#3 Best Colleges in Alabama

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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The University of Alabama overview
Location Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Online ua.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Small City
The University of Alabama overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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The University of Alabama, located in Tuscaloosa and founded in 1831, is a public research university that offers a broad spectrum of undergraduate and graduate programs. It sits approximately 60 miles southwest of Birmingham, nestled along the Black Warrior River, and is characterized by its historic and antebellum architecture, particularly the iconic Rotunda reminiscent of the ancient Pantheon. The campus provides on-campus housing options for students in a variety of residence halls. Academically, the university is known for its strong programs in business, communication, and health sciences, and has a moderately selective admissions process. The University of Alabama also holds a significant reputation in collegiate athletics as a member of the Southeastern Conference, most notably for its football program, where the Crimson Tide has a storied legacy.

In the most recent statistical year 54,072 prospective students applied, and 43,290 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 8,037 enrolled in the school.  32,593 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 6,051 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $11,100 plus fees of $840. Alabama is ranked 404 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Alabama is rated within the top 41% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Very High
The University of Alabama overview
SAT 1130/1410
ACT 23/31
GPA 3.76

Applications Accepted

The University of Alabama overview
Applications Due May 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $40

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Annual Cost to Attend

Alabama Resident Tuition

In State Costs for The University of Alabama
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$800
Other Fees$840
Room and Board $14,426
Budget for Other Expenses$4,858
Total One Year Cost$32,024

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for The University of Alabama
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$800
Other Fees$840
Room and Board $14,426
Budget for Other Expenses$4,858
Total One Year Cost$52,384

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$49,900 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

66% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by The University of Alabama students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 29%
Health Professions 10%
Communication 9%
Work and Family Studies 7%
Engineering 7%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=100751 IPEDS survey data for The University of Alabama.

Current students may use the The University of Alabama GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.