The University of South Alabama (USA), officially nicknamed "South", is a public, national research university in Mobile, Alabama, United States. It was created by the Alabama Legislature in May 1963, and replaced existing extension programs operated in Mobile by the University of Alabama. With Alabama's two older universities more than 200 miles distant, the university is strategically located in the greater Mobile area, which has a population of more than a million within a 100-mile radius. Currently, USA is divided into ten colleges and schools, and includes one of Alabama's two state-supported medical schools. As of the fall semester of 2017, South Alabama has an enrollment of 15,821 students. To date, the university has awarded over 80,000 degrees.
USA has an annual payroll of $404 million, with over 5,500 employees, and is the second largest employer in Mobile. The University of South Alabama has an annual economic impact of US $2 billion.