University of Alabama at Birmingham
As a leader among comprehensive public urban research universities with academic medical centers, the University of Alabama at Birmingham inspires and empowers students to change the world. UAB provides a high-quality education with the framework and common language for collaboration and academic success.
Get to know University of Alabama at Birmingham
UAB is one of the leading institutions for undergraduate research, facilitating and promoting opportunities for research across all disciplines. Fellow students, faculty, the Office of Undergraduate Research, and Research Ambassadors are all great collaborators who can help find and conduct whatever research projects are of interest.
UAB offers a one-of-a-kind academic experience through the Education Abroad program. Students can choose from programs in over 50 different countries all throughout the year, ranging in length from a week to a full semester or academic year.
The Study Abroad program offers academic credit for student exchanges, UAB affiliate programs, and faculty-led programs, all of which vary in delivery and format: traditional classes, research, service-learning, internships, volunteerism, shadowing, clinical rotation, and observations. Students can also participate in Student Organizations Abroad and Student Conference Travel Abroad, opportunities for students to represent UAB and make an impact outside of their local communities.
“I wouldn’t have had this research opportunity and mentorship anywhere else. Between research and teaching, I have grown professionally at UAB. I feel really prepared to go to medical school.” – Kelly Walters, UAB senior and National Merit Scholar
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 3%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 24%
White, non-Hispanic: 55%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 7%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 1%
ACADEMIC SUCCESS CENTER
The Vulcan Materials Academic Success Center (VMASC) fosters academic success, persistence towards degree completion, and transferable skill development among undergraduate students. The center develops, implements, and assesses inclusive high-impact learning experiences that are designed to help students thrive in their future careers. VMASC includes such helpful resources as tutoring, supplemental instruction, academic advising, success advising, workshops, and study hours.
UAB acknowledges the stressful responsibilities thrown at second-year students, including major selection, academic self-efficacy, career development, faculty connections, motivation, financial viability, social integration/involvement, and developing purpose/identity. As a result, many students face the “sophomore slump.” The Second-Year Experiences program, therefore, integrates an engaging, interactive platform to help sophomores stay on track and avoid the slump.
SYE incorporates exciting programs, activities, and events to keep students engaged in their academics and self-discovery. A few popular features of the SYE program include the SYE Global Learning Initiative, mentoring initiative, and the Outdoor Recreation Excursion Team.
The University Writing Center is a free writing resource that offers one-on-one sessions for both on-campus and distance-learning students. Its trained, experienced UWC tutors are dedicated to helping students with any writing project at any stage.
“I always knew my career path wouldn’t be the same as other people. With faculty help, I was networking at conferences and even taking a business class when it interested me.” – Physics alumna Christina Richey, Ph.D.
Since 2007, UAB’s Office of Service-Learning and Undergraduate Research has focused on enriching academic learning through research and civic engagement. UAB’s service-learning opportunities bring students, faculty, and community nonprofit partners together to address both local and global community issues with the knowledge gained in the classroom. With dozens of community partners to work with, UAB established Global Goals—a set of goals aimed at ending world poverty, inequality, and climate change by 2030.
HILL STUDENT CENTER
The University of Alabama at Birmingham offers an open environment in which students can come not only to study and socialize, but to also find assistance in their personal, academic, and professional growth. The Hill Student Center provides several student affairs departments that are dedicated to helping students achieve academic success. Students can partake in experiential and reflective developmental opportunities to prepare for their professional careers in a safe, supportive environment.
UAB’s Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) connect students who share common academic goals and interests, resulting in an easy college transition and lifelong friendships. It is a great way for students to heighten their skills outside of the classroom.
There are so many things to see and do in Birmingham! Students who enjoy the outdoors will be excited to hear that Birmingham has more green space per capita than any other major city in the nation. Whether it’s a peaceful hike on Ruffner Mountain, finding a nice picnic spot, or just embracing the wilderness at one of the parks, Birmingham has it all. In addition, there are many enjoyable activities to accompany a night out. As one of the epicenters of Southern jazz, Birmingham is known for its live music tradition that lives in both historic and avant-garde venues.
UAB Athletic Performance focuses on enhancing all aspects of athleticism, student-athlete well-being, and peak competitive performance while reducing the risk of injury in a safe and inspiring environment. The UAB Athletic staff works to integrate all essential components of the student-athletic lifestyle to ensure athletic and academic success.
UAB Athletics is home to 18 NCAA Divison I Sports.
Men’s sports: baseball, basketball, football, golf, rifle, soccer, and tennis
Women’s sports: basketball, beach volleyball, bowling, cross country, golf, rifles, soccer, softball, tennis, track, and volleyball
“My UAB days, without question, helped me realize my passion, which is helping others.” – Hernandez Stroud, 2010 alumnus, BA History and Political Science, named to Forbes’ 2018 list, 30 Under 30 in Law and Policy
CAREER & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CENTER
UAB’s Career & Professional Development Center offers a supportive staff who are dedicated to empowering students, alumni, and faculty through meaningful career and experiential learning opportunities. With connections to a strong local and national network, UAB provides the tools and information needed to excel in any aspiring career. The Career Centers also offers a number of free resources to help students decide their career path and goals.
PEER CAREER ADVISOR
Peer Career Advisors are trained paraprofessionals who provide career assistance to other students. These personal advisors are available to help students construct résumés, practice interviews, conduct job searches, and promote the UAB Career Center. The Peer Career Advisors are a team of young, supportive members of the UAB community who want to help students stay on track to the path of success.
REGIONS INSTITUTE FOR FINANCIAL EDUCATION
The Regions Institute for Financial Education helps students, faculty, staff, and the community find solutions to gain financial balance and stability. The institute recognizes financial stability as an active, ongoing process that involves awareness of and taking steps toward a more successful life. As a result, the Institute has developed a set of services to help students learn how to resolve their financial issues, including presentations, the Fee Forgiveness Program, peer coaching, financial counseling, and microloans.
“Collaboration between UAB and area companies opened the door for me to work at a Fortune 500 company during much of my undergraduate experience.” – Alan Franks, 2006 civil engineering graduate
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 560 | 75th Percentile: 668
25th Percentile: 530 | 75th Percentile: 660
25th Percentile: 22 | 75th Percentile: 30
25th Percentile: 20 | 75th Percentile: 27
25th Percentile: 22 | 75th Percentile: 33
Tuition & Cost
Tuition (in-state): $8,568
Tuition (out-of-state): $20,400