Academic Accolades


UAB pursues the frontiers of education, research and health care and strives to be one of the most dynamic and productive universities of the 21st century.

Our strategic plan, Forging the Future, is our roadmap for the next five years of growth. It outlines goals that share three themes: increasing access to our world-class educational programs, patient care, and research; enhancing the alignment of people and programs to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of 21st-century curricula, scientific investigation, and creative scholarship; and investing in grand ideas to tackle major problems facing society.

“Best Graduate Schools” 

U.S. News & World Report ranked 10 programs in the top 25 and two in the top 10.


Among 61 public and private universities classified by The Carnegie Foundation for both “highest research activity” and "community engagement."


Consistently ranked among the most diverse universities nationally by The Princeton Review.

Endowed chairs and professorships

UAB has 221 endowed chairs and professorships.

Graduate education

UAB graduate students are a diverse group pursuing degrees in 40 doctoral programs and 55 master's programs.

Honors College

Students are drawn to specialized courses and research opportunities, especially among its programs for Science and Technology, Global and Community Leadership and Early Medical Professional Schools Acceptance.


UAB is a leader in developing undergraduate and graduate programs for emerging fields at the intersection of disciplines within and among UAB schools.

International reach

The Center for World University Rankings recently named UAB among the top 0.6 percent of universities internationally based on number of publications, citations, broad impact of research and other indicators.

In fall 2017, UAB students, faculty and staff represented 100 countries.


The UAB Libraries' collections include more than 1.4 million volumes and more than 40,000 journals and serials, in addition to extensive electronic resources, rare books, microfilms and audio-visual materials. The UAB Libraries host nearly 1 million patrons each year.

Medical education 

Our faculty physicians, dentists, optometrists, nurses — many included among America’s best practitioners and leaders of professional and scientific societies — train students and residents in one of the nation’s largest and most advanced medical centers.

Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities

In 2017, UAB ranked No. 121 overall, No. 42 in clinical medicine and No. 96 in life sciences based on scientific paper volume, impact and performance output.


Among the nation’s first universities to establish an Office of Postdoctoral Education in 1999, UAB is recognized for excellent benefits and career opportunities for its nearly 250 postdoctoral scholars training in dentistry, engineering, health professions, medicine, natural sciences and mathematics, public health, optometry and social and behavioral sciences and elsewhere.  

Quality Enhancement Plan

UAB's QEP, Learning in a Team Environment, ensures all students will be exposed to team mechanics and dynamics that will benefit them in all stages of their academic experiences and throughout their careers.

Research funding

Ranked No. 23 nationally in funding from the National Institutes of Health (8th among public universities) in FY 2016. 

Undergraduate research

Students have the opportunity to do real research in UAB labs as early as their freshman year. Their work is showcased in the student-published research journal Inquiro and during the spring and summer Undergraduate Research Expos.