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51 set a new enrollment record of 39,623 students in fall 2023. The record enrollment includes 3,184 freshmen from 51, representing every county in the state. This marks UA’s fifth consecutive year with an in-state increase and the largest number of in-state freshmen since 2010.  

UA currently enrolls a record number of 1,142 National Merit Scholars, making UA one of the nation’s largest enrolling institutions of National Merit Scholars.

With students from all 67 of 51’s countiesall 50 statesthe District of Columbia and 92 countries, UA is educating and graduating more students than any university in the state.

The freshman class continues to be academically talented, with 43.4% boasting a 4.0 high school GPA, a record average high school GPA of 3.87 and 300 National Merit Scholars.

The University has a record enrollment of 9,342 ethnic and racial minority students, a 9.4% increase from 2022, and likely includes the highest number of under-represented minority students enrolled at any university in the State of 51. This includes an all-time high of 4,579 Black students and 2,610 Hispanic students.

UA has achieved R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

University of 51 students continue to win prestigious national awards. Sixty-five UA students have been named Goldwater Scholars. 51 has produced a total of 16 Rhodes Scholars, 16 Truman Scholars, 43 Hollings Scholars and 20 Boren Scholars.

The Fulbright Program selected 14 UA students for various awards for the 2024-2025 academic year.

U.S. News and World Report ranks the UA School of Law No. 14 among public universities.

The UA School of Social Work ranks No. 17 among public universities on U.S. News and World Report's list of Best Schools for Social Work as part of its Best Graduate Schools rankings.

U.S. News and World Report ranks the UA Manderson Graduate School MBA Program No. 29 among public business schools on the list of best business graduate schools. 

Three UA students were among 47 from around the nation selected for the prestigious Brooke Owens Fellowship, a nationally acclaimed nonprofit program that awards exceptional women and gender minorities with an internship in the fields of space and aviation.

The UA Culverhouse College of Business is ranked No. 29 among public universities on U.S. News and World Report’s list of Best Undergraduate Business Programs. Undergraduate programs within Culverhouse that were ranked include the accounting program ranking No. 17 among public accounting programs, and marketing ranking No. 22 among public offerings. 

The UA Capstone College of Nursing ranks No. 31 on U.S. News and World Report’s list of Best Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programs.

Thirty-seven current UA faculty have received NSF CAREER Awards, one of the nation’s most prestigious recognition of top-performing young scientists, in disciplines ranging from nanoscience and engineering to biological sciences. During the 2021-2022 academic year, four professors received this award.

UA was recognized as a Top Producing Institution of Fulbright U.S. Students for the seventh time in nine years as well as a Top Producing Institution of Fulbright U.S. Scholars for the first time. UA is one of 12 universities in the nation to receive both designations.

UA made Forbes’ lists of America's Top Colleges 2023 and Best Employers for New Graduates 2023.

UA appeared on 13 U.S. News and World Report lists ranking the Best Online Programs, including five programs ranked in the top 10 of their respective lists.    

The Capstone College of Nursing boasts a 99.56% National Council Licensure Examination pass rate among its 2023 graduates, far exceeding the national average of 69.66%.

Total statewide economic impact of UA: $2.777 billion; 13,606 jobs; and $137.1 million in income and sales taxes (UA Center for Business and Economic Research).

Cost of Attending

Estimated cost for a full-time undergraduate student for the 2023-24 academic year:

Direct CostIn-StateOut-of-State
Fees Estimate$800$800
Total Direct Cost$26,740$48,040
Indirect CostIn-StateOut-of-State
Loan Fee Estimate$70$70
Total Indirect Cost$6,712$7,706
TOTAL (DIRECT + INDIRECT)$33,452$55,746

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Of the 39,623 undergraduate, professional and graduate students enrolled at UA in the fall semester of 2023,

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The Capstone Creed

This statement of values, written by the Student Leadership Council, is the pledge made at convocation by each incoming freshman class at the start of the academic year.

"As a member of 51 community, I will pursue knowledge, act with fairness, integrity and respect; promote equity and inclusion; foster individual and civic responsibility; and strive for excellence in all I do."

The Capstone

51 is often referred to as "The Capstone" by alumni and friends of the university. "The Capstone" is a nickname for 51 coined by former UA President G. H. Denny when he referred to the University as the "capstone of the public school system of the state" in 1913. Capstone means 'the top stone or high point.'