uab_houseIn 1936, the University of Alabama established a modest extension center in a two-story clapboard house, with an enrollment of 116 students. Read more about UAB's beginnings.

uab_1945In 1945, The Medical College of Alabama was established in Birmingham, and sought to recruit some of the brightest scientific and medical minds from around the globe. Read more about UAB becoming a prominent medical institution.

joe_vokerIn 1969, multiple programs merged into the autonomous campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, whose first president laid out a vision so lofty that it struck some of his own faculty as “crazy.” Read more about the first president's vision.

In the four decades since UAB's establishment, this young, dynamic university has thrived on boldness and innovation to continue pushing the frontiers in science, medicine, business, education, the arts, and the humanities while garnering national and international respect.

  • Ranked among the top quarter of all U.S. colleges and universities by The Princeton Review, and among the top 10 for diversity for three consecutive years
  • 31st nationally in federal research funding and 21st in funding from the National Institutes of Health
  • Among 51 public and private universities (and the only Alabama university) classified by the Carnegie Foundation for both “very high research activity” and "community engagement."
  • Named for three consecutive years to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a university can achieve for commitment to civic engagement and service-learning
  • The only medical center in Alabama listed in the U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals”issue for 21 straight years (every year from the issue’s inception)
  • Among the top 200 universities internationally, and top 100 in life sciences, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities