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University of Alabama in Huntsville
The University of Alabama in Huntsville is a public university known for its vast...

University of Alabama in Huntsville

Huntsville, Alabama

UAH is a public university located in Huntsville, Alabama, offering more than 80 degree-granting programs across eight colleges. Its 7500 students enjoy small class sizes, a low student-to-faculty ratio, and a challenging, engaging curriculum that incorporates theory with practical knowledge. The university’s strong academic program is complemented by a vibrant campus life featuring more than 130 student-run organizations, 13 fraternities and sororities, and 18 NCAA sports – including the only Division I ice hockey team in the Southeast. And thanks to its affordable tuition, UAH has consistently earned the top spot for return on investment among all colleges in the state – public or private.


As a tier-one research university, UAH is home to more than a dozen research centers and labs. It is also the anchor tenant for the second-largest research park in the nation and sits in close proximity to major federal and industry employers like NASA, the U.S. Army, and the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. This allows students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to engage in hands-on research through internships, co-ops, and study-abroad opportunities. It all adds up to real-world experience long before graduation day, giving UAH graduates a competitive edge as they enter the workforce and preparing them for a smooth and successful transition into their chosen career field.


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Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
6,013 undergraduate students
79% of undergrad students are full time
57% male — 43% female

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
321 full-time faculty
199 part-time faculty
16 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

20% of students live on campus. UAH Housing comprises six residential communities: Central Campus Residence Hall, Frank Franz Hall, North Campus Residence Hall, Southeast Campus Housing, the Fraternity/Sorority Houses, and Charger Village. Freshmen primarily live in Central Campus Residence Hall, whose theme communities include Engineering, Leadership, and General Interest, and Frank Franz Hall, which is home to the Honors theme community.

School Location

UAH’s 432-acre campus is in Huntsville, Alabama, just south of the state’s border with Tennessee and in the central time zone. More than 400,000 residents live, work, and play in these verdant foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, where a temperate climate and diverse geography ensure an abundance of outdoor recreation. Because of the important role it played in the nation’s earliest space missions, Huntsville is also referred to as the Rocket City. That legacy continues today with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, which operates the internationally renowned Space Camp, and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. The area is also blessed with a robust economy thanks to employers like the Redstone Arsenal, Cummings Research Park, and the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. Yet despite its growth over the years from a quiet agricultural town to a high-tech business hub, Huntsville has managed to retain a small-town charm and relaxed pace of life in keeping with its location in the American South.

Retention Fall 2015

80% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

49% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 4%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 12%
White 70%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 4%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 3%


Varsity Sports: 18 
All sports are Division II, with the exception of Ice Hockey (Division I)

Mascot: Charger Blue (horse) 
Colors: Blue and White 

Academic Programs

College of Business Administration
Accounting, Accounting – Federal Contract Accounting, Economics and Computational Analysis, Finance – Corporate Finance, Finance – Federal Government Finance and Contracts, Finance – General Finance, Finance – Investments and Financial Institutions, Information Systems – Business Analytics and Supply Chains, Information Systems – Cybersecurity and Information Assurance, Management, Management – Acquisition Management, Management – Human Resources Management, Management – Supply Chain Management, Marketing, Marketing – Acquisitions Management, Marketing – Corporate Marketing, Marketing – Supply Chain Management  

College of Education 
Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education, Elementary Education (K-6), Elementary and Collaborative Education, Elementary and Language and Culture, Secondary Education (6-12) – Biology, Secondary Education (6-12) – Biology/General Science, Secondary Education (6-12) – Chemistry, Secondary Education (6-12) – English Language Arts, Secondary Education (6-12) – Foreign Language, Secondary Education (6-12) – History, Secondary Education (6-12) – History/Social Sciences, Secondary Education (6-12) – Mathematics, Secondary Education (6-12) – Physics, Exercise Science, Physical Education (P-12) 

College of Engineering 
Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering – Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering – Materials, Civil Engineering, Civil Engineering – Environmental, Civil Engineering –Structural, Civil Engineering – Transportation, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Optical Engineering 

College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science 
Art History, Art Studio, BFA – Animation, BFA – Drawing and Painting, BFA – Graphic Design, BFA – Photography, BFA – Printmaking, BFA – Sculpture, Communication Arts – Rhetoric, Communication Arts – Technical Communications, English, Language Arts, Foreign Language – French, Foreign Language – German, Foreign Language – Russian, Foreign Language – Spanish, Foreign Language – Education, Foreign Language and International Trade – French, Foreign Language and International Trade – German, Foreign Language and International Trade – Russian, Foreign Language and International Trade – Spanish, History, Social Science, Music, Music – Church Music, Music – Jazz, Music – Music Business, Music – Music Education, Music – Music Technology, Music – Performance Music, Music – Piano Pedagogy, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Theatre, Writing

College of Nursing
BSN for students entering professional nursing, BSN for registered nurses with an associate degree in nursing 

College of Science
Biology, Biology – Education, Biology – Exercise Physiology, Chemistry, Chemistry – Biochemistry, Chemistry – Chemical Business, Chemistry – Chemical Education, Chemistry – Chemical Physics, Chemistry – Environmental Chemistry, Chemistry – Forensics, Chemistry – Materials Chemistry, Chemistry – Pre-Pharmacy, Chemistry – Pre-Professional, Chemistry – Pure Chemistry, Computer Science, Entertainment Computing, Earth System Science – Atmospheric Science/Meteorology, Earth System Science – GIS and Remote Sensing, Earth System Science – Human Dimensions and Societal Impacts, Individualized Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, Mathematics – Education, Physics, Physics – Applied and Theoretical Physics, Physics – Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics – Education, Physics – Engineering Physics, Physics – Optics 

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Study Abroad--Semester Exchange Programs

In exchange relationships, international students come to UAH to study, while UAH students travel to partner institutions to study abroad. Exchanges are much more affordable than affiliate programs because there is an equal balance between domestic and international students. While this option is more economical, spots are limited. Below are the programs available: 

  • University of Applied Sciences, Bremen (Germany)
  • University of Rostock (Germany)
  • ESTACA (Paris, France) 
  • Technical University of Clausthal

Undergraduate Research

There are plenty of experiences that better prepare students for post-graduate success. Among options like internships and service, undergraduate research stands out as particularly valuable. When students engage in research, they gain skills in problem-solving, communication, analysis, and inquiry. UAH recognizes that there are many benefits to research and thus provides its  students with several opportunities to get involved. 

Types of Research: A common misconception is that research only happens in a lab or in the form of a thesis. This is not the case. In fact, research can take many forms like a performance, an exhibit, or a service learning project. Because research can take so many forms, students across all disciplines are able to participate. 

Research Opportunities: UAH offers access to several different undergraduate research opportunities. Interested students are invited to visit the site to learn more about the awesome programs available. Research programs vary in length and subject matter. Some of the opportunities available include: 

  • NASA Student Programs
  • American Mathematical Society 
  • Pathways to Science 


Faculty-led Study Abroad

Study abroad is an amazing opportunity to learn about another country’s culture, society, and even language. While there are options to travel for a semester/year, some students cannot afford to take time away from their studies. In cases like this, faculty-led programs may be the most appropriate. In a faculty-led excursion, students are given the chance to explore a foreign destination, while learning from UAH faculty members. Below are the current programs available: 

  • Marketing in China
  • Global Health and International Perspective in Ireland
  • Intensive Spanish in Costa Rica
  • Photography–Historic Processes in England 
  • Ancient Greek Theatre in Greece 


Themed Communities

Themed communities (TC) are residential learning experiences that group students based on shared interests. Participants of themed communities have the awesome opportunity to share their passions with fellow peers. Often, students in theses communities enjoy support from faculty and peers, as well as better academic performance. UAH offers 6 different themed communities for first year students, the interests of which span across disciplines.

Engineering: Students enrolled in the Engineering TC are either interested in engineering or pursuing it as a major. In this community, participants explore the many different facets of engineering and the careers associated with the industry. This is the perfect environment for students to discover their passion and decide if engineering is the right choice for a major. 

Leadership: The leadership community is perfect for students that seek extra responsibility. Through structured programs and activities, students are given the chance to test their leadership skills across several different platforms. Some of the community activities include: resume building, Destination Unknown, and What Would You Do For a Klondike Bar: Interview Series. 

Honors: The Honors community is the oldest TC at UAH. All Honors students are welcome, and there are specific benefits available to first year participants. Freshman receive peer mentoring from upperclassmen, academic support, and career counseling. 

Health Professions: Students interested in pursuing a career in health are invited to join the Health Professions themed community. Participants have the chance to explore different career paths and engage in industry-related programming and activities. 

Health & Wellness: Health & Wellness is the newest TC on campus, and it’s open to students across all disciplines. This community promotes all aspects of a healthy life style. Students learn about the benefits of physical and mental well-being, as well as the balance between academic and social life. Some of the topics covered include: Nutrition, Holistic Living, and Outdoor Recreation. 

General Interest: The General Interest TC is perfect for students that want a well-rounded community experience. The direction of the programming is determined by the residents, allowing participants to explore more than one interest or activity. 


UAH encourages all of its students to pursue some form of hands-on experience/learning prior to graduation. In an internship position, students are able apply what they have learned in the classroom to real work environments. Internships are also a great way to learn about different career paths within a specific industry. UAH allows students to earn credit for their internship, but programs must include 120 hours of on-site work. 

Cooperative Education Program

The Cooperative Education Program is a balance between employment and schoolwork. Students enrolled in the program gain hands on experience that complements theories and concepts learned at the academic level. There are two different schedule tracks that students can choose from:

  • In an alternating schedule, students switch on and off between work and school.
  • In parallel scheduling, students work part-time and attend school part-time. 


Admissions Fall 2015

3,308 Total Applicants 
2,686 Total Admissions 
1,038 Total Freshman Enrollment

81.20% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 520 650
SAT Math 550 680
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 24 30
ACT Math 24 29
ACT English 24 32
ACT Writing    


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Expenses In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $ 9,128 $ 20,622
Room and Board (on campus) $ 9,205 $ 9,205
Room Only $ 6,285 $ 6,285
Board Only $ 2,920 $ 2,920
Estimated Total On Campus $ 18,333 $ 29,827


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

91% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
45% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$10,164 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$6,079 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates

Admissions and Aid

UAH offers a rolling admissions deadline. Students interested in applying should send a completed application, their official transcripts, and their ACT/SAT scores (ACT school code: 0053 – SAT school code: 1854) to the Office of Admissions. Once accepted, they will automatically be eligible for UAH’s Merit Tuition Scholarship. They may also apply for additional scholarships (

Applications for additional scholarships are available August 1, the priority consideration deadline is December 1, and notification letters are mailed at the end of February. All scholarship offers must be accepted by May 1. UAH’s Office of Financial Aid can also assist students with grants, loans, and work study opportunities.