By The Numbers

Enrollment

  • Enrollment has more than doubled since 2007 to more than 5,800 students.
  • The freshmen class grew from less than 500 students to nearly 1,600 in 10 years.
  • The College of Engineering makes up 15 percent of the UA student population.

Students

  • There are 74 National Merit Scholars in the 2016 freshman class, more than triple the scholars in the freshman class a decade ago.
  • Nearly 57 percent of undergraduate students received merit-based scholarships in 2016-17.
  • The average ACT score for freshmen in 2016 was 30, an increase of more than 4 points since 2007.
  • Freshmen in 2016 had an average high school GPA of 3.97, more than the 3.65 average in 2008.
  • In the UA Honor’s College, three out of every 10 students is from the College of Engineering.

Achievements

  • The number of degrees awarded has nearly tripled in the last decade to 885 degrees in 2015-16.
  • The average starting salary for 2015 graduates was $63,123, near the national average for recent engineering graduates.
  • Alabama Astrobotics has won the NASA Robotic Mining Competition more times than any team, including first place finishes the past two years.
  • Part of a national four-year vehicle contest, the UA EcoCAR 3 team placed first in 11 categories during the year-end conference in 2016.
  • For the eighth consecutive year, a College of Engineering student was recognized by receiving the Dr. Catherine J. Randall Award. The award is given to the most outstanding student scholar at UA.

Demographics

ETHNICITY (undergraduate only)

  • Asian – 2 percent
  • Black or African American - 7 percent
  • Hispanic – 3 percent
  • International – 6 percent
  • Other/Undesignated – 4 percent
  • White – 78 percent
  • Students come from 48 states, the District of Columbia and at least 25 countries.

GENDER

  • Male - 76 percent
  • Female - 24 percent