About UAB

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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. Our annual economic impact on Alabama exceeds $5 billion; during the next decade it is projected to increase to $6.6 billion, generating 72,449 jobs and creating $431.4 million in state and local tax revenue.

UAB is one of the nation’s largest hospitals with 1,157 beds, treating more than a million patients annually. UAB Hospital is the only medical center in Alabama listed in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” every year since the issue’s inception.

Notable accomplishments and rankings:
  • UAB has achieved five consecutive years of record enrollment, with a student body exceeding 18,500.
  • UAB has been ranked for four consecutive years among Princeton Review’s top 10 universities for diversity. More than 35 percent of students are minorities and nearly 61 percent are female; they hail from every region of the country and more than 110 nations.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks 11 UAB programs in the top 25 and five in the top 10 in its list of “Best Graduate Schools.”
  • UAB is among a handful of institutions rated by The Carnegie Foundation both for “very high research activity” and “community engagement.” Our reach extends to more than 60 countries and Antarctica, involving more than 40 collaborations within Association of American Universities institutions.
  • UAB has been named four 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.
  • UAB is ranked No. 21 nationally in funding from the National Institutes of Health and No. 31 in total federal research funding.
  • UAB is the state’s largest single employer, with more than 21,500 employees. We support one of every 33 jobs statewide and have an annual economic impact of more than $5 billion on Alabama.