University of Alabama

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Box 870100

Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0100

Phone: (205) 348-6010
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#86 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. National Universities

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University of Alabama is a public institution that was founded in 1831. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 28,026, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 1,000 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Alabama's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 86. Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,200 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $22,950 (2013-14).

As the flagship campus of the University of Alabama system, the Tuscaloosa campus is often referred to as "The Capstone." UA students have more than 250 student organizations to get involved in on campus – and freshmen have to live there, too. There are close to 60 fraternities and sororities in the school's influential Greek system, made up of more than 7,000 students. The Alabama Crimson Tide sports teams are notorious competitors in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference, cheered on by an costumed elephant mascot named Big Al. There is also a men's and women's wheelchair basketball program. Students can boat and fish in the nearby Black Warrior River. For a road trip, the city of Birmingham is about 60 miles away.

The university has a highly ranked School of Law in Tuscaloosa and School of Medicine in Birmingham. As a research institution, UA offers opportunities for all students to get involved in projects. There is an annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference that showcases individual work. Undergraduates can get a leg up on networking, too, through Future Alumni for Tradition and Excellence, or FATE. And speaking of alumni, notable UA graduates include legendary football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, New York Yankees sportscaster Mel Allen and "Forrest Gump" author Winston Groom.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The University of Alabama is a major, comprehensive, student-centered research university founded in 1831 as Alabama's first public college. Dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and service, we provide a creative, nurturing campus environment where our students can become the best individuals possible, learn from the highly qualified faculty, and make a positive difference in the community, the state and the world. On a typical day on our beautiful and historic southern campus, an undergraduate student works side by side with a top molecular biologist, researching Parkinson's disease; students openly debate controversial topics at the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility; and volunteers tutor in local schools through the Community Service Center. Fall weekends are alive with the excitement of Alabama football -- and 'Roll Tide, Roll' echoes across the campus. Ranked 10th in the nation among public universities in the enrollment of National Merit scholars, UA's rising tide of academic excellence is attracting the best and brightest students from across the nation. Our 2012 freshman class was the largest and best qualified in UA history, with one in four freshmen enrolling in Honors College. UA's graduates and students include numerous Rhodes, Goldwater, Truman and Hollings Scholars. Participation in original research and creative activities is becoming a hallmark of the undergraduate experience at UA, with students working closely with faculty on a wide variety of challenging and innovative projects. In addition to equipping our students to succeed academically, The University of Alabama's programs set the bar high for character, service and citizenship. Students are encouraged to participate in one or more of 300 campus organizations. Campus ministries are thriving. At The University of Alabama, our students are members of a proud family that is more than 175 years old. That's why we treat them as if they were our own sons and daughters.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1831
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $673,605,620


When applying to University of Alabama, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due April 1. The application fee at University of Alabama is $40. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 53.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 53.1%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by April 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Alabama is 20:1, and the school has 43.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Alabama include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Health Professions and Related Programs; Education; and Engineering. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 85.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 20:1
4-year graduation rate 41%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 27%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 10%
Health Professions and Related Programs 9%
Education 8%
Engineering 7%

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Student Life

University of Alabama has a total undergraduate enrollment of 28,026, with a gender distribution of 46.4 percent male students and 53.6 percent female students. At this school, 27.4 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 72.6 percent of students live off campus. University of Alabama is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 33,503
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Alabama offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Alabama also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Alabama, 80 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Alabama.

Students who have cars on campus 80%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Alabama, 42.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $8,355.

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In-state tuition and fees $9,200 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $22,950 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,650 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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