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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.  

 
  • Legion Field once hosted Olympic soccer matches

    retro art streamDuring the 1996 Olympic Games, Legion Field was a host site for soccer games, which more than 431,000 people attended. UAB also was home to a practice site for Olympians.

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  • Continuing the commitment to eye health

    retro art streamIn 1974, two optometry students screened two young children for vision issues. The school’s tradition of community engagement continues to this day as remain involved in the community, whether through providing vision screenings and eye exams in senior centers, elementary schools, Black Belt communities and more or teaching cow eye dissections at Ramsey High School.

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  • Registration changes with the tech of the times

    retro art streamIn the 1970s, students registering for UAB’s University College would queue in long lines to meet with advisers, determine their course schedule and fill out punch cards for the record-books. Things look a bit different today, thanks to new student orientation program Blazer Beginnings.

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  • Updating the footprint of campus

    retro art streamThe intersection of 20th Street South and Seventh Avenue looked a bit different in 1971, and this section of campus will undergo even more changes this summer as the Kracke Building and Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Studies will be razed to make way for the new Altec Styslinger Genomic Medicine and Data Sciences Building.

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  • Seeing sculptures and getting steps since the 1970s

    In the late 1970s, two students chatted next to “Untitled” by Michael Frohock, a sculpture made of COR-TEN steel installed in the Mini Park 1976. Find “Untitled” on the West Campus/Alys Stephens Center walking trail, one of three two-mile walking trails that showcase UAB’s statues or sculptures in 30 minutes or fewer.

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  • Continuing the changemaking tradition

    retro art streamIn May 1971, Bracie Watson, a senior majoring in biology, became the first Black student elected president of the UAB Undergraduate Student Government Association. And UAB USGA presidents continue to be changemakers — hear 2020-21 President Tyler Huang tell his story in a UAB United video and UAB News.

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  • Forging a commitment to diversity

    retro art streamFrom the appoint of Aaron L. Lamar Jr. to associate vice president and dean of Student Affairs in 1978 to being named America’s No. 4 Best Employer for Diversity by Forbes, UAB has demonstrated a long commitment to its shared value of diversity and inclusiveness.

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  • Celebrating commencement together again

    retro art streamIn June 1970, UAB awarded its first degrees to 478 students. During this year’s commencement ceremonies — the first ones in person since fall 2019 — more than 8,550 will be awarded.

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  • WBHM is always at your service

    retro art streamNearly four decades after a broadcast delivered by Jack Lazarus, the Alabama Broadcasters Association named 90.3 WBHM Radio Station of the Year at its annual ABBY Awards ceremony March 29.

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  • Kennedy breaks records on the court, from the sidelines

    retro art streamAndy Kennedy earned his place in men’s basketball record-books while playing under Coach Gene Bartow. Now, as head coach of Men’s Basketball, he helped steer the team through the COVID-19 crisis into a play for the 2021 C-USA championship.

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