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In the past 40 years, UAB has transformed Birmingham—and itself. The university's incredible growth has created jobs and a host of new sports, arts, and entertainment options in the Magic City.


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Transforming Birmingham:

Improbable Visions, Inevitable Dreams

Forty years ago, dreams confronted nightmares in the heart of Birmingham. Remarkably, the dreamers won.

Students outside Honors House

Student Life:

Extracurricular Evolution

“We don’t have any traditions to uphold. We can do anything we want. ” What Joseph Volker, UAB’s first president, said decades ago has inspired generations of UAB students.

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Community Matters

The Princeton Review rated UAB third among all U.S. colleges in a 2009 ranking of campus social and ethnic diversity. UAB was the only university in Alabama to be included in that category.
Metz sculpture

Campus Sculpture:

Art in the Open

UAB's extensive, eclectic collection of outdoor sculptures were crafted by dozens of separate hands, but they all owe a debt to a single mind.
Richardson Hill and Gene Bartow

Gene Bartow:

Hardwood Hero

In 1977, Gene Bartow was at UCLA—and the top of the college basketball world. But his next move stunned basketball fans everywhere.

UAB Gospel Choir

Gospel Choir:

Joy 101

The UAB Gospel Choir has produced hit records, shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, and traveled the world.

Alys Stephens Center stage

Alys Stephens Center:

Stages Right

UAB's performing arts center changed the cultural scene in Birmingham.