UAB 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.

Academic accolades


Our strategic plan, UAB21, is our pledge to prepare our students and community for the challenges of a new world economy: global literacy, biotechnology and biomedical science, energy, transportation, materials engineering, information technology, computing security and entrepreneurship. These goals are fueling record enrollments, attracting exceptional faculty and strengthening community partnerships.


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council of Graduate Schools in the United States, plus 32 independent accreditations for 137 degree programs in Arts & Sciences, Business, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Optometry and Public Health.

“Best Graduate Schools” 

U.S. News & World Report ranked 9 programs in the top 20 and three in the top 10.


Among 51 public and private universities classified by The Carnegie Foundation for both “very high research activity” and "community engagement."

Community service  

Named eighth consecutive year (2015) to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition for civic engagement and service-learning.


Consistently ranked among the most diverse universities nationally by The Princeton Review.

Endowed faculty

100 chairs, 57 professorships

Graduate education

Enrollment is the highest among Alabama universities and the diverse group is pursuing degrees in 50 master’s programs, 37 doctoral programs and eight education specialist programs.

Honors College

Students are drawn to specialized courses and research opportunities, especially among its programs for Experiential Learning, Science and Technology, Global and Community Leadership and Early Medical Professional Schools Acceptance.

Intellectual competiveness

The UAB Green and Gold Fund, a business student-managed investment portfolio, recently won its third consecutive national title (2013) at the largest national collegiate competition and outperforms the S&P 500. UAB in recent years has won national championships in Mock Trial, the Ethics Bowl and the Bioethics Bowl.


UAB is a leader in developing undergraduate and graduate programs for emerging fields at the intersection of disciplines within and among UAB schools.

International reach

In fall 2012, students from 87 countries were enrolled in our undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, and we share research and learning experiences with another 76 institutions in 35 countries.


More than 2 million volumes in Meryn H. Sterne and Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences; electronic access to the contents of more than 35,044 serials and 72,000 electronic books, digital collections and information services is available on campus and remotely to authorized users.

Medical education 

Our faculty physicians, dentists, optometrists, nurses — many included among America’s best practitioners and leaders of professional and scientific societies — train students and residents in one of the nation’s largest and most advanced medical centers.

Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities

UAB ranks No. 116 overall, No. 42 in clinical medicine and No. 86 in life sciences based on scientific paper volume, impact and performance output.


Among the nation’s first universities to establish an Office of Postdoctoral Education in 1999, UAB is recognized for excellent benefits and career opportunities for its nearly 250 postdoctoral scholars training in dentistry, engineering, health professions, medicine, natural sciences and mathematics, public health, optometry and social and behavioral sciences and elsewhere.  

Quality Enhancement Plan

UAB's QEP helps ensure all students develop communication and problem-solving skills, broad knowledge and the ability to make informed, ethical decisions — all key to leadership in our local and global community.  

Research funding

Ranked No. 22 nationally in funding from the National Institutes of Health (10th among public universities) in FY 2014. 

Undergraduate research

Students have the opportunity to do real research in UAB labs as early as their freshman year. Their work is showcased in the student-published research journal Inquiro and during the annual Undergraduate Research Expo.