About the University

As the state’s flagship university, The University of Alabama family has always focused on being the best. After all, we are The Capstone of Higher Education.

Founded in 1831 as the state’s first public college, The University of Alabama is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and service. We provide a creative, nurturing campus environment where our students can become the best individuals possible, learn from the best and brightest faculty, and make a positive difference in the community, the state and the world. You’ll like what you find here. Become part of The University of Alabama family.

The President's Mansion in spring


The University's leadership and structure.

The Malone Hood Plaza and Autherine Lucy Clock Tower


Key events in the University's history.

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Mission & Objectives

Teaching, research and service.

The University of Alabama seal in Shelby Hall


Ensuring UA best serves its community at large.

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Strategic Plan

Energizing Alabama’s flagship by investing in its continued success and propelling it to new heights.

Explore UA

Our beautiful, 1,200-acre campus has everything you need to be successful during your college years. Be energized through leading-edge research initiatives and state-of-the-art labs. Be inspired by professors who are experts in their fields of study. Be active in campus life through one of more than 500 student organizations. Be involved in a wide range of volunteer opportunities and internships. Connect with what’s important to you.

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Campus Map

Tour UA’s beautiful campus, and locate buildings and landmarks.

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Find contact information for faculty, staff and students.

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Explore career opportunities at the Capstone.

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Social Media

Engage with the University and its many departments.

Facts & Figures

The numbers tell the story – The University of Alabama is truly the Capstone when it comes to academics, athletics, service and research.

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The University of Alabama ranks forty-third among public universities according to the U.S. News and World Report.

The Capstone of Higher Education

Capstone means 'the top stone or high point.' Alumni and friends often refer to The University of Alabama as "The Capstone," a nickname coined by former UA President G. H. Denny when he referred to the University as the "capstone of the public school system of the state" in 1913.

News & Events

Find out what our students, faculty, staff and alumni are doing to make a positive difference on our campus, in our community and state, and around the world.

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UA News Center

The latest campus news and announcements.

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Campuswide events calendar.