The University of Alabama

The University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa

The University of Alabama is the flagship campus of the Alabama public university system. Learn about its ranking, financial aid and student life, and get the pros and cons of studying at the University of Alabama.

Is the University of Alabama the School for You?

Founded in 1831, the University of Alabama (UA) was the state's first public college. With its flagship campus located in Tuscaloosa, this university is devoted to excellence in research and teaching. Since 1913, UA is often referred to as 'The Capstone' because its president at the time, G. H. Denny, stated that it was the 'capstone of the public school system of the state'. Keep reading to learn more about UA and whether or not it's the right school for you.


  • Ranked #32 among public universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report
  • Offers more than 200 areas of study
  • Offers academic and career counseling


  • Total cost is $8,857 more per year than the average 4-year public school
  • Acceptance rate for applicants is 20.3 percentage points below the national average
  • Student-to-faculty ratio is three higher than the national average

University of Alabama at a Glance

UA offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in more than 200 fields of study. As of 2011, U.S. News and World Report estimated that the most popular majors for UA students were business, marketing and/or management, with 29% of undergraduates pursuing degrees in those fields. Health professions were the second most popular area of study at 10%. According to U.S. News and World Report, UA was ranked #32 on the Top Public Schools list as of 2013.

The National Center for Education Statistics reports that the total cost to attend UA was $26,717 for the 2012-2013 school year - about $8,857 more than the average total for public, 4-year schools. U.S. News and World Report indicates that UA's acceptance rate was 43.5% in 2011, well below the national average of 63.8%. U.S. News and World Report also noted that the student-to-faculty ratio was 19:1 for 2011, higher than the national average of 16:1; roughly 45% of UA classes had less than 20 students during that year.

Admissions & Financial Aid at the University of Alabama

You can submit your UA admissions application online or through the mail; there is a $40 application fee. While the university has a rolling admissions policy, the priority admissions deadline is February 1. SAT or ACT scores must be submitted by April 1, and UA accepts AP scores and CLEP scores for credit. As an admitted freshman, you'll need to apply for housing and register for Bama Bound, the university's new-student orientation program.

After gaining admission, prospective freshmen must submit scholarship applications by December 1; March 1 is the priority deadline for submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. According to U.S. News and World Report, while 42.4% of undergraduates in 2011 received some form of aid, only 15.6% had their financial needs fully met.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2011-2012) Rolling****
Financial Aid Application Deadline (2013-2014) March 1 (priority)***
Admission Notification Date (2013-2014) Rolling notifications start August 1***
Application Fee (2011-2012) $40****
Acceptance Rate (2011-2012) 43.5%****
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $9,200 (in-state), $22,950 (out-of-state)**
Average Financial Aid Package (2012-2013) $10,780 (first-year)***
% of Students with Need Met (2011-2012) 15.6%****
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2012-2013) $26,714***
Student Loan Default Rate (2009-2010) 5.6%**

Student Life at the University of Alabama

Roughly 31,600 students attended UA as of Fall 2011, and about 72% of those students lived off campus. There were 415 registered UA clubs and organizations in 2011 involved with a wide range of subjects and activities, from politics to journalism to dance. According to U.S. News and World Report, about 22% of undergraduate males and 32% of undergraduate females were affiliated with a sorority or fraternity during this time. There is also an ROTC program in place. If you're interested in athletics, the Alabama Crimson Tide teams are NCAA Division I competitors in the Southeastern Conference.

UA's Career Center can help students and alumni choose majors and prepare for job interviews. In addition, the center offers resume critiques, help with job searches and advice for graduate school.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Small city
Student Population (2011) 31,647**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 47% to 53%**
% of Full-Time Students (2011) 91%**
% of In-State Students (2011) 57%**
% of International Students (2011) 1%**
Retention Rate (2011) 86% (full-time), 50% (part-time)**
Campus Housing Available Yes*
% of Students Living on Campus 27.8%****
Number of Libraries 8*
Extracurricular Activities 415 clubs and organizations****

Article Sources: *University of Alabama, **NCES College Navigator, ***College Board, ****U.S. News and World Report.

School Contact Info

  • Address: The University of Alabama, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Box 870132, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0132
  • Phone: (205) 348-5666, 1-800-933-BAMA (2262)