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University of Alabama at Huntsville

The University of Alabama at Huntsville is a four-year, public institution with a student enrollment of about 7,700, including about 1,600 graduate students. The university was founded in 1950 and became a self-governing campus in the University of Alabama System in 1969. UA-Huntsville is ranked among U.S. News & World Report‘s national universities and also has been noted by U.S. News for its programs in business, engineering, nursing, and the sciences. In addition, the university has been classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having “very high research activity.” As a testament to the quality of its faculty, 92% of the university’s full-time faculty hold terminal degrees, according to the UAH website.

Programs Offered

The University of Alabama at Huntsville is a comprehensive university offering a wide variety of programs in business, engineering, liberal arts, nursing, and the sciences. UA-Huntsville also features a variety of pre-professional programs to prepare students for professional education in law, medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, and physical therapy. Included among UAH’s many quality graduate programs is a Master of Science in Information Assurance and Security, for which UAH has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education for 2007-2012 by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. In addition to high quality traditional programs, UAH offers distance learning opportunities in engineering, computer science, modeling and simulation, and nursing. Distance learning courses utilize a variety of software, including Angel, MediaSite, Blackboard Collaborate/Wimba, videoconferencing, or a blend of any of these formats, according to the UAH website.


UAH has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges, since 1970. The university also holds specialized accreditation for its programs in nursing, art and design, music, and teacher education, according to College Navigator.


At UAH, applications for first-time freshmen are accepted on a rolling basis, although most will enroll in the fall. UAH considers a student’s academic performance, the strength of one’s high school curriculum, one’s class rank, recent trends in one’s academic performance, SAT/ACT scores, and leadership in extracurricular activities when considering whom to admit. First-time freshmen must submit a completed application, official high school transcripts, and official standardized test scores. Individuals applying to graduate school must adhere to application deadlines, submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended showing the completion of a bachelor’s degree, and submit a completed application. Students applying for the graduate program in biological sciences must fill out a secondary application as well. Beyond this, graduate admissions requirements will vary by department, and applicants should verify specific requirements with their respective department.


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