University of Alabama at Birmingham was established in 1936. Since its start, UAB has grown from 116 students to a student body of over 17,000. Through its 11 academic schools and colleges, UAB awards undergraduate and graduate degrees in various fields of study. Popular majors include Business, Communication, Journalism and Engineering. Intramural sports, music events and comedy shows are just a few of the activities available to UAB students. The Black Student Awareness Committee hosts many campus activities including fashion shows, lectures and art exhibits as well as the annual step show competition featuring traditionally African-American fraternities and sororities. Student-operated Blaze Productions gives UAB students access to concerts and shows. With more than 150 student groups and organizations, students are certain to find activities to engage their personal interests academically, spiritually, politically and socially.

Location: Birmingham, AL

Type of Institution: Four-year, public research university

Tuition and Fees (per semester)

     • In-State: $3,132

     • Out-of-State: $7,128 

Size: 17,500+ students

Percentage of African-American Students: 27%

Percentage of Men: 42%

Percentage of Women: 52%

Student-Teacher Ratio: 18:1

Degrees Offered: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate, Certificate

Colleges/Schools: Arts and Sciences, Business, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Optometry, Public Health, Graduate School 

Housing: On-campus housing provided


     • Greek: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Sigma Gamma Rho, Zeta Phi Beta

     • Others: African Students Union, Affiliation of Kenyan Students, Black Graduate Student Association, Black Student Awareness Committee, Blaze Productions, National Association of Black Accountants, National Pan-Hellenic Council, National Society of Black Engineers, Nigerian Student Association

Famous Black Alumni/Faculty: Vonetta Flowers 

City Life: Museums, art galleries, Splash Adventure Waterpark, city tours, Jazz Hall of Fame, Civil Rights Institute, Barber Motorsports, shopping, dining