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THE retro insideWhen the University of Alabama’s Birmingham-based extension program was officially renamed the College of General Studies in September 1966 — three years before UAB became an autonomous university — there were 4,600 students enrolled in business, education, engineering, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences courses.

In the five decades since, UAB’s enrollment has skyrocketed — 21,923 students were enrolled in fall 2018, an increase of more than 1,000 students from 2017’s record high of 20,902.

UAB is focused on more than enrollment numbers; it also is dedicated to making campus the best it can be for its students. For the second year in a row, UAB has been ranked No. 1 in the United States — and No. 12 worldwide — in the Times Higher Education 2019 Young University Rankings, which are among the world’s most comprehensive, balanced and trusted.

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine also recognizes UAB as a role model that sets the standard for U.S. campuses striving for inclusive excellence. The oldest and unyielding largest publication in higher education today presented its top honor — Diversity Champion — to UAB for its commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout campus communities, across academic programs and at the highest administrative levels.

Plus, according to organizations BestColleges and Campus Pride, UAB is the best college for LGBTQ students in Alabama because it provides both a quality academic experience and a safe and inclusive space for LGBTQ students.  

  • A virtual venue means new opportunities for commencement memories

    retro art streamWhen UAB celebrated its first commencement in June 1970, the university awarded 478 diplomas to its first graduating class. Now, with a second virtual commencement planned for August, summer 2020 graduates can contribute their best campus memories to make the online ceremony just as special.

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  • Vanquishing viruses is a Blazer tradition

    retro art streamIn 1977, the world’s first effective treatment for a viral disease occurred at University Hospital when Richard Whitley, M.D., and Charles Alford developed vidarabine. Now, investigators across UAB have mobilized their research interests to help us better understand and fight coronavirus.

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  • Find a breath of fresh air at UAB

    retro art streamBeginning with iron lung treatments in the 1950s, UAB has long been committed to the respiratory health of its patients. That continues with its COVID Respiratory Clinic to better evaluate treatments needed for coronavirus patients.

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  • Engineers build solutions for problems

    retro art streamNecessity may be the mother of invention, but UAB engineers are the ones who bring them to life.

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  • Protecting UAB Hospital patients is no isolated effort

    retro art streamIn 1960, many incoming patients were first admitted to the Isolation Unit before transferring to another ward; there were fewer antibiotics at the time, and undiagnosed infections were more prevalent. Today, protecting patients in the time of coronavirus takes an even more complex and multilayered approach — including visitation restrictions and the use of negative airflow rooms.

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  • Tens of thousands of remote computers power UAB — and it all started with one

    retro art streamIn 1968, the Medical Center’s computing capability consisted of an IBM 1401 setup and IBM 729 Magnet Tape Units. Now, during limited operations, much of UAB’s mission-critical work is happening on thousands of computers — all of them not on campus.

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  • Strong foundations for a healthy Birmingham

    retro art streamIn March 1947, officials broke ground in the medical center for a new building to house the Jefferson County Public Health Department (JCPHD), now the Jefferson County Department of Health. The department is working alongside UAB and other organizations to monitor closely the ongoing situation surrounding novel coronavirus COVID-19.

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  • Sometimes, bigger is better

    retro art streamUAB Hospital has come a long way since 1929 — all the way to the America’s Best Hospitals list.

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  • Beyond the page: Bright future ahead for UAB libraries

    retro art streamIn the 1980s, UAB students studied at large tables in Mervyn H. Sterne Library. Today, the library is home to more interactive- and group-study spaces than ever before, plus new dean Kasia Gonnerman joining the Blazer family April 1.

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  • Ready, set, strike

    retro art streamUAB’s volleyball players score on and off the hardwood. Check out UAB Women’s Beach Volleyball team during the Green and Gold match 2 p.m. Feb 14 and season opener against North Alabama 10 a.m. Feb. 22, both at home.

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