Success is always in fashion here

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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.  

  • Big hair, bigger directory

    retro art streamIn 1968, Anita Sellers, secretary in the Office of Communications, posed with the new 96-page campus directory listing all employees, offices and programs. Today, the campus directory is housed online at and requires BlazerID log-in to protect against phishing.

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  • Find the fullness of history in the archives, libraries

    retro art streamTake a cue from Jo Ann Hyatt, who perused the library’s collections in 1958, and check out Reynolds-Finley’s featured exhibits on nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale and its collection of 30 pre-1500s printed books.

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  • Catch the Blazer spirit in the annual homecoming parade

    retro art streamAs Homecoming Week approaches, mark your calendars for noon Oct. 18 to catch our favorite dragon showing his UAB spirit alongside the original Blazer, UAB’s vintage 1969 Chevy K5 Blazer.

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  • A new facility fit for a historic program

    retro art streamCampus has been home to an ROTC program since 1980. Nearly 40 years later, the corps has a new $3 million training facility with classrooms, office space, a cadre lounge and more. The facility’s formal grand opening is scheduled 1:30 p.m. Sept. 25.

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  • Optometry celebrates its own 50th milestone

    retro art streamMembers of the UAB School of Optometry’s first class were recruited by founding dean Henry B. Peters and began their studies in September 1969, exactly five decades ago.

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  • Same view, new perspective

    The west side of UAB’s campus, formed in 1958 during an urban renewal project, looks a bit different these days with the opening of the College of Arts and Sciences’ new University Hall.retro art stream

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  • Students in search of the right fit

    retro art streamIn 1971, members of the first social sorority manned a table during recruitment. Today, there are dozens of ways for students to learn about UAB clubs, organizations departments and interest groups.

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  • Always time to soak up rays

    retro art streamThere’s a key element of summertime fun missing from this vintage photo of medical students relaxing on a sunny rooftop in 1949.

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  • Success is always in fashion here

    retro art streamWhile enrollment increased from 4,600 students in 1966 to more than 21,000 in 2018, campus was growing in other ways — setting itself apart as the top young university in the country, a champion for diversity and the best college for LGBTQ students in the state.

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  • More than 50 years of art instruction

    retro art streamIn 1968, UAB hired two instructors to teach art-classes part-time. That fledgling art program is now the thriving Department of Art and Art History, whose faculty are busy this summer season pursuing their passions and honing their crafts.

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