Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487-0132
Accrediting Agency:Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
The University of Alabama is a four-year public research institution that was founded in 1831. Since that time, the university has grown into a thriving flagship university and recently reached a record-high enrollment of 33,602 in fall 2012. The University of Alabama has been recognized among the top 100 national universities by U.S. News & World Report, and the publication also recognized the university among the top 50 public national universities. Aside from being recognized for the quality of its education, the University of Alabama is also renowned for the quality of its students, with 15 Rhodes Scholars counted among its graduates and students, and a record 10 students named to USA Today‘s 2010 All-USA College Academic Team, according to the school’s website. Along with offering high-quality traditional programs, the University of Alabama offers distance education through Bama By Distance, which features online undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Students can choose from more than 200 fields of study through the University of Alabama’s diverse array of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs. Multiple programs are available in the arts and sciences, nursing, engineering, education, social work, commerce and business administration, and more. The university’s School of Law, in particular, is held in high regard, and was ranked 35th among U.S. News‘ list of Best Law Schools. Distance education at the University of Alabama is delivered in a variety of ways, including fully online, via videoconferencing, video courses, or a blend of any of these formats. Therefore, students who want the flexibility of an online program without missing the face-to-face component of a campus program can select a blended program, and place-bound students can interact with faculty in real-time through online courses that utilize videoconferencing.
The University of Alabama has been regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1897. Numerous programs at the university also hold specialized accreditation from prestigious accreditors like the American Bar Association, American Psychological Association, and more, according to College Navigator.
Admission to the University of Alabama is competitive. To apply for undergraduate admission, prospective students must fill out an application, pay a $40 application fee, and send in all necessary documents by Feb. 1 for priority consideration. These documents include the applicant’s SAT or ACT scores and most recent high school transcript. Admissions staff will consider standardized test scores, grade point average, and the rigor of the applicant’s high school course schedule when making admissions decisions. Students applying to the Graduate School must possess a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, as well as submit scores from their applicable entrance exam, such as the GRE or the GMAT, if it is required by the department. Conditional admission may be granted to applicants who have a minimum GPA of 2.5 provided they can show a satisfactory score on their entrance exam. See the school website for graduate application deadlines.