The University of Alabama at Birmingham is a public research university located at 1720 University Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35294, United States. It’s in Birmingham’s Southside neighborhood. The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) began in 1859, with the establishment of the Medical College of Alabama and the opening of the Birmingham Extension Center of the University in 1936. It became an academic extension center by then and in 1966 it became a four-year campus. The University of Alabama System became a fully autonomous university in 1969. Today, UAB is a major urban university with an academically distinguished health center.

UAB is the only public university that grants four-year degrees in the state’s largest metropolitan area. It is also Alabama’s largest research institution and is the biggest single employer in the region. It has over 23,000 faculty and staff, and more than 50,000 jobs both in the university and health sector. 

There are 140 programs are available at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, which is divided into 12 academic divisions:

Health-related fields such as Medicine






Professional degrees in the social and behavioral sciences

Liberal arts


Public health




Its campus spreads across more than 100 city blocks and it can be classified into 3 segments. 

It takes up the majority of the campus to the east of Campus Green. It is where the health-related teaching facilities are located.

It occupies the Campus Green west and the south portion of University Boulevard. Campus Green is surrounded by most of the academic and art structures, excluding medical-related facilities.

These are on the campus’ far western side. This section includes Bartow Arena, the  8,508-seat multi-purpose arena. It is named after Gene Bartow, the coach who developed the school’s men’s basketball program.

UAB is considered among the “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity”. It is a four-year research university that was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1970.

The academic calendar is by semester system, which breaks the academic year. The fall semester usually ends in early December.  In early January, the spring term begins.

Eight Library Locations:

UAB Archives

UAB Digital Collections

Mervyn H. Sterne Library

Reynolds-Finley Historical Library

Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences

Lister Hill Library of the Health Science

Lister Hill Library at University Hospital

801 Building

The Birmingham Botanical Garden
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