UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

University of Alabama is a public coeducational university located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA. Founded in 1831, it is the flagship university of the University of Alabama System. Within Alabama, it is often called “the Capstone”. UA is the senior and the largest in terms of enrollment of the state’s major research universities, the others being rival Auburn University and fellow UA System institutions the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

The University of Alabama offers programs of study in 12 academic divisions leading to bachelor’s, master’s, Education Specialist, and doctoral degrees. The only publicly-supported law school in Alabama is at UA. Other graduate programsunavailable elsewhere in Alabama include doctoral programs in anthropology, library and information studies, metallurgical engineering, music, Romance languages, and social work.

As of fall 2010, Alabama has an enrollment of 30,232 students. The UA Honors Program has grown rapidly as well, with one in five freshmen now enrolled in UA’s Honors College. In fall 2007, these 1,065 scored in the top 2 percent nationally on the ACT.

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Alabama’s athletic teams are known as the Crimson Tide. Alabama competes in the Southeastern Conference (Western Division) of the NCAA’s Division I. Alabama fields men’s varsity teams in football, basketball, baseball, golf, cross country, swimming and diving, tennis, and track and field. Women’s varsity teams are fielded in basketball, golf, cross country, gymnastics, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. The Athletic facilities on campus include the Bryant-Denny Stadium, named after legendary football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant and former UA President George Denny, and the 14,619-seat Coleman Coliseum.

The University of Alabama has consistently ranked as a top 50 public university in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and has a selectivity rating of “more selective”. In the 2011 US News and World Report, UA is ranked 79th among all colleges in the nation. The University of Alabama ranked 12th in the nation among public universities in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars in 2007.

UA graduates include 15 Rhodes Scholars, 15 Goldwater Scholars, nine Truman Scholars, one Gates Scholar, one Portz Scholar, and one Udall Scholar. Published reports have ranked UA among the top four flagship universities in the Southeast and among the nation’s top 25 public flagship universities in terms of minority enrollment.

“The university here is great. Help is everywhere when needed and most students are friendly. There are activities all the time and lots of student organizations to become involved in. Support in any way you may need is easily available. The school is great and the campus is beautiful.” University of Alabama Student Review, CollegeProwler.com

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