The University of Alabama

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$10,470

2.95% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$20,133

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

5.26%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

52.6%

38,237 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

37,663

86.3% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

68.7%

3,740 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 (513 degrees awarded), General Marketing & Marketing Management (361 degrees), and General Finance (354 degrees).

In 2016, 9,088 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 (7,146 degrees), 7.9 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (905 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at The University of Alabama is $10,470, which is $-15,386 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at The University of Alabama is $10,470, which is $-15,386 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $20,133.

In 2016, 58% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 40% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$10,470

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at The University of Alabama was $10,470. The cost of tuition at The University of Alabama is $-15,386 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

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Average Net Price

$20,133

2016 Value

7.01%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 The University of Alabama had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $20,133. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of The University of Alabama grew by 7.01%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,880

Room and Board

$1,200

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at The University of Alabama was of $12,880 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 1.29% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

58%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

40%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

58% of undergraduate students at The University of Alabama received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a growth of 1.75% with respect to 2015, when 57% 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.

5.26%

2015 Default Rate

306

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at The University of Alabama was 5.26%, which represents 306 out of the 5814 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 38,237 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 5.62% annual growth. Out of those 38,237 applicants, 20,107 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 52.6% acceptance rate.

There were 37,663 students enrolled at The University of Alabama in 2016, and 19% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

The University of Alabama has an overall enrollment yield of 37.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

52.6%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

20,107

Accepted Out of 38,237

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of The University of Alabama was 52.6% (20,107 admissions from 38,237 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 53.6%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 5.62%, while admissions grew by 3.64%.

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SAT Scores

19%

Submission Percentage

1,459

Scores Submitted

19% of enrolled first-time students at The University of Alabama in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

The University of Alabama has a total enrollment of 37,663 students. The full-time enrollment at The University of Alabama is 32,488 students and the part-time enrollment is 5,175. 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 76.5% White, 10.8% Black or African American, 4.2% Hispanic or Latino, 2.79% Two or More Races, 1.28% Asian, 0.388% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0982% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at The University of Alabama in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (42.6%), followed by White Male (35.8%) and Black or African American Female (6.31%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (33.7%), followed by White Male (30.4%) and Black or African American Female (9.12%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

86.3%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at The University of Alabama, both undergraduate and graduate, is 37,663 students. The full-time enrollment at The University of Alabama is 32,488 and the part-time enrollment is 5,175. This means that 86.3% of students enrolled at The University of Alabama are enrolled full-time compared with 78.1% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

86%

2016 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 86%. 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

    28,828

  2. Black or African American

    4,057

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1,582

The enrolled student population at The University of Alabama is 76.5% White, 10.8% Black or African American, 4.2% Hispanic or Latino, 2.79% Two or More Races, 1.28% Asian, 0.388% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0982% 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 51.9% White, 12.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.36% 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, 171 students (0.454%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 1266 more women than men received degrees from The University of Alabama. The majority of degree recipients at The University of Alabama are white (7,146 degrees awarded). There were 7.9 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (905 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at The University of Alabama is General Business Administration & Management (513 degrees awarded), followed by General Marketing & Marketing Management (361 degrees) and General Finance (354 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 (100 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (605 degrees), and Communications (718 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 Miscellaneous managers (466,945 people), Software developers, applications & systems software (346,988 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (299,118 people), Civil engineers (231,875 people), and Elementary & middle school teachers (153,340 people).

The most specialized majors at The University of Alabama are Library Science (100 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (605 degrees), Communications (718 degrees), Engineering (800 degrees), and Cultural & Gender Studies (55 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 Economists, Physicians & surgeons, Chief executives & legislators, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Firstline supervisors of nonretail sales workers

The most specialized majors at The University of Alabama are Library Science (100 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (605 degrees), Communications (718 degrees), Engineering (800 degrees), and Cultural & Gender Studies (55 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 (429,422 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (403,549 people), Elementary & secondary schools (292,572 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (275,609 people), and Construction (258,210 people).

The most specialized majors at The University of Alabama are Library Science (100 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (605 degrees), Communications (718 degrees), Engineering (800 degrees), and Cultural & Gender Studies (55 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. 513 degrees awarded

  2. 361 degrees awarded

  3. 354 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at The University of Alabama was General Business Administration & Management with 513 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 3,911

  2. 5,177

In 2016, 3,911 degrees were awarded to men at The University of Alabama, which is 0.755 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (5,177).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 431 degrees were awarded to men at The University of Alabama in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.98 times more than the 218 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 330 degrees were awarded to women at The University of Alabama in Registered Nursing, which is 9.43 times more than the 35 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

39%

100% Completion Time

66%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 39% 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, 66% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 68% 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.

Asian Female

Highest Graduation Rate (78.1%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at The University of Alabama is Female and Asian (78.1% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

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, 0.294% of graduates (11 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    7,146 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    905 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    281 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at The University of Alabama is white (7,146 degrees awarded). There were 7.9 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (905 degrees).

0.418% of degree recipients (38 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    3,986 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    3,160 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    637 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at The University of Alabama is white female (3,986 degrees awarded). There were 1.26 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (3,160 degrees).

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Operations

The University of Alabama has an endowment valued at nearly $659M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $-38.7M (-5.88%), compared to the 1.54% average return ($4.18M on $271M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, The University of Alabama had a total expenditure of $930M. Of that $930M, they spent $422M on salaries and $930M on benefits.

The University of Alabama employs 424 Assistant professors, 337 Associate professors, and 303 Professors. Most academics at The University of Alabama are Male Professors (226), Female Assistant professors(214), and Male Assistant professors (210).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at The University of Alabama are: Office and Administrative Support, with 818 employees, Service, with 684 employees, and Management with 531 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$659M

2015 Endowment

1.39%

decline from 2014

The University of Alabama has an endowment valued at about $659M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of The University of Alabama declined 1.39% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $388M 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. $41.4M - Federal

  2. $27.3M - State

  3. $2.18M - Local

As of 2015, The University of Alabama received $41.4M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $27.3M from state grants and contracts, and $2.18M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

Expenditure values can vary depending on whether the institution is public or private, and are not available for private-for-profit schools.

$422M

Salary Expenditure

$930M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, The University of Alabama had a total expenditure of $930M. Of that $930M, they spent $422M on salaries and $930M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at The University of Alabama as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$422M

2015 Salaries

5.49%

growth from 2014

In 2015, The University of Alabama paid a median of $422M in salaries, which represents 45.4% of their overall expenditure ($930M) and a 5.49% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 5.02% growth from 2013 and a 5.43% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 206M (43.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$120M

Instructional Salaries

1,317

Number of Employees

In 2015, The University of Alabama paid a total of $120M to 1,317 employees working as instructors, which represents 28.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $62.1M (30.2%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor

Most Common Instructor

424 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

818 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at The University of Alabama were Assistant professor with 424 employees; Associate professor with 337 employees; and Associate professor with 303 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at The University of Alabama were Office and Administrative Support with 818 employees; Service with 684 employees; and Management with 531 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Female Assistant professor

  3. Male Assistant professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at The University of Alabama was Male Professor with 226 employees, Female Assistant professor with 214 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 210 employees.

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

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