The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

Brief Description

Located on a 1,000-acre urban campus in Tuscaloosa along the Black Warrior River just 60 miles away from Birmingham, the University of Alabama is a major public student-centered research institution dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and service. It is designated as a research university with a high level of research activity by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation. Among the largest universities in the state with nearly 35,000 students, UA currently ranks 12th best in the nation among public universities for the enrollment of National Merit Scholars.

As one of the first public universities established in the southwestern frontier of the United States in 1831, the University of Alabama was established as a land-grant seminary of learning by Congress. Although there were just 100 students per year at the academy-style institution during the Antebellum period, the university evolved as the state matured and soon was home to one of the largest libraries in the nation with over 7,000 volumes. After playing a prominent role in the American Civil War and the African American Civil Rights Movement, UA is considered one of the largest and highest ranked universities in the state.

With an outstanding reputation for academic excellence, the University of Alabama is ranked as the 86th best college and 36th top public school in the nation by the U.S. News and World Report. Fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), UA awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in 13 academic divisions. Along with having the only publicly supported law school in the state, UA is also renowned for offering programs in anthropology, library information studies, metallurgical engineering, music, Romance languages, and social work, which are unavailable elsewhere in Alabama.

With more than 250 student organizations to get involved in on campus, UA is home to 60 fraternities and sororities in the school's influential Greek system of around 6,000 students. As notorious competitors in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference, the University of Alabama Crimson Tide fields 21 men's and women's intercollegiate varsity teams. UA athletics is perhaps best known for having one of the 10 winningest football programs in U.S. history and having one of just four wheelchair basketball teams in the nation. Some of the most notable alumni include broadcaster Joe Scarborough, actress Sela Ward, NFL player Ozzie Newsome, and the co-founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales.

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At A Glance

Total undergraduate enrollment: 15318

Total institution enrollment: 19277

School type: 4-year public

School classification: Doctoral/Research Universities--Extensive: These institutions typically offer a wide range of baccalaureate programs, and they are committed to graduate education through the doctorate. They award 50 or more doctoral degrees per year across at least 15 Disciplines.

Campus Location

Main Address

The University of Alabama
739 University Blvd
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401


(205) 348-6010


Undergraduate Demographics

Male undergraduate population: 48%

Female undergraduate population: 52%

Undergrad visible minorities: No Data

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered: Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate certificate, Master's, Post-Masters certificate, Doctor's, First-professional degree

Accounting And Finance
Advertising And Marketing
Aerospace Aeronautical And Astronautica
American Studies / Civilization
Applied Mathematics General
Art History Criticism And Conservation
Asian Studies
Athletic Training And Sports Medicine
Audiology / Hearing Sciences
Biological And Physical Sciences
Biology General
Business / Managerial Economics
Business Administration And Management
Business Marketing And Marketing Management
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry General
City / Urban Community And Regional Planning
Civil Engineering General
Classics And Classical Languages And Literature
Clothing / Apparel And Textile Studies
Computer And Information Sciences General
Consumer Economics And Science
Counseling And Psychology
Counselor Education / Counseling And Guidance
Criminal Justice General
Drama / Theater Arts General
Education Administration And Supervision
Educational Psychology
Educational Statistics And Research Methods
Educational Supervision
Electrical Electronics And Communication
Elementary Middle And Secondary Education
Elementary Teacher Education
Engineering General
Engineering Mechanics
English Creative Writing
English Language And Literature General
Environmental / Environmental Health Engineer
Exercise Sciences / Physiology And Movement
Finance General
Fine / Studio Arts
Fine Arts And Art Studies Other
Foods And Nutrition Studies General
French Language And Literature
German Language And Literature
Health And Medical Preparatory Programs
Health And Physical Education / Fitness
Health Professions And Related Sciences
Higher Education Administration
History General
Home Economics General
Home Economics Other
Hospital / Health Facilities Administration
Hotel / Motel And Restaurant Management
Human Resources Management
Individual And Family Development Studie
Industrial / Manufacturing Engineering
Interior Design General
International Relations And Affairs
Juridical Science / Legal Specialization
Latin American Studies
Law Llb Jd
Library Science / Librarianship
Management Information Systems And Business Data
Management Science
Marine / Aquatic Biology
Material Engineering
Mathematics Other
Mechanical Engineering
Metallurgical Engineering
Microbiology / Bacteriology
Mining And Mineral Engineering
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Other
Music General
Music Teacher Education
Nursing Rn Training
Petroleum Engineering
Physical Education Teaching And Coaching
Physics General
Political Science And Government General
Pre Elementary Early Childhood Kindergarten
Psychology General
Public Administration
Public Relations
Radio And Television Broadcasting
Religion / Religious Studies
Romance Languages And Literatures Other
Russian Language And Literature
School Psychology
Secondary Teacher Education
Social Work
Spanish Language And Literature
Special Education General
Speech And Rhetorical Studies
Speech Language Pathology
Speech Language Pathology And Audiology
Teaching English As A Second Language
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling
Women Studies