School is back in session and Alabama football is right around the corner!
Follow along with our three-part series on the University of Alabama and the growing city of Tuscaloosa. We’re giving you an inside look at restaurants, breweries, art and all things T-Town and kicking it off with a little introduction to the University of Alabama.
The University of Alabama has seen record increases in enrollment throughout the last decade. In 2002, approximately 19,633 students attended UA, today that number is more than 31,000.
Last year, UA experienced another record-breaking year when numbers indicated that the majority of the student population (51%) was from outside the state of Alabama.
Women have outnumbered men on the University of Alabama campus every year since 1989. Prior to 1989, there were only two other years in UA’s recorded history with a majority female population: 1944 (29% male) and 1945 (38%). After the war ended, men outnumbered women on UA’s campus about 3 to 1.
They’re getting smarter every year, folks! Well, almost every year. Since the ACT became the preferred undergraduate admissions test in 2002, the average score of first-time, undergraduate students has increased from 23.6 to 26.6. This upward trend has remained consistent every year except for 2015 when the average decreased by .1 percentage point.
Despite the commonly held belief that every student at the University of Alabama belongs to a greek organization, only 33% of the total undergraduate population pledged a fraternity or sorority last year. Alpha Gamma Delta recorded the largest pledge class in UA’s history when they pledged 418 women in 2015.
Statistics based on enrollment number for the 2015 academic year.