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The University of Alabama set a new enrollment record of 39,623 students in fall 2023. The record enrollment includes 3,184 freshmen from Alabama, representing every county in the state. This marks UA’s fifth consecutive year with an in-state increase and the largest number of in-state freshmen since 2010.  

UA currently enrolls a record number of 1,142 National Merit Scholars, making UA one of the nation’s largest enrolling institutions of National Merit Scholars.

With students from all 67 of Alabama’s countiesall 50 statesthe District of Columbia and 92 countries, UA is educating and graduating more students than any university in the state.

The freshman class continues to be academically talented, with 43.4% boasting a 4.0 high school GPA, a record average high school GPA of 3.87 and 300 National Merit Scholars.

The University has a record enrollment of 9,342 ethnic and racial minority students, a 9.4% increase from 2022, and likely includes the highest number of under-represented minority students enrolled at any university in the State of Alabama. This includes an all-time high of 4,579 Black students and 2,610 Hispanic students.

UA has achieved R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

University of Alabama students continue to win prestigious national awards. Sixty-two UA students have been named Goldwater Scholars. The University of Alabama has produced a total of 16 Rhodes Scholars, 16 Truman Scholars, 41 Hollings Scholars and 17 Boren Scholars.

The UA Culverhouse College of Business is ranked No. 29 among public universities on U.S. News and World Report’s list of Best Undergraduate Business Programs. Undergraduate programs within Culverhouse that were ranked include the accounting program ranking No. 17 among public accounting programs, and marketing ranking No. 22 among public offerings. 

The UA Capstone College of Nursing ranks No. 31 on U.S. News and World Report’s list of Best Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programs.

Thirty-five current UA faculty have received NSF CAREER Awards, one of the nation’s most prestigious recognition of top-performing young scientists, in disciplines ranging from nanoscience and engineering to biological sciences. During the 2021-2022 academic year, four professors received this award.

UA was named a Top Producing Institution for Fulbright U.S. Student Awards for the sixth time in eight years. The Fulbright Program selected 18 UA students for various awards for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The Fulbright Program selected 14 UA students for various awards for the 2023-2024 academic year. In addition, six faculty members received Fulbright awards for educators to teach and research around the globe.

UA made Forbes’ lists of America's Top Colleges 2023 and Best Employers for New Graduates 2023.

U.S. News and World Report ranks the UA Manderson Graduate School MBA Program No. 26 among public business schools on the list of best business graduate schools. 

UA appeared on 13 U.S. News and World Report lists ranking the Best Online Programs, including seven programs ranked in the top 10 of their respective lists.    

The Capstone College of Nursing boasts a 99.2% National Council Licensure Examination pass rate among its 2022 graduates, far exceeding the national average of 63.39%.

U.S. News and World Report ranks the UA School of Law No. 15 among public universities.

The UA School of Social Work ranks No. 28 on U.S. News and World Report's list of Best Schools for Social Work as part of its Best Graduate Schools rankings.

Total statewide economic impact of UA: $2.777 billion; 13,606 jobs; and $137.1 million in income and sales taxes (UA Center for Business and Economic Research).

Cost of Attending

Estimated cost for a full-time undergraduate student for the 2023-24 academic year:

Direct CostIn-StateOut-of-State
Fees Estimate$800$800
Total Direct Cost$26,740$48,040
Indirect CostIn-StateOut-of-State
Loan Fee Estimate$70$70
Total Indirect Cost$6,712$7,706
TOTAL (DIRECT + INDIRECT)$33,452$55,746

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Of the 38,645 undergraduate, professional and graduate students enrolled at UA in the fall semester of 2022,

A summary of enrollment is available from the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

The Capstone Creed

This statement of values, written by the Student Leadership Council, is the pledge made at convocation by each incoming freshman class at the start of the academic year.

"As a member of The University of Alabama community, I will pursue knowledge, act with fairness, integrity and respect; promote equity and inclusion; foster individual and civic responsibility; and strive for excellence in all I do."

The Capstone

The University of Alabama is often referred to as "The Capstone" by alumni and friends of the university. "The Capstone" is a nickname for The University of Alabama coined by former UA President G. H. Denny when he referred to the University as the "capstone of the public school system of the state" in 1913. Capstone means 'the top stone or high point.'