Official Name:

The University of Alabama


In 1819, the Congress of the United States donated 46,000 acres of land within the State of Alabama for the endowment of a seminary of learning. The General Assembly of Alabama created the Board of Trustees in 1821, and on April 18, 1831, the University was opened for the admission of students. On April 4, 1865, most of the University buildings were burned to the ground by a body of federal cavalry. Construction on new buildings began in April of 1869. On February 25, 1884, the federal government donated 22 sections of public land within the state to the University in restitution for buildings and equipment that were destroyed in 1865. The institution is located in Tuscaloosa, a west central Alabama city with 95,334 residents in a metro area of 235,628 (2013 estimate). University grounds are comprised of 1,026 acres.

Type of Control:

The State of Alabama chartered The University of Alabama (UA) with authority vested in a Board of Trustees that is self-perpetuating. The current Board elects new trustees from congressional districts, subject to confirmation by the State Senate.

Instructional Schools, Programs, and Degrees:

The instructional schools are: College of Arts and Sciences, Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, College of Communication and Information Sciences, College of Community Health Sciences, College of Continuing Studies, College of Education, College of Engineering, Graduate School, Honors College, College of Human Environmental Sciences, School of Law, Capstone College of Nursing, and School of Social Work. UA offers 72 undergraduate degree programs, 67 master’s programs, 6 educational specialist programs, and 48 doctoral programs. In 2013-14, UA awarded 4,463 bachelor degrees, 1,513 master degrees, 44 educational specialist degrees, 242 doctoral degrees, and 159 professional degrees.


In 2014-15, there were 1,287 full-time instructional faculty members, resulting in a student-to-faculty ratio of 21:1. Forty-six percent of full-time faculty members were tenured, and 80% held a terminal degree. Average salaries in 2014-15 were: $141,625 for full professors; $93,081 for associate professors; and $71,026 for assistant professors.


Fall 2014 enrollment totaled 36,155, which included 30,754 undergraduates, 4,870 graduate students, and 531 professional students; 90.2% of the undergraduates and 62.8% of the graduate and professional students were enrolled on a full-time basis; 45.7% of the undergraduate students were male; 62.6% of the undergraduate students and 35.3% of the graduate and professional students were out-of-state students for tuition purposes, 12.1% of the undergraduate students and 13.1% of the graduate and professional students were African American.


In the fall of 2014, 6,856 (39.8%) of all admitted first-time undergraduates enrolled. The average composite ACT score for enrolled full-time, first-time undergraduates was 26.7. Of the fall 2013 full-time, first-time undergraduates, 86.7% returned for their sophomore year. The current 6-year graduation rate is 65.7% for the 2008 cohort.


In 2014-15, annual full-time undergraduate tuition was $9,826 for residents and $24,950 for non-residents. Room and board costs were approximately $12,700.

Institutional Affiliations:

UA is a member of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC) and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). In athletics, UA began football competition in 1892 and started NCAA Division I competition for men in 1906 and for women in 1974. UA is a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) for all sports.


With access to over 4 million print and electronic resources, the University Libraries, a system of five separate, discipline-related libraries, provides both traditional reference sources and cutting-edge technology. In addition, UA Libraries is one of 90 member libraries in the United States and the only member in the state to partner with HathiTrust, a partnership of academic and research institutions, providing instant full-text access to more than 5 million scholarly titles in all disciplines from libraries around the world. The Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library contains the social sciences and humanities collection, a state-of-the-art Learning Commons, the Alabama Digital Humanities Center providing technical skills, equipment, and collaborative opportunities for faculty and graduate student research; and features the A. S. Williams III Americana Collection with emphasis on Southern history, the American Civil War, U.S. presidents, and includes a vast number of photographs, maps and other valuable historical artifact. The William Stanley Hoole Special Collections Library houses special collections and manuscripts concentrating on the South. The Angelo Bruno Business Library, McLure Education Library, and Rodgers Library for Science & Engineering which features a 3D Printing Studio, complete the system. The Libraries now have over 550 public computers and laptops providing students with access to over 150 academic software packages to support their class assignments and research projects. The Libraries’ flexible hours and 24/5 access to Rodgers Library during the academic year give students greater access to more high-level academic software applications than any other facility on campus. The Libraries provide access to 467 full-text online resources ranging from historical newspapers to the latest scholarly research and access to 1.2 million electronic books. The UA Health Sciences Library and Bounds Law Library are the two other major libraries on campus.

Source: The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment