The University of Alabama at Birmingham: Narrative Description

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1530 3rd Ave. South
Birmingham, AL 35294
Tel: (205)934-4011
Free: 800-421-8743
Admissions: (205)934-8221
Fax: (205)975-7114
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of University of Alabama System. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1969. Setting: 265-acre urban campus. Endowment: $276.9 million. Research spending 2003-04: $233.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $15,864 per student. Total enrollment: 16,694. Faculty: 881 (785 full-time, 96 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 4,318 applied, 86% were admitted. 21% from top 10% of their high school class, 49% from top quarter, 77% from top half. 7 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 7,995 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 3,446 students, 59% women, 41% men. Students come from 43 states and territories, 76 other countries, 6% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 33% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 28% 25 or older, 11% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 75% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; health professions and related sciences; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at University of Alabama in Huntsville, University of Alabama, Birmingham Area Consortium for Higher Education. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 7/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $4662 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $10,422 full-time. Full-time tuition varies according to program. College room only: $3060. Room charges vary according to housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 150 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 6% of eligible men and 6% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: campus ministries, service-oriented groups, sportsaffiliated groups. Major annual events: Spring Fest, Homecoming, Madrigal Feaste. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,700 college housing spaces available; 1,395 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Mervyn Sterne Library plus 1 other with 853,445 books, 1.3 million microform titles, 3,934 serials, 78,017 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $11.4 million. 400 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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