University of Alabama--Huntsville

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301 Sparkman Drive

Huntsville, AL 35899

Phone: (256) 824-1000
2013-2014 Tuition
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Aug. 21
application deadline

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#181 Overall Score: 30 out of 100. National Universities

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University of Alabama--Huntsville is a public institution that was founded in 1950. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,882, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 400 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Alabama--Huntsville's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 181. Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,192 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $21,506 (2013-14).

Located at the southern edge of the Appalachian Mountains, the University of Alabama—Huntsville campus is in the northern part of the state, about 100 miles from Nashville. Students can choose from about 40 academic programs in the colleges of business, engineering, liberal arts, nursing and science. The university, sometimes shortened to UAHuntsville or UAH, offers master's degree programs in business, engineering and nursing, among other fields.

Outside the classroom, UAH students can get involved with more than 100 campus clubs, about a dozen fraternities and sororities, The Exponent newspaper and student government. UAHuntsville also offers sports at the intramural, club and varsity levels. The UAH Chargers intercollegiate teams are members of the NCAA Division II Gulf South Conference and compete in about 14 sports. Notable University of Alabama—Huntsville alumni include science fiction author Travis Taylor and John Hendricks, founder and chairman of Discovery Communications, who established a scholarship for UAHuntsville history majors.

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

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAHuntsville) is an autonomous campus of The University of Alabama System dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and service.

UAHuntsville is the anchor tenant in Cummings Research Park, a major international center for advanced technological research with more than 285 high technology and research companies with more than 25,000 employees. The university utilizes its position in this environment to provide unique opportunities and creative programs for students, faculty, and the community. The campus and surrounding community conduct research in support of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, the DIA Missile and Space Intelligence Center, the Army Materiel Command, and Logistics Support Activity. The university's research division operates several research centers that provide faculty and students outstanding research opportunities in major university thrust areas. These centers include the Aerophysics Research Center, the Center for Applied Optics, the Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research, the Center for the Management of Science and Technology, the Center for Modeling, Simulation and Analysis, the Earth System Science Center, the Information Technology Center, the Office of Technology and Commercialization, the Propulsion Research Center, the Research Institute, the Rotocraft Systems Engineering and Simulation Center, the Systems Management and Production Center, and the Humanities Center. In 2011 the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named UAHuntsville is a Very High Research Activity university placing it among an elite group of only 73 public universities in the country.

The university offers programs in the liberal arts and sciences, nursing, business and engineering. Total enrollment is approximately 7700 with about 20% in graduate programs concentrated mostly in engineering and the physical sciences. Research contract expenditures totaled over $90 million in FY 2011. The university is committed to maintaining a diverse academic community of the highest quality, and to providing an environment that facilitates intellectual, cultural, personal, and professional growth. UA Huntsville fosters leadership, creative and critical thinking, clear communication, a respect for knowledge and the pursuit of truth, and an engagement in the challenge and pleasure of a lifetime of learning. UA Huntsville, through its graduates and its programs, contributes to economic advancement, health care, cultural enrichment, and the quality of life of the region, state, and nation.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1950
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $65,579,434


When applying to University of Alabama--Huntsville, it's important to note the application deadline is August 21. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 21. The application fee at University of Alabama--Huntsville is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 77.7 percent.

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

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 77.7%
Application deadline August 21
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 21

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Alabama--Huntsville is 16:1, and the school has 36.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Alabama--Huntsville include: Engineering; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 77.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 16%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Engineering 26%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 23%
Health Professions and Related Programs 19%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 7%
Visual and Performing Arts 5%

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Student Life

University of Alabama--Huntsville has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,882, with a gender distribution of 54.4 percent male students and 45.6 percent female students. At this school, 19 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 81 percent of students live off campus. University of Alabama--Huntsville is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 7,636
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 II

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Campus Info & Services

University of Alabama--Huntsville offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Alabama--Huntsville 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--Huntsville, 92 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Alabama--Huntsville.

Students who have cars on campus 92%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Alabama--Huntsville, 54.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,311.

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In-state tuition and fees $9,192 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $21,506 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,433 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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