University Of Alabama At Birmingham

University Of Alabama At Birmingham

University of Alabama at Birmingham, or UAB, is a coeducational university situated in Birmingham, Alabama. UAB was founded in 1969. It offers programs of study that lead to bachelor, master, doctoral, and professional degrees in different fields.

UAB offers more than 140 degrees at both graduate and undergraduate levels in the UAB Graduate School and 14 other schools. These are:

  • Division of General Studies
  • Graduate School
  • School of Arts and Humanities
  • School of Business
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Health Professions
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Optometry
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

The sports teams of UAB are known as the Blazers. The colors are gold, white, and green. The university has tennis, golf, baseball, basketball, football, track & field, and soccer teams. Some notable alumni of the university include Larry DeLucas, astronaut and research scientist; Clayton Colvin, artist; Deidre Downs, Miss America 2005; Derek Rios, Canadian Soccer Player; and Graeme McDowell, professional golfer.

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University of Alabama at Birmingham
Administration Bldg Suite 1070
Birmingham , AL 35294-0110
General Phone: (205) 934-4011

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UAB Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management483business management, business administration, accounting, managerial economics, finance, MIS, marketing
Medicine470dentistry, dental clinical sciences, medicine, optometry, public health, health professions
Education and Teaching468education, educational administration, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, art education, health teaching, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine353registered nursing, nurse anesthetist
Science285biology, biomedical sciences, molecular biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, molecular physiology, neurobiology, vision science, pathology, ...
Liberal Arts252African-American studies, foreign language and literature, French language, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and humanities, anthropology, political science, sociology, ...
Therapy and Counseling209psychology, physical therapy
Engineering199engineering, biomedical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering
Medical Support and Technology155dental assistant, nuclear medical tech, radiation therapist, respiratory care tech, physician assistant, cytotechnologist, clinical lab tech
Media128communication studies
Security and Law Enforcement96forensic science, corrections and criminal justice
Medical Administration85health care administration, medical records admin, health and medical administrative, environmental health
Family and Social Work81public administration, social work
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy59nutrition sciences, health and fitness, occupational therapy, dietitian, clinical nutritionist
Computer Science and Engineering53computer and info science, computer engineering
Art Studies37art studies
Mathematics36mathematics, applied mathematics
Religion and Philosophy19philosophy
Drama and Performing Arts19drama
Fine Arts2art history and criticism

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,90750
Master's degree1,09844
Doctor's degree19730
Post-master's certificate282
First-professional degree2453
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years211
Postbaccalaureate certificate141

UAB Student Body

In 2007-2008, UAB had a total enrollment of 16,246 students (13,901 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 41%
Women 59%
Full-Time 87%
Part-Time 13%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 66%
Graduate 29%
First Professional 5%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 62%
Black 23%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 4%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 3%
(Foreign Students) 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 13%
20-21 17%
22-24 26%
25-29 22%
30-34 9%
35-39 5%
40-49 5%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

UAB Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 75 %
Part-Time 48 %

UAB Room and Board (2007)

UAB offers campus housing for 2,075 of its 13,901 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Birmingham, 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.

UAB Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal520620
SAT Math520640
ACT Verbal2128
ACT Math1827
ACT Composite2127

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT7%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT93%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)not required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

UAB Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,664
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 10,352
Room and board $ 8,924
Room charge $ 4,170
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,650
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 3,750

Financial Aid:
UAB participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 105200)

UAB Faculty

UAB has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track266168
Non-tenured and not on tenure track428374

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year97$160,63635$146,776
Associate professorcalendar year66$109,55354$105,835
Assistant professorcalendar year58$85,54998$80,667
Instructorcalendar year18$62,39239$70,379
All faculty totalcalendar year239$120,908226$95,144

*: 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 year82$98,38217$91,026
Associate professoracademic year86$74,17951$67,234
Assistant professoracademic year67$60,80351$55,027
Instructoracademic year13$44,50916$39,659
Lectureracademic year0*1*
All faculty totalacademic year248$77,013136$62,156

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

UAB Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Conference USA
Basketball Conference USA
Baseball Conference USA
Track Conference USA

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports3567102

UAB Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

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

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer and Information Sciences, General

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

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Health Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General

Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, General
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language and Literature
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Administration
Environmental Health
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Dental Assisting/Assistant
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist
Physician Assistant
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist

Dental Clinical Sciences, General (MS, PhD)
Dentistry (DDS, DMD)
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Medicine (MD)
Optometry (OD)
Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nurse Anesthetist
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Clinical Nutrition/Nutritionist
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
Nutrition Sciences
Occupational Therapy/Therapist

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomedical Sciences, General
Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
Chemistry, General
Microbiology, General
Molecular Biochemistry
Molecular Physiology
Neurobiology and Neurophysiology
Pathology/Experimental Pathology
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Physics, General
Vision Science/Physiological Optics

Security And Law Enforcement
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other
Forensic Science and Technology

Therapy And Counseling
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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