- Male: 44%
- Female: 56%
- African-American: 12%
- Asian-American: 2%
- In-state: 41%
- Out-of-state: 57%
- International: 3% from 82 countries
Rankings and Other Numbers
- From 2007 to 2016, UA is No. 1 in the United States for the number of Goldwater Scholars with 51. Harvard is second, with 26.
- Enrollment at The University of Alabama reached a record high of 38,563 for fall 2017.
- More than 40% of the students in the 2017 freshman class scored a 30 or above on the ACT, placing them in the top 5 percent of students taking the ACT.
- Our first-year retention rate is approximately 86 percent.
- UA is a leader among public universities nationwide in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars, with more than 600 currently enrolled.
- The fall 2017 freshman class included 134 National Merit Scholars.
- The University of Alabama has opened more than 90 new facilities since 2003.
- More than 750 performances, lectures and events are offered on campus each year.
- Students may choose from more than 550 political, social, religious, intramural sports and service groups.
- UA has been ranked among the top 50 public universities in the nation in U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings for more than a decade.
- The Capstone has been UA's nickname since former President George H. Denny used the phrase in 1913 to describe our University as the crowning achievement in public education in Alabama.
- Big Al has been our costumed elephant mascot since 1978, but pachyderms have symbolized the Tide since 1930, when the football players were all super-sized and referred to in sports writing as "red elephants."
- The Quadrangle, or Quad, is the heart of campus and home to Denny Chimes — the bell tower that rings the hours. The Quad becomes a sea of crimson and white on Saturdays in the fall when UA family and fans tailgate before football games.
The Mound has served as the focal point of Honors Day observances since 1905. The ceremony, known as Tapping on the Mound, celebrates the induction of members into the senior honoraries. The names of new inductees are kept closely guarded until the day of the event.
- Built in 1828, the Gorgas House was the first permanent structure built on UA's campus. As the oldest building on campus today, it is the only building that remains standing from the University's original master plan.