The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) is a public co-educational, state-supported research university within The University of Alabama System. UAH was founded as part of the University of Alabama in 1950 and became an autonomous campus within the UA System in 1969.
The university is governed by The University of Alabama Board of Trustees that vests authority in the campus president to lead the university. The president is assisted by the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs; the vice president for research; the vice president for finance and administration; the vice president for university advancement and the vice president for diversity. The vice presidents, together with the president, the executive assistant to the president/director of government relations function as the university's executive committee.
Total enrollment is about 7700, including about 1600 graduate students; appproximately 50 percent women, 50 percent men. UAH incoming freshmen score an average of 25.2 on the ACT examination, among the highest among Alabama's public universities.
UAH offers 71 degree-granting programs that meet the highest standards of excellence, including 33 bachelor's degree programs, 23 masters' degree programs, and 15 Ph.D. programs through its five colleges -- Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Nursing, and Science as well as the School of Graduate Studies.
Research has grown from $65 million in 2008 to an anticipated $82 million for 2010. In 2009, the university received its largest grant in history -- $78 million over five years. Research is conducted within the individual colleges or through 15 independent research centers, laboratories and institutes. Major interdisciplinary research thrusts include: applied optics; earth system science; information technology; management of science and technology; mechanical and aerospace engineering; modeling and simulation; nano devices; space plasmas and astrophysics; space propulsion; structural biology; systems engineering; and robotics.
UAH is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Many UAH programs are also accredited by their respective accrediting agencies, including the American Chemical Society, ABET, Inc., the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the Computer Sciences Accrediting Board (CSAB), Accreditation Council for Cooperative Education (ACCE), National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), and the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
UAH has more than 330 full-time faculty members; 92 percent have terminal degrees in their fields. The FTE student/faculty ratio is 16:1.
The M. Louis Salmon Library has more than 412,000 books, along with collections of U.S. government documents, sound recordings, microform and microfiche. There are also subscriptions to 2,766 periodicals.
U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT has ranked UAH among the magazine's top 100 national universities. BARRON'S PROFILES IN AMERICAN COLLEGES listed UAH as very competitive, the only public university in Alabama to earn this designation. USA Today and Princeton Review reported UAH was one of the top 50 educational values in America. UAH was cited as the 15th best value in America by Consumers Digest magazine.
Located at the southern edge of the Appalachian Mountains, Huntsville is a national center of aerospace and high technology research and development. It is home to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, and major U. S. Army research and development centers at Redstone Arsenal including the U. S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM), and the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC). UAH is the anchor tenant in Cummings Research Park, the second largest research park in the United States and home to more than 285 high technology and research companies with more than 25,000 employees.
UAH is on the semester system, offering a full program of undergraduate and graduate day and night classes throughout the year, including the summer.
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Mailing address: The University of Alabama in Huntsville, 301 Sparkman Drive, Huntsville, AL 35899
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