UAB is ranked No. 3 in the nation for diverse student population, according to The Princeton Review's 2010 edition of its annual book, "The Best 371 Colleges."
The Princeton Review, an educational services company, asked 122,000 students to rate their colleges and universities on dozens of topics. The Review reports the top 20 colleges in 62 categories.
UAB ranked No. 3 in the Lots of Race/Class Interaction Category, which rates campus social and ethnic diversity and interaction between students of various backgrounds. UAB is the only university in Alabama to score in this category.
The Review summed up the students' comments, saying that "With diverse academic and extracurricular opportunities, UAB is a school that fits most every type of person. As a result, the student body is truly a great American melting pot of different cultures, religions and races."
"Students work together for the common goals of getting an education and understanding and appreciating the diversity of others," one student said.UAB also ranked No. 11 nationally for having the "Happiest Students," a list in the Quality of Life category. In addition, UAB ranked at No. 14 in the "Best Athletic Facilities" category.