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 22nd among all law schools in the nation, spring 2015.
- The School of Library and Information Studies is ranked 18th nationally in the latest rankings for library schools, spring 2013
University of Alabama students continue to win prestigious national awards. Forty-five UA students have been named Goldwater Scholars, including four in 2015. The University of Alabama has produced a total of 15 Rhodes Scholars, 14 Truman Scholars, 30 Hollings Scholars and six Boren Scholars.
Twenty-eight 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.
Fourteen University of Alabama graduates have accepted Fulbright awards to study and teach abroad during 2015-2016. Three will be based in Spain and two each in Brazil, Malaysia and Turkey. Others will be in Czech Republic, Cyprus, France, Peru and South Korea.
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):
|Dining Dollars account
|Residence Hall room
|Books and supplies
Note: While actual expenses can vary widely, the above semester budget is a reasonable estimate for the Fall 2015/Spring 2016 terms. See cost.ua.edu 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, honesty, and respect; foster individual and civic responsibility; and strive for excellence."
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.'