TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Talented students continue to select The University of Alabama as their school of choice as this fall brings another record year for enrollment along with increasingly impressive credentials. For fall 2017, UA’s enrollment reached 38,563 students, up more than 2 percent from last year’s record class of 37,665.
“We’re pleased to see our growth continue as we add another talented and bright class to our University family,” said UA President Stuart R. Bell. “With more students than ever before, it is clear that our exceptional academic programs and outstanding faculty continue to attract much-deserved attention from across the country.”
More than 40 percent of UA’s 7,407-member freshman class scored 30 or higher on the ACT and 38 percent were in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class. The entering class carries an average high school grade-point average of 3.72, with 34 percent having a high school GPA of 4.0 or higher.
“I would 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,” said Kevin Whitaker, executive vice president and provost. “We take seriously our responsibilities to provide a premier education to these outstanding students.”
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.