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University of Alabama at Birmingham

The University of Alabama at Birmingham, or UAB, is a four-year, public higher education institution. From its modest beginnings as an extension of the University of Alabama in the 1930s, the university has since grown into an independent campus within the University of Alabama System. UAB is classified by the Carnegie Foundation has having “very high research activity” and “community engagement,” a classification given to only 51 public and private universities, and is the only university in Alabama to hold such distinction, according to the school’s website. UAB also lays claim to being among the largest academic medical centers in the nation, and is affiliated with the renowned UAB Health System. Aside from offering high-quality traditional programs, UAB also offers distance learning opportunities through online degree programs.

Programs Offered

The University of Alabama at Birmingham offers 137 degrees, including bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional programs. Of note, UAB offers the only undergraduate biomedical engineering degree in the state, a master’s program in biotechnology, and a distinctive undergraduate neuroscience program of a caliber typically seen only at the graduate level. UAB is also particularly recognized for its healthcare programs offered through UAB Medicine and UAB’s schools of dentistry and optometry. Students may enroll in a wide range of programs, including business, education, nursing, public health, and even general studies. Distance learning at UAB is delivered through the university’s electronic campus, and includes bachelor’s degrees in health information management and healthcare management. These programs allow students to complete their course work online or on campus, although required clinicals and internships are site-based.


UAB has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges, since 1970. The university also holds specialized accreditation for many of its individual programs, which students can verify at College Navigator.


First-time freshmen apply to UAB by submitting a completed application, an official high school transcript mailed directly from the applicant’s high school, and official SAT or ACT scores. Students will pay a $30 application fee unless they obtain a fee waiver. Prospective students applying for the fall, spring, and summer semesters must apply by May 1, November 1, or April 1, respectively, for priority consideration. Each graduate program at UAB has its own application deadlines and admission requirements, although all applicants will need to possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, and submit all transcripts from undergraduate and graduate work completed. Students should contact the individual department they are interested in for specific admissions requirements, including entry exams, letters of recommendation, licensure requirements, and more.


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