The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Lead Institution

UAB also offers numerous programs and services that enhance student education, including the Co-op Program, Study Abroad, Career Center and academic support services. With the City of Birmingham in their back yard, UAB students have enormous opportunity for internships, jobs and valuable hands-on experience. There are more than 200 organizations on campus ranging from academic clubs and volunteer groups to fraternities, sororities and special interest groups.

UAB's overall direct and indirect economic impact in the Birmingham MSA in 2003 reached nearly $2.9 billion. Over the past two fiscal years, the overall impact increased by an estimated 15.5 percent.

A large portion of that total comes from spending by 16,000 employees coming to campus to work and teach, more than 17,000 students coming to campus to learn and untold thousands visiting UAB’s hospitals, clinics, performing arts center, athletic events and other public venues. UAB is responsible for 52,900 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs. This figure represents the number of jobs the presence of UAB creates both within the university and the community.


The Alabama Louis Stokes Alliance
for Minority Participation

Dr. Carol Z. Garrison


In funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), UAB ranks 20 overall with five schools in the Top 20: Health Professions (No.1), Optometry (No. 4), Public Health (No. 10), Medicine (No. 16) and Nursing (No. 17).

Research funding has doubled every decade at UAB and currently totals more than $433 million.

UAB has been named one of the 100 best universities in the Southeast in the recently published first edition of the Princeton Review’s “The Best Southeastern Colleges: 100 Great Schools to Consider.”

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a research university and academic health center that discovers, teaches and applies knowledge for the intellectual, cultural, social and economic benefit of Birmingham, the state and beyond.

UAB encompasses 82 city blocks and has a student enrollment of more than 17,000. UAB also is home to a large graduate school, a world-renowned health care complex and more than 70 research centers, focusing on such diverse issues as AIDS vaccines and aging to the environment, urban affairs and telecommunications.