Did You Know?

Did You Know?

The University of Alabama is ranked among the top 50 public universities in the nation in U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings for more than a decade, UA ranked 38th among public universities in the 2015 rankings. UA’s latest college rankings include:

  • The School of Law is ranked 23rd among all law schools in the nation, spring 2014.
  • The School of Library and Information Studies is ranked 18th nationally in the latest rankings for library schools, spring 2013

The University of Alabama is a leader among public universities nationwide in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars with more than 600 currently enrolled.

Enrollment at The University of Alabama reached a record high of 36,155 for fall 2014. The entering freshman class, at 6,856 students, is the largest and best qualified in UA history. More than 2,100 freshmen scored 30 or higher on the ACT, placing them in the top 5 percent of students taking the ACT.  

University of Alabama students continue to win prestigious national awards. Forty-one UA students have been named Goldwater Scholars in the last 25 years, including two in 2014. The University of Alabama has produced a total of 15 Rhodes Scholars, 14 Truman Scholars and numerous Hollings Scholars.

Twenty-seven UA faculty have received NSF CAREER Awards, the nation’s most prestigious recognition of top-performing young scientists, in disciplines ranging from nanoscience and engineering to biological sciences.

Dr. Samantha Hansen, UA assistant professor of geological sciences, is one of many faculty recognized nationally for research. Hansen is one of 102 scientists who received the 2014 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

Eight University of Alabama graduates have accepted Fulbright awards to study and teach abroad during 2014-2015. Two will be based in Malaysia; others will be in China, Germany, Indonesia, Macedonia, Spain and Turkey.

U.S. News and World Report ranks The University of Alabama’s Manderson Online Business Master’s programs 12th in the nation, up from 75th last year. The rankings are based on level of accreditation, faculty credentials, admissions selectivity, reputation for excellence among peer institutions and academic and career support services offered to students.

Public Accounting Report’s 2014 rankings place UA’s Culverhouse School of Accountancy’s undergraduate and master’s programs eighth in the nation and the doctoral program 12th.

PRWeek Magazine has recognized the public relations program in The University of Alabama’s College of Communication and Information Sciences as one of the top five programs in the nation each of the last six years.             

Participation in original research and creative activities is a hallmark of the undergraduate experience at The University of Alabama. More than 550 undergraduates now showcase their research and creative activity projects at UA’s   annual “Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference.”  

Updated 10/15/2014