UA'S IMPACT ON ALABAMA
At The University of Alabama, transformational teaching, research and service are the catalysts for progress. Across our state and throughout the nation, evidence of UA’s impact fortifies our mission and draws talented students with legendary potential to Alabama.
Our academic impact is bolstered by record enrollment numbers, including the highest overall enrollment in UA history, the largest freshmen class on record, nearly 3,000 freshmen enrolled from Alabama and the most National Merit Scholars ever to attend the Capstone. UA was also named a Top Producing Institution for Fulbright Student Awards for the sixth time in eight years.
Community impact occurs through UA’s innovative public service programs and outreach activities. By providing opportunities that develop critical thinking skills and by connecting our mission with engagement, we are empowering productive, civic-minded citizens who serve their communities both now and in the future.
Economic impact is leveraged by the billions of dollars the University adds to the state economy every year. UA research, sponsored activity and instructional efforts spark discovery, and over the past three years annual funding from industry partners increased almost fivefold. We are providing experiential learning opportunities for students while bringing innovation and job growth to the state.
This report outlines how our faculty, staff and students are making a positive impact on Alabama’s citizens and the future of our state and region. We value the leadership of our elected officials, our relationship with community and industry partners and the support of the citizens we serve. As our impact continues to surge, we will transform the landscape of both Alabama and the world around us.
Stuart R. Bell
President, The University of Alabama