UAB is the state’s largest single-site employer with more than 23,000 employees. The university has seen record overall enrollment for six consecutive years, with a total of 18,698 students in fall 2014. As part of that record enrollment, UAB had its largest freshman class ever (1,773), two-thirds of whom live on campus (also a record). UAB Honors College had its largest-ever incoming class of freshmen at 375 (total enrollment of more than 1,100) with an average GPA of 4.1, ACT of 30, and 18% are first generation college students.
UAB attracted more than $454 million in research funding in FY2013 and currently ranks 11th among public universities in National Institutes of Health funding. Researchers and physicians continue serving in top national posts in recent years, including presidency of the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the National Society for Gynecologic Cancer, and the American Society of Transplantation. In the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities, UAB ranks 42nd in clinical medicine and 86th in life sciences. UA Hospital is the largest hospital in Alabama (and 3rd largest public hospital in the U.S.), housing the state’s only level 1 adult trauma center and a world Comprehensive Transplant Institute, which has done the second most kidney transplants in the history of medicine and is currently conducting the longest-ever kidney transplant chain at a single site. UAB Health System treats more than a million patients annually. The information included in this introduction (pages 2-8) does not include data related to component units of UAB that are discussed in the notes to the financial statements.
As a globally respected academic medical center, UAB excels at translating research into leading-edge patient care. UAB Hospital is the only hospital in the state to be listed in every issue (25 straight years) of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals,” which recognizes only three percent of hospitals nationwide, and ranks first locally for patient satisfaction in HHS surveys. UAB’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, among the first eight such centers to be designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in the early 1970s, remains the only one in Alabama and a six-state region. The Center’s Wallace Tumor Institute houses an Advanced Imaging Facility and the most powerful cyclotron at any U.S. academic medical center.
Students are active participants in a robust research enterprise beginning in their freshman year. UAB now offers new undergraduate programs in biomedical sciences (166 currently enrolled) and public health (127 enrolled) and is developing new BS degrees in Informatics, Immunology and Cancer Biology. Graduate programs also continue to garner national recognition. In the latest U.S. News & World Report “Best Graduate Schools” issue, UAB has 11 programs in the top 25 and five in the top 10, including its master’s in health administration that ranks fifth in the nation. The Scientist online magazine has ranked UAB first nationally among all universities in its “2013 Best Places to Work as a Postdoctoral Fellow”, the final year of its survey. Students continue to earn prestigious national honors and scholarships: In 2013- 2014, UAB students won, among other awards, a Rhodes Scholarship, two Goldwater Scholarships, three U.S. State Department Critical Languages Scholarships and an NIH fellowship. UAB has an economic impact on Alabama that exceeds $5 billion annually and supports more than 61,000 jobs state-wide— that’s one of every 33 jobs. The Innovation Depot, in which UAB is a founding partner, is the largest business incubator in the Southeast, with 95 start-up companies and a $1.5 billion economic impact over the past five years.