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University of Alabama at Birmingham Overview

Located in Birmingham, Alabama, University of Alabama at Birmingham is a public institution. The location of UAB is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is University of Alabama at Birmingham Known For?

2,689 Undergraduate Awards
$30,935 Avg Cost After Aid
92% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at UAB is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 78% of the faculty were full-time.

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University of Alabama at Birmingham Rankings

UAB is ranked #5 out of 29 schools in Alabama.

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.

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#71 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#93 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#99 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#206 Most Popular Bachelor’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 UAB.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Systems Theory Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Other Engineering Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Nutrition Science Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Systems Theory Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Nutrition Science Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

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

Rank Ranking Name Source
#16 Best Colleges for Health & Medical Administrative Services College Factual
#38 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#50 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual
#59 Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections College Factual
#99 Best Colleges for Nursing College Factual
#137 Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management College Factual

Where Is University of Alabama at Birmingham?

Location of University of Alabama at Birmingham

Contact details for UAB are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Administration Bldg Suite 1070, Birmingham, AL 35294-0110
Phone: 205-934-4011
Website: https://www.uab.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/uab.edu

How Do I Get Into UAB?

You can apply to UAB online at: https://ssb.it.uab.edu/pls/sctprod/zsapk003_ug_web_appl.new_user

Admission Requirements for UAB

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

How Hard Is It To Get Into UAB?

92% Acceptance Rate
64% Of Accepted Are Women
1% Submit SAT Scores
Since UAB has an acceptance rate of 92%, it is not too hard to gain acceptance into the school. Still, you need to be sure you complete your application in full and send in any other requested documents.

Approximately 36% of accepted students are men and 64% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 91%, and the acceptance rate for women is 92%.

Average Test Scores

About 1% of students accepted to UAB submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 440 and 630. Math scores were between 550 and 740.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Alabama at Birmingham  ( 440 to 630 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Alabama at Birmingham  ( 550 to 740 )
200
800
UAB received ACT scores from 94% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 31. Math scores were between 21 and 26. Composite scores were between 21 and 28.

ACT English Scores for University of Alabama at Birmingham  ( 22 to 31 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of Alabama at Birmingham  ( 21 to 26 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Alabama at Birmingham  ( 21 to 28 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Alabama at Birmingham?

$30,935 Net Price
55% Take Out Loans
5.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UAB is $30,935. 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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UAB, approximately 55% of students took out student loans averaging $7,004 a year. That adds up to $28,016 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UAB is 5.7%. 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.

University of Alabama at Birmingham Undergraduate Student Diversity

10,315 Full-Time Undergraduates
61% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 13,836 undergraduate students at UAB, with 10,315 being full-time and 3,521 being part-time.

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

There are also 8,244 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 10,315 full-time undergraduates at UAB, 39% are male and 61% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UAB

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UAB Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 789
Black or African American 2,461
Hispanic or Latino 605
White 5,607
International Students 308
Other Races/Ethnicities 545

Geographic Diversity

Alabama students aren't the only ones who study at University of Alabama at Birmingham. At this time, 32 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 86 countries are represented at UAB. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at University of Alabama at Birmingham

5,603 Took All Classes Online
12,538 Took At Least One Class Online
11.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 7 bachelor’s degree and 8 master’s degree programs available online at UAB. In 2017-2018, 12,538 students took at least one online class at the school.

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

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This school is the 7th 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 UAB

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Alabama at Birmingham was 11.3%. This is the #1,245 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UAB regardless of major.

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

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 19%
Business, Management & Marketing 14%
Business/Managerial Economics 14%
Engineering 3%
General Education 5%
General Engineering 19%
Health Professions 7%
Management Information Systems 15%
Marketing 7%
Public Health 13%
Social Sciences 17%
Sociology 39%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UAB 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 UAB.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Systems Theory #3
Business/Managerial Economics #6
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services #12
General Engineering #16
Sociology #20
Health Sciences & Services #24
Finance & Financial Management #28
Management Information Systems #33
Public Health #43
Marketing #53
Engineering #59
Human Resource Management #61
General Education #71
General Psychology #77
Special Education #85
Social Sciences #91
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #96
Teacher Education Subject Specific #97
Psychology #108
Accounting #113
Teacher Education Grade Specific #127
Health & Medical Administrative Services #157
Criminal Justice & Corrections #190
Liberal Arts General Studies #205
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #205
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #215
Nursing #265
Education #334
Business Administration & Management #403
Health Professions #433
Business, Management & Marketing #500

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%.

University of Alabama at Birmingham Undergraduate Concentrations

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

Major Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 0 346 0 643 67 1,056
Business Administration & Management 2 162 13 201 0 378
Public Health 0 99 12 152 4 267
General Biology 0 179 3 51 8 241
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 113 6 77 9 205
General Psychology 0 176 0 6 15 197
Medicine 0 0 0 0 182 182
Accounting 9 95 0 71 0 175
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 113 5 32 0 150
Management Information Systems 0 86 0 60 0 146
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 26 59 53 138
General Engineering 0 0 0 135 0 135
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 72 0 51 2 125
Communication & Media Studies 0 101 0 22 0 123
Allied Health Professions 0 0 0 101 0 101
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 99 0 0 0 99
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 84 0 8 0 92
Systems Theory 0 0 61 21 0 82
Computer Information Systems 0 42 0 34 2 78
Marketing 0 74 0 0 0 74
General English Literature 0 62 0 7 0 69
Dentistry 0 0 0 0 64 64
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 51 0 0 7 58
Mechanical Engineering 0 38 0 20 0 58
Sociology 0 33 0 20 4 57
Biomedical Engineering 0 44 0 5 7 56
Public Administration 0 0 11 45 0 56
Social Work 0 56 0 0 0 56
Chemistry 0 47 0 2 5 54
Electrical Engineering 0 32 0 20 0 52
Biotechnology 0 0 1 49 0 50
Civil Engineering 0 38 0 11 1 50
Mathematics 0 36 0 13 0 49
General Sales & Marketing 48 0 0 0 0 48
Optometry 0 0 0 0 47 47
Fine & Studio Arts 0 42 0 2 0 44
History 0 35 0 6 0 41
Finance & Financial Management 0 38 0 0 0 38
Educational Administration 0 0 9 21 5 35
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 0 34 0 34
Student Counseling 0 0 7 26 0 33
Special Education 0 0 0 32 0 32
Materials Engineering 0 15 0 13 4 32
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 30 0 30
Drama & Theater Arts 0 27 0 0 0 27
Anthropology 0 20 0 6 0 26
Political Science & Government 0 25 0 0 0 25
Teaching English or French 0 0 1 23 0 24
Information Technology 0 0 0 23 0 23
Educational Assessment 0 0 0 20 0 20
General Education 0 0 20 0 0 20
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 0 20 0 20
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 20 0 0 20
Human Resource Management 0 18 0 0 0 18
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 18 0 0 0 18
Health Sciences & Services 0 11 0 6 0 17
Philosophy 0 17 0 0 0 17
Other Social Sciences 0 17 0 0 0 17
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 2 14 16
Genetics 0 8 0 0 6 14
Business/Managerial Economics 0 14 0 0 0 14
Physics 0 9 0 2 3 14
Music 0 14 0 0 0 14
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 0 13 13
Dental Support Services 13 0 0 0 0 13
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 0 0 0 11 0 11
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 10 0 10
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 0 8 8
Ethnic Studies 0 7 0 0 0 7
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 0 0 6 6
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 0 0 6 6
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 0 5 5
Computer Engineering 0 0 0 0 5 5
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 0 4 4
Romance Languages 4 0 0 0 0 4
Nutrition Science 0 0 0 0 4 4
Information Science 0 0 0 3 0 3
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 0 1 1 2
Other Engineering 0 0 0 0 2 2
Applied Mathematics 0 0 0 0 2 2
General Science Technologies/Technicians 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 76 2,613 195 2,207 565 5,656

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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