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Posted at 6:30 AM ET, 01/ 8/2010

U-Alabama by the numbers

By Valerie Strauss

We know the University of Alabama has a great football team; last night the Crimson Tide won the national championship with a win over the Texas Longhorns. But here are some things you may not know about the school.

The following information comes the school’s Common Data Set for the 2008-09 school year, the latest such information available. You can see the whole report here.

For the 2008-09 school year:

1. Of a total 22,341 undergraduates, there were:
--18,688 white
--2503 were non-Hispanic black
--466 Hispanic
--316 Nonresident aliens
--238 Asian or Pacific Islander
--129 American Indian or Alaskan Native

2. Applications/Admittance
--10,340 freshman woman applied and 6,390 were admitted
--8,160 freshman men applied and 4,782 were admitted

3. Academic Requirements
To enter a student must have completed in high school:
--4 years or equivalent of English
--4 years or equivalent of social studies
--3 years or equivalent of math
--3 years of equivalent of science (two must be lab)
--1 year or equivalent of foreign language
--1 year or equivalent of history
--5 years or equivalent of academic electives

4. Admissions Factors
The factors considered “very important” for admissions by university officials are:
--rigor of secondary school record
--academic grade point average
--standardized test scores
Considered “important”:
--Class rank

5. Standardized test scores
*86.8% of enrolled freshmen submitted ACT test scores
--51 percent of these had a composite score of 18-23
--35 percent of these had a composite score of 24-29
--14 percent of these had a composite score of 30-36

*33.7% of enrolled freshmen submitted SAT test scores
--44 percent of these earned 500-599 in critical reading
--47 percent of these earned 500-599 in math
--29 percent of these earned 400-499 in critical reading
--23 percent of these earned 600-699 in math

6. Student Life
27.3 percent of undergraduates are from out of state
22.3 percent of male undergrads join fraternities
29.4 percent of female undergrads join sororities
70.2 percent live off-campus or commute

7. Financial aid
$35,227,164 awarded in non-need-based grants and scholarships
$13,795,736 awarded in need-based grants and scholarships

8. Bachelor’s degrees
--The largest category of bachelor’s degrees awarded was in business/marketing--26.7 percent.
--The second largest category was in communications/journalism--11.7 percent
--No bachelor’s degrees were given in: mathematics, engineering technologies, law/legal studies, physical sciences, philosophy and religious studies, social sciences

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By Valerie Strauss  | January 8, 2010; 6:30 AM ET
Categories:  Higher Education  | Tags:  university of alabama  
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