University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, AL

Brief Description

As the only public four-year degree-granting university in the state's largest metropolitan area, the University of Alabama at Birmingham covers 88 blocks or 323 acres in the urban downtown center of Birmingham. Designated as one of just two research universities in Alabama with a very high level of research activity by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation, UAB is recognized as the 31st best university for federal research funding with expenditures of around $454 million annually. With a diverse population of over 12,000 students, UAB is also named among the nation's top ten universities for diversity.

Tracing its roots back to 1859 when it was founded as the Medical College of Alabama, the school initially served as the Birmingham Extension Center of the University of Alabama. As the center evolved and experienced tremendous student population growth, it merged with the Medical College to form the University of Alabama in Birmingham. By 1969, UAB became an independent institution, one of the autonomous universities within the newly created three-campus University of Alabama system, the largest employer in Birmingham, and the largest research institution in the state of Alabama.

According to the U.S. News and World Report, UAB is currently ranked as the 152nd best college, 81st top public school, and 33rd best university for veterans in the nation. Fully accredited by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS), the University of Alabama at Birmingham offers 140 bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and professional degree programs. Home to one of the largest academic medical centers and the only ACS verified Level I trauma center in Alabama, UAB is most renowned for offering exemplary programs in internal medicine, neurology, surgery, optometry, nursing, public health, anesthesiology, dentistry and radiology.

Among the 150 student organizations on campus, the award-winning UAB Model Arab League team has consistently been recognized as one of the best governmental model teams in the nation and the UAB Mock Trial Team has consecutively been ranked among the country's top 25 teams. Nicknamed the Blazers with the trademark forest green and old gold, the University of Alabama at Birmingham is home to 18 intercollegiate varsity teams for competition in the Conference USA of the NCAA Division I. Some of the most notable former Blazers include Olympic gold-medalist Vonetta Flowers, Miss America 2005 Deidre Downs, artist Clayton Colvin, and Surgeon General of the United States Regina Benjamin.

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At A Glance

Total undergraduate enrollment: 10331

Total institution enrollment: 14951

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

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Administration Bldg Suite 1070
Birmingham, AL 35209


(205) 934-4011


Undergraduate Demographics

Male undergraduate population: 41%

Female undergraduate population: 59%

Undergrad visible minorities: No Data

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered: Less than one year, One but less than two years, Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate certificate, Master's, Post-Masters certificate, Doctor's, First-professional degree, First-professional certificate

Accounting And Finance
Applied Mathematics General
Art History Criticism And Conservation
Art Teacher Education
Bioengineering And Biomedical Engineering
Biological And Physical Sciences
Biology General
Business / Managerial Economics
Business Administration And Management
Business Administration And Management
Business Marketing And Marketing Management
Cell Biology
Chemistry General
Civil Engineering General
Communications General
Computer And Information Sciences General
Counselor Education / Counseling And Guidance
Criminal Justice And Corrections Other
Dental Clinical Sciences / Graduate Dental
Dentistry Dds Dmd
Dietetics / Human Nutritional Services
Education Administration And Supervision
Education General
Electrical Electronics And Communication
Elementary Teacher Education
Emergency Medical Technology / Technician
English Language And Literature General
Environmental / Environmental Health Engineer
Environmental Health
Finance General
Fine / Studio Arts
Forensic Technology / Technician
French Language And Literature
German Language And Literature
Health And Medical Administrative Services
Health And Physical Education / Fitness
Health Professions And Related Sciences
Health System / Health Services Administration
Health Teacher Education
History General
Liberal Arts And Sciences / Liberal Studies
Material Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Basic Sciences Other
Medical Genetics
Medical Radiologic Technology / Technician
Medical Records Administration
Medical Technology
Medicine Md
Microbiology / Bacteriology
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Other
Music General
Music Teacher Education
Nuclear Medical Technology / Technician
Nursing Anesthetist Post Rn
Nursing Rn Training
Nutritional Sciences
Occupational Therapy
Optometry Od
Pathology Human And Animal
Pharmacology Human And Animal
Physical Education Teaching And Coaching
Physical Sciences General
Physical Therapy General
Physician Assistant
Physics General
Physiology Human And Animal
Political Science And Government General
Pre Elementary Early Childhood Kindergarten
Psychology General
Public Administration
Public Health General
Respiratory Therapy Technician
School Psychology
Secondary Teacher Education
Social Sciences And History Other
Social Sciences General
Social Work
Spanish Language And Literature
Special Education General
Visual And Performing Arts General