Why UAB?

Students crossing the street outside of Heritage Hall. The College is proud to be an integral part of UAB. Why should you choose to study or work here?

UAB is a dynamic institution with a growing and diverse student body, ambitions academic programs, a vibrant urban setting, and local and global outreach.


College of Arts & Sciences students show off their homecoming pride. Students

For four consecutive years, UAB has seen record overall enrollment, climbing to 17,999 in fall 2012. We are one of the five most diverse campuses in the nation; our students hail from every region of the nation and over 100 countries. Our students continue to receive prestigious national honors, such as Rhodes and Fulbright scholarships, Goldwater and NSF Graduate fellowships, and many other scholarships and titles. We invite you to learn more about them and their accomplishments.


UAB students in the Media Commons computer lab. Academics

UAB has always eschewed a "one size fits all" approach to education. Consequently, curricula are tailored to individual goals and the demands of today's global, knowledge economy. Courses are designed to ensure students are equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century head-on—and are prepared to lead the way, in whatever field they choose. Read more about them and UAB's community of scholars.


Flower sculpture from the 2013 Samuel B. Barker Memoria Outdoor Sculpture Competition. The Campus

UAB's urban yet green campus is rife with learning, cultural, and social opportunities. It is bustling with an array of student organizations and activity, while Birmingham offers a wealth of internships and co-ops, outdoor pursuits, and a thriving arts and culture scene. Whether you are interested in the arts, the outdoors, sports, or a good library, you will find it all on the UAB campus.


Image of the UAB campus skyline.

The City

Birmingham is a major metropolitan city of some 1.2 million that has evolved into a thriving nexus of medicine, banking, business, and groundbreaking research and development. Bordering UAB campus are the historic Five Points and Lakeshore Districts, an eclectic mix of restaurants, cafes, and live music venues. You will find a host of other cultural, outdoor, and leisure attractions throughout the greater Birmingham area. Read more about all Birmingham has to offer.