UAB shows strength in US News Best Colleges rankings

Written by  Karen Templeton

Trees in yellow and red fall color in front of Hill Student Center, 2017. U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings once again showcase UAB’s strength and demonstrate the university’s upward mobility.

UAB is ranked No. 71 in the Top Public Schools, up from No. 79 this past year. In the Top National School Rank, UAB is ranked No. 153, up from No. 166 this past year. UAB’s place in the Faculty Compensation subrank has improved to No. 81, up from No. 184 in 2019. In the Faculty Resources subranking, UAB placed at No. 166, a 39 percent increase from the 2020 report.

“The new rankings demonstrate the great work being accomplished by our dedicated faculty, staff, students and leadership across campus,” said UAB President Ray Watts. “Our programs continue to meet exciting milestones due to hard work and dedication, and the positive trend in these rankings reflect the high quality of education provided at UAB.”

Other UAB rankings in the report include: 

  • Best Colleges for Veterans, No. 108
  • Undergraduate Business Programs (Overall), No. 116
  • Undergraduate Engineering Programs (Overall, doctorate-awarding), No. 132
  • Undergraduate Computer Science Programs, No. 138
  • Best Value Schools, No. 158
  • Top Performers on Social Mobility, No. 191

This year's Best Colleges edition includes several updates to the methodology that address important issues directly affecting students and their families. These new measures look at timely topics such as student debt, social mobility and test-blind admissions policies.