Students sitting on the Quad

Enrollment at The University of Alabama reached a record high of 37,100 for fall 2015. The entering freshman class, at 7,211 students, is the largest and best qualified in UA history. More than one-third (36 percent) of the freshman class scored 30 or higher on the ACT, placing them in the top 5 percent of students taking the ACT.

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

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 43rd among public universities in the 2016 rankings. UA’s latest college rankings include:

  • The School of Law is ranked 28th among all law schools in the nation (10th among public universities), spring 2016.
  • The School of Library and Information Studies is ranked 18th nationally (15th among public universities) in the latest rankings for library schools, spring 2013

University of Alabama students continue to win prestigious national awards. Forty-seven UA students have been named Goldwater Scholars, including two in 2017. The University of Alabama has produced a total of 15 Rhodes Scholars, 16 Truman Scholars, 32 Hollings Scholars and six Boren Scholars.

Thirty 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.

Seven University of Alabama alumni and graduate students have won Fulbright awards for 2016-17. Two UA graduate students received Fulbright research awards. Five UA graduates won awards as teaching assistants to research and teach abroad.

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 six times.

Estimated cost for a full-time undergraduate student per semester (based on 2015-16 figures):

  Alabama Resident Out-of-State Resident
Tuition $5,085.00 $12,975.00
College/Course fees $400.00 $400.00
Dining Dollars account $325.00 $325.00
Meal plan $1,715.00 $1,715.00
Residence Hall room $4,400.00 $4,400.00
Parking decal $340.00 $340.00
Books and supplies $600.00 $600.00
Total $12,865.00 $20,755.00

Note: While actual expenses can vary widely, the above semester budget is a reasonable estimate for the Fall 2015/Spring 2016 terms. See for details.

Of the 37,100 undergraduate, professional, and graduate students enrolled at UA in the fall semester of 2015,

  • 46% come from Alabama
  • 51% come from elsewhere in the United States
  • 3% are international students from 62 countries
  • 55% are women
  • 45% are men
  • 12% are African-American
  • 2% are Asian-American

This statement of values, written by the Student Leadership Council, is the pledge made at convocation by each incoming freshman class at the start of the academic year.

"As a member of The University of Alabama community, I will pursue knowledge, act with fairness, integrity and respect; promote equity and inclusion; foster individual and civic responsibility; and strive for excellence in all I do."

The University of Alabama is often referred to as "The Capstone" by alumni and friends of the university. "The Capstone" is a nickname for The University of Alabama 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. Capstone means 'the top stone or high point.'