About University of Alabama at Birmingham

Founded in 1969, University of Alabama at Birmingham. is a Public college. Located in Alabama, which is a city setting in Alabama, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 12,369 full time undergraduate students, and 7,166 full time graduate students.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 16:1. There are 860 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at University of Alabama at Birmingham include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate58%
Application Deadline
Application Fee30
SAT Range970-1300
ACT Range21-28

Admissions at UAB are considered Selective, with ,91% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 21 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

80% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 56% were in the top quarter, and 26% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at University of Alabama at Birmingham.

University of Alabama at Birmingham REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    193 Students rated on-campus housing 3.7 stars. 25 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    146 Students rated off-campus housing 3.5 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    219 Students rated campus food 3.5 stars. 21 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    223 Students rated campus facilities 4.2 stars. 45 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    222 Students rated class size 4 stars. 38 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    222 Students rated school activities 4 stars. 41 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    221 Students rated local services 4.1 stars. 47 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    223 Students rated academics 4.2 stars. 48 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of University of Alabama at Birmingham?

125 Students rated University of Alabama at Birmingham

Jessica - 05/24/2024

I think UAB is a great school for what it's worth and for being in Alabama. Its medical/science fields are really strong -- ranging from the medical school to the physical therapy program being noteworthy. Its location to downtown Birmingham is also really convenient, but this also sets up for more precautions to be taken. Overall, the community is really great and welcoming, and it's not difficult to find things or events that you can enjoy.

John - 04/29/2024

In terms of academics, UAB is actually really good, or at least they are in terms of the core classes. The professors know the material really well, do a great job of teaching in most cases, and are easy to get in contact with. As for classes more specialized in certain majors/departments, my experience was not as good. As I continue, keep in mind that I was studying Mechanical Engineering. The classes that I did take were taught by teachers that either taught really ineffectively, or they seemed to lack any passion in teaching itself and did not understand what they were teaching. Also, the variety in courses regarding subdisciplines is minimal, with really only a focus in automobiles and energy generation. Overall, for academics, UAB is alright. As for the quality of living, UAB varies wildly. While some of the on-campus housing is really nice, the rest is old and needs renovation. The on-campus food options also are lacking, with the food itself being low quality and pricey. There are plenty of extracurricular opportunities though, and most of the campus is pretty nice considering it's in the middle of Birmingham. That should just about wrap up my review of UAB.

Ava - 12/04/2023

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is a great choice for stem majors and those hoping to enter into the health science field. There is a large number of research, degree, and class opportunities. This is a very urban campus, so the living situations and activities may not be as “high class,” as in the suburbs, but what do you expect on a college campus. The culture here is very accepting, the campus is walkable, and I have never felt unsafe as long as I stayed within campus territory. (I cannot comment on Five Points South)

Tamia - 12/23/2022

The University of Alabama at Birmingham offers endless opportunities for those seeking education. The campus is full of diverse groups of students. On campus, the police ensure that all students are safe while offering endless amounts of services, whether automobile services or simply walking back to your dorm late at night.

University of Alabama at Birmingham FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at University of Alabama at Birmingham?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for University of Alabama at Birmingham is 58%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Hey there I know graduation is coming up and life is speeding like a freight train, but let's not rush it. Take time to plan for each semester financially. Saving excess money is of the essence. I know that new pair of heels would look killer with that outfit for this weekend but dough in your savings can help out with unexpected car expenses you may have. Sound like dad? But hey this info will help out and you'll thank him. By the way procrastination ...um leave it here in high school because doing things last minute can be costly. Remember that academic scholarship application that you picked up two weeks ago? Go ahead and fill it out turn it in. Let loans be your last resort. I know more money looks better but what if you don't get your dream job right out of college? A little planning now can keep your loan debt low later. Alright enough with all the lectures. Lastly, go to school have fun and make new friends. They are waiting to meet you but they will never know you if you never open your mouth. Ok Love ya, ttyl

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  3. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about my school is the variety of experiences it gives each student. UAB is located in the center of many cities including Hoover, Five Points, Mountain Brook, Homewood, and Vestavia. But even in this large city, there are so many quiet places to relax at. There are many historic sites, parks, and attractions to visit. This University is also very diverse. So there are many different cultures to learn about. UAB also has a large selection of majors and schools to attend so there is something for everyone. UAB is the perfect college for anyone!

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  4. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    Parking because if you dont get a good parking spot in the morning around 8 or 9 then you have to park far from your class.

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  5. Describe the students at your school.

    I have learned a lot about the different cultures in the world because UAB is one of the most diverse colleges; many religions, backgrounds, beliefs, races, and traditions have come together at this University to study and learn and prepare for the road ahead of us.

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  6. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    UAB offers an excellent opportunity for students to earn a competitive eduation at a competitive cost.

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  7. What kind of person should attend this school?

    The kind of person that should attend this school will education and people oriented. They will be open to new experiences, meeting and making new friends and surrounding themselves with positive people. The person who should attend this school should expect to be successful and be ready and willing to utilize all of the resources available that will help them do so. The kind of person that should attend this school should also be people friendly. Although the school is not the smallest of colleges, faculty and students do encourage and facilitate a family oriented experience.

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  8. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Diversity. The student body of UAB is comprised of people from all walks of life.

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  9. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I had known that the "college experience" does not apply to this school. I was given one chance to have fun and learn in college, and I blew it by attending UAB. The college is dead after classes and on weekends. To be honest, the school pushes diversity so much that it hosts "black only" events. The sports teams are horrible here. The school pushes so many people through it that it dumbs up the work for anyone to pass. The only thing this school taught me was that life gives you one chance.

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  10. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Our school is unique becasue it fosters an enviornment that encourages their students to learn and strive for excellence. I think it's unique because some schools are not focused on the success of their students. It feels comforting to know that our professors really desire for us to succeed and challenge us so that we can become the best.

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  11. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Someone who isn't seeking to be in the medical field, whether it be optometry, dentistry, health professions, public health. UAB is one of the top leading medical schools so it would be a waste of time for someone who wants to be a lawyer or a movie director or a teacher.

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  12. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I do not really brag too much about myself being quite a modest person, but I would admit that I boast about how I can understand somethings quicker than an average student.

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  13. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    Having extremely hard courses with very little social events to get away from the academic stress would have to be the most frustrating thing about UAB. Academa is very important, but as young adults it is very important to have fun and live the "college experience" not just the college workload.

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  14. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    Personally, I love UAB. The only thing I would even consider changing is the fact that there are not many over street passes so that students can navigate the urban campus easier. I think that UAB sticks out from most colleges because it is not your traditional campus. Most people think that UAB is a commuter college still, but honestly it has grown into a real college, meaning that we have the traditional quad-like area and that people interact with one another on the campus. I really like that UAB offers many different honors programs and helps students to prepare for higher education.

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  15. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    UAB students are generally thought of as medical-school bound. Nothing more, nothing less. That couldn't be more wrong! Students at UAB are well-rounded. If they do want to attend a professional school, they're aren't always your cookie-cutter biology majors. A girl in my honors program designed her own major--medical illustration. She loves art and she wants to be a doctor, so she combined the two. Medicine and medically-related fields aren't all UAB has to offer--I'm an English major, and I think I've received a wonderful English education at UAB. The faculty have worked with me since freshman year, and I really think I've grown as a reader and a writer. UAB isn't just a path to medical school--it's a path to whatever career you desire!

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  16. What are the academics like at your school?

    Although a lot of the classes are larger in size, the professors knew my name. It is a matter of whether or not you take the time to introduce your self to them. I have also been in very small classes and never spoken to the professors. All in all, the professors are very accessible and happy to help you. The academic program at UAB is kind of tedious, but in the end you will have a greater knowledge base and will be more prepared for grad school or professional school. I think that academically UAB is a very competitive school, but in the end that helps to prepare students for the real world, where they will have to compete for jobs.

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  17. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    There are many clubs and organizations that students can join on campus. There are also fraternities and sororities of course. There are also many festivities that are held year round so students can really enjoy themselves on campus.

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  18. Tell us about the food and dining options.

    There are two major areas to eat on campus: the HUC (Hill University Center) and the Commons. I prefer the HUC simply because it is closer to all of my classes. The HUC has three different options in the cafeteria, The Grill, Chik-fil-A, and Taco Bell. The Grill is my personal favorite, It has different main courses every day ranging from beef tips and rice to turkey and dressing with all kinds of stuff between. Then they offer around four different vegetables every day. So if you are trying to eat a bit healthier, I would eat at the Grill. Also at the Grill, things like hamburgers, veggie burgers, and philly's can be ordered on the spot. Chik-fil-A usually has a long line, but it usually goes pretty fast. Taco Bell always has line and it always takes forever. But everything is made to order, so you are basically waiting on freshness, which is good. There are also items in the cold case like salads, fruit, and sandwiches. There are always fresh bananas and apples available as well if you are just wanting a quick snack. At the Commons, they have a better variety of foods. They have everything from a salad bar to pizza. The salad bar is great because it has several different toppings, dressings, and so on. The Commons also has a place to order burgers on the spot. As to which place is better really depends on who you ask. I prefer the HUC for many reasons, like it is closer, I like to at the Grill, and the Commons is too loud for me. However, the HUC has less options. But either way, the food is always good. On campus beside Snoozy's (a book store) is a Subway. This Subway always seems to be packed out, but the sandwiches are never bad. There is one down side to Subway, it doesn't take Dinning Dollars or Meal Plan. Subway only accepts Blazer Bucks. (Dinning Dollars are added to your account if you are taking at least 12 credit hours and you can use them at the HUC, the Commons, and StarBucks. The meal plan is actually a plan that you purchase. And Blazer Bucks is money that you can load onto your ID Card.) Al's is right off capmus down 10th street. Al's is open 24/7 and has wonderful food. My personal favorite is the BBQ Chicken Baker. Another popular favorite is the Chicken Fingers and Fries. I have had both and they taste great! It is not expensive and almost the same as eating everywhere else. But it also depends on what is ordered. Al's also takes Blazer Bucks. These are the closest and most popular eating places on campus. I hope you enjoy the food!

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  19. What are your classes like?

    My classes are pretty great. I don't like taking long classes, therefore I usually choose to take Monday, Wednesday, Friday classes. Those classes only last 50 minutes because they are 3 times a week. Classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays however last about an hour and 45 minutes. My professers are pretty cool and they love making sure their students are doing well.

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  20. What do students complain about most?

    Students complain about parking. Me and my friend Taylor use to carpool and we made the joke, "We prayed to the Parking Lot Gods for a parking spot." However, parking has gotten better since UAB has built a new parking lot and added to two levels to the parking deck. But, one parking lot is about to get demoed and the new Humanities Building is going to be built there. I have had many many classes in the Humanities Building, and it does need to be rebuilt. But the question is how will UAB replace that parking lot? Otherwise, we are going to be in the same mess we were before, too many students and not enough parking.

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  21. Why did you decide to go to this school?

    I chose UAB for several reasons. First, UAB is a highly ranked school and has strong academic standings in many fields. Next, it is within driving distance. It is a thirty to forty five minute drive, but it is the closest university. Also, its flexible schedule allows me to be able to work and go to school. Also, whereas it is a good school, it is not as expensive as some universities can be. Plus the campus is nice, clean, and safe. UAB also provides many commodities for its students like the Rec Center, the Wellness Center, mini parks, and so on. So UAB was the perfect fit for me!

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

92% of students attending University of Alabama at Birmingham receive some sort of financial aid. 34% were awarded federal grants. While 49% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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