University of Alabama at Birmingham

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About the University of Alabama at Birmingham

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is located centrally in Birmingham, near the Appalachian Mountain foothills. UAB found its beginnings in 1936 as a learning extension center. In 1969, UAB would officially be established as one of three independent campuses in the University of Alabama System. This system also includes sister universities, the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

In addition to the 12 schools and colleges that are part of UAB, the university also houses the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System (UAB Health System). The UAB Health System is made up of the UAB Hospital (the nation's third largest public hospital), two clinics, several medical centers, and two health care-related affiliates.


UAB offers more than 135 degree programs with the majority of courses being offered in the traditional learning setting. Online courses are also available through the school's distance learning program. Additionally, the school offers two online degree programs: a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management.

The College of Arts and Sciences includes the School of Education and generally has the highest number of undergrad students enrolled. In 2010 the most popular major at this college was biology, representing 18% of the school's undergraduate enrollment.

When looking at degrees awarded in the 2010-2011 year, the health professions awarded the highest number of degree across all levels. Highlighting this focus on the health care-related fields, UAB ranked 10th among public universities in funding from the National Institutes of Health in 2011-2012, and the UAB Hospital received high rankings in a number of medical specialties by U.S. News and World Report's 'America's Best Hospitals' 2011 edition.


The general application process for prospective undergraduate students requires the submission of an application, along with a $30 application fee. As part of the application process, prospective students also need to submit a high school transcript and either SAT or ACT test scores.

Fall 2011 saw 5,575 undergraduate applicants; 72% of these were granted admission, and 40% of these students enrolled. The majority of undergraduate students (58%) were female and 74% were under 25 years of age. Only 10% of these students enrolled from out-of-state and 73% enrolled on a full-time basis. Ethnically, 60% of students were Caucasian, 27% were black or African American, five percent were Asian and two percent were Hispanic or Latino.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition costs vary by state residency and degree program. For the 2012-2013 academic year, tuition for an incoming freshman was $6,798 for an Alabama-state resident and $15,462 for an out-of-state resident. Graduate tuition rates differed based on the program in which a student enrolled and his or her residency status. Other costs to consider include fees, books and supplies, and housing.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham annually awards approximately 1,500 scholarships. Upon being accepted to UAB, all entering freshmen are considered for available institution-wide academic-based scholarships. UAB also offers a payment plan option administered through Tuition Management Systems, allowing students to make interest-free payment installments on tuition and fees.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Certificate programs, bachelor's, master's, doctorates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Medium-sized city**
Student Body 11,128 undergraduates and 6,447 graduate students in fall 2011**
Student Housing Apartment and suite-style residence hall options are available; more than 2,000 students live on campus*
Schools and Programs 12 schools and colleges offering 137 undergraduate and graduate degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 18 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010 - 2011:
Bachelor's: Registered nursing (306)
Master's: Registered nursing (295)
Doctorate: Medicine (160)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 17% in four years
39% in six years
44% in eight years (for the Fall 2003 class)**
Admission Rate 72% in fall 2011**
Entering Class Size in fall 2010 1,571***
First-Year Retention Rates 79% (full-time students)
62% (part-time students)**
Average ACT Composite Scores of Admitted Students Middle 50% range: 21 - 27 in fall 2011**
Undergraduate Application Due Date May 1*
Decision Notification Date Rolling notifications begin September 1****
Undergraduate Tuition $6,798 for in-state students and $15,462 for out-of-state students (as of 2012, including fees)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010 for first-time undergraduates: Federal grants (38%), Pell grants (37%), other federal grants (28%), state and local grants/scholarships (1%), institutional grants/scholarships (56%), federal student loans (57%), other student loans (2%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 88% in 2010-2011 for first-time undergraduates**

Sources: *University of Alabama at Birmingham; **College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics; ***IPEDS, National Center for Education Statistics; ****The College Board.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Undergraduate Admission, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Box 99, 1720 2nd Avenue S, Birmingham, AL 35294-1150
  • Phone: (205) 934-8221
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