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The University of Alabama, the state's oldest public university, is the senior comprehensive doctoral-level institution in Alabama. Established by constitutional provision, with subsequent statutory mandates and authorizations, the University advances the intellectual and social condition of all the people of the state through quality programs of research, instruction, and service.

The University of Alabama bases its activities on a broad range of research programs, many of which are recognized for their contributions to the economic, technological, and cultural growth of the state and region. This research, supported by a library that is a member of the national Association of Research Libraries, yields continuing stimulation for the instructional programs offered by the University's 12 colleges and schools.

At the undergraduate level, the University offers a comprehensive range of baccalaureate programs in the arts and humanities and in scientific, technological, preprofessional, and professional fields. A University-wide core curriculum provides a strong general education component as the keystone of every undergraduate program. Graduate programs, built on these strong undergraduate foundations, concentrate on the development of original scholarship and competence in research. In selected areas, including the state's only public law school, professional programs develop the highest levels of competence and leadership.

As one of the two major residential campuses in the state, the University enhances the academic and personal growth of all its students through its on-campus student life. Recognizing that education is a lifelong endeavor, the University offers a wide array of continuing educational opportunities to adult and nontraditional students.

The University recognizes the importance of educating students to live and work in a global community of increasingly interdependent countries. To this end, the University supports a variety of international programs for faculty and students.

The University's research and instructional programs form a base for extensive outreach activities, providing continuing linkages with business, industry, and government through applications of new knowledge. These relationships cause the University's influence to extend beyond the bounds of the state as it assists developmental efforts at regional, national, and international levels.

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