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The University of Alabama Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on The University of Alabama? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors UA offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is The University of Alabama Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

The University of Alabama was awarded 151 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general family and consumer sciences.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked UA as #305 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when UA held the #318 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

UA is also ranked #3 out of 30 schools in Alabama.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UA?

Acceptance Rate

The University of Alabama has an acceptance rate of 53%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for UA.

Average Test Scores

About 19% of students accepted to UA submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 530 and 640. Math scores were between 520 and 640.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for The University of Alabama  ( 530 to 640 )

SAT Math Scores for The University of Alabama  ( 520 to 640 )
UA received ACT scores from 81% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 23 and 32.

ACT Composite Scores for The University of Alabama  ( 23 to 32 )

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The University of Alabama Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used as a measure to gauge how much access students will have to their professors - the lower the number, the better. At The University of Alabama, this rate is 23 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at The University of Alabama is 75%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  75 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at The University of Alabama

Freshmen Retention Rate

The University of Alabama has a freshmen retention rate of 87%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  87 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at UA for first-time, full-time students is 41%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  41 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at UA

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 33,305 undergraduates at UA with 29,923 being full-time and 3,382 being part-time.

UA Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 91.43 out of 100, UA is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  91.43 out of 100
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How Much Does The University of Alabama Cost?

The overall average net price of UA is $22,232. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UA

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$18,515 $20,541 $22,457 $24,789 $25,199

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of UA, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UA, approximately 42% of students took out student loans averaging $10,219 a year. That adds up to $40,876 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UA is 5.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do UA Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from UA make around $44,500 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future UA graduates since it is 12% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at The University of Alabama make the most money.

Location of The University of Alabama

The University of Alabama is a public institution located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The city atmosphere of Tuscaloosa makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Location of The University of Alabama

Contact details for UA are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 739 University Blvd, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0100
Phone: 205-348-6010

The University of Alabama Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 87 majors graduated from The University of Alabama. Of these students, 7,542 received undergraduate degrees and 2,166 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Marketing 493 $46,000
Finance & Financial Management 467 $49,300
Public Relations & Advertising 409 $36,300
Business Administration & Management 399 $42,400
Nursing 377 $54,400
Mechanical Engineering 342 $63,200
General Psychology 303 $24,700
Accounting 301 $51,300
Teacher Education Subject Specific 237 $28,000
Political Science & Government 219 $28,000

Learn more about the majors offered at The University of Alabama along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at UA

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 14,934 students took at least one online class at The University of Alabama. This is an increase from the 11,697 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 14,934 3,786
2016-2017 11,697 4,100
2015-2016 10,242 3,627
2014-2015 9,658 3,394
2013-2014 9,319 3,082

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