BRIEF HISTORY OF UA
Entering a New Millennium
In 2000, the AIME Building, a 50,000-square-foot facility
dedicated to improving manufacturing processes, was completed. That
same year, construction began on Shelby Hall, a 200,000-square-foot
interdisciplinary science complex that includes a three-story teaching
wing and a four-story research wing. Shelby Hall is scheduled for
completion in November 2003. University enrollment stood at 19,171
in 2001; 2,592 of those students were African-Americans.
Today, The University of Alabama has become a major,
student-centered research university with emphasis on excellent
classroom instruction and meaningful outreach. The University's
11 degree-conferring colleges and schools offer 220 accredited graduate
and undergraduate degree programs in more than 200 fields of study.
Students may participate in a number of special academic programs,
including the University Honors Program (est. 1986), the Computer-Based
Honors Program (est. 1968), the International Honors Program (est.
1998), and the Blount Undergraduate Initiative, a liberal arts,
living-learning program that was established in 1996 and accepted
its first freshman class in 1999.
19,633 students enrolled at the University in fall
2002 — seventy-five percent of these students came from the
state of Alabama. International students make up about 5 percent
of the University's total enrollment, out-of-state students 20 percent.
Approximately 13 percent of University students are African-Americans
— including 14.3 percent of undergraduates.
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