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About University of Alabama

The University of Alabama is a public, state school in an suburban setting in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. University of Alabama was founded in 1831 and now enrolls around 37,840 students a year, including 31,670 undergrads.

University of Alabama offers housing for up to 8,508 students. Most students live off campus,.

University of Alabama's endowment was valued at $946.69 million in 2021. The institution spends around $9,650 for each full-time student enrolled. There are 20 undergraduate students for every full-time University of Alabama professor.

2021 University of Alabama Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 80%
Average GPA 3.8
Mean ACT score 27
Mean SAT score 1198
In-State Tuition $10,780
Out-of-State $30,250

University of Alabama Regular Decision Deadline 2022

University of Alabama Early Admission

The University of Alabama does not offer early decision or early action.

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University of Alabama Acceptance Rate 2021

It is moderately difficult to get into University of Alabama. The acceptance rate at University of Alabama is 80%. Out of 39,560 applications received in 2021, 31,804 students were offered admission.

University of Alabama Waitlist 2021

University of Alabama reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into The University of Alabama?

University of Alabama is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to University of Alabama, applicants must submit the following items.

University of Alabama Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3.0
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

University of Alabama Average GPA and Test Scores

The average high school GPA for a student admitted to University of Alabama is 3.8 out of 4.0. The mean SAT scores for students who get into University of Alabama is 1198. The mean ACT score for University of Alabama students is 27.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to University of Alabama.

Does University of Alabama Require Test Scores?

University of Alabama does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 23% submitted the SAT. 77% submitted the ACT.

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Dorms at University of Alabama

Yes! University of Alabama provides on-campus housing for up to 8,508 students.

University of Alabama students are active in the school's ABXY Gaming Network, Residence Hall Association and International Student Association. Homecoming/Football, Get On Board Day/Week of Welcome, and and Honors Week are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at University of Alabama.

Financial Aid at University of Alabama

University of Alabama meets 54.37% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend University of Alabama full-time are awarded $16,262 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can.. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is University of Alabama a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Alabama

About 87% of students who start at University of Alabama return for their second year of college. Out of the 6,794 students who started at University of Alabama as first-time freshman, 3,552 graduate within four years.

University of Alabama's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 72%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 68% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent grads is $45,000 a year. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $37,126 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does University of Alabama sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is University of Alabama a good school for you?

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Where is The University of Alabama Located?

University of Alabama is located in the suburban setting of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, less than an hour from Birmingham.

If you want to see University of Alabama for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 59 to Tuscaloosa, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what University of Alabama and Tuscaloosa are like without leaving home.

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College Info

206 Student Services Center Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Campus Setting: Suburban

University of Alabama Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

May 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to University of Alabama is May 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to University of Alabama is Mar 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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University of Alabama ACT Scores


ACT Range

23 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to University of Alabama is 27. Students with an ACT score of 31 and above have a good chance of getting into University of Alabama. Students with an ACT score that falls between 23 and 31 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 23 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

University of Alabama SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1070 - 1330


Math SAT Range

530 - 670


Reading SAT Range

540 - 660

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1330 and Above


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for University of Alabama students is 1198. Applicants with SAT scores of 1330 and above have a good chance of being admitted to University of Alabama, while applicants with SAT scores between 1070 to 1330 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1070 have a low chance of being offered a spot at University of Alabama.

University of Alabama Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at University of Alabama is like? There are approximately 37,840 students enrolled at University of Alabama, including 31,670 undergraduate students and 6,170 graduate students. 88% percent of students attend school full-time, 41% percent are from AL and 59% percent of students are from other states.


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