The University of Alabama at Birmingham pursues the frontiers of education, research and health care and strives to be one of the most dynamic and productive universities of the 21st century.
Our story is one of remarkable growth in size, quality, reputation and impact. From modest beginnings as an extension center of the University of Alabama, UAB — which became an autonomous campus in 1969 — now offers 137 degree programs in the College of Arts & Sciences and the schools of Business, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Optometry and Public Health.
We have helped transform Birmingham into a nexus of medicine, business, research and development with a thriving arts and cultural scene, and our campus channels all the energies and opportunities of its metropolitan home. We are the largest single employer in Alabama and our economic impact exceeds $5 billion annually.
We are home to the 3rd largest public hospital in the U.S., treating more than a million patients annually, and the only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Alabama and a five-state region.
Notable accomplishments and rankings:
- Enrollment is over 18,300; fall 2015 freshmen boasted an average ACT of 25, the highest ever at UAB and in the top 21 percent nationally.
- UAB Honors College enrolled its largest-ever class (1,260) and recently produced UAB’s third Rhodes Scholar—more than any other Alabama university since the year 2000.
- Undergraduates are 37 percent minority and 58 percent female on a campus consistently ranked among the most diverse nationally in The Princeton Review.
- U.S. News & World Report “Best Graduate Schools” ranks nine UAB programs in the top 20 nationally, including a master’s in health administration that ranks 2nd.
- Among only 51 universities nationally—and the only Alabama university—to be classified by the Carnegie Foundation for both “Very High Research Activity” and “Community Engagement.”
- Named seven consecutive years to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a university can achieve for civic engagement and service-learning.
- Ranked 22nd nationally in funding from NIH (10th among public universities) with several schools highly ranked among national peers—Dentistry is 1st nationally.
- The Center for World University Rankings puts UAB 147th globally, among only eight universities in the Southeast—and only one in Alabama—to make the world’s top 150.
- Ongoing live-donor kidney chain is the longest ever conducted at any site in the world