|The University of Alabama at Birmingham|
Seal of The University of Alabama at Birmingham
|President||Dr. Carol Z. Garrison|
|Provost||Dr. Eli Capilouto|
|Faculty||2,049  (91% hold doctorate degree)|
|Location||Birmingham, Alabama, USA
|Sports||17 Intercollegiate Sports (NCAA Division I FBS)|
|Colors||Forest Green and Gold|
|Mascot||Blaze the Dragon|
|Affiliations||SACS, Great Cities' Universities, NCAA, Conference USA, University of Alabama System|
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a doctoral, public research university covering 83 blocks in the heart of Alabama's largest city Birmingham, Alabama, USA. According to the 2009 Academic Ranking of World Universities,which takes into account the number of Nobel prizes and research quality of an institution, UAB is ranked among Top-100 universities in United States and among Top-200 universities in the world.  The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education classifies UAB as an institution of RU/VH or "Very High Research Activity." UAB is the only University in the state of Alabama with the RU/VH rating and one of the 96 universities in the nation with the highest designation. UAB is a vital economic engine of the state of Alabama with an estimated $3 Billion annual impact. UAB is currently the states largest employer with more than 18,000 faculty and staff and over 53,000 jobs at the university and in the health system. Almost 10% of the jobs in the Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Area are related to UAB.
UAB offers over 140 nationally and regionally accredited programs of study through 12 academic divisions leading to bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional degrees in various fields, including social and behavioral sciences, liberal arts, business, education, engineering, health-related fields such as medicine, dentistry, optometry and nursing and public health. The school is highly renowned for its medical research and natural sciences programs. UAB ranks among Top-20 nationally in federal research and development funding and 1st in the state of Alabama, receiving more funding than all other Alabama universities combined. UAB received over $416 million in external grants and contracts in fiscal 2007-2008. As of 2009, UAB is 4th in the Southeast for NIH research funding behind only Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Vanderbilt University. UAB Hospital also sponsors residency programs in various medical specialties, including internal medicine, neurology, surgery, radiology, and anesthesiology. UAB Hospital is the only Level I trauma center in Alabama verified by the American College of Surgeons Trauma Program. The other two Level I trauma centers in Alabama (Children's Hospital of Alabama and Huntsville Hospital) are not ACS verified.
In the Fall of 2009, UAB celebrated its 40th Anniversary and enrolled a school record 18,047 students from over 110 countries including 1,517 freshmen. The school's president is Dr. Carol Z. Garrison.
UAB is the newest and largest in terms of faculty, staff, and budget of Alabama's major universities. UAB began in 1936 as the Birmingham Extension Center of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Because of the rapid growth of the Birmingham area, it was decided that a program for students in the Birmingham area was needed. In 1945, the University of Alabama School of Medicine moved from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham, and took over management of Jefferson and Hillman Hospitals in Birmingham. In 1966, the Extension Center and the School of Medicine were merged into the University of Alabama in Birmingham. In 1969, UAB became one of three autonomous institutions of the University of Alabama System, which includes the University of Alabama (UA) in Tuscaloosa and the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAHuntsville). The university's name was changed to the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1984.. UAB is a component of the University of Alabama System and is governed by the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama. The President of UAB is appointed by the Chancellor of the University of Alabama System with approval of the Board of Trustees. The President reports directly to the Chancellor, and is responsible for hiring and promotion of faculty and staff on the UAB campus.
|Dr. Joseph F. Volker||1969-1976|
|Dr. S. Richardson Hill Jr.||1977-1987|
|Dr. Charles A. McCallum||1987-1993|
|Dr. J. Claude Bennett||1993-1996|
|Mr. Paul Hardin||1997|
|Dr. W. Ann Reynolds||1997-2002|
|Dr. Malcom Portera||2002|
|Dr. Carol Z. Garrison||2002-Present|
UAB is located on approximately 83 blocks on the Southside of Birmingham, Alabama. The medical center which is located on the east and north sides of campus closest to downtown contains buildings mostly dedicated to healthcare, research, and support of those enterprises. Also located in the medical center district are non-UAB hospitals, such as the VA Medical Center Birmingham, Children's Hospital of Alabama, and Cooper Green Mercy Hospital. The west campus area near Interstate 65 and the Glen Iris and Southside communities is mostly dedicated to the non-health related schools, student housing, and athletic facilities.
Since 1969, UAB has undergone extensive growth and is sometimes jokingly referred to as "The University that Ate Birmingham", and construction projects are common across campus. Current projects that are in planning, recently completed, or under construction include:
In 2007, UAB constructed a new park called the Campus Green. Planning for the Campus Green began in late 2000. The park is divided into the North and South Greens. The North Green is 340' long and 240' wide. The South Green is 320-foot square of green space and major sidewalks with pedestrian lighting, decorative architectural landscape elements, and multiple trees. There is also a formal garden and a corner plaza. The Green is bordered by Blazer Hall, the Commons on the Green (the campus dining faculty), the Campus Recreation Center, and the new 95,000-square-foot (8,800 m2) Heritage Hall academic building. Blazer Hall opened in Fall 2006 and is a new 753-bed freshman Residence Hall located adjacent to the Commons on the Green. Other aspects of the Campus Green that would make it distinctly representative of UAB are being discussed such as a bell tower and fountains area.
Opened in 2006, the UAB Recreation Center serves the students, faculty, and alumni of UAB as well as the surrounding Birmingham community. The 150,000 square feet covers three floors: housing four basketball/volleyball courts, five racquetball courts (one of which can be converted to squash and four for wallyball), four aerobics studios, 18,000 square feet of weight and cardio-fitness areas, game room, KidsZone, aquatics center with both lap and leisure components, CenterCourt gym used for indoor soccer, floor hockey and badminton, juice bar, indoor track, and a climbing wall. The center includes free weights, court sports, swimming pools, group fitness classes, nutrition education, fitness areas, and a climbing wall.
UAB has five dormitories on campus:
|Total Students||% of Population|
|Arts and Humanities*||1,365||7.56%|
|Natural Sciences and Mathematics*||1,829||10.13%|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences*||1,768||9.79%|
|Joint Health Sciences||428||2.37%|
|* now College of Arts and Sciences|
The University of Alabama at Birmingham offers 51 baccalaureate (bachelors, undergraduate) programs, 46 master's degree programs, and 36 doctoral (Ph.D.) programs. The University is divided into 1 College, 9 Schools, and the Graduate School:
Beginning January 1, 2010, three schools at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Natural Science and Mathematics) will merge into one College of Arts and Sciences. A fourth, the School of Education, will retain its school identity as a distinct unit, but within the new college. President Dr. Carol Garrison stated that "with this move, we have the opportunity to build on that tradition of excellence in our teaching/learning programs, and to provide 21st century curricula and learning for our students. And by strengthening multi-disciplinary research and scholarship, we can continue as a leading contributor in solving the complex problems of our day."
For the 2009-2010 academic year, annual average undergraduate tuition is $5,192 for in-state students, and $11,528 for out-of-state students. For the 2009-2010 academic year, annual average graduate tuition is $6,116 for in-state students, and $14,216 for out-of-state students. For the 2009-2010 academic year, annual medical school tuition is $18,140 for in-state students, and $51,394 for out-of-state students.
|UAB||Alabama ||U.S. Census|
In addition to the undergraduate curriculum, the Graduate School at UAB has experienced significant growth. In the past 3 years, graduate enrollment is up 19.5%. There has also been a 30 point increase in the mean GRE score of applicants with an average GRE Verbal score of 530 and Quantitative score of 690.
The University Honors Program (UHP) is UAB’s core liberal arts honors program. This program provides students with a variety of interdisciplinary courses that are designed to be more challenging, innovative, and personal than normal courses. The program only accepts a maximum of 50 students per year that represent a diverse range of majors and disciplines in order to create a unique and cultivating learning environment.
This program does not have any minimum requirements for admission. Applicants are considered if they demonstrate particular academic or creative talent and after having a personal interview.
The Science and Technology Honors Program, otherwise known as Sci-Tech Honors or S&T Honors, is UAB’s research based honors program. This program prepares students for research careers and graduate school by connecting them with labs and mentors in their undergraduate years. The first two years of the program focus primarily on teaching the methodologies and techniques used in scientific research, while the last two years are spent on developing the student’s Honors Thesis, consisting of an individual research project and report that will be submitted for publication.
The program also encourages collaboration amongst students and boasts its tight-knit learning community, which is facilitated by numerous program meetings, activities, and summer retreats. In order to promote these ideas, the program only accepts a maximum of 50 students each year.
The minimum requirements for application are a 3.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and an ACT or SAT score at or above the 90th percentile in math and science. However, all applications are individually reviewed and there is no definite cut-off based on ACT or SAT scores.
The Global Community and Leadership Honors Program (GCL Honors) is composed of students interested in community and global issues. Students in this program are commonly study foreign languages, culture, and international studies. The program is designed to facilitate student interest in being leaders in their community and in the world and to help them explore the issues facing the world today and apply them to their own goals. This program provides specialized curriculum and incorporates Study Away/Study Abroad programs into its required courses
The Early Medical School Acceptance Program (EMSAP) is the most competitive honors program available at UAB. EMSAP serves as a magnet for academically superior high-school seniors, attracting them to UAB’s undergraduate programs by offering guaranteed acceptance into the School of Medicine, Dentistry, or Optometry, after completion of their undergraduate degree at UAB.
EMSAP is a combination of three separate programs: the Early Medical School Acceptance Program (EMSAP), the Early Dental School Acceptance Program (EDSAP), and the Early Optometry School Acceptance Program (EOSAP). Currently, EMSAP accepts only 10 students per year into its program while EDSAP and EOSAP, both of which are new programs starting Fall 2008, are anticipated to accept only 1-2 students each per year.
The minimum requirements for application are a 3.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and at least a 30 ACT or 1320 SAT (out of 1600). However, the average ACT score of those accepted ranges from 32 to 36. The minimum academic requirements for remaining in good standing are a 3.5 GPA in natural science and math courses and a 3.6 GPA overall. Should a student’s GPA drop below these minimums, the student is placed on probation and has one year to bring their GPA back up to the minimum, or be expelled from the program. In addition, EMSAP students must achieve a minimum score of 28 on the MCAT examination before their matriculation into the School of Medicine, while EDSAP and EOSAP students must make at least average scores on the DAT and OAT.
EMSAP web site: http://main.uab.edu/show.asp?durki=27435
The UAB Health System is a partnership between UAB and the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation (UAHSF). The UAHSF is a private, not-for-profit medical practice made up of the faculty of the UAB School of Medicine.The UAB Health System is governed by a board of directors which has representatives of the UAHSF, the University of Alabama Board of Trustees, and UAB administrators. The UAB President is the ex officio chairperson of the UAB Health System. The CEO of the UAB Health System reports directly to the UAB Health System board and is appointed by the chairman of the board. Organizational units of the UAB Health System include:
Managed by the UAB Health System through management agreements are Medical West in Bessemer, and Baptist Health of Montgomery. UAB also has affiliations with the Birmingham VA Medical Center, Children's Hospital of Alabama, and Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville.
The UAB Blazers are the forest green and old gold-swathed athletic teams at UAB. The school is one of the twelve member institutions of Conference USA and participates in Division I of the NCAA. The UAB football team, which competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision is led by Neil Callaway and plays its home games at 71,594-seat Legion Field. The school's men's basketball team, coached by Mike Davis, plays in 8,508-seat Bartow Arena.
The basketball program's first coach was Gene Bartow, who was John Wooden's successor at UCLA. Bartow left UCLA after several exceptional seasons (52-9 over three seasons, including a berth in the Final Four in 1976) to head up the founding of the first UAB men's basketball team. He served as the school's first head basketball coach and athletic director for 18 years. Bartow led UAB to the NIT in the program's second year of existence, and followed that with seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including trips to the Sweet 16 in 1981 and the Elite Eight in 1982. Bartow retired from coaching in 1996, and in 1997, UAB renamed its basketball venue from UAB Arena to Bartow Arena in his honor. Bartow continues to support the university as an influential booster and currently lives in Memphis, Tennessee where he serves on the staff of the Memphis Grizzlies as a Special Advisor. In 30 years UAB has made 13 NCAA appearances, 3 Sweet Sixteen appearances, 1 Elite Eight appearance, has had 27 winning seasons, of which 19 of those were 20+ wins seasons.
In addition to football and basketball, UAB also has programs in men's sports for baseball, golf, soccer, and tennis. Women's sports programs include softball, basketball, golf, soccer, synchronized swimming, tennis, track and field(indoor and outdoor), cross country, rifle and volleyball.
The current football home field as of the 2009 season is the 77-year-old stadium Legion Field or "The Gray Lady". The stadium has multiple structural, repair, and upgrade issues leading to the AHSAA football state championships to abandon the site and move to separate facilities in 2010.Since the early 2000s, UAB has considered building a new 40,000 seat stadium on campus to replace the aging off campus facility Legion Field. In 2007, the city of Birmingham, Alabama approved funding for a 57,000 seat facility near the existing BJCC with UAB being a possible tenant. However, some in Birmingham believe that a new facility should be located on campus and would boost ticket sales and also be an effective catalyst in moving the city forward following the conviction of former mayor Larry Langford. As of November 29th, 2009, no new plans for construction have been approved by UAB.
The Fight Song for UAB is the "UAB Fight Song". It sometimes is also known as the "Blazer Fight Song". The lyrics for the song are:
At UAB in Birmingham
All Hail our players bold
They are the mighty Blazers
Who wear the Green and Gold
Tonight let's fire their Golden Blaze
The Flame of victory
Go Blazers! Go Blazers!
Win for UAB!
WIN FOR UAB!
Panhellenic Council (NPC)
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
Interfraternity Council (IFC)
The school also has an intramural program that runs year-round. Students and staff compete for league trophies in sports such as basketball, bowling, flag football, golf, soccer, softball, ultimate frisbee, and volleyball, or play to win special tournaments in billiards, racquetball, tennis, and other sports.
As of 2009, there are over 100,000 graduates of UAB. The UAB National Alumni Society includes 59 chapters across the United States.