UAB announces record total enrollment and increased ACT scores

By on September 23, 2013
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Fall enrollment at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is at a record high for the fifth consecutive year; figures released today show a year-to-year total enrollment increase of 3.6 percent, up to 18,568 from 17,999 in the fall of 2012.

2013 Frosh Enrollment

2013 Fresh Enrollment

Increases were seen from 2012 among freshmen, transfer students, undergraduates and master’s-level students: the freshmen class increased 5.8 percent to 1,773 students; incoming transfer students increased 10 percent to 1,397; and master’s-level enrollment increased 8.7 percent to 4,650 students.

“We implemented several initiatives to increase enrollment that include partnerships with high schools and community colleges and expanding our honors college, and I am excited that we have created more opportunities for those seeking a world-class education,” said UAB President Ray L. Watts. “I am proud to note that we increased enrollment while continuing to attract top-quality students.”

In 2013, the average ACT score for the freshman class increased to 25 from 24.5 in 2012, and the average GPA increased to 3.62 from 3.54. UAB’s freshman enrollment is the largest in its history and increased for a fifth consecutive year, with gains among in-state students, as well as those from other states, other countries and Jefferson County, Ala.

With 1,225 freshmen (69.1 percent) now living on-campus, UAB housing is at capacity. Earlier this year, the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees approved plans to build a new student residence hall to meet growing demand. Other construction projects aimed to improve the student experience include a new student center and a health and wellness center.

Known for its innovative and interdisciplinary approach to education at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, UAB is an internationally renowned research university and academic medical center and the state of Alabama’s largest single-site employer with an economic impact exceeding $5 billion annually in the state.

The five pillars of UAB’s mission deliver knowledge that will change your world: the education of students, who are exposed to multidisciplinary learning and a new world of diversity; research, the creation of new knowledge; patient care, the outcome of ‘bench-to-bedside’ translational knowledge; service to the community at home and around the globe, from free clinics in local neighborhoods to the transformational experience of the arts; and the economic development of Birmingham and Alabama.

 

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