The University Of Alabama

The University Of Alabama

The University of Alabama, also known as Alabama, UA, or just Bama, is a public coeducational university located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA. It was founded in 1831. The university offers programs of study in over 10 academic divisions leading to bachelors, masters, education specialist, and doctoral degrees. The main campus is spread across an area of more than 900 acres. Alabama is organized into the following school and colleges:

  • Capstone College of Nursing
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Communication and Information Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Human Environmental Sciences
  • Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration
  • School of Social Work

Alabama's sports teams are known as the Crimson Tide. They participate in the NCAA's Division I and are a member of the Southeastern Conference (Western Division).

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Contacting UA

The University of Alabama
739 University Blvd
Tuscaloosa , AL 35487-0166
General Phone: (205) 348-6010

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UA Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management1,119business management, accounting, managerial economics, finance, MIS, management science, marketing, taxation
Liberal Arts617American studies, Latin American studies, women's studies, foreign language and literature, German language, Romance languages, Spanish language, English, creative writing, ...
Education and Teaching576educational administration, educational supervision, higher education administration, elementary/middle school admin, secondary school administration, educational statistics, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, ...
Family and Social Work490family and consumer science, family resource management, family studies, human development and family studies, public administration, social work
Media457communication studies, mass communication, journalism, radio and television, public relations, advertising
Engineering284aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, engineering mechanics, environmental engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, metallurgical engineering, ...
Science217biology, microbiology, marine biology, chemistry, geology, physics
Law192law, legal research
Therapy and Counseling177psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, educational psychology
Nursing and Emergency Medicine171registered nursing, nursing administration, various nursing
Security and Law Enforcement82criminal justice and safety
Medicine82health professions
Medical Administration76health care facilities management
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy71exercise science, health and fitness, athletic trainer, vocational counseling, dietitian
Fine Arts66fine arts, art history and criticism, fine arts studies
Hospitality59restaurant and food services management
Medical Support and Technology58speech pathology, audiology and speech pathology
Design56interior design
Construction Trades54apparel and textiles
Drama and Performing Arts41dance, drama
Computer Science and Engineering35computer and info science
Mathematics27mathematics, applied mathematics, probability and statistics
Religion and Philosophy16philosophy, religion
Conservation and Resource Management7environmental science

Number of programs and degrees for UA in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree3,39870
Master's degree1,23766
Doctor's degree19145
Post-master's certificate836
First-professional degree1541

UA Student Body

In 2007-2008, UA had a total enrollment of 25,544 students (23,542 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 45%
Women 55%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 81%
Graduate 17%
First Professional 2%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 81%
Black 12%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 0%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 32%
20-21 30%
22-24 18%
25-29 8%
30-34 4%
35-39 3%
40-49 3%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

North Carolina1%
South Carolina1%

UA Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 87 %
Part-Time 58 %

UA Room and Board (2007)

UA offers campus housing for 7,018 of its 23,542 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Tuscaloosa, Alabama for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Alabama Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

UA Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal490600
SAT Math490610
ACT Verbal2128
ACT Math1926
ACT Composite2127

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT34%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT87%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

UA Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,400
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 18,000
Room and board $ 9,842
Room charge $ 4,100
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,330
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 3,154

Financial Aid:
UA participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 105100)

UA Faculty

UA has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track131107
Non-tenured and not on tenure track113153

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year25$135,8447$115,689
Associate professorcalendar year14$95,40120$75,525
Assistant professorcalendar year15$71,98638$65,498
Instructorcalendar year14$44,68510$46,331
Lecturercalendar year4$93,2682*
All faculty totalcalendar year72$94,58577$70,154

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year224$118,38867$105,882
Associate professoracademic year146$82,99987$76,466
Assistant professoracademic year129$64,273112$61,274
Instructoracademic year56$36,91288$39,677
Lectureracademic year5$70,1624$54,845
All faculty totalacademic year560$88,118358$67,934

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

UA Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Southeastern Conference
Basketball Southeastern Conference
Baseball Southeastern Conference
Track Southeastern Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports39119158

UA Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
Management Information Systems, General
Management Science, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textiles, General

Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational Statistics and Research Methods
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
Elementary Education and Teaching
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Secondary School Administration/Principalship
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Construction Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Metallurgical Engineering

Family And Social Work
Family Resource Management Studies, General
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Restaurant/Food Services Management

Law (LLB, JD)
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Creative Writing
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Latin American Studies
Library Science/Librarianship
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Applied Mathematics
Mathematical Statistics and Probability
Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television

Medical Administration
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Microbiology, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Educational Psychology
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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% of degrees in family and social work
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Top 16%UA Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
% of degrees in business and management
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Top 16%UA % of degrees in business and management
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
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Top 18%UA Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
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Top 18%UA % of full-time faculty on tenure track
% of degrees in music
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Top 20%UA % of degrees in music

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