The University of Alabama

739 University Blvd, Tuscaloosa, AL

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The University of Alabama (UA) is a public research university located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. UA has an excellent faculty and programs, and has been ranked among the nation's top 50 public universities multiple times in recent years. The university offers academic degrees in more than 200 fields of study at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. UA offers many special programs to enhance the university learning experience, including an Honors College, international seminars, and freshmen learning communities, among others. Professional programs in law and rural medicine are also offered.


The Alabama Territory was authorized in 1818, and by 1820 Alabama became as state and its "seminary of learning" was established as The University of the State of Alabama. The state's first capital, Tuscaloosa, was selected as the university's location. In 1831 the campus had seven buildings and its first students were enrolled. In 1837, the university became one of the first institutions of higher learning in the country to offer engineering classes. In 1859, the Medical College of the University opened in Mobile, Alabama. In 1860, the university became a military school.

The first women students enrolled in 1893, and the first African-American student, a woman, enrolled in 1956.


The academic calendar of the University of Alabama follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters.

Colleges and Schools

  • 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
  • School of Social Work

Student Life

In addition to the many student clubs and organizations that are available at the University of Alabama to help students get involved and feel connected, UA offers its students many services and amenities to improve "Student Life," including:

  • AlcoholEdu for College
  • Life at UA
  • Capstone International
  • Career Center
  • Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Community Service Center
  • Coordinating Council for Student Organizations
  • Creative Campus
  • Crimson Choice
  • Disability Services
  • eLearning
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Graduate Student Services
  • Greek Life
  • Housing & Residential Communities
  • International Students and Scholar Services
  • Mathematics Technology Learning Center
  • MyBama
  • Network & Computing Support
  • On-Campus Student Employment
  • Platform Online Magazine
  • Safer Living Guide
  • Student Affairs
  • Student Government Association
  • Student Media
  • Student Involvement & Leadership
  • Student Support Services
  • Student Well-Being
  • University Programs
  • University Recreation


One of the oldest traditions at the University of Alabama is "Crimson Tide," the nickname of the school's athletic teams and a reference to their red jerseys.  The name purportedly came from a sports editor at the Birmingham Age-Herald newspaper, who used "Crimson Tide" to describe an Alabama-Auburn football game played in 1907.  The game was played in muddy conditions and Auburn was favored to win.  According to history, the UA team played a strong game in the "red mud" and earned the name "Crimson Tide."

Another tradition at UA is the association of the elephant as the university's mascot. This tradition is also tied to football. In 1930, a sports writer for the Atlanta Journal described an Alabama-Mississippi football game during which there was a "distant rumble" as the UA team approached.  The writer reported that a fan in the stands yelled, "Hold your horses, the elephants are coming!"  From that point on, the UA varsity football team was often referred to as the "Red Elephants."


The "Crimson Tide" athletic teams of UA compete in many intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Rowing
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Community Life

Tuscaloosa, Alabama sits on the banks of the Black Warrior River. It is home to a community of more than 100,000 residents and many thriving businesses.  It is considered one of America's best places to live for its small-town charm and rich offering of recreational activities, arts and entertainment, and local attractions.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may provide a better idea of the candidates The University of Alabama accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at The University of Alabama is around 37,000 students. The student body is made up of 86% undergraduate students and 19% graduate students.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $18,800. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $40 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • In-State Tuition: $10,000-$12,000
    • Nonresident Student Tuition: $26,000-$31,140
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • State Residents: $600-$720 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $1,400-$1,600 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid80%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships64%$14,237
Receiving Student Loans44%$9,048

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, The University of Alabama may offer services to students like those listed below:

  • Online classes
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Remedial courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Assisting students to find work
  • Child care

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of The University of Alabama is around 67%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years43%
Graduating in 5 Years20%
Graduating in 6 Years4%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Art and Design Program
  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Dance Program (more info)
  • Dietetics Program (more info)
  • Coordinated Dietetics Program (more info)
  • English Language Program (more info)
  • Law Program (more info)
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program (more info)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)
  • Theatre Program

Intercollegiate Athletics

The University of Alabama is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Southeastern Conference)
  • Basketball (Southeastern Conference)
  • Track and Field (Southeastern Conference)
  • Football (Southeastern Conference)
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Library Science

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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