UAB’s enrollment grows up and out

UAB’s freshmen and overall student enrollment has broken records once again. This year 1,605 freshmen are learning on UAB’s campus.

For the third consecutive year the University of Alabama at Birmingham has reached record enrollment with combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment of 17,575 students.

students_in_libraryTotal undergraduate enrollment is up to 11,128, from 11,028 in 2010, while freshman enrollment increased 3 percent compared to 2010. The average ACT score increased to 24.4 from 24.3 this past year; more than 10 percent of UAB’s new freshmen class of 1,605 students come from states other than Alabama.

“To achieve three years of record enrollment is really a testament to the quality and commitment of our faculty and staff who attract increasingly talented students, and to the reputation our students create for themselves through their great academic accomplishments,” said UAB President Carol Garrison.

The three most popular undergraduate majors at UAB this fall are biology, psychology and accounting.

This year 67 percent of the incoming freshmen live on campus, a record number, and 98.3 percent are full-time students. The total number of residential students at UAB is more than 2,200, the largest residential population UAB has ever had.

UAB students garnered several top national and international honors this spring, including three Fulbright Scholarships, a Truman Scholarship and a Goldwater Scholarship. U.S. News & World Report “Best Graduate Schools” ranks 13 UAB programs in the top 25 and five in the top 10.