Why UAH

Our Students

UAH is home to nearly 8,500 students from across the country – and the world. But while our student body may be diverse, our campus community is nothing short of inclusive! That's because we make campus housing available to all first-year students, which allows strong peer-to-peer friendships to grow from day one.

But being a Charger is about more than just fitting in; it's about standing out and being a leader on campus and in the community. To help, we've created a strong leadership program to enable you to excel outside of the classroom and make a smooth transition from collegian to careerist – skills you can also learn by joining one of UAH's many student-run organizations or holding a position in the Student Government Association. No matter what role you choose, at UAH your student experience is just as valuable as your education.

By the Numbers

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$55k+ avg. starting salary for UAH grads - highest in AL
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84 countries of origin for UAH students
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17:1 student-to-faculty ratio
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27.6 average ACT for entering freshmen - among highest in AL

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Academics

There's a reason why UAH ranks at the top of the list when it comes to return on investment – because we offer our students the kind of high-quality education that leads to stable, well-paying jobs. Our small class sizes mean our students enjoy a nurturing environment where personal attention is par for the course. And no matter what your passion, with over 100 areas of study spanning nine colleges, you can be sure we have a curriculum to both challenge and inspire you.

Those whose academic sights are set even higher should consider our Honors College, which offers increased access to full-time faculty and researchers, the opportunity to attend and present at leadership and research conferences, and a competitive edge when applying to graduate school or for employment. And our Joint Undergraduate Master's Program allows students to reduce the time it takes to get a graduate degree. From start to finish, it all adds up to a strong – affordable – academic foundation that will pay off long after you've entered the workplace.

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#1 return on investment among Alabama schools
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100+ areas of study
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9 colleges
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89 degrees offered

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Research

As a Tier 1 national university, UAH is home to more than a dozen research centers and labs – not to mention the recipient of hundreds of millions of dollars in grants and contracts. So as a Charger, you'll have the opportunity to take part in hands-on, high-level research projects that other undergraduates can only dream about – projects like studying gene expression in E. coli or analyzing aerial photos of deforestation in Panama. Because we know that smart students like ours are capable of much more than just writing papers and taking tests – and we give them the chance to prove it.

But research at UAH doesn't just take place on campus. Our Office of Research has ties to federal and industry partners across the country and around the world, including NASA, the U.S. Army, the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, NIH, the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and NOAA/National Weather Service. That means you'll have the chance to tackle the kinds of real-world challenges you'll one day face as a professional in the field long before your peers at other universities. It's the kind of experience that can give you the advantage you need to rise to the top of your class – and your career field.

By the Numbers

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2 satellites launched into space
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$97m in R&D expenditures; large majority federally financed
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$1m earned per year from intellectual property
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16 on-campus research centers

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Athletics

Here at UAH, you can enjoy sports from the sidelines or the goal line! We have 18 NCAA men's and women's sports programs, including the only NCAA Division I ice hockey team in the South. But we also have numerous club sports and intramural leagues for recreational players of all levels, in addition to planned outdoor recreation trips to locations in the Tennessee Valley throughout the year. So whether you prefer flag football or ultimate frisbee, Charger Recreation has it covered.

And needless to say, we're strong supporters of our Charger athletes. Just like our fight song says, we have pride in our Blue and White! Of course, we get a little help from our mascot Charger Blue, our cheerleaders, the Chargerettes Dance Team, and the Blue Crew – one of the largest student spirit groups in the Gulf South Conference. Just don't forget to wear blue on Fridays, so you're ready for when the High Five Friday Crew makes their rounds!

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31 conference championships
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$2.7m in athletics scholarships awarded annually
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18 NCAA sports programs
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$0 admission with Charger ID

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Campus

The great thing about UAH is that there's always something going on around campus, whether it's Late Night Breakfast at the cafeteria or ChargerCon! Want to work out? Head over to the University Fitness Center, where membership is free for students. Hungry? Enjoy a meal at one of our many on-campus eateries, like World of Wings or Dunkin' Donuts. Feeling creative? Carry on a longstanding campus tradition and paint your message on the UAH Monument.

Then there are the near-daily activities that take place courtesy of our 170+ student-run organizations, the Student Government Association, the Association for Campus Entertainment, and our vibrant Greek community. Not to mention the Charger Union, whose outdoor movies and e-gaming lounge are big attractions. It’s all part of the long list of what makes UAH's campus such an exciting place to be!

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505 acres of campus
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13 fraternities and sororities
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170+ student-run organizations
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18 hole disc golf course on campus

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