A view of a portion of UAB's urban campus.
Birmingham is a growing, diverse, and progressive city located in the foothills of the Appalachians. The hospitality of the people and the temperate climate of the Magic City complement a wide variety of educational offerings, cultural and entertainment activities, and sporting events. Health care and education have replaced industry as Birmingham’s economic base, and UAB is now the city’s leading employer.

Students on the UAB green.UAB is a comprehensive, urban research university with an enrollment of more than 18,000 students. It is a nationally and internationally respected center for educational, research, and service programs. The campus encompasses an 83-block area on Birmingham’s Southside, offering all of the advantages of a university within a highly supportive city.

A particular strength of the school is its many interdisciplinary programs that cross departmental and school lines. UAB attracts over $400 million annually in external research funding and ranks consistently in the top 25 nationally in funding from the National Institutes of Health. For graduate students, this funding status means availability of financial support, access to well-equipped research laboratories, and interaction with faculty members who have earned research support based on the favorable judgment of their colleagues nationwide.

Student conducting research in a UAB lab. UAB is regularly ranked in the top 10 best medical schools in the US and offers a wide selection of research opportunities spanning cellular/molecular, behavioral, cognitive, genetic, and patient oriented studies. Researchers at UAB actively support and encourage students to explore questions beyond disciplinary boundaries. This collaborative atmosphere allows students to tailor educational and research experiences to individual research questions and career goals. In fact, UAB offers access to over 100 Core Facilities with cutting edge instruments and resources to support student research and career development.

Further, UAB provides ongoing professional development and support to young scientists through the Comprehensive Neuroscience Center, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, the Office of Postdoctoral Education, and the Graduate Career Awareness and Trends programs, which offer courses in grant writing, manuscript publication, lab management, translational science, and other professional development skills.