Students walking near Denny Chimes

Enrollment at The University of Alabama reached a record high of 38,563 for fall 2017, up more than 2 percent from last year’s record class of 37,665. More than 40 percent of UA’s 7,407-member freshman class scored 30 or higher on the ACT, and 38 percent were in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class. The entering class in 2017 carries an average high school grade-point average of 3.72, with 34 percent having a high school GPA of 4.0 or higher.

The University of Alabama is a leader among public universities nationwide in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars with more than 500 currently enrolled.

Ranked among the top 60 public universities in the nation in U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings for more than a decade, UA ranked 51st among public universities in the 2018 rankings. UA’s latest college rankings include:

  • The School of Law is ranked 26th among all law schools in the nation (ninth among public universities), spring 2017.
  • The School of Library and Information Studies is ranked 28th nationally (25th among public universities) in the latest rankings for library schools, spring 2017.

University of Alabama students continue to win prestigious national awards. Fifty-one UA students have been named Goldwater Scholars, including four in 2017. The University of Alabama has produced a total of 15 Rhodes Scholars, 16 Truman Scholars, 32 Hollings Scholars and 11 Boren Scholars.

Twenty-five current 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. And 36 UA faculty researchers are in the National Academy of Inventors.

Dr. Samantha Hansen, UA associate 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.

Fifteen University of Alabama alumni and students won Fulbright awards for 2017-18. Five UA students and alumni received Fulbright research awards. Ten 2017 graduates won awards as English teaching assistants overseas.

U.S. News and World Report ranks The University of Alabama’s Manderson Online Business Master’s programs 13th in the nation. 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 2017 rankings place UA's Culverhouse School of Accountancy's undergraduate program seventh overall and first for a program with a faculty size between 17 and 23 as well as first in the South. The master’s programs are ranked ninth overall, and the doctoral program is ranked seventh.

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 eight times.

Estimated cost for a full-time undergraduate student for the 2017-18 academic year:

Direct Cost In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $11,580 $28,900
Room $8,900 $8,900
Board $4,324 $4,324
Total Direct Cost

$24,804 $42,124
Indirect Cost In-State Out-of-State
Books $1,200 $1,200
Transportation $1,740 $2,870
Miscellaneous $2,380 $2,380
Loan Fee Estimate $60 $60
Total Indirect Cost $5,380 $6,510
Total (Direct + Indirect) $30,184 $48,634

The table above shows in-state and out-of-state tuition and fees for the 2017-2018 academic year. These amounts reflect the estimated costs for a full-time dependent undergraduate student. For additional information, visit

Of the 38,563 undergraduate, professional, and graduate students enrolled at UA in the fall semester of 2017,

  • 41% come from Alabama
  • 56% come from elsewhere in the United States
  • 3% are international students from 82 countries
  • 56% are women
  • 44% are men

A summary of enrollment by race and ethnicity is available from the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

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.'