University of Alabama: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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The University of Alabama is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 59%. Located in Tuscaloosa, the university is the state's flagship institution of higher learning. The popular undergraduate business program is often on many top 50 lists, and Alabama's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences have earned it a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. About 20% of the University of Alabama's first-year students participate in the UA Honors Program. In athletics, the Alabama Crimson Tide competes in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference.

Considering applying to University of Alabama? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, University of Alabama had an acceptance rate of 59%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 59 were admitted, making Alabama's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 37,302
Percent Admitted 59%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 30%

SAT Scores and Requirements

The University of Alabama requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 25% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 540 640
Math 520 640
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of University of Alabama's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Alabama scored between 540 and 640, while 25% scored below 540 and 25% scored above 640. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 520 and 640, while 25% scored below 520 and 25% scored above 640. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1280 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at University of Alabama.

Requirements

The University of Alabama considers your highest composite score from a single test date and does not superscore the SAT. At Alabama, the SAT writing section and SAT Subject tests are not required.

ACT Scores and Requirements

The University of Alabama requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 73% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 23 34
Math 21 29
Composite 23 31

This admissions data tells us that most of University of Alabama's admitted students fall within the top 31% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to the University of Alabama received a composite ACT score between 23 and 31, while 25% scored above 31 and 25% scored below 23.

Requirements

Note that University of Alabama does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT will be considered. Alabama does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA for incoming University of Alabama freshman was 3.71. These results suggest that most successful applicants to the University of Alabama have primarily A and B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

University of Alabama Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
University of Alabama Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

 The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to the University of Alabama. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

The University of Alabama, which accepts over half of applicants, has a selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. The admissions folks are also assessing the rigor of your high school courses, and they want to see that you have taken important core courses. Also, the University of Alabama is a powerful Division I university, so athletic talent can play a role in the admissions process. Essays and letters of recommendation are not part of the Alabama application for admission.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. The majority of successful applicants had grades in the "B" range or higher, and they had combined SAT scores (ERW+M) 1000 or higher and ACT composite scores of 20 or better. Higher test scores and grades improve your chances of getting an acceptance letter from the University of Alabama.