UAB's annual economic impact.

HIIE Impact

royalty income in FY2019 from UAB research

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

Optometry Black Belt

More than


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

2020 Record Enrollment

A record


students were enrolled at UAB in fall 2020, a fifth consecutive year of record enrollment.

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The Technology Innovation Center, a new home for UAB's Cheaha supercomputer and IT services, is scheduled to open in 2021.

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


magnet-designated infusion therapy center in the state.

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


hours of their time.

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.

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.

Research awards top $600 million

Research awards at UAB topped


for the first time in FY2019, reaching $602 million.

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


in Alabama.

BlazerPulse, launched in January 2019, has logged


hours of service and 90 community partners.

925 high-paying jobs

Through a nearly $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, UAB and a broad coalition of 15 public and private organizations in Birmingham will train local youth for


high-paying IT jobs.

Green space

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

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

Udall Centers

In 2019, UAB was selected as one of 


national Udall Centers of Excellence in Parkinson's disease.

Best Hospitals US News

of UAB’s specialties ranked among the nation’s top 50 programs of their kind in the 2020-2021 Best Hospitals report from U.S. News & World Report.

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


economic impact on the Birmingham area.


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.

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

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increase in NIH support to UAB from FY18-19 to FY19-20, $320M to $358M.

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


hospital worldwide to achieve this distinction.

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. 


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

A record


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


licenses and 15 patents issued in FY2019

Transplant - 50

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


transplants during that time.

Campaign Billion

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

Nearly 400 underserved people received


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

Times Higher Ed well being 2020

UAB ranked


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

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


single-site, non-federal employer.

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.

Covid trial nitric oxide

UAB is among the


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

UAB ranks 31st in federal research funding, based on 2018 figures, which is


among public universities. 

The employee-led UAB Benevolent Fund works with more than


local nonprofit organizations.

Underrepresented students

of UAB students are from underrepresented groups.

UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center ranked among the best in the nation

Becker's Hospital Review named the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center as one of the nation's "100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs" in 2018. In 2016, the Cancer Center was awarded a five-year, $29-million renewal of its core grant from the National Cancer Institute.

ArtPlay outreach

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


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

Insight Into Diversity

UAB was recognized as a 


Diversity Champion by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

Babies born at UAB Hospital

babies delivered at UAB Hospital in 2018, including 136 sets of twins and 7 sets of triplets.

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.

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

CCC research ROI

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.

UABHS - Every county

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


More than


students in high-poverty schools in Alabama are focusing on college success through the UAB-led GEAR UP program.

Grand Challenge

UAB's first Grand Challenge winner, announced in 2019, has a goal of raising Alabama out of the bottom 10 in national health rankings by 2030.

UAB 50th

UAB celebrated its 


anniversary in 2019.


UAB is one of


inaugural NIH-designated Centers for AIDS Research.

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.


Alabama students, from kindergarten to community colleges, reached annually by programs from the UAB Center for Community OutReach Development.

Interdisciplinary programs 2019

New programs launched in the past two years include

bachelor's degrees in Immunology, Medical Sociology, Bioinformatics and Genetics/Genomic Sciences.

Parcak pyramids

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.


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

PATH Clinic

The School of Nursing's Providing Access to Health Care (PATH) Clinic cares for uninsured and underinsured patients, improving patient outcomes, decreasing hospital admissions and significantly reducing hospital costs.

Times Higher Ed

UAB ranked 


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


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.

UAB Hospital

UAB Hospital is among the 20 largest hospitals in the United States.


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.

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programs in top 25, U.S. News & World Report 2021 "America's Best Graduate Schools" list.

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


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

Dental network

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

CCC patients

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


UAB's Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016.

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More than 6,100 participants in all


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

Space freezers + icon

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

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.


UAB faculty members have been presidents of the American Heart Association.

NMT and Health Physics

UAB offers the 


Health Physics and Nuclear Medicine Technology programs in Alabama.

UAB Kidney Chain

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


people so far the gift of life as of fall 2019.


UAB's research supercomputer offers


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

Millions of gallons of water per year are saved through UAB Sustainability efforts.


graduate students


postdoctoral fellows and more than


undergraduates contribute to UAB research


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

Gift of Sight

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 over four days in November-December 2018.

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


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 has


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


UAB's Critical Care Transport team has transported more than



6 dual-degree programs

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.

UAB has one of only two Level 1 ocular trauma centers in the United States.

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.

Level 1 Trauma Center

Level 1 adult trauma center in Alabama (as designated by the American College of Surgeons).

UABHS - Callahan

UAB Callahan Eye Hospital is the only specialty hospital in Alabama focusing on eye care.

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.

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growth in clinical trials expenditures over the past five years ($36.2M to $75M)


UAB physicians on Best Doctors in America list for 2017-2018.


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


Internet connection

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.

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.

UAB students, faculty and staff represented 100+ countries in fall 2019.

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.

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

Birmingham was ranked


on Zagat's 2015 "America’s Next Hot Food Cities" list and named to the company's "Most Exciting Food Cities in America" list in 2017.

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.

There are


registered student organizations at UAB.

Travel Channel

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

UAB's fall 2019 freshman class has a 


mean ACT score.


students enrolled in the UAB Honors College in fall 2019, its largest-ever class.

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




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.