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The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL

Research the degree programs offered at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL. Learn about its academics, and get admission and financial aid info to decide if this is the right school for you.

About the University of Alabama

The University of Alabama (UA) in Tuscaloosa was founded in 1831 as the first public college in Alabama. In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked UA among the nation's top 50 public universities, placing it at number 32. Additionally, the publication ranked UA's School of Law 29th among best graduate schools in 2013.

The university earned a community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its commitment to community outreach and support in 2008. Beyond academics, the university houses more than 250 student organizations, as well as the Crimson Tide athletic teams and student government. In 2012, UA enrolled a record 33,602 students.


The University of Alabama comprises 13 divisions, which include the graduate and honors schools and continuing studies college. Within the 12 academic divisions, there are more than 80 undergraduate majors and over 120 graduate degree programs. In total, there are seven libraries on campus. The Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library is the university's main library, supporting academics with more than one million books.

The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest public liberal arts college in Alabama, and it is the university's largest college with 31% of students choosing a major within the arts and sciences. As the oldest school of business in Alabama, the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration is not only accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), but it was ranked as the 87th best public undergraduate business degree program in the country by U.S. News and World Report in 2012. Within the School of Social Work - which houses UA's most popular master's degree program - students may pursue a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree, making this school the only one in Alabama to offer all three degrees.

The Division of Community Affairs is just one division of service among many at the university that promotes participation in community outreach scholarship. Within this division are the Crossroads Community Center, Center for Community-Based Partnerships and the Equal Opportunity Programs.


Freshmen applying for admission to UA must submit an application, SAT or ACT test scores and an official high school transcript. Although the priority deadline for undergraduate fall freshman admission is February 1st, prospective students applying for scholarships must submit their application by December 1st. In addition to an application, prospective graduate students must submit a statement of purpose, three letters of recommendation, two official transcripts from any colleges attended and test scores from the appropriate entrance exam. Depending on the graduate degree program, there may be additional admission requirements.

In Fall 2011, 12% of UA's student population was African-American. The university is within the top five public and flagship institutions in the United States in enrollment of African-Americans, according to the university's website in 2012. In the same year, the university had a female student population of 55%, and 58% were residents of Alabama.

Tuition & Financial Aid

As recently as the 2012-2013 academic year, undergraduate students who are residents of Alabama will pay an estimated $4,600 per semester in tuition, and non-residents will pay $11,475. There is no difference in other estimated educational costs for residents and non-residents, which includes $6,225 for room and board and $550 for books and supplies. Graduate students taking 9-15 credit hours per semester will pay the same tuition as undergraduate students with the exception of those attending the Gadsden Campus and those enrolled in a distance degree program.

Undergraduate students may receive tuition assistance from scholarships, and graduate students will find opportunities for graduate assistantships and fellowships that offset educational costs. Types of scholarships available to undergraduates include the national merit and national achievement, academic elite, in-state, out-of-state and external scholarships.

School Type Public, 4-year*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, post-master's certificate and doctorate*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Small city*
Student Body 26,234 undergraduate and 5,413 graduate students in 2011*
Student Housing 19 residence halls and apartment communities**
Schools and Programs 12 academic divisions; 200 academic majors**
Student-Faculty Ratio 19 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: General Business Administration and Management (408)
Master's: Social Work (142)
Doctor: Law (159)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate 38% in four years
66% in six years
69% in eight years*
Admission Rate 44% in Fall 2011*
Entering Class Size About 6,400 in Fall 2012**
First-Year Retention Rates 86% for full-time and 50% for part-time students*
Undergraduate Application Due Date February 1 for priority fall admission, and December 1 for freshmen applying for scholarships**
Tuition In 2012-2013 (estimated tuition for full-time undergraduate students):
Resident: $4,600
Non-resident: $11,475**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving It) In 2010-2011 for all undergraduate students:
Grant or scholarship aid (52%)
Pell grants (23%)
Federal student loans (36%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 76% of full-time beginning undergraduate students in 2010-2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics; **University of Alabama.

School Contact Information

  • Address: The University of Alabama, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Box 870132, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0132
  • Phone: (205) 348-5666
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