The University of Alabama
Founded in 1831 and located in Tuscaloosa, the University of Alabama offers 275 various degrees in over 150 programs of study. The University of Alabama, the State of Alabama's oldest public university, is a senior comprehensive doctoral-level institution. Its mission is to advance the intellectual and social condition of the people of the State through quality programs of teaching, research and service.
The University of Alabama's activities emerge from a broad range of research and creative activities, many of which are recognized for their contributions to the economic, technological and cultural growth of the State. At the undergraduate level, the University offers a broad range of baccalaureate programs in the arts and humanities, science and technology, pre-professional and professional fields. A University-wide core curriculum provides a general education component as the keystone of every undergraduate program. Graduate programs, built on these undergraduate foundations, concentrate on the development of original scholarship, research and creative activity. Professional programs, including the State's only public law school, prepare students with high levels of competence for leadership roles. As one of the major residential campuses in the State, the University enhances the academic and personal growth of its students through its on-campus environment.
The University of Alabama is a national leader in the enrollment of National Merit, National Achievement and National Hispanic Scholars, with 198 scholars in the fall 2006 freshman class. These numbers include 83 National Merit Scholars, a 15 percent increase over last year’s 72. The University of Alabama ranked 13th in the nation among public universities in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars in 2005.
Dr. Robert E. Witt
Six University of Alabama students were named to the 2006 USA Today All-USA College Academic Team, the most of any school in the nation. UA's four-year total of 20 also tops all other colleges and universities.
Enrollment at The University of Alabama is at a record high of 23,878 for fall 2006. The entering freshman class, at 4,378 students, is the largest in UA history.
The University of Alabama has a dramatic impact on the economy of Alabama, returning three dollars for every one dollar invested in the University by the State. UA each year contributes $1.7 billion to the state’s economy.