The University of Alabama

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$10,780
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$20,518
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
4.07%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
80.4%
39,560 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
37,840
83.3% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
72.1%
4,899 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 Finance (577 degrees awarded), General Marketing & Marketing Management (560 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (431 degrees).

In 2020, 10,365 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at The University of Alabama. 57.5% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 42.5% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (8,019 degrees), 8.18 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (980 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at The University of Alabama is $10,780, which is $−17,849 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at The University of Alabama is $10,780, which is $−17,849 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $20,518.

In 2020, 67% of undergraduate students attending The University of Alabama received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 36% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$10,780
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at The University of Alabama was $10,780. The cost of tuition at The University of Alabama is $−17,849 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

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Average Net Price

$20,518
2020 Value
0.509%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 The University of Alabama had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $20,518. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of The University of Alabama grew by 0.509%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,636
Room and Board
$1,000
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at The University of Alabama was of $13,636 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000. The cost of room and board increased by 1.75% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 16.7% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

67%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
36%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

67% of undergraduate students at The University of Alabama received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 13.6% with respect to 2019, when 59% 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.
4.07%
2018 Default Rate
234
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at The University of Alabama was 4.07%, which represents 234 out of the 5750 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 39,560 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 2.74% annual growth. Out of those 39,560 applicants, 31,804 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 80.4% acceptance rate.

There were 37,840 students enrolled at The University of Alabama in 2020, and 23% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

The University of Alabama has an overall enrollment yield of 20.5%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

80.4%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
31,804
Accepted Out of 39,560

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of The University of Alabama was 80.4% (31,804 admissions from 39,560 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 82.7%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 2.74%, while admissions declined by −0.0974%.

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SAT Scores

23%
Submission Percentage
1,492
Scores Submitted

23% of enrolled first-time students at The University of Alabama in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

The University of Alabama has a total enrollment of 37,840 students. The full-time enrollment at The University of Alabama is 31,533 students and the part-time enrollment is 6,307. This means that 83.3% 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 75.1% White, 11% Black or African American, 4.94% Hispanic or Latino, 3.4% Two or More Races, 1.44% Asian, 0.336% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0819% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at The University of Alabama in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (42.6%), followed by White Male (34.9%) and Black or African American Female (6.15%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (39.1%), followed by White Male (25.8%) and Black or African American Female (8.78%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

83.3%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at The University of Alabama, both undergraduate and graduate, is 37,840 students. The full-time enrollment at The University of Alabama is 31,533 and the part-time enrollment is 6,307. This means that 83.3% of students enrolled at The University of Alabama are enrolled full-time compared with 76.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

87%
2020 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 (84.5%), 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
    28,415
  2. Black or African American
    4,144
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    1,870

The enrolled student population at The University of Alabama is 75.1% White, 11% Black or African American, 4.94% Hispanic or Latino, 3.4% Two or More Races, 1.44% Asian, 0.336% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0819% 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 49.8% White, 15.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.74% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2020, 1559 more women than men received degrees from The University of Alabama. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at The University of Alabama is white (8,019 degrees awarded). There were 8.18 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (980 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at The University of Alabama is General Finance (577 degrees awarded), followed by General Marketing & Marketing Management (560 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (431 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 (92 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (732 degrees), and Communications (821 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 Accountants & auditors (1,065,207 people), Other managers (969,027 people), Financial managers (481,850 people), Software developers (467,430 people), and Chief executives & legislators (460,970 people).

The most specialized majors at The University of Alabama are Library Science (92 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (732 degrees), Communications (821 degrees), Engineering (1,112 degrees), and Business (2,907 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at The University of Alabama are Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Surgeons, Physicians, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at The University of Alabama are Library Science (92 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (732 degrees), Communications (821 degrees), Engineering (1,112 degrees), and Business (2,907 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 (853,680 people), Elementary & secondary schools (682,134 people), Construction (594,715 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (555,693 people), and Banking & related activities (544,682 people).

The most specialized majors at The University of Alabama are Library Science (92 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (732 degrees), Communications (821 degrees), Engineering (1,112 degrees), and Business (2,907 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. 577 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 560 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 431 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at The University of Alabama was General Finance with 577 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

4,403
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
5,962
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 4,403 degrees were awarded to men at The University of Alabama, which is 0.739 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (5,962).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 425 degrees were awarded to men at The University of Alabama in General Finance, which is 2.4 times more than the 177 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 431 degrees were awarded to women at The University of Alabama in Registered Nursing, which is 7.43 times more than the 58 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

50%
100% Completion Time
72%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 50% 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, 72% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 73% 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 Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
White Female
Highest Graduation Rate (75.6%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at The University of Alabama is Female and White (75.6% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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, 0.184% of graduates (9 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    8,019 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    980 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    506 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at The University of Alabama is white (8,019 degrees awarded). There were 8.18 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (980 degrees).

0.617% of degree recipients (64 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    4,549 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    3,470 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    686 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at The University of Alabama is white female (4,549 degrees awarded). There were 1.31 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (3,470 degrees).

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Operations

The University of Alabama has an endowment valued at nearly $939M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $−NaNM (−1.13%), compared to the 3.48% average return ($10.5M on $302M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2020, The University of Alabama had a total salary expenditure of $1.08B. The University of Alabama employs 473 Assistant professors, 390 Associate professors, and 323 Instructors. Most academics at The University of Alabama are Female Assistant professors (242), Male Assistant professors(231), and Male Professors (222).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at The University of Alabama are: Office and Administrative Support, with 805 employees, Service, with 643 employees, and Management with 582 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$939M
2020 Endowment
12.8%
growth from 2019

The University of Alabama has an endowment valued at about $939M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of The University of Alabama grew 12.8% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $637M 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. $58.2M - Federal
  2. $31.2M - State
  3. $1.2M - Local

As of 2020, The University of Alabama received $58.2M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $31.2M from state grants and contracts, and $1.2M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$464M
2020 Salaries
0.988%
growth from 2019

In 2020, The University of Alabama paid a median of $464M in salaries, which represents 42.8% of their overall expenditure ($1.08B) and a 0.988% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 5.31% growth from 2018 and a 4.18% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 238M (43% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$147M
Instructional Salaries
1,513
Number of Employees

In 2020, The University of Alabama paid a total of $147M to 1,513 employees working as instructors, which represents 31.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $69.9M (29.4%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
473 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
805 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at The University of Alabama were Assistant professor with 473 employees; Associate professor with 390 employees; and Associate professor with 323 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at The University of Alabama were Office and Administrative Support with 805 employees; Service with 643 employees; and Management with 582 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Assistant professor
  2. Male Assistant professor
  3. Male Professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at The University of Alabama was Female Assistant professor with 242 employees, Male Assistant professor with 231 employees, and Male Professor with 222 employees.

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

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