We're No. 1 (Rankings)

Academics

Our academics are stellar.

  • In the 2010 Princeton Review College Rankings, UAB is listed as one of the Best Southeastern Colleges and among the top 15 percent of colleges and universities in the U.S.
  • In addition, out of their 371 Best College Rankings, UAB was ranked third in race/class interaction and 11th for happiest students, just in case you were wondering.
  • (They say we’re a “mecca of multiculturalism.”)
  • The 2009 Academic Ranking of World Universities places UAB within the top 200 universities in the world and top 100 in the nation.
  • The UAB MBA program is recognized among the nation’s Best 269 Business Schools in U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 rankings.
  • Our industrial distribution program is the only fully integrated business-engineering ID program in the U.S.
  • UAB’s biomedical engineering program is the only one of its kind in the state.


Students

Our students do great things.

  • In 2009, the average ACT score for entering freshmen was 24.4, up from 24 in 2007—meeting the University's Strategic Plan 2010 goal three years early.
  • The UAB Model Arab League team is among the best government model teams in the nation, with over five years of expansion and award-winning achievement, including multiple Outstanding Delegation awards.
  • The UAB Mock Trial team is consistently among the nation's best as a perennial Top 25 program. The program enjoyed its greatest success in 2006, when the team won the national title in the Silver Division, defeating the defending national champions from Harvard University. (Take that, Ivy!)
  • UAB accounting graduates' first-time pass rates on the CPA exam are 30 percent higher than the national average.
  • During the past 11 years, a UAB graduate has achieved the highest score in Alabama on the CPA exam nine times.
  • UAB School of Business finance graduates pass the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam at a rate 20 percent higher than the national average.
  • A UAB School of Engineering student has been named by the ASPE (Alabama Society of Professional Engineers) as the state of Alabama's Outstanding Undergraduate Student of the Year from 2004 through 2009 and nine of the past 12 years.Since 2000, UAB has produced seven Fulbright Scholars, six Phi Kappa Phi Fellows, eight Goldwater Scholars, five National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellows, six Truman Scholars, one Marshall Scholar, and one Rhodes Scholar.

Science & Medicine

Our science and medical programs are awesome.

  • UAB is nationally ranked among the top 20 in total federal research funding in key areas of health sciences, receiving more than $433 million dollars in funding.
  • In March of 2010, The Scientist magazine ranked UAB 24th on among its Best Places to Work for Postdoctoral Fellows, up from its 56th in 2008.
  • And in 2008, The Scientist ranked us among their Top 5 Best Places to Work in Academia.
  • As of 2009, the Carnegie Foundation classifies UAB as an institution of “very high research activity"—the only university in Alabama to receive that classification, and one of only 96 public and private universities in the entire nation.
  • The Section on Statistical Genetics (SSG) in the School of Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics is one of the largest in the U.S.
  • The School of Health Professions is first in the nation in research funding from the National Institutes of Health, holding first or second place for 26 consecutive years.
  • The UAB Medical Scientist Training Program has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1992.


U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report thinks we’re really, really great.

In its 2010 college rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked UAB:

  • 34th among doctoral programs in biological sciences
  • 11th among mathematics departments
  • 50th among clinical psychology programs
  • 91st among psychology master’s programs
  • 123rd among chemistry departments
  • 133rd among physics departments
  • among top 10 graduate programs for health administration and AIDS
  • 145th overall (public or private) among 572 universities, public or private, in the U.S. (U.S. News also listed UAB as a “more selective” institution)

In their 2010 rankings of graduate programs:

  • 6th among AIDS programs for ours in the School of Medicine
  • 7th among master’s degree programs for ours in health administration in the School of Health Professions
  • 11th among family nurse practitioner programs for ours in the School of Nursing
  • 15th among internal medicine and rural medicine programs for ours in the School of Medicine
  • 16th among women’s health programs for ours in the School of Medicine
  • 16th among master’s programs for ours in the School of Public Health
  • 17th among occupational therapy programs for ours in the School of Health Professions
  • 20th among pediatrics programs for ours in the School of Medicine
  • 26th among master’s programs for ours in the School of Nursing
  • 26th among physician assistant programs for ours in the School of Health Professions
  • 29th in research for the School of Medicine
  • 29th among physical therapy programs for ours in the School of Health Professions
  • 32nd among nursing anesthesia programs for ours in the School of Health Professions
  • 35th in primary care for the School of Medicine
  • 50th among clinical psychology programs for ours in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • 58th among basic science departments, including biochemistry and molecular genetics, cell biology, genetics, microbiology, neurobiology, pathology, pharmacology and toxicology, and physiology and biophysics
  • 58th among rehabilitation counseling programs for ours in the School of Education
  • 72nd among public affairs programs for ours in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • 91st among master’s programs in psychology for ours in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences