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.

Academic accolades

Our strategic plan, UAB21, is our pledge to prepare our students and community for the challenges of a new world economy: global literacy, biotechnology and biomedical science, energy, transportation, materials engineering, information technology, computing security and entrepreneurship. These goals are fueling record enrollments, attracting exceptional faculty and strengthening community partnerships.


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council of Graduate Schools in the United States, plus 32 independent accreditations for 137 degree programs in Arts & Sciences, Business, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Optometry and Public Health.

"America's Best Hospitals" 

Nine UAB Hospital medical specialties are among the nation’s top 50 in the 16 categories evaluated at U.S. hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.

"Best Doctors in America" 

The 2013 list recognizes 323 UAB physicians in 65 specialties who are among the top 5 percent of clinicians in the United States, as voted by their peers.

“Best Graduate Schools” 

U.S. News & World Report ranked 11 programs in the top 25, five in the top 10 in 2013.

"Best Online Degree Programs"

UAB ranked No. 15 among the top colleges for best online degree programs by Affordable Colleges Online in 2013.

“Best Places to Work
as a Postdoc”  

The Scientist ranked UAB No. 1 among all public universities and No. 8 among all institutions in 2013.


Among 51 public and private universities classified by The Carnegie Foundation for both “very high research activity” and "community engagement."

Community service  

Named fourth consecutive year (2013) to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition for civic engagement and service-learning.


Four consecutive years named among the nation’s top 10 universities for diversity by The Princeton Review and the nation’s top university for awarding undergraduate degrees to African-Americans in allied health diagnostic, intervention and treatment professions, according to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Endowed faculty

100 chairs, 57 professorships

Graduate education

Enrollment is the highest among Alabama universities and the diverse group — two-thirds female, 19 percent minority — are pursuing degrees in 45 master’s programs, 37 doctoral programs and eight education specialist programs.

Honors College

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

Intellectual competiveness

The UAB Green and Gold Fund, a business student-managed investment portfolio, won its third consecutive national title (2013) at the largest national collegiate competition and outperformed the S&P 500. UAB in recent years has won national championships in Mock Trial, the Ethics Bowl and the Bioethics Bowl.


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

In fall 2012, students from 87 countries were enrolled in our undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, and we share research and learning experiences with another 76 institutions in 35 countries.


More than 2 million volumes in Meryn H. Sterne and Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences; electronic access to the contents of more than 35,044 serials and 72,000 electronic books, digital collections and information services is available on campus and remotely to authorized users.

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

UAB ranks No. 105 overall, No. 31 in clinical medicine and No. 74 in life sciences based on by 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 helps ensure all students develop communication and problem-solving skills, broad knowledge and the ability to make informed, ethical decisions — all key to leadership in our local and global community.  

Research funding

Ranked No. 21 nationally in funding from the National Institutes of Health and No. 31 in total federal research funding with expenditures of $454 million for FY 2012. 

Undergraduate research

UAB is first among public universities in terms of federal research dollars per incoming freshmen and is one of 11 American universities to earn the prestigious Beckman Scholars Award (2012) for exceptional mentoring and training of undergraduate researchers. Works are showcased in student-published research journal Inquiro and during the annual Undergraduate Research Expo.