The University of Alabama: Narrative Description

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Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Tel: (205)348-6010; 800-933-BAMA; Admissions: (205)348-5666; Fax: (205)348-9046; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, university, coed. Part of The University of Alabama System. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1831. Setting: 1,000-acre suburban campus with easy access to Birmingham. Endowment: $301.6 million. Research spending 2002-03: $29.6 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $6850 per student. Total enrollment: 20,291. Faculty: 1,084 (896 full-time, 188 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 8,298 applied, 87% were admitted. 24% from top 10% of their high school class, 51% from top quarter, 77% from top half. 34 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 14,270 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 1,619 students, 52% women, 48% men. Students come from 52 states and territories, 92 other countries, 20% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 14% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 10% 25 or older, 24% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 84% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; communications/communication technologies; home economics/vocational home economics. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at 95 members of the National Student Exchange, Stillman College. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements: Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT I or ACT. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/1. Notification: 9/1.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $25. State resident tuition: $4134 full-time, $172 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $11,294 full-time, $471 per credit hour part-time. Full-time tuition varies according to course load. Part-time tuition varies according to course load. College room and board: $4906. College room only: $2788. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 318 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 16% of eligible men and 25% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Coordinating Council of Student Organizations, Residence Hall Association, International Student Association, Student Government Association, African-American Association. Major annual events: Homecoming/Football, University Program's Concerts, Honors Week. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, crime prevention programs, community police protection. 4,595 college housing spaces available; 4,088 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library plus 8 others with 2.3 million books, 3.7 million microform titles, 16,590 serials, 495,484 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $13.3 million. 2,000 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.

Community Environment: Tuscaloosa, with a population of approximately 85,000, is the fifth largest city in Alabama. The city is located 50 miles southwest of Birmingham, 100 miles northwest of Montgomery, the state capital, and 220 miles east of Atlanta, GA. The community is served by major bus, rail, and air services. Modern shopping and service facilities are accessible in the immediate area.

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