Students walking near Denny Chimes

At 38,103 students, UA’s enrollment surpassed 38,000 for the third consecutive year, boosted by a 10% in-state increase. In addition, 40% graduated in the top 10% of their high school graduating class (a UA record); 38% have a high school grade-point average of 4.0 or higher, with the average grade-point average being 3.77 (both are UA records); and approximately 40% have an ACT score of 30 or more for the third consecutive year.

The 2019 freshman class includes 256 National Merit Scholars, the largest in UA history. Last year, UA ranked second nationally among public universities with 187 among the freshman class. Currently, UA has more than 700 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.

Twenty-nine 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 52 UA faculty researchers are in the National Academy of Inventors.

13 University alumni and students won Fulbright Awards for 2020-21.

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.

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. PRWeek also named UA senior Alana Doyle its Public Relations Student of the Year for 2019. She is UA’s second consecutive Student of the Year winner.

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:

Direct Cost In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $10,780 $30,250
Fees Estimate $800 $800
Room $9,000 $9,000
Board $4,636 $4,636
Total Direct Cost

$25,216 $44,686
Indirect Cost In-State Out-of-State
Books $1,000 $1,000
Transportation $2,240 $3,120
Miscellaneous $2,360 $2,360
Loan Fee Estimate $70 $70
Total Indirect Cost $5,670 $6,550
Total (Direct + Indirect) $30,886 $51,236

The table above shows in-state and out-of-state tuition and fees for the 2018-19 academic year. These amounts reflect the estimated costs for a full-time dependent undergraduate student. For additional information, visit

Of the 38,103 undergraduate, professional and graduate students enrolled at UA in the fall semester of 2019,

  • 39.7% come from Alabama
  • 56.5% come from elsewhere in the United States
  • 3.8% are international students from 76 countries
  • 56.4% are women
  • 43.5% 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.'