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At 38,320 students, UA enrolled the largest freshmen class in history in fall 2021. It is the third year out of the last four years with a fall enrollment of more than 38,000 students. Graduate School enrollment of 6,152 is a 7% increase from fall 2020 and breaks last year's record enrollment number.

The freshman class includes 281 National Merit Scholars, bringing the total number of currently enrolled National Merit Scholars to 940. Both fall 2021 numbers are the highest in UA history.

UA has achieved R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

University of Alabama students continue to win prestigious national awards. Fifty-nine UA students have been named Goldwater Scholars. The University of Alabama has produced a total of 16 Rhodes Scholars, 16 Truman Scholars, 36 Hollings Scholars and 16 Boren Scholars.

UA's Nicholas Hayes was one of 32 Americans selected to receive a Rhodes Scholarship, the most prestigious academic award for American college graduates and the oldest award for international study.

Thirty-six current UA faculty have received NSF CAREER Awards, one of the nation’s most prestigious recognition of top-performing young scientists, in disciplines ranging from nanoscience and engineering to biological sciences. During the 2019-2020 academic year, seven professors received this award, the most awards in a single year at UA. And 52 UA faculty researchers are in the National Academy of Inventors.

Six UA students were awarded Fulbright Awards for 2021-2022. In February 2021, UA was recognized as a Top Producing Institution for Fulbright U.S. Students for the fifth time in six years.

Caroline Yuk, a senior majoring in interdisciplinary studies through New College, was among 46 Americans selected to study in the United Kingdom through the prestigious Marshall Scholarship. Yuk is the third UA student to win the award and first in more than 40 years.

UA’s Capstone Agency was awarded Best Student-Run Firm by the Public Relations Student Society of America for the third time in 2020.

UA’s Advertising and Public Relations Program was named a top-five finalist for Outstanding Education Program during the PRWeek Awards — the tenth time the program has been awarded this honor.

UA made Forbes’ list of the Best Employers for New Graduates 2021.

UA’s Model UN team is ranked No. 15 on Best Delegate’s list of the Top 25 Collegiate Model UN teams in the World Division, moving up 10 spots from its first ranking in 2020.

U.S. News and World Report ranks The University of Alabama’s Manderson Graduate School of Business No. 22 among public universities. 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.

UA's Culverhouse School of Accountancy's undergraduate program ranks 11th overall in 2019, 10th overall for a program with a faculty size at more than 24 and 3rd in the South, according to Public Accounting Report. UA’s master’s programs are ranked 10th overall, 8th in schools with more than 24 faculty and 2nd in the South. UA’s doctoral program is ranked 9th overall.

U.S. News and World Report ranks The University of Alabama's School of Law No. 9 among public universities.

The Alabama Forensics Council, UA’s competitive speech team, won two national championships in speech and debate during the virtual Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament.

UA senior Kathleen McManus was named PRWeek’s 2021 Outstanding Student. McManus is the third student from the College of Communication and Information Sciences to win the award in the past four years that recognizes an undergraduate student for their outstanding display of a variety of public relations skills.

Total statewide economic impact of UA: $2.905 billion; 13,784 jobs; and $142.9 million in income and sales taxes (UA Center for Business and Economic Research).

Cost of Attending

Estimated cost for a full-time undergraduate student for the 2021-22 academic year:

Direct CostIn-StateOut-of-State
Fees Estimate$800$800
Total Direct Cost$25,514$44,984
Indirect CostIn-StateOut-of-State
Loan Fee Estimate$70$70
Total Indirect Cost$5,540$6,414
TOTAL (DIRECT + INDIRECT)$31,054$51,398

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Of the 38,320 undergraduate, professional and graduate students enrolled at UA in the fall semester of 2021,

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

The Capstone Creed

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 Capstone

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.'