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At 37,842 students, UA saw an increase in the number of in-state undergraduate students and record-setting Graduate School enrollment in fall 2020. Highlights of the 2020 freshman class include 42.3% with a 4.0 GPA in high school, 39.9% scoring 30 or higher on the ACT, an average high school GPA of 3.83.
UA continues to be a leader among public universities in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars. The 2020 freshman class includes 221 National Merit Scholars. Currently, UA has almost 800 National Merit Scholars enrolled.
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-seven UA students have been named Goldwater Scholars. The University of Alabama has produced a total of 15 Rhodes Scholars, 16 Truman Scholars, 36 Hollings Scholars and 15 Boren Scholars.
Thirty-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. 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.
17 University alumni and students won Fulbright Awards for 2020-21.
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.
U.S. News and World Report ranks The University of Alabama’s Manderson Graduate School of Business No. 19 among public universities and its Online Business Master’s programs 10th 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.
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. 12 among public universities.
The UA Department of Advertising and Public Relations was named the Most Outstanding Education Program by PRWeek during the 2020 PRWeek Awards. It is the department’s ninth recognition as a finalist for the award, and its first selection as the top program.
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).
Estimated cost for a full-time undergraduate student for the 2019-20 academic year:
|Total Direct Cost||$25,216||$44,686|
|Loan Fee Estimate||$70||$70|
|Total Indirect Cost||$5,670||$6,550|
|TOTAL (DIRECT + INDIRECT)||$30,886||$51,236|
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Of the 38,103 undergraduate, professional and graduate students enrolled at UA in the fall semester of 2019,
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.'