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The University of Alabama Data & Information Overview

444 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
79% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is The University of Alabama Ranked?

#139 Best Colleges in Nation
#2 Best Colleges in AL
Marketing Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

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The University of Alabama was awarded 444 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is marketing.

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Overall Quality

UA is ranked #139 out of 2,217 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2024 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when UA held the #157 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

UA is also ranked #2 out of 40 schools in Alabama.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UA?

79% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
17% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

The University of Alabama has an acceptance rate of 79%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Average Test Scores

About 17% 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 540 and 680. Math scores were between 530 and 690.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for The University of Alabama  ( 540 to 680 )

SAT Math Scores for The University of Alabama  ( 530 to 690 )
UA received ACT scores from 63% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 21 and 31.

ACT Composite Scores for The University of Alabama  ( 21 to 31 )

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The University of Alabama Faculty

19 to 1 Student to Faculty
77% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

At The University of Alabama, the student to faculty ratio is 19 to 1. Compared to the national average of 15 to 1, this is somewhat high. This could mean that class sizes may be larger than they are at other colleges or universities or that professors may be required to teach more classes.

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 77%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  77 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at The University of Alabama

89% Freshmen Retention
50% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The University of Alabama has a freshmen retention rate of 89%. 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  89 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At UA the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 50%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  50 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at The University of Alabama.

The University of Alabama Undergraduate Student Diversity

27,750 Full-Time Undergraduates
20.1% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
55.5% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 31,670 undergraduates at UA with 27,750 being full-time and 3,920 being part-time.

How Much Does The University of Alabama Cost?

$20,917 Net Price
39% Take Out Loans
$40,780 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of UA is $20,917. 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 +
$17,523 $19,434 $21,649 $23,957 $23,605

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At UA, approximately 39% of students took out student loans averaging $10,195 a year. That adds up to $40,780 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UA is 4.0%. 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?

$52,751 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from UA make about $52,751 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for UA students since it is 24% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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

Location of The University of Alabama

Alabama State
27,750 Full-Time Undergraduates
Small City Campus Setting
Located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, The University of Alabama is a public institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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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

89 Majors With Completions
7,382 Undergraduate Degrees
2,224 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 89 majors graduated from The University of Alabama. Of these students, 7,382 received undergraduate degrees and 2,224 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 605 $45,924
Nursing 491 $58,043
Public Relations & Advertising 491 $38,904
Business Administration & Management 404 $42,470
Mechanical Engineering 343 $65,760
Accounting 315 $52,220
General Psychology 306 $27,760
Criminology 260 NA
General Biology 256 $25,063
Political Science & Government 212 $33,300

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

40% Take At Least One Class Online
16% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2020-2021, 15,425 students took at least one online class at The University of Alabama. This is a decrease from the 34,134 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 15,425 6,086
2019-2020 34,134 7,517
2018-2019 5,041 4,515
2017-2018 14,934 3,786
2016-2017 11,697 4,100

Learn more about online learning at The University of Alabama.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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