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The University of Alabama Overview

The University of Alabama is a public institution situated in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The location of UA is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is The University of Alabama Known For?

7,542 Undergraduate Awards
$38,579 Avg Cost After Aid
53% Acceptance Rate
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at UA.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 75% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from UA makes roughly $44,500 a year. This is 9% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

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The University of Alabama Rankings

UA holds the #3 spot on the Best Colleges in Alabama ranking.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

UA has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#46 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#48 Most Popular Online Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UA.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best General Family & Consumer Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Online Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Online Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Online Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Family & Consumer Economics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Food, Nutrition & Related Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#42 Best Management Information Systems Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#165 Best Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UA has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Colleges for General Family & Consumer Sciences College Factual
#2 Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences College Factual
#17 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual
#22 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#46 Best Colleges for Education College Factual
#53 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual

Where Is The University of Alabama?

Location of The University of Alabama

Contact details for UA are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 739 University Blvd, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0100
Phone: 205-348-6010
Website: www.ua.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/UniversityofAlabama
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/UofAlabama

How Do I Get Into UA?

You can apply to UA online at: apply.ua.edu

Admission Requirements for UA

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UA?

53% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women
19% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 53%, UA does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 39% of accepted students are men and 61% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 54%, and the acceptance rate for women is 53%.

Average Test Scores

About 19% of students accepted to UA submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 530 and 640. Math scores were between 520 and 640.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for The University of Alabama  ( 530 to 640 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for The University of Alabama  ( 520 to 640 )
200
800
UA received ACT scores from 81% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 23 and 33. Math scores were between 21 and 29. Composite scores were between 23 and 32.

ACT English Scores for The University of Alabama  ( 23 to 33 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for The University of Alabama  ( 21 to 29 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for The University of Alabama  ( 23 to 32 )
1
36

Can I Afford The University of Alabama?

$38,579 Net Price
43% Take Out Loans
5.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UA is $38,579. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At UA, approximately 43% of students took out student loans averaging $9,657 a year. That adds up to $38,628 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UA is 5.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

The University of Alabama Undergraduate Student Diversity

29,586 Full-Time Undergraduates
55% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 33,028 undergraduate students at UA, with 29,586 being full-time and 3,442 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UA

There are also 5,362 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 29,586 full-time undergraduates at UA, 45% are male and 55% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UA

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of The University of Alabama students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UA Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 343
Black or African American 2,819
Hispanic or Latino 1,451
White 23,084
International Students 633
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,256

Geographic Diversity

Alabama students aren't the only ones who study at The University of Alabama. At this time, 49 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 82 countries are represented at UA. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Saudi Arabia, and India.

Online Learning at The University of Alabama

3,786 Took All Classes Online
14,934 Took At Least One Class Online
5.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 11 bachelor’s degree and 23 master’s degree programs available online at UA. In 2017-2018, 14,934 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UA has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 2nd most popular in Alabama for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of UA

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at The University of Alabama was 5.6%. This is the #1,626 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UA regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of UA majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Engineering 11%
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 9%
Interdisciplinary Studies 13%
Legal Research 9%
Library & Information Science 28%
Library Science 28%
Marketing 13%
Mechanical Engineering 13%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 13%
Nursing 1%
Psychology 10%
Public Health 49%
Social Sciences 7%
Social Work 2%
Student Counseling 82%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 2%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UA ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at UA.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Family & Consumer Economics #4
General Family & Consumer Sciences #10
Interdisciplinary Studies #12
Legal Research #15
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering #15
Mechanical Engineering #24
Other Health Professions #25
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods #27
Library & Information Science #31
Hospitality Management #37
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions #39
Library Science #41
Student Counseling #42
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #52
Social Work #55
Legal Professions #77
Engineering #81
Human Development & Family Studies #87
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #107
Special Education #141
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #148
Psychology #149
Public Administration & Social Service #151
Educational Administration #190
Teacher Education Grade Specific #194
Nursing #354
Education #459

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

The University of Alabama Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 399 0 187 2 588
Marketing 493 0 86 1 580
Nursing 377 0 84 53 514
Finance & Financial Management 467 0 22 3 492
Public Relations & Advertising 409 0 11 0 420
General Family & Consumer Sciences 145 0 227 0 372
Mechanical Engineering 342 0 20 7 369
Accounting 301 0 65 0 366
General Psychology 303 0 17 21 341
Social Work 47 0 247 3 297
Teacher Education Subject Specific 237 0 29 0 266
Political Science & Government 219 0 8 5 232
Criminal Justice & Corrections 213 0 16 0 229
General Biology 205 0 10 6 221
Chemical Engineering 206 0 7 4 217
Business/Managerial Economics 164 0 33 4 201
Teacher Education Grade Specific 144 9 39 8 200
Communication & Media Studies 145 0 24 8 177
Civil Engineering 131 0 21 4 156
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 124 0 25 3 152
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 142 0 0 0 142
History 126 0 14 2 142
Mathematics 119 0 16 7 142
Human Development & Family Studies 137 0 0 0 137
Law 0 0 0 134 134
Management Information Systems 133 0 0 0 133
Communication Sciences 97 0 36 0 133
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 127 0 0 0 127
Interdisciplinary Studies 121 0 0 2 123
Electrical Engineering 100 0 4 6 110
Library & Information Science 0 0 107 0 107
Hospitality Management 100 0 0 0 100
Computer Information Systems 89 0 8 3 100
Public Health 87 0 10 0 97
Journalism 82 0 13 0 95
Music 56 0 18 18 92
General English Literature 80 0 11 0 91
Educational Administration 0 7 21 56 84
Chemistry 54 0 21 8 83
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 64 0 15 2 81
Family & Consumer Economics 66 0 1 0 67
Special Education 46 1 17 0 64
Fine & Studio Arts 53 0 6 0 59
Romance Languages 50 0 4 3 57
Drama & Theater Arts 46 0 8 0 54
International Relations & National Security 51 0 0 0 51
Other Health Professions 2 0 45 0 47
Legal Research 0 0 46 1 47
Design & Applied Arts 45 0 0 0 45
Textile & Apparel Studies 44 0 0 0 44
Dance 43 0 0 0 43
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 40 0 0 0 40
Anthropology 26 0 3 1 30
Geography & Cartography 21 0 9 0 30
Allied Health Professions 28 0 0 0 28
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 3 20 5 28
Metallurgical Engineering 22 0 4 0 26
Natural Resources Conservation 25 0 0 0 25
Geological & Earth Sciences 12 0 11 1 24
Ethnic Studies 13 0 10 0 23
Physics 15 0 4 3 22
Area Studies 13 0 8 0 21
Construction Engineering 19 0 0 0 19
Philosophy 18 0 0 0 18
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 13 0 1 0 14
Writing Studies 0 0 14 0 14
Public Administration 0 0 13 0 13
Environmental Engineering 11 0 1 0 12
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 12 0 12
Student Counseling 0 0 6 5 11
Architectural Engineering 11 0 0 0 11
Statistics 0 0 10 1 11
Taxation 0 0 10 0 10
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 9 0 0 0 9
Religious Studies 7 0 2 0 9
Materials Engineering 0 0 0 8 8
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 8 8
Criminology 8 0 0 0 8
Teaching English or French 0 0 7 0 7
Educational Assessment 0 0 0 5 5
Materials Sciences 0 0 0 5 5
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 4 0 4
Germanic Languages 0 0 2 0 2
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Engineering 0 0 0 0 0
Applied Mathematics 0 0 0 0 0
Sociology 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 7,542 20 1,750 416 9,728

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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