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Huntsville is home to one of the University of Alabama's top campuses. The diversity of bachelor’s degrees available is terrific and includes over 80 programs in the arts & humanities, business, education, nursing, engineering, Science, and more. Graduate students also flock to Huntsville to become masters of business, education, and engineering, among many other choices.

Overview of University of Alabama-Huntsville

Given that the Huntsville campus is part of the state university system, Alabaman students will find a terrific and affordable education here. However, students from all over the United States come to Northern Alabama to study and enrich their lives on both a personal and professional level. The educational value makes paying the affordable out-of-state tuition well worth the money.

Since there's more to college life than work, UAH has made certain that students also continue their education in less formal ways that promote health and growth. Campus life includes a full Greek system, loads of recreational opportunities, and competitive sports at the intramural and club levels. Students can play active sports such as flag football or basketball, but there are less demanding options such as the old favorite four-square in fall and cornhole in spring. On top of that there are loads of social events such as Homecoming, Family Weekend, and special dances and concerts scheduled on weekends throughout the year.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting City: Midsize
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 17:1
Graduation Rate 52%
Year Founded 1950

Student Enrollment

Total Students9,736


Undergraduate Student

Male 4,449
Female 3,222

Graduate Student

Male 1,198
Female 867

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Male 2,557
Female 1,986


Male 2,122
Female 1,549

Acceptance Rate81%

Male 83%
Female 78%

Enrollment 1,435

Male 666
Female 488
Application Fee $30
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses NA
Recommendations NA
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline August 17
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

The cost of education is always a major issue. At the University of Alabama in Huntsville, in-state tuition and fees are just over $11,000. On top of this, both on and off-campus living is estimated to cost around $13,000 for a year. Out-of-state students face higher tuition and fees and end up paying closer to $23,000 before adding living expenses.

To help cushion this news, students and their families usually find substantial financial aid. At UA – Huntsville, approximately 89% of full-time, first-year students receive some form of grant or scholarship aid. The average amount a student receives is just over $12,000. Students often need to take out federal student loans to help cover all of their costs and 41% of the campus receives loans averaging $5,000 per student.

When all undergraduate students are considered, 5,200 receive some form of a grant or scholarship in an average amount of $9,900. Nearly 2,000 students receive Pell Grants averaging $4,400, and 3,000 students take out federal students loans averaging $6,500 each.

Average net price 2017-2018
Net Price $15,437
Average Total Aid $11,245
Students Receiving Financial Aid 94%
Room & Board $10,400

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $11,122
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $23,518
  • Books and Supplies - $2,120
  • Room & Board - $10,400
  • Other - $3,994


New students at University of Alabama – Huntsville like what they find on campus. With a retention rate of 83%, it's clear that first-year students are pleased with their classes, classmates, and the campus' resources. The retention rate measures how many first-year students return for a second year. Even though there are many other great options in Alabama, they tend stick with the Huntsville university for their education.

The school likewise posts terrific numbers for graduation rates. Nearly 60% of all students graduate from the campus and 25% transfer to some other institution to complete their education. The transfer rate indicates that students are well-prepared by their experience at Huntsville, yet they may need to complete their education at another institution for various personal and academic reasons. Thus, students at UA Huntsville are shown to receive a terrific education.

These great academic figures might also reflect that UA Huntsville maintains a very favorable student-teacher ratio. Though the school has over 7,000 undergraduate students, they still have a student-to-faculty ratio of 17:1. Given that this reflects an average class size, we can assume that, as students advance beyond the larger entry-level classes they are treated to even smaller class sizes, more hands-on instruction, and a higher overall academic quality.

Student Population Total

Student Population 9,736

Evening Classes : Yes
Distance Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Engineering Majors 383 Total Graduates / 29%
Mechanical Engineering 106 Graduates
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 73 Graduates
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 61 Graduates
Computer Engineering, General 42 Graduates
Industrial Engineering 38 Graduates
All Business Majors 241 Total Graduates / 18%
Business Administration and Management, General 84 Graduates
Management Information Systems, General 60 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 35 Graduates
Accounting 30 Graduates
Finance, General 26 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 208 Total Graduates / 16%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 208 Graduates
All Computer Information Science Majors 99 Total Graduates / 8%
Computer and Information Sciences, General 99 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 86 Total Graduates / 7%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 86 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 23%

Outcome & Salary

As for the return on investment (ROI) for a UA – Huntsville education, the numbers are again favorable. The highest earning graduates earn a median salary of $63,000 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. On the lower end, biology majors start their work life earning $27,000 before other compensation is accounted for. Somewhere in the middle are the nursing students who report median earnings of $49,000.

Given the strong academics at UA Huntsville, students are likely to continue their education with a master's degree in their field. Plus, their solid background is sure to launch them up the corporate ladder. When both of these things are accounted for, a foundational bachelor's degree from UA Huntsville represents a terrific return on investment (ROI).

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $57,500
College Grads Average Salary $73,000
College Grads Mid Career Salary $103,900
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $730,000
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,769,000
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $61,748
10 Year Projected ROI $668,252
20 Year Projected ROI $1,707,252
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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