TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama continues to attract the state’s and nation’s highest achieving students as it marks another year of record enrollment.
This year’s freshman class represents the most academically talented in the school’s 185-year 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. In all, UA enrolled 37,665 students this fall, up from 37,100 in fall 2015.
“This record-setting freshman class is evidence of our commitment to grow strategically,” said UA President Stuart R. Bell. “And, as high achieving students graduate and remain in Alabama to begin their careers, it also helps grow the state’s economy.”
More than 31 percent of the freshman class had a high school Grade Point Average of 4.0 or higher, up from 29.5 percent last year. The class’s average ACT score is 27.1, the highest ever for UA, and up from last year’s 26.6 average.
“Our students and their parents express, through their college selection, confidence in our abilities to help them achieve their goals, both as students and as they plan for life after college,” Bell said.
“We welcome our new and returning students to campus,” said Dr. Kevin Whitaker, UA interim provost. “We take seriously our responsibilities to provide these outstanding students with a premier education. I would also like to thank our faculty, staff, alumni and students who worked diligently to help make this year’s student body our highest achieving group yet.”
The freshman class includes 151 National Merit Scholars, and 2,536 freshmen are enrolled in Honors College, a more than 12 percent increase over 2015.
UA’s freshman class is 4.8 percent larger than last year’s class.
The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.