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ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

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The University of Alabama, the State of Alabama's oldest public university, is a senior comprehensive doctoral-level institution. The University was established by constitutional provision under statutory mandates and authorizations. Its mission is to advance the intellectual and social condition of the people of the State through quality programs of teaching, research, and service.

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National Rankings

The University of Alabama is ranked among the top 50 public universities in the nation for the ninth consecutive year in U.S. News and World Report's annual college rankings, fall 2009.

The University of Alabama ranked 11th in the nation among public universities in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars in the 2008 freshman class.

UA is #1 in the nation in enrollment and graduation of minority doctoral students under the Southern Regional Education Board's Minority Doctoral Scholars Program.

The University of Alabama was ranked Top Public University in the SEC in 2008 by U.S. News.

The University of Alabama was ranked #7 Public University in nation in 2008 by Forbes.

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Five University of Alabama students were named to the 2009 USA Today All-USA College Academic Team, the most of any school. This year's team brings UA's total for the last seven years to 36, a figure that tops all other colleges and universities. In addition to this year, UA had the most students on the list in 2008 with seven, 2006 with six and in 2005 and 2003, both with five.

Enrollment at The University of Alabama reached a record high of 28,807 for fall 2009. The entering freshman class, at 5,207 students, is the largest in UA history.

UA is one of the top five public flagship universities in the nation in the enrollment of African-American students. For the 2008-2009 academic year, African-Americans represent 11.3 percent of the student body.

The University of Alabama has been engaged in an aggressive program to upgrade and expand facilities, opening more than 20 new facilities over the last five years. The new Science and Engineering building and the Ridgecrest South residential community opened in August 2009 and the Capstone College of Nursing building is scheduled for completion in 2010.

This year alone, more than 900 University of Alabama students will receive a total of more than $2.3 million in scholarships provided by the National Alumni Association. The UA National Alumni Association is among the nation's leading public-university-based comprehensive associations, ranking among the top 10 in alumni support.

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