Legends have been made in our academic halls, on our athletic fields and courts, and through our endeavors to shape a better world through our teaching, research, and service.
The University of Alabama knows a thing or two about legendsUA legends earn prestigious honors such as Pulitzer Prizes, Emmy Awards, Heisman Trophies, Medals of Honor, and Lifetime Achievement Awards. They wear names like inventor, entrepreneur, best-selling author, pioneer, CEO, founder, and national champion.
Here are just a few of our legendsBest-selling authors: Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird; Winston Groom, Forrest Gump; Kathryn Stockett, The Help; Mark Childress, Crazy in Alabama; T.S. Stribling, The Store
CEOs/chairmen of the board/presidents: Marillyn Hewson, Lockheed Martin; W.W. Clements, Dr. Pepper Company; Sam DiPiazza, PricewaterhouseCoopers; Thom Rainer, Lifeway Christian Resources; Vicki Hollub, Occidental Petroleum
Pioneers and founders: Millard Fuller, Habitat for Humanity; Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia; Joe Gibbs, The Golf Channel; John Hendricks, The Discovery Channel; Janet Gurwitch, Laura Mercier cosmetics; Morris Dees, Southern Poverty Law Center
Science: E.O. Wilson, biologist, researcher, and Pulitzer Prize–winning author; Robert Jemison Van de Graaff, scientist and inventor
Film and television: Chuck Gordon, producer of Die Hard movies and Field of Dreams; Sela Ward, television and film actress; Joe Scarborough, talk show host; Jim Nabors, actor; Tom Cherones, director of Seinfield
The University of Alabama is the fastest-growing flagship in the country because of our commitment to excellence and the success of our graduates. For the last nine years, UA has ranked #1 in the country in the number of Goldwater Scholars. Among UA’s alumni are also numerous Rhodes Scholars, Truman Scholars, Hollings Scholars, Boren Scholars, and Fulbright Scholars.
With more than 200 majors and minors in 12 different colleges and schools, there is a field of study that’s right for just about everyone. And if it’s not, 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.
Generous scholarship opportunities are available for first-time freshmen, and even more for National Merit Finalists. In addition to scholarships, 41% of UA undergraduates receive some type of federal financial aid such as work-study, loans, or grants.
Learn how you can become a legend at gobama.ua.edu. You can also visit ua.edu/legends to read about more legends from The University of Alabama.
Plan Your Visit
The best way to know if a university is right for you is to visit in person. Our campus is in Tuscaloosa, about a one-hour drive from Birmingham and only a few hours from beaches or mountains, all within the state of Alabama. Plan a trip to campus today and let one of our students give you a guided tour of our beautiful campus. You’ll have the opportunity to see our campus firsthand, learn about UA history, and discover the many opportunities we can offer you.
Through the Emerging Scholars Program, UA freshman, sophomore, and junior students have the opportunity to engage in research early in their college experience. Our world-class faculty and students lead the way in exploring new technologies, advancing scientific discovery, and harnessing the power of creative thought to fuel the economy of the future. Some of the most impactful research in the country is taking place at UA in the areas of additive manufacturing, automotive engineering, cyber forensics, cyber security, energy, health care, information technology, materials science, sustainable infrastructure, transportation, water, and more.
The University of Alabama’s Honors College attracts some of the most promising students from around the country. Founded in 2003, the program offers smaller, specialized classes taught by some of the most renowned professors on campus. Honors College students participate in innovative scholarship and advanced research opportunities and are challenged to make a positive impact on the community around them.
Total Enrollment: 38,563
Undergraduate Enrollment: 33,305
Student-Faculty Ratio: 23:1
Application Deadline: Rolling
(priority deadline is February 1)
Acceptance Rate: 55%
2017–2018 Tuition: $28,900 (out of state)
2017 Freshman Class Facts
• 7,407 students
• 151 National Merit Finalists
• Average ACT score of 27.1
• 41% scored 30 or higher on the ACT.
• Average high school GPA of 3.72
• 39% were in the top 10% of their high school graduating classes.