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Undergrad Profile

Big dreams? We're a campus with big opportunities.

There is no place like UA
Here at The University of Alabama, we are experiencing unprecedented growth by attracting the most qualified students from across the country and around the world. We are growing not only in numbers but also in the quality of our student body. 

Our fall 2016 freshman class, with 7,559 students, was not only our largest class ever but also the most academically talented in UA’s 185-year history. The average ACT score for the class was 27.1, and more than 40% of the students scored a 30 or higher on the ACT, placing them in the top 5% of all students who take the exam. And 31% of the students had a high school grade point average of 4.0 or higher.

As a growing campus, we are continually able to offer our students the big opportunities only available at the fastest-growing flagship state university in the country.

Record of excellence
For more than a decade, UA has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one the top 50 public universities in the nation. From 2007 to the present, UA is #1 in the United States in the number of prestigious Goldwater Scholars with 27—placing Harvard in the second spot with 26. Among UA’s alumni also are numerous Rhodes Scholars, Truman Scholars, Hollings Scholars, Boren Scholars, and Fulbright Scholars.

Unmatched educational opportunity
We offer more than 200 majors and minors in 12 colleges and schools. And if none are quite right, New College allows students to customize their own course of study. Abundant opportunities exist for students to study abroad and participate in undergraduate research. And with more than 550 student organizations on campus, there are endless ways to learn, grow, explore, and excel.
Strong alumni network
UA has more than 200,000 alumni worldwide, including members in all 50 states and many other countries. Our 116 active alumni clubs around the country offer students multiple networking opportunities when searching for internships and jobs. Graduates relocating to almost any area will find a welcoming group of UA family members.

Paying for it all
Generous scholarship opportunities are available for first-time freshmen, even more if you are a National Merit Finalist. In addition to scholarships, 43% of UA undergraduates receive some type of federal financial aid, such as work-study, loans, or grants.

Plan your visit
The best way to know if a university is right for you is to visit in person. Plan a trip to the Capstone today and let one of our students give you a guided tour of our beautiful campus. See for yourself why there’s no place like UA! To learn more, visit




University Recreation

Our students enjoy four different campus recreation facilities, including the Student Recreation Center, the Robert E. Witt Student Activity Center, Aquatic Center, and Outdoor Pool Complex. Next to the Student Rec Center are 33 acres of outdoor fields for intramural play. Students can participate in organized group exercise classes or do cardio or strength training on their own with one of our personal trainers. Be sure to check out our 40-foot-tall climbing wall and our outdoor water park with a lazy river and slides.

Emerging Scholars
The Emerging Scholars Program, which includes students of all majors and interests in virtually every department on campus, offers a unique opportunity for freshman, sophomore, and junior students at UA to engage in research early in their college experience. Working with members of our award-winning faculty,
Emerging Scholars are taking part in important research that impacts their fields and changes lives.

Honors College
The University of Alabama’s Honors College attracts some of the nation’s most promising students. Founded in 2003, the program offers smaller, specialized classes taught by some of the most renowned professors on campus. Honors College students enjoy registration priority, special mentoring opportunities, and unique educational experiences. Students are encouraged to pursue opportunities in undergraduate research, cultural interaction, and civic responsibility.