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College profile: University of Alabama at Birmingham

Location: UAB is a fully accredited research university and academic health center with an annual enrollment of more than 16,000 students. As the University has grown, so have its contributions to the state, the nation, and the world. UAB is committed to education, research, and service programs of excellent quality and far-reaching scope. In terms of federal research and development funding, UAB ranks twenty-sixth nationally and first in the state of Alabama, receiving more funding than all Alabama universities combined. In such an environment, undergraduate students can pursue a wide array of research opportunities and gain valuable experience that pays off later in graduate studies or career development.

The UAB campus offers the best of both worlds – the energy and opportunity of a big city nestled in the serene foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Cosmopolitan Birmingham is home to a thriving arts and culture scene, as well as a “knowledge economy,” in which students have access to more than 3,000 internships, co-ops, and clinical activities a year, and more than 150 active student organizations.

Birmingham earned the name "The Magic City" during its first boom days. The expression still rings true as the metropolitan area continues to mirror UAB's phenomenal growth and reflects the many cultural opportunities available within the city. Birmingham is easily reached from major national routes (Interstates 20, 59, and 65) and UAB is only minutes away from the Birmingham International Airport.

Majors and Degrees Offered

College of Arts and Sciences: African-American Studies, Art (concentrations in art education, art history, ceramic sculpture, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture), Communication Studies [concentrations in Communication Management, Mass Communications (journalism, broadcasting, public relations), English (concentration in creative writing, linguistics, professional writing and public discourse), Foreign Language (concentrations in French, Spanish), Music (concentrations in music education, music technology), Philosophy, Theatre (concentrations in design/technology, performance), Biology (concentrations in marine science, molecular biology), Chemistry (concentrations in biochemistry, forensic chemistry, polymer/materials science, chemistry education), Computer and Information Sciences (concentration in computer networking), Mathematics (concentrations in applied math, scientific computation), Natural Science, Physics (concentrations in biophysics, physics education), Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, History, International Studies, Neuroscience, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology (concentration in social psychology),

School of Business: Accounting (concentrations in forensic accounting and information technology/auditing), Economics (concentrations in economic analysis and policy, philosophy and political economy, quantitative methods), Finance (concentrations in investments and institutions, financial management), Industrial Distribution (concentrations in medical equipment and supplies marketing, industrial products), Information Systems, Management, Marketing

School of Education: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Health Education, High School Education, Physical Education, Special Education

School of Engineering: Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

School of Health Professions: Health Information Management, Health Sciences, Medical Technology, Nuclear Medicine Technology), Respiratory Therapy

School of Nursing: Nursing

Exploratory Studies: Undeclared Majors

Pre-Professional Programs:  pre-dentistry, pre-medicine, pre-optometry, pre-nurse anesthesia, pre-law, pre-occupational therapy, pre-physical therapy, pre-surgical physician assistant.

Student/Faculty Ratio: 17:1

SAT/ACT scores: ACT: 20, SAT: 950 (CR + M), High School GPA: 2.25, Average ACT:  24

Number of undergrads: 10,646

Gender breakdown: 58% female, 42% male

Tuition and fees: Costs shown are based on fall 2009 rates and a course load of 12 credit hours each semester (fall and spring). Because tuition and fees are billed per semester hour, the actual costs may vary.

Fall 2009 First-Year Freshman (estimated)

In-State: $5,144, Out-of-State: $11,480

Books and Supplies: $900  

Meal Plan: In-State: $3,380 - $3,650, Out-of-State: $3,380 - $3,650

Residence Hall: $4,460

Total:In-State: $14,024 - $14,294, Out-of-State: $120,360 - $19,400

Is service accepted as credit toward a degree?   
UAB offers elective credit for military experience.

Why does the school like military students? 
Veterans have a different outlook on school.  They tend to be more mature than your average eighteen year old and understand that sometimes you must immerse yourself in whatever you are trying to master, like college courses.  All they want is the opportunity to do well as a student and to have a good college experience.

What GI Bill/Tuition Assistance benefits are offered/available?
UAB offers all federal and state VA educational benefits programs.

Do you offer online degrees/distance learning programs?
UAB offers three online degree programs, two undergraduate, Health Sciences and Health Information Management, and one graduate program in Nursing.

What programs/services are available specifically to military students? 
On the UAB VA web pages, we have a listing of services for veterans that includes a Student Veterans of America (SVA) Chapter and other on-campus and off-campus services.

What is your policy on involuntary activation for military service? 
UAB supports students who are members of the United States armed forces and reserve units. An undergraduate or graduate student who is a member of the U.S. military, National Guard or other armed forces reserve unit who is called or ordered to active duty elsewhere may be granted a Military Leave of Absence (MLOA) from the University for the period of not more than five years, cumulatively. Students with the MLOA need not apply for readmission or pay readmission fees. The MLOA students are readmitted to UAB at the same academic status as before deployment. With notice from the student, the MLOA allows those students to preregister for classes during the early registration period prior to the term when they plan to return to campus.

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