University of Alabama in Huntsville
UAH is a public university located in Huntsville, AL, that offers more than 80 degree-granting programs across eight colleges. Its 7,500 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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Get to know University of Alabama in Huntsville
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 the 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 available to 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
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 2%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 10%
White, non-Hispanic: 71%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 1%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 4%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 3%
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, all 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 together students based on shared interests. Participants of themed communities have the awesome opportunity to share their passions with fellow peers, often resulting in greater academic performance and satisfaction. 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 who 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: résumé 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. Freshmen 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, open to students across all disciplines, is the newest TC on campus. This community promotes all aspects of a healthy lifestyle, teaching students 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 who want a truly 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’s 432-acre campus is in Huntsville, AL, just south of the state’s border with Tennessee. 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
Varsity Sports: 18
All sports are Division II, with the exception of Ice Hockey (Division I)
Mascot: Charger Blue (horse)
Colors: Blue and White
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 to complement the theories and concepts they learn at the academic level. There are two different schedule tracks available:
- 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.
SAT Critical Reading
25th Percentile: 560 | 75th Percentile: 700
25th Percentile: 450 | 75th Percentile: 680
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Tuition & Cost
Tuition (in-state): $9,730
Tuition (out-of-state): $22,126
Room & Board: $10,400