Welcome to UAB

UAB invites you to explore our vibrant campus and see why we continue to win national and international attention for our academics, arts, research and health care. While we are a young university located in the heart of the beautiful and historic Birmingham, Alabama, we are also a global leader and innovative institution that has been ranked in the top 10 percent of institutions globally.

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About UAB

  • Alabama's largest single-site employer
  • More than 26,000 employees
  • State-wide economic impact exceeding $7.15 billion annually
  • America’s No. 1 Best Large Employer by Forbes magazine in 2021

Nationally Ranked Education

UAB's academic programs are marked by excellence and innovation. Our undergraduate majors include the traditional arts and sciences, professional programs such as engineering and business, certifications in education, and so much more. Many of our interdisciplinary undergraduate programs—shared between the Heersink School of Medicine, the School of Engineering, and the College of Arts and Sciences—are unique in the nation or state of Alabama. And our elite graduate and online programs continue to receive accolades.

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Top-tier Graduate Education

In its 2023 list, U.S. News ranked 16 programs in the top 25 nationally

School of Nursing ranked No. 8 among public nursing schools

- 2023 U.S. News Best Graduate School Rankings

No.-1 ranked MS in health administration

- 2023 U.S. News Best Graduate School Rankings

1st in the nation: new Ph.D. in neuroengineering program


UAB Online

UAB offers a wide range of online programs ranked among the best by U.S. News and World Report. They’re the same degrees on-campus students earn, same courses, and same faculty. UAB Online students receive access to academic support, internships, and more, all with the flexibility needed for life's busy schedule. We invite you to explore the 80+ online programs offered by UAB.

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World-renowned Research
& Patient Care

United Against COVID-19

United Against COVID-19

UAB has played a crucial role in providing care and vaccinations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Our researchers have contributed to testing and development of several vaccines and potential treatments for COVID-19, part of a growing research program that attracted $648 million in extramural sponsored funding in 2021 and has grown 43 percent over the past five years. UAB ranks in the top 25 nationally in NIH research funding, and No. 11 among public universities.

  • More than 7,000 patients with COVID-19 have been treated at UAB Hospital
  • More than 271,000 vaccinations administered by UAB statewide
Breakthrough Xenotransplantation

Breakthrough Xenotransplantation

UAB has done the second-most kidney transplants in the history of medicine and the most kidney transplants in African Americans in the world. In 2021, UAB researchers and surgeons successfully tested the world's first human preclinical model for transplanting genetically modified pig kidneys into humans.

  • With 1,207 hospital beds, UAB is home to the eighth largest hospital in the United States
  • UAB Hospital was also again named the best hospital in Alabama by U.S. News & World Report in 2021

Arts and Culture in a
City that Changed the World

Birmingham is the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement and is a renowned destination for visitors wanting to learn more about the fight for racial equality and social justice that culminated here in the 1960s—and continues today. UAB is proud of our city’s historical significance in the struggle for Civil Rights and has embedded the lessons from the movement in our mission, vision, and principles—supported by our Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. These efforts have attracted national attention, including a No. 1 ranking among colleges and universities as Best Employer for Diversity by Forbes in 2021.

Every day, UAB Blazers seek ways to actively promote and recognize principles of fairness and equity, in relation to, and across, intersections of race, age, color, disability, faith, religion, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, social class, economic class, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, and all other identities represented among our diverse communities.

UAB’s urban location offers unique cultural opportunities. Located near campus:

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A Creative Community

UAB also has a flourishing arts community. Dozens of major events are produced here each season, including student performances and exhibitions via the Departments of Music, Theatre, and Art and Art History. And under the UAB Arts umbrella, the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center and the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts host renowned artists year-round.

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A Global, Health-Promoting University

International Institution

International Institution

Our students, faculty and staff represent more than 140 countries. During the past 50 years, UAB has played an increasingly important role in the nation and around the world — educating students, conducting innovative research, engaging diverse communities and providing first-class patient care. Because of its excellence, UAB has been ranked the #1 Young University in the U.S. by Times Higher Education for the second year in a row and #12 worldwide. Our Office of Global Engagement and our INTO UAB initiative have increased the global diversity of our student body and provide opportunities for faculty to expand international teaching, research, and service activities. Since opening in 2016, INTO UAB has welcomed over 600 new students from 84 countries and has grown the Blazer alumni network around the world.

Our Grand Challenge

Our Grand Challenge

Locally, UAB is the primary funding partner of the Live HealthSmart Alabama initiative (LHSA), a transformational movement to make good health simple for all Alabamians. Fueled by a network of more than 100 partners, trusted community relationships, and proven revitalization strategies, LHSA strives to decrease the incidence of chronic disease and provide greater health equity across the state.

Promoting Better Health for All

Promoting Better Health for All

UAB is also the first institution in the United States to be named a Health Promoting University. HPUs aspire to transform the health and sustainability of current and future societies, strengthen communities, and contribute to the well-being of people, places and the planet. The International Health Promoting Campuses Network is guided by the Okanagan Charter, which calls on postsecondary schools to infuse health into campus culture and lead health promotion action and collaboration locally and globally.

Championship Athletics

The UAB Blazers athletics teams compete in 18 NCAA sports as a member of Conference USA. In October 2021, UAB accepted an invitation to join The American Athletic Conference. The Blazers field women's teams in basketball, beach volleyball, bowling, cross country, golf, rifle, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball, and men's teams in baseball, basketball, football, rifle, soccer, tennis, and golf.

UAB Football celebrated its first season in the new Protective Stadium in downtown Birmingham with an 8-4 record and the fifth bowl invitation in team history, topped off with a win over No. 13 BYU in the Independence Bowl. In the 2021-2022 season, Men's Basketball earned a sixth conference tournament title, set a single-season record for wins, and made its 16th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. 

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