Fall 2015 Enrollment
6,013 undergraduate students
79% of undergrad students are full time
57% male — 43% female
2015-2016 Academic Year
321 full-time faculty
199 part-time faculty
16 to 1 student/faculty ratio
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.
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
ENROLLMENT BY RACIAL/ETHNIC CATEGORY - FALL 2015
|Black or African American||12%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||1%|
|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
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
Named the most affordable public university in Alabama, Self Lender (consumer financial technology start-up), 2015, https://www.selflender.com/blog/the-top-50-most-affordable-public-universities-for-each-state.html
#1 in Alabama on list of College Value-Added rankings (i.e., economic outcomes of its graduates), Brookings Institution, 2015, http://www.brookings.edu/research/reports2/2015/04/29-beyond-college-rankings-rothwell-kulkarni
#2 on list of best value colleges in Alabama, SmartAsset, 2015, https://smartasset.com/student-loans/student-loan-calculator#alabama/value
#1 in Alabama for elementary education at the undergraduate level, National Council on Teacher Quality's Teacher Prep Review 2014 Report, 2014, http://www.nctq.org/teacherPrep/review2014/findings/byState/index.jsp?state=AL
Named one of Best Online Undergraduate Nursing Programs of 2015 (35/50), Super Scholar's Smart Choice Ranking, 2014, http://superscholar.org/rankings/best-online-nursing-programs-2015/
#1 highest starting salary after graduation among all Alabama schools (undergrad and graduate), PayScale (2014-2015 College Salary Report), 2014, http://www.payscale.com/college-roi/
#56 on list of 104 Smartest Public Colleges in America, Business Insider, 2014, http://www.businessinsider.com/smartest-public-colleges-in-america-2014-10
102nd among public colleges and universities in the 2015 Best Colleges rankings, US News & World Report, 2014, http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/national-universities/top-public/page+4
#3 among Alabama colleges on the list of Best Colleges (285/665 overall), Money (Digital Edition), 2104, http://time.com/money/collection/moneys-best-colleges/
Among 73 public institutions classified as "very high research activity" (108 total), Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, 2014, http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/lookup_listings/srp.php?clq=%7B%22basic2005_ids%22%3A%2215%22%7D&limit=50,50&orderby=sortname&start_page=standard.php
#1 among all colleges and universities in the state with the best return on investment, PayScale, 2014, http://www.payscale.com/college-roi/full-list/by-state/Alabama
#44 on the list of 50 most affordable colleges with the best return (#1 in Alabama), Affordable Schools, 2014, http://affordableschools.net/50-affordable-colleges-best-return/
Among America's 100 Best College Buys, Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc., 2014, http://www.100bestcollegebuys.com/uploads/2013-2014_18th_Annual_Report.pdf
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
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 (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|
TUITION AND COSTS
Net Price Calculator
TUITION AND COSTS BEFORE FINANCIAL AID 2015-2016
|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 (https://www.uah.edu/admissions/undergraduate/financial-aid/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.