did not use race as a factor for enrollment. The only place in the state that was really open to this type of policy was the Mobile area. The rich cultural diversity of the Mobile area made it the obvious choice. No other areas of the state were willing to support such a school at that time. Plans for this university were being made as early as 1956.
The University is divided into nine colleges and schools, and includes Alabama's second state-supported medical school. The university has an enrollment of over 14,000 students. To date, the University has awarded over 62,325 degrees.
The University has an annual payroll of $245 million (US), with over 5,800 employees, and is the largest employer in Mobile, Alabama. It has remained one of Alabama's fastest growing universities for the past several years.
The university offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degrees in nine colleges and schools. Several programs offer masters level degrees in addition to undergraduate degrees. Doctoral level degrees are offered in several areas, including Nursing, Medicine, Basic Medical Sciences, Instructional Design, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Audiology, Marine Science, Psychology, and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree offered in collaboration with Auburn University. The psychology doctoral program was initiated in 2009 and is one of a handful of such programs nationwide that offers a Combined degree, emphasizing both Clinical Psychology and Counseling Psychology. Significant research is done by faculty members in the above fields.
The University of South Alabama has nine colleges:
The University is governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by and including the governor of Alabama. The Board appoints a president of the University. Since the founding of the University, there have been two presidents: Frederick Palmer Whiddon (served 1963-1998) and V. Gordon Moulton (since 1998).
We're the mighty Jaguars
Stand up and cheer,
In our colors we take pride;
On to vic'try lead us year after year
We will stand here side by side.
Through the years we've prov'n
Our glory and fame.
Honor be to the victor's name,
— U-S-A FIGHT!
FOR THE RED, WHITE & BLUE, GO JAGS! 
All hail great university, Our Alma Mater dear,
South Alabama, red and blue, proud colors we revere.
Nestled among the hills of pine, enduring throughout time,
Upward and onward may your fame continue in its climb.
It seems that we have just begun; too soon we must depart
In all that life has planned for us, you'll share within our hearts.
So with thy blessings now send us, pray highest be our aim,
South Alabama may we ever glorify your name! 
National Panhellenic Council
The following is a list of Greek organizations that existed at the University of South Alabama that are no longer active sorted by founded dates.
Alumni of the University of South Alabama include: