University of Alabama Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

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The University of Alabama has an acceptance rate of 53%, and admitted students tend to have grades and standardized test scores that are at least a little above average. SAT or ACT scores are a required part of the application. For complete instructions, including important dates and deadlines, be sure to to visit the school's admissions website.

University of Alabama Admissions Statistics 2017-18

To see how you measure up at the University of Alabama, standardized test scores for admitted students are presented below organized by score percentile.

SAT Score Percentiles
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 530 640
Math 520 640
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

An average SAT score is a little above 500, so you can see that most (but not all) University of Alabama students have scores above the norm. If you compare SAT scores for all members of the SEC, you'll find that Alabama and LSU are the least selective schools in the athletic conference.

ACT Score Percentiles
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 23 33
Math 21 29
Composite 23 32

The ACT is far more popular than the SAT among Alabama applicants, and 81% of applicants submit ACT scores compared to just 19% for the SAT. An average ACT composite score is a 21, so you can see that the great majority of admitted students have above average scores. The top quartile of students are extremely strong.

For a visual representation of Alabama's admissions statistics, see the graph of GPA, ACT score, and SAT score data for admitted, rejected, and waitlisted students.

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University of Alabama Description

The University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa is the state's flagship institution of higher learning. Alabama's low state tuition combined with UA's consistent ranking among the top 50 public universities in the country make it a true value. The popular undergraduate business program also finds itself on many top 50 lists, and UA'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 'Bama Crimson Tide competes in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference.

Enrollment (2017)

  • Total Enrollment: 38,563 (33,305 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 44% Male / 56% Female
  • 90% Full-time

Costs (2017 - 18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $10,780 (in-state); $28,100 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,200
  • Room and Board: $13,324
  • Other Expenses: $4,120
  • Total Cost: $29,424 (in-state); $46,744 (out-of-state)

University of Alabama Financial Aid (2016 - 17)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 81%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 65%
    • Loans: 42%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $16,494
    • Loans: $10,219

Academic Programs

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 87%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 22%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 44%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 68%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Track and Field, Football, Swimming, Baseball, Golf, Tennis, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Rowing, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Swimming, Basketball, Cross Country, Track and Field

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics

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