Students sitting on the Quad

Enrollment at The University of Alabama reached a record high of 37,665 for fall 2016. The entering freshman class, at 7,559 students, is the largest and best qualified in UA history. More than 40 percent of UA’s 7,559-member freshman class scored 30 or higher on the ACT, up from last year’s record 36 percent.

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 50 public universities in the nation in U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings for more than a decade, UA ranked 46th among public universities in the 2017 rankings. UA’s latest college rankings include:

  • The School of Law is ranked 26th among all law schools in the nation (9th 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.

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 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.

Fourteen University of Alabama alumni and students won Fulbright awards for 2017-18. Five UA students and alumni received Fulbright research awards. Nine 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 14th 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 2016 rankings place UA's Culverhouse School of Accountancy's undergraduate and master's programs 8th and its doctoral program 9th.

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 seven times.

Estimated cost for a full-time undergraduate student per for the 2016-17 academic year:

Direct Cost In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $11,270 $27,750
Room $8,850 $8,850
Board $4,200 $4,200
Total Direct Cost

$24,320 $40,800
Indirect Cost In-State Out-of-State
Books $1,200 $1,200
Transportation $1,736 $2,876
Miscellaneous $2,380 $2,380
Loan Fee Estimate $66 $66
Total Indirect Cost $5,382 $6,522
Total (Direct + Indirect) $29,702 $47,322

The table above shows in-state and out-of-state tuition and fees for the 2016-2017 academic year. These amounts reflect the estimated costs for a full-time dependent undergraduate student. For additional information, visit

Of the 37,665 undergraduate, professional, and graduate students enrolled at UA in the fall semester of 2016,

  • 43% come from Alabama
  • 53% come from elsewhere in the United States
  • 4% are international students from 77 countries
  • 56% are women
  • 44% 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.'