University of Alabama at Birmingham: Acceptance Rate, Admissions Statistics

University of Alabama at Birmingham, UAB

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The University of Alabama at Birmingham is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 74%. UAB is the largest employer in the state of Alabama and the largest research institution in the state. The university has many strengths, particularly in the health sciences. Students can choose from a number of majors, with business, biology, nursing, and education among the most popular. Academics are supported by an 19-to-1 student / faculty ratio. High achieving students might consider UAB's University Honors Program which offers opportunities for travel and independent study or the Science and Technology Honors Program which allows students to attend symposia and conduct individual research with faculty members. In athletics, the UAB Blazers compete in the NCAA Division I Conference USA.

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

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, UAB had an acceptance rate of 74%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 74 students were admitted, making UAB's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 8,298
Percent Admitted 74%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 38%

SAT Scores and Requirements

The University of Alabama at Birmingham requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 13% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 560 680
Math 530 685
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of UAB'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 The University of Alabama at Birmingham scored between 560 and 680, while 25% scored below 560 and 25% scored above 680. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 530 and 685, while 25% scored below 530 and 25% scored above 685. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1360 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Requirements

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

ACT Scores and Requirements

UAB requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 92% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 22 32
Math 20 27
Composite 22 29

This admissions data tells us that most of The University of Alabama at Birmingham's admitted students fall within the top 36% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to UAB received a composite ACT score between 22 and 29, while 25% scored above 29 and 25% scored below 22.

Requirements

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

GPA

In 2019, the average high school GPA of The University of Alabama at Birmingham's incoming freshmen class was 3.78, and over 57% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.75 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to UAB have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

University of Alabama at Birmingham Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
University of Alabama at Birmingham 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 at Birmingham. 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 at Birmingham, which accepts nearly three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. The primary factors in the admissions process are rigor of high school courses, average GPA, and average SAT/ACT scores. UAB requires that applicants complete core courses including four years of English; three years of social science, math, and science; and one year of a foreign language. If you have completed the course requirements and your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent students who were admitted to UAB. Most had SAT scores (ERW+M) of 1000 or higher, ACT composite scores of 18 or higher, and a high school average of "B" or higher. Your chances will be better with grades and test scores above these lower ranges, and you can see that a significant percentage of UAB students had high school averages in the "A" range. 

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All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and University of Alabama at Birmingham Undergraduate Admissions Office.