The University of Alabama

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$10,780

2.96% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$19,993

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

5.17%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

53.3%

38,129 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

38,563

86.3% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

67.9%

3,845 Graduates

About

The University of Alabama is a higher education institution located in Tuscaloosa County, AL. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at The University of Alabama were General Business Administration & Management (474 degrees awarded), General Finance (430 degrees), and General Marketing & Marketing Management (413 degrees).

In 2017, 9,122 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at The University of Alabama. 57% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 43% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (7,144 degrees), 8.29 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (862 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at The University of Alabama is $10,780, which is $-15,720 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at The University of Alabama is $10,780, which is $-15,720 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $19,993.

In 2017, 57% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 39% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$10,780

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at The University of Alabama was $10,780. The cost of tuition at The University of Alabama is $-15,720 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

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Average Net Price

$19,993

2017 Value

0.695%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 The University of Alabama had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $19,993. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of The University of Alabama grew by 0.695%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,050

Room and Board

$1,200

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at The University of Alabama was of $13,050 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 1.32% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

57%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

39%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

57% of undergraduate students at The University of Alabama received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 1.72% with respect to 2016, when 58% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

5.17%

2016 Default Rate

288

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at The University of Alabama was 5.17%, which represents 288 out of the 5573 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

The University of Alabama received 38,129 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 0.282% annual decline. Out of those 38,129 applicants, 20,321 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 53.3% acceptance rate.

There were 38,563 students enrolled at The University of Alabama in 2017, and 19% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

The University of Alabama has an overall enrollment yield of 36.4%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

53.3%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

20,321

Accepted Out of 38,129

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of The University of Alabama was 53.3% (20,321 admissions from 38,129 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 52.6%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants declined by -0.282%, while admissions grew by 1.06%.

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SAT Scores

19%

Submission Percentage

1,397

Scores Submitted

19% of enrolled first-time students at The University of Alabama in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

The University of Alabama has a total enrollment of 38,563 students. The full-time enrollment at The University of Alabama is 33,298 students and the part-time enrollment is 5,265. This means that 86.3% of students enrolled at The University of Alabama are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at The University of Alabama, both undergraduate and graduate, is 76.6% White, 10.6% Black or African American, 4.5% Hispanic or Latino, 3.05% Two or More Races, 1.22% Asian, 0.342% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.112% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at The University of Alabama in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (42.9%), followed by White Male (35.8%) and Black or African American Female (6.07%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (35.1%), followed by White Male (28.9%) and Black or African American Female (9.36%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

86.3%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at The University of Alabama, both undergraduate and graduate, is 38,563 students. The full-time enrollment at The University of Alabama is 33,298 and the part-time enrollment is 5,265. This means that 86.3% of students enrolled at The University of Alabama are enrolled full-time compared with 78% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

87%

2017 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at The University of Alabama was 87%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), The University of Alabama had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    29,544

  2. Black or African American

    4,081

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1,736

The enrolled student population at The University of Alabama is 76.6% White, 10.6% Black or African American, 4.5% Hispanic or Latino, 3.05% Two or More Races, 1.22% Asian, 0.342% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.112% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 51.5% White, 13.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.57% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 209 students (0.542%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 1268 more women than men received degrees from The University of Alabama. The majority of degree recipients at The University of Alabama are white (7,144 degrees awarded). There were 8.29 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (862 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at The University of Alabama is General Business Administration & Management (474 degrees awarded), followed by General Finance (430 degrees) and General Marketing & Marketing Management (413 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at The University of Alabama, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Library Science (72 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (603 degrees), and Communications (763 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at The University of Alabama are Other managers (432,601 people), Software developers (360,017 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (303,017 people), Civil engineers (228,851 people), and Elementary & middle school teachers (225,432 people).

The most specialized majors at The University of Alabama are Library Science (72 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (603 degrees), Communications (763 degrees), Engineering (827 degrees), and History (108 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at The University of Alabama are Surgeons, Dentists, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, and Magnetic resonance imaging technologists

The most specialized majors at The University of Alabama are Library Science (72 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (603 degrees), Communications (763 degrees), Engineering (827 degrees), and History (108 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at The University of Alabama are Computer Systems Design (479,194 people), Elementary & secondary schools (417,087 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (401,801 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (341,394 people), and Construction (291,761 people).

The most specialized majors at The University of Alabama are Library Science (72 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (603 degrees), Communications (763 degrees), Engineering (827 degrees), and History (108 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by The University of Alabama.

Most Common

  1. 474 degrees awarded

  2. 430 degrees awarded

  3. 413 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at The University of Alabama was General Business Administration & Management with 474 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 3,927

  2. 5,195

In 2017, 3,927 degrees were awarded to men at The University of Alabama, which is 0.756 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (5,195).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 395 degrees were awarded to men at The University of Alabama in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.7 times more than the 233 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 406 degrees were awarded to women at The University of Alabama in Registered Nursing, which is 7.38 times more than the 55 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

41%

100% Completion Time

67%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 41% of students graduating from The University of Alabama completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 67% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 69% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

American Indian or Alaska Native Male

Highest Graduation Rate (85.7%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at The University of Alabama is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (85.7% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.026% of graduates (1 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    7,144 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    862 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    287 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at The University of Alabama is white (7,144 degrees awarded). There were 8.29 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (862 degrees).

0.274% of degree recipients (25 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    3,992 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    3,152 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    612 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at The University of Alabama is white female (3,992 degrees awarded). There were 1.27 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (3,152 degrees).

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Operations

The University of Alabama has an endowment valued at nearly $785M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $160M (20.3%), compared to the 5.91% average return ($16.9M on $287M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2017, The University of Alabama had a total salary expenditure of $1.06B. The University of Alabama employs 461 Assistant professors, 336 Associate professors, and 311 Professors. Most academics at The University of Alabama are Female Assistant professors (235), Male Professors(229), and Male Assistant professors (226).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at The University of Alabama are: Office and Administrative Support, with 838 employees, Service, with 691 employees, and Management with 562 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$785M

2017 Endowment

15%

growth from 2016

The University of Alabama has an endowment valued at about $785M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of The University of Alabama grew 15% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $499M higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $38.1M - Federal

  2. $31.3M - State

  3. $1.02M - Local

As of 2017, The University of Alabama received $38.1M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $31.3M from state grants and contracts, and $1.02M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$419M

2017 Salaries

5.01%

growth from 2016

In 2017, The University of Alabama paid a median of $419M in salaries, which represents 39.6% of their overall expenditure ($1.06B) and a 5.01% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 5.54% decline from 2015 and a 5.49% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 215M (42.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$134M

Instructional Salaries

1,430

Number of Employees

In 2017, The University of Alabama paid a total of $134M to 1,430 employees working as instructors, which represents 32.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $61.3M (31.9%) for similar Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor

Most Common Instructor

461 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

838 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at The University of Alabama were Assistant professor with 461 employees; Associate professor with 336 employees; and Associate professor with 311 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at The University of Alabama were Office and Administrative Support with 838 employees; Service with 691 employees; and Management with 562 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female Assistant professor

  2. Male Professor

  3. Male Assistant professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at The University of Alabama was Female Assistant professor with 235 employees, Male Professor with 229 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 226 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at The University of Alabama.

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