UAB is one of America's premier research universities ranking among the top 15 percent of U.S. colleges and universities by The Princeton Review and designated as an institution of "very high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation. It is comprised of professional schools in the health sciences and academic areas, including but not limited to the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Optometry, Public Health, and Health Professions. The UAB Office of Postdoctoral Education was established in 1999 and was one of the first Postdoctoral offices in the country. It facilitates career development opportunities, maintains benefits, and promotes training programs for all Postdoctoral fellows. Since 2010, The Scientist has ranked UAB among the top 10 US academic institutions in their 'Best Places to Work as a Postdoc' annual survey; in 2013, the final year of the survey, UAB ranked first among all academic institutions nationwide.
Established in 1896 as an industrial school, Oakwood University is a historically Black Seventh-day Adventist institution located in Huntsville, AL. Oakwood University is accredited by several organizations, including but not limited to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the Commission on Colleges for the award of Baccalaureate Degree, and the National Council of Accreditation for Teacher Education; it is also a member of the United Negro College Fund. It offers Bachelor Degree programs in four science-focused academic divisions, including the Biological Sciences and
Chemistry, to an enrollment of more than 1,800 students.
Located in Tuscaloosa, AL, Stillman College is a minority-serving, liberal arts institution founded in 1876. Its average enrollment is 1200 students with more than 75 percent of the student body originating from the US Southeast, and just over 1 percent from foreign countries. Stillman College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and the Schools to award the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. Stillman is also approved by the Alabama State Board of Education to offer teacher education programs.