The University of Alabama
Founded in 1831, the University of Alabama, the State of Alabama’s oldest public university, is a senior comprehensive doctoral-level institution. The University was established by constitutional provision under statutory mandates and authorizations. Its mission is to advance the intellectual and social condition of the people of the State through quality programs of teaching, research, and service.
The University of Alabama has ranked among the top 50 public universities in the nation in U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings for more than a decade. UA is ranked 31st, its highest ranking ever, in the 2012 rankings.
The University of Alabama ranked 6th in the nation among public universities in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars in the 2010 freshman class.
Enrollment at The University of Alabama reached a record high of 31,747 for fall 2011. The entering freshman class, at 5,772 students, is the largest in UA history.
The University of Alabama has a dramatic impact on the economy of Alabama, returning three dollars for every one dollar invested in the University by the State. UA each year contributes $1.8 billion to the state’s economy.
The University of Alabama has been engaged in an aggressive program to upgrade and expand facilities, opening more than 40 new facilities since 2003.
This year alone, more than 900 University of Alabama students will receive a total of more than $2.3 million in scholarships provided by the National Alumni Association. The UA National Alumni Association is among the nation’s leading public-university-based comprehensive associations, ranking among the top 10 in alumni support.
For more information about the University, visit www.ua.edu.