Alabama's largest single employer, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is an urban university and medical center that encompasses 82 city blocks and has a student enrollment of more than 17,000. UAB is home to a large graduate school, a world-renowned health care complex and more than 100 different research centers focusing on such diverse issues as AIDS, business development, and biodefense and emerging infections.
The university is composed of 13 schools, as well as hospitals and clinics housing internationally renowned patient care programs. UAB includes the Schools of Arts and Humanities, Business, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Health Professions, Medicine, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Nursing, Optometry, Public Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Graduate School.
More than 4,400 graduate students are enrolled in UAB's 38 doctoral programs and 47 master's programs. Many of these programs unite different disciplines and cross departmental and school lines, illustrating the strong interdisciplinary character of the university.
UAB is one of the top research universities in the country. Today, UAB receives more than $423 million in research funding.
UAB is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award degrees at the baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels. Many academic programs have additional accreditation from organizations appropriate to the academic discipline.
Questions related to the accreditation of UAB should be directed to the Commission on Colleges at:
Commission on Colleges Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, Georgia 30033
Phone: (404) 679-4500
Fax: (404) 679-4558
If you have questions related to issues such as admission requirements, educational programs, and financial aid that are not answered in this publication, please contact UAB at:
University of Alabama at Birmingham Office of the Registrar
1605 11th Ave. South
Birmingham, Alabama 35205
(205) 975-6168 fax
Campus life at UAB is characterized by the bustle and diversity of the university's urban setting. UAB graduate students take advantage of a wide variety of cultural and recreational opportunities on and off campus, and numerous student organizations and associations invite participation.
UAB's Hill University Center serves as a hub for campus life, providing under one roof a full-service cafeteria, a large bookstore, an auditorium, meeting rooms, lounges, and other recreational areas. The UAB Arena seats more than 8,000 for concerts, sports events, graduation exercises, and other special events.
The Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center houses a 1,400-seat concert hall and the 400-seat Morris K. Sirote Theater. Both of these facilities have outstanding acoustics, technical capability, and comfort, and each hosts a wide variety of student and professional performances. The Alys Stephens Center also has a 175-seat recital hall, an experimental ("black box") theater, an arts computing facility, practice rooms, faculty offices, and other instructional space. The center is home to the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and hosts a wide variety of cultural events throughout the year.
Ten musical performing groups (Blazer Band, Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Gospel Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Blazers, Computer Music Ensemble, Opera Workshop, Percussion Ensemble, and Wind Ensemble) provide enrichment and performing opportunities. A major campus theater offers several productions each year (free to students); there are several small performing groups on campus, as well as a UAB-affiliated community theater. Dance groups offer opportunities in ballet and jazz. Artwork is continuously exhibited in the Visual Arts Gallery and several other galleries on campus.
Student publications include a campus-wide newspaper, The Kaleidoscope, published weekly; and a literary magazine, Aura.
University programs include a lecture series, an acclaimed film series (showing films several times a month, including popular, foreign, and classic films), a progressive and diverse concert series, and an assortment of special events, seminars, dances, and other activities. Many of these programs and activities are free to students with valid ID cards.
UAB's intercollegiate sports program includes baseball, football, rifle, softball, synchronized swimming, track, and volleyball, as well as men’s and women’s teams for basketball, golf, soccer, and tennis. Many of our teams have won conference championships.
The 150,000-square-foot campus recreation center houses aquatics, court sports, an indoor track, weight and fitness areas, climbing wall and outdoor recreation, game room, and juice bar. Two softball fields, two football fields with goals for soccer; a baseball field and a number of tennis courts are nearby. An active intramural sports program attracts the participation of many graduate students.
The Campus Green, located between the recreation center and Heritage Hall, provides a natural respite amid UAB's urban setting. Adjacent to the Campus Green is an award-winning campus cafeteria. The Commons on the Green is centrally located and provides a wide variety of food options to choose from.
UAB Study Away
Explore a world of opportunities in the Study Away Program. The experience of living and learning in another country will enrich your background and broaden your career horizons. The UAB program offers courses in a variety of majors in several countries around the world. These courses are designed to meet the needs of both traditional and nontraditional students (working students, parents, etc.). In addition, UAB has exchange agreements with educational institutions in more than 30 countries. Financial aid can be applied toward courses in the Study Away Program. Students must meet certain requirements to participate and earn academic credit.
Contact the UAB Study Away Program Director, (205) 975-6611, for further information concerning various programs, the resource library, references for peer consultation and academic advising, and financial aid applicability and contacts or check out the web site at www.studyabroad.app.uab.edu/.
International Scholars and Students
The mission of International Scholar and Student Services (ISSS) is to provide quality services, programs, and activities that enhance cultural awareness, international educational and research opportunities, and global perspectives for students, faculty, and staff.
ISSS advises foreign students and assists visiting international faculty and students in matters of immigration, federal and state taxation, and orientation to the Birmingham community. ISSS also serves as a collaborative resource center that facilitates, promotes, and strengthens international understanding.
The ISSS manages and operates the Smolian International House (I-House), located at 1600 10th Avenue South. The I-House offers a variety of services and activities for international students and scholars as well as for American students.
The ISSS also manages and operates the Samuel Ullman Museum (SUM), located at 2150 15th Avenue South. The museum is a tribute to Samuel Ullman, an early visionary of Birmingham best known for his poem "Youth."
For additional information, visit the International Scholar and Student Services web site www.uab.edu/isss.
Oak Ridge Associated Universities
Since 1971, students and faculty of the University of Alabama at Birmingham have benefited from its membership in Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). ORAU is a consortium of 85 colleges and universities and a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. ORAU works with its member institutions to help their students and faculty gain access to federal research facilities throughout the country; to keep its members informed about opportunities for fellowship, scholarship, and research appointments; and to organize research alliances among its members. Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (the DOE facility that ORAU operates), undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates, and faculty enjoy access to a multitude of opportunities for study and research.
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
As a member of Alabama’s Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium, UAB offers students and faculty access to the courses and facilities of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, located in Mobile Bay on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. For programs and contacts, visit their web site (