Forbes Diversity Ranking

UAB was named America's

No. 1

Best Employer for Diversity among colleges and universities by Forbes in 2021.

Heersink gift
$95M

Transformative gift, the largest in UAB history, established the UAB Heersink School of Medicine in 2021.

Forbes Ranking

Forbes named UAB its

#1

Best Large Employer for 2021.

Research awards FY2021

UAB received a record

$849M

in research grants and awards for FY2021, including two pandemic-related awards totaling $201 million.

Conde Nast Traveler named Birmingham as one of its "Best Places to Go in 2022."

UAB Hospital

UAB Hospital is the

8th

largest hospital in the United States, according to the Beckers Hospital Review 2021 rankings.

UAB Hospital was granted recognition as a Magnet-designated organization, a prestigious symbol of nursing excellence, for an unprecedented 5th consecutive time in 2019, becoming only the

21st

hospital worldwide to achieve this distinction.

Babies born at UAB Hospital 2019
4,433

babies delivered at UAB Hospital in 2019.

UABHS - RNICU

The UAB Women & Infants Center houses the only Level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in Alabama.

UABHS - Every county

UAB Medicine provides care to people in every county in Alabama.

Best Hospitals US News
8

of UAB’s specialties ranked among the nation’s top 50 programs of their kind in the 2021-2022 Best Hospitals report from U.S. News & World Report.

Transplant - 50

UAB's transplant program celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018. UAB transplant services performed more than

14,000

transplants during that time.

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UAB's new Proton Therapy Center is one of 36 in the U.S. and the

first

in Alabama.

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UAB's newly renovated, expanded Infusion Therapy Clinic is the largest and

only

magnet-designated infusion therapy center in the state.

2021 Record Enrollment

A record

2,415

freshmen, the largest-ever class, were enrolled at UAB in fall 2021.

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16

programs in top 25, U.S. News & World Report 2022 "America's Best Graduate Schools" list.

Times Higher Ed

UAB ranked 

#1

in the U.S., and in the top 12 worldwide, in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2019 Young University Rankings.

UAB's Master of Science in Health Administration program is ranked

#1

in the country in the 2020 U.S. News Best Graduate School Rankings.

Interdisciplinary programs 1120

New programs launched in fall 2020

include bachelor's degrees in Cancer Biology and Entrepreneurship and a doctoral program in Neuroengineering.

UAB 50th

UAB celebrated its 

50th

anniversary in 2019.

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More than 6,100 participants in all

67

Alabama counties have enrolled in the UAB-led Alabama Genomic Health Initiative as of February 2020.

Live HealthSmart Alabama 1120

Live HealthSmart Alabama, the winner of UAB's first Grand Challenge, has conducted community COVID-19 testing at 26 different sites in Jefferson County.

Times Higher Ed well being 2020

UAB ranked

7th

in the world by Times Higher Education in 2020 for research and education efforts around health and well-being.

A record

8

UAB students and recent alumni have been selected to receive Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards in 2020.

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University Hall, dedicated in August 2019, is the first LEED-certified building at UAB.

New Honors House

Honors Hall, which opened in August 2020, is one of the latest campus buildings to be LEED certified for its energy- and water-saving design.

Green Hall 1120

McMahon Hall, which opened in spring 2021, houses more than 730 students and includes a dining hall seating roughly 170 students.

Sci Engineering Complex 1120

The first phase of UAB's Science-Engineering Complex is scheduled to open in February 2023.

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UAB was ranked among the top

10%

of universities worldwide in the U.S. News & World Report 2022 "Best Global Universities" list.

Insight Into Diversity 1120

UAB was recognized as a 

2021

Diversity Champion and Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award recipient by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

Underrepresented students 1120
42.5%

of UAB students are from underrepresented groups.

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2M

UAB and Children's of Alabama treated more than 2 million patients in 2019.

Covid trial nitric oxide

UAB is among the

first

in the U.S. to offer clinical trial for the treatment of patients with severe COVID-19 using nitric oxide.

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$2.2M

investment in UAB Libraries has made them model 21st century learning spaces.

CCC patients
5,000

new patients per year treated at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.

HIIE Impact 1021
$4.87M

licensing income in FY2021 from UAB research

Technology Innovation Center 1021

The Technology Innovation Center, a new home for UAB's Cheaha supercomputer and IT services, opened in September 2021.

ASC

UAB's Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2021.

UAB ranks 31st in federal research funding, based on 2019 figures, which is

15th

among public universities. 

Equal Access Birmingham

The Equal Access Birmingham Clinic, run by UAB School of Medicine students, sees hundreds of patients per year in a dedicated space just off campus.

CFAR

UAB is one of

7

inaugural NIH-designated Centers for AIDS Research.

Parcak pyramids
17

lost pyramids and more than 1,000 settlements discovered by UAB space archaeologist Sarah Parcak using satellite imaging. Parcak has won the 2016 TED Prize for her pioneering work.

Licenses/Patents 1120
39

licenses and 16 patents issued in FY2020

Dental network

The UAB School of Dentistry is transforming oral health nationwide through its leadership of the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network.

Space freezers + icon

Special freezers developed by UAB engineers are in orbit aboard the International Space Station.

Mars

A ridge on Mars is named for UAB physicist Thomas Wdowiak, Ph.D., who played an important role in NASA's missions to the Red Planet.

CCC research ROI
14:1

Return on investment from research in the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. With base funding of $10 million, Cancer Center investigators receive $140 million in grants and contracts.

OCCC Health Disparity Research 1120

Cancer health disparity research funding in the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center has increased from $22 million to more than $41 million since 2007 as part of a partnership between UAB, Tuskegee University and Morehouse School of Medicine.

Research Investigators 1120

UAB's research team includes

1,209

active externally funded investigators.

Udall Centers

In 2019, UAB was selected as one of 

8

national Udall Centers of Excellence in Parkinson's disease.

6 dual-degree programs
6

MBA dual-degree programs offered through the Collat School of Business and other schools on campus focused on medicine, engineering and public health, including DMD/MBA, MD/MBA, and OD/MBA programs.

APLU designation

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities has designated UAB as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University, among 65 higher education institutions nationwide to receive this prestigious honor. 

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Scientists recruited to work in the new Altec/Styslinger Genomic Medicine & Data Sciences Building will have a projected

$100M

economic impact on the Birmingham area.

BlazerPulse, launched in 2019, has logged more than

73,000

hours of service with 90+ community partners.

Blazer Kitchen 0620

Blazer Kitchen volunteers have served more than 100,000 meals and donated

3,500+

hours of their time.

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3,352

UAB employees and students have built six Habitat Houses, volunteering 15,800 hours

Optometry Black Belt

More than

13,000

people in Alabama's Black Belt communities have been treated by School of Optometry vision scientists, doctors and students since 2002.

Marshall and Rhodes

Engineering student Ophelia Johnson won the prestigious Marshall Scholarship in Nov. 2015. UAB produced both a Marshall and Rhodes Scholar in the space of a year.

In 2018, Collat School of Business students saved local working families more than

$1M

dollars in commercial tax preparation fees by volunteering their time to prepare 2,700+ tax returns for free. Their work secures nearly $3.9 million for the families annually.

UAB's fall 2020 freshman class has a 

25.9

mean ACT score.

2,479

students enrolled in the UAB Honors College in fall 2020, its largest-ever class.

Green and Gold Fund

The student-led Green and Gold Fund manages more than $500,000 in assets.

SOPH
Only

accredited school of public health in Alabama.

UAB is home to one of

9

World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization collaborating centers in the United States focused on nursing and midwifery.

AVID

UAB's recording studio is one of a handful in the country to feature the AVID System 5 Fusion Console, giving students professional-level experience.

Gospel Choir

The UAB Gospel Choir, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2015, has performed sold-out concerts around the world.

250+

degree programs at UAB.

Student Center

The $48.5-million Hill Student Center includes a 276-seat theater, multiple dining options and more in 160,000+ square feet of space.

The Mock Trial, Ethics Bowl and Bioethics Bowl teams in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences have all won

national

championships.

Birmingham was

#24

on Zagat's "Most Exciting Food Cities in America" list in 2017.

There are

250+

registered student organizations at UAB.

100 blocks

UAB's campus covers 100 city blocks and is just steps away from top Birmingham attractions, including Railroad Park, Regions Field and nationally famous dining options.

Travel Channel
Only

U.S. city on the Travel Channel's list of 11 "Next Great Destinations" for 2016

UAB has one of the only Ph.D.-level medical sociology programs in the world.

Supercomputer

UAB's research supercomputer offers

500+

teraflops of processing power, making it one of the five fastest at institutions in the Southeast.

100Gig

In 2016, UAB was the first Alabama university to launch a

100GB/s

Internet connection

UAB Hospital receives five Women's Choice Award

UAB Hospital received the 2019 Women’s Choice Award "America's Best Hospital" designations for five practice areas: breast care, heart care, cancer care, obstetrics and bariatric surgery.

7,665

graduate students

280

postdoctoral fellows and more than

7,000

undergraduates contribute to UAB research

Michael Saag

With NIH funding of more than $93M to date, Michael Saag, M.D., has helped transform AIDS from a deadly virus into a manageable chronic disease, and continues to work to end the epidemic altogether.

NMT and Health Physics

UAB offers the 

only

Health Physics and Nuclear Medicine Technology programs in Alabama.

UAB's new Master of Science in Healthcare Simulation program, launched in fall 2018, is one of only two in the country that does not require a specific previous degree for entry.

Economic Development Administration Projects 1120

The U.S. Economic Development Administration has invested $300,000 in early-stage commercialization development of 11 projects by UAB faculty and staff.

Gift of Sight 2019

Nearly

200

low-income and underinsured patients received free exams, glasses and other vision care from UAB School of Optometry faculty, staff and students in the Gift of Sight event in December 2019.

UAB Kidney Chain 1120

An ongoing living donor kidney transplant chain at UAB is the world's longest. The chain of surgeries has given more than 

110

people so far the gift of life.

WBHM
90,000

listeners in North Central Alabama tune in weekly to NPR affiliate WBHM on UAB's campus. The station celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2016; it went on the air on Dec. 5, 1976.

Institute for Arts in Medicine

The UAB Institute for Arts in Medicine has served more than 61,000 patients, families and staff members at UAB — and more than 15,000 people at partner sites such as Children’s of Alabama, CARES and the Exceptional Foundation since 2013.

Nightingale
58

original letters from Florence Nightingale are on display at the UAB School of Nursing.

Innovation Depot

UAB is a founding partner in Innovation Depot, the largest high-tech incubator in the Southeast, which had an economic impact of $2.65 billion over the past five years.

Tree Campus USA

UAB's campus is home to more than 4,400 trees, earning the Arbor Day Foundation's Tree Campus USA designation for five consecutive years.

$7.15B

UAB's annual economic impact.

Campaign Billion

The Campaign for UAB surpassed $1 billion raised in November 2018. 

ArtPlay outreach

ArtPlay, the Alys Stephens Center’s home for arts education, served nearly

11,000

individuals in the Birmingham area through the arts in 2017-2018.

Nearly 400 underserved people received

free

teeth cleanings, restorations and extractions as part of the UAB Dentistry Cares Community Day in November 2019.

With more than 22,000 employees, UAB is Alabama's

largest

single-site, non-federal employer.

The employee-led UAB Benevolent Fund works with more than

140

local nonprofit organizations.

In the decade from 2003-2013, UAB's Health Administration program was one of the nation's leaders in the number of black doctoral recipients graduated, according to a 2017 study.

UAB has

8

faculty members elected as fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.

Green space

Birmingham has more green space per capita than any city of its size in the country.

25,000

patients seen annually by School of Optometry faculty and students in its clinics and community outreach programs.

Henry Peters

Henry Peters, founding dean of the UAB School of Optometry, is the first optometrist to be inducted into the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame.