Fall 2019 Freshman Class

Scored 30 or higher on ACT

Average Highschool GPA

Student Body

  • Male: 42.7%

  • Female: 57.3%

  • White: 82%

  • African-American: 12%

  • Hispanic: 4.8%

  • Asian-American: 2.6%

  • In-state: 40%

  • Out-of-state: 58%

  • International: 3% from 78 countries

15 Rhodes Scholars

13 Boren Scholars

33 Hollings Scholars

16 Truman Scholars

Rankings and Other Numbers

  • The University of Alabama was recently named one of the top doctoral research universities in the United States by achieving Doctoral Universities–Very High Research Activity status. This is the nation’s highest level of research activity for institutions granting doctoral degrees.
  • UA is a leader among public universities nationwide in the number of National Merit Scholars with more than 500 currently enrolled.
  • University of Alabama students continue to win prestigious national awards. Fifty-six UA students have been named Goldwater Scholars, including two in 2018. The University of Alabama has produced a total of 15 Rhodes Scholars, 16 Truman Scholars, 33 Hollings Scholars and 13 Boren Scholars.
  • Fifteen University of Alabama alumni and students won Fulbright awards for 2018-19.
  • Forty-three UA researchers are included in the National Academy of Inventors.
  • UA’s Public Relations program is ranked in the Top 5 in the nation.
  • The accountancy program in the Culverhouse College of Business ranks among the Top 10 in the nation.
  • Culverhouse Law at UA ranks among the Top 10 in the nation.
  • The Manderson Online Specialized Master’s Business programs are ranked 13th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
  • UA’s first-year retention rate is approximately 86 percent.
  • Students may choose from more than 600 political, social, religious, intramural sports and service groups.

Campus Traditions

  • 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.