College SnapShot: University of Alabama


The University of Alabama is a public institution. Its School of Music’s Moody Music Building offers some of the best performance, study and practice facilities in the Southeast. Music students work with internationally recognized faculty and world-renowned visiting artists, who regularly conduct master classes. The school also offers New College programs, with independent study and self-designed majors. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Commerce and Business Administration, Communication, Education, Engineering, and Human Environmental Sciences; the School of Social Work; and Capstone College of Nursing. Its 1,000-acre campus is located in west central Alabama, 50 miles southwest of Birmingham.

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Institution Type Public
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 30,752
   Women 16,686 (54.3%)
   Men 14,066 (45.7%)
Graduate Students 5,295


Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 51% of 33,736 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline May 1
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Essay X
Extracurricular Activities X
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.65
SAT Math 565 average
500-630 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 560 average
490-620 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing 546 average
480-600 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite 27 average
22-31 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance In-state: $24,572
Out-of-state: $40,352
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $10,170
Out-of-state: $25,950
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met 55%
Average Freshman Award $13,271
Average Indebtedness of
2011 Graduates


Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 12% of classes
10-19 students: 28% of classes
20-29 students: 21% of classes
30-39 students: 12% of classes
40-49 students: 7% of classes
50-99 students: 12% of classes
Over 100 students: 7% of classes


Tuscaloosa Population 93,357
Nearest Metropolitan Area Birmingham
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 94% of freshmen, 26% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Elephant (Big Al)
Sororities 36% of women participate
Fraternities 24% of men participate


Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.1% Asian
11.5% Black/African-American
3.6% Hispanic/Latino
2.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
80.4% White
0.3% Unknown
International Students 2.6% from 56 countries
First-Year Students Returning 86.7%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly