University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

University of Alabama at Birmingham, UAB
University of Alabama at Birmingham, UAB.

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The University of Alabama at Birmingham is a moderately accessible school, accepting 58 percent of its applicants. Learn more about its admissions requirements, SAT and ACT scores that will enhance your chance of acceptance. You can calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex.

Admissions Data (2016)

University of Alabama at Birmingham Description:

UAB, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is the largest employer in Alabama. Established as an academic extension of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, the school became a fully-fledged university in 1969.

The university has numerous strengths, particularly in the health sciences. Students can choose from a number of majors, with Biology, Nursing, Education, and Psychology among the most popular. Academics are supported by an 18 to 1 student/faculty ratio. High achieving students should check out UAB's University Honors Program with its opportunities for travel and independent study. Even more prestigious is the Science and Technology Honors Program which allows students to attend symposia and conduct individual research with faculty members.

Outside of the classroom, students can participate in a number of clubs and activities, including academics clubs (Anthropology Club, Criminal Justice Student Organization), performing arts groups (Rangeela, Ballroom Dancing, A Capella), and recreational clubs (Cricket Club, Bodybuilding Club, Table Tennis). UAB also has an active Greek life, with both fraternities and sororities on campus. In athletics, the UAB Blazers compete in the NCAA Division I Conference USA. Popular sports include Soccer, Football, Basketball, and Softball.

Enrollment (2015)

  • Total Enrollment: 18,333 (11,511 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 41 percent male / 59 percent female
  • 72 percent full-time

Costs (2016-17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $8,040 (in-state); $18,368 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,200 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,682
  • Other Expenses: $4,886
  • Total Cost: $25,808 (in-state); $36,136 (out-of-state)

University of Alabama at Birmingham Financial Aid (2015 -15)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 92 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 85 percent
    • Loans: 50 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,609
    • Loans: $6,833

Academic Programs

Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 82 percent
  • Transfer Out Rate: 24 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 30 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 53 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Baseball, Football, Golf, Soccer, Basketball, Tennis
  • Women's Sports: Track and Field, Basketball, Volleyball, Bowling, Soccer, Tennis, Softball, Rifle

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University of Alabama at Birmingham Mission Statement:

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"UAB's mission is to be a research university and academic health center that discovers, ​teaches and applies knowledge for the intellectual, cultural, social and economic benefit of Birmingham, the state and beyond."

Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics