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 is internationally renowned for its intensely collaborative culture that has — for more than five decades — produced breakthroughs in education, healthcare, research and service. UAB is the top Alabama university, and in the top 175 worldwide, in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Global Universities ranking.

With an enrollment of more than 20,900 students in fall 2017, UAB provides a collaborative learning experience to prepare diverse students for rewarding careers and lives that benefit society and our regional and global economy. In addition, UAB offers exceptional graduate and professional programs that prepare students to lead, teach, conduct research, provide professional services, become the prominent scholars and societal leaders of the future, and contribute to our region's and our nation’s prosperity. UAB offers 154 degree programs in nine schools and one college — the Collat School of Business, School of Dentistry, School of Education, School of Engineering, School of Health Professions, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Optometry, School of Public Health and the College of Arts and Sciences — as well as the Honors College and the Graduate School.

UAB is the state of Alabama’s largest employer, with some 23,000 employees, and has an annual economic impact exceeding $7.15 billion. Ten UAB graduate programs were ranked in the top 25 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “America’s Best Graduate School” list, and 10 UAB specialties were ranked among the nation’s top 50 programs of their kind in the magazine’s 2017-2018 Best Hospitals report. Total research expenditures at UAB exceeded $538 million in 2016. UAB's NIH funding, based on 2016 figures, ranks eighth among public universities.

UAB Medicine is the third largest public academic medical center in the country, with more than 1,900 beds and almost 18,000 employees. UAB Hospital is the centerpiece of the UAB Health System and is the teaching hospital for the UAB School of Medicine. Situated among major research centers and clinics, UAB Hospital provides patients with a complete range of primary and specialty care services, as well as the most up-to-date treatments and innovations in health care. In addition to UAB Hospital, UAB Medicine includes The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital, UAB Callahan Eye Hospital, as well as several primary and specialty care clinics, a dozen member and affiliate hospitals within Alabama, more than 10 cancer associates in the Southeast, and the Viva Health HMO.