University of West Alabama Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

University of West Alabama
University of West Alabama. UWA Public Relations / Wikimedia Commons

University of West Alabama Description:

The University of West Alabama first opened its doors in 1839 when it was a church-related female academy. Today it is a master's-level public university located on a 600-acre campus in Livingston, Alabama. In recent years, the university has developed its online degree offerings, especially for master's degrees in education. Business and education are the most popular fields at the bachelor's degree level, and the associate's degree program in nursing is also popular. Undergraduate academics are supported by a 17 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Student life is active -- the university has a wide range of student clubs and organizations including a fraternity and sorority system. On the athletic front, the UWA Tigers compete in the NCAA Division II Gulf South Conference for most sports. The university fields six men's and seven women's intercollegiate teams.

Admissions Data (2016):

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 3,986 (1,978 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 45% Male / 55% Female
  • 87% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $8,876 (in-state); $16,162 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,200 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $7,122
  • Other Expenses: $3,006
  • Total Cost: $20,204 (in-state); $27,490 (out-of-state)

University of West Alabama Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 93%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 84%
    • Loans: 92%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $5,322
    • Loans: $6,939

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Elementary Education, Physical Education, Sociology

Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 66%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 34%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 16%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 29%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

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

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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University of West Alabama Mission Statement:

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"The University of West Alabama is a state-supported, coeducational institution of higher learning governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by the Governor. As a regional institution, the University's foremost commitment is to meeting the educational needs of the State and particularly of the West Alabama area. Valuing a diverse student population, it also welcomes students from throughout the United States and from other countries."

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