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Research and education

Birmingham is home to several universities and internationally renowned research facilities. Learn more about The Magic City’s dedication to the advancement of education and research.

University of Alabama at Birmingham

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a research university and academic medical center that discovers, teaches, and applies knowledge for the intellectual, cultural, social, and economic benefit of Birmingham, the state, and beyond. UAB is internationally renowned for its intensely collaborative culture that has — for more than five decades — produced breakthroughs in education, health care, research, and service. UAB was ranked #1 in the United States for 2018 and 2019 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Young University Rankings. In 2021, Forbes named UAB as America’s No. 1 Best Large Employer, topping a list of more than 500 public and private corporations across dozens of industries. Forbes also named UAB America’s Best Employer for Diversity among colleges and universities in 2021. And U.S. News & World Report has named UAB the No. 1 Hospital in Alabama for 2021-2022.

More than 22,560 students enrolled at UAB in fall 2020, marking a fifth consecutive year of record enrollment. UAB is Alabama’s largest single employer with some 23,000 employees and has an annual economic impact exceeding $7.15 billion. U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 “America’s Best Graduate Schools” ranks 16 UAB programs among the nation’s top 25; eight UAB specialties were ranked among the nation’s top 50 in the magazine’s 2021-2022 Best Hospitals report. In FY 2020, UAB’s record-high research grants and awards totaled $638 million. UAB is in the top 1% of 2,800 global institutions receiving NIH funding, and the UAB School of Medicine is ranked No. 8 in NIH funding among public medical schools.

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