At a Glance


The university is governed by President Robert Altenkirch. He 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 along with the director of public affairs function as the president's executive council.

Student body

Total enrollment is approximately 7,700, including more than 1,600 graduate students. Undergraduates include 49 percent women, 51 percent men. UAH 2011 freshmen class scored an average of 26.2 on the ACT examinations, best among Alabama's public universities.

Academic offerings

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.

Academic recognition

UAH is considered a Tier 1 national university by U.S. News & World Report. Barron's Profiles in American Colleges list 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 the U.S.


In 2011, UAH's stature as a nationally prominent research university was confirmed by the Carnegie Foundation when that group rated the university as "very high" research activity institution. UAH is one of 73 public universities to earn this designation.

Research expenditures in 2011 totaled $85 million and is expected to reach $93 million during 2012. 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 and micro devices; space plasmas and astrophysics; space propulsion; biotechnology; systems engineering; and robotics.


UAH is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award bachelor's master's, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call  404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of UAH.

Numerous departments or programs also hold accreditation from professional associations, including the American Chemical Society, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the National Association of Schools of Music, the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business. The university's Cooperative Education Program is one of only 13 accredited programs in the United States through The Accreditation Council for Cooperative Education (ACCE).


UAH has more than 300 full-time faculty members; 92 percent have terminal degrees. The FTE student/faculty ratio is 16:1.


Huntsville is a national center of aerospace and high technology research and development and Redstone Arsenal is located a short distance from the campus. Redstone is home to the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, the Space and Missile Defense Command, numerous Program Executive Offices, and major components of the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Missile Defense Agency. UAH is the anchor tenant for Cummings Research Park, the second largest research park in the United States and home to more than 25,000 employees and 285 high technology and research companies.

There are 47 major structures on campus with floor space of 2.84 million square feet. The campus has approximately 500 acres.

Academic calendar

UAH is on the semester system, offering a full program of undergraduate and graduate day and night classes throughout the year, including the summer.

How to contact

Mailing address: The University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, Ala., 35899
 256.824.1000. The university's home page is