University of West Alabama

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School Overview: Acceptance Rate, Tuition, and More

Last Updated: March 16, 2023

Livingston, AL

$9,100

Avg in-state tuition

$18,200

Avg out-of-state tuition

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About University of West Alabama

School Type: Public

Status: Non-profit

Accreditation: Regional

Religious Affiliation: N/A While the student experience is largely unaffected at most schools with religious affiliations, some schools place more of an emphasis on religion. Learn how religious affiliations may impact students' experience.

The University of West Alabama is a small public university located on a rural campus in Livingston, Alabama. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,322, and admissions are selective, with an acceptance rate of 74%. The university offers 26 bachelor's degrees, has an average graduation rate of 39%, and a student-faculty ratio of 14:1. Tuition and fees for in-state students are $9,100, while tuition and fees for out-of-state students are $18,200.

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Note from the President:

Our top priority is providing an educational experience to launch a successful life and career. Students often tell us UWA feels like home but with the independence they need to grow and learn. We provide an exceptional academic experience, with opportunities to excel in athletics, Greek life, leadership, and more, with the level of support that you choose along the way.

Dr. Ken Tucker, University President

60 Degree Programs

NCAA II Sports Teams & Division

60+ Student Clubs and Organizations

9 Study Abroad Programs

12+ Intramural Sports

12 Fraternity and Sorority Chapters

Admissions Breakdown

Acceptance Rate Insight

This school has a high acceptance rate.

This school accepts students at a higher rate than other schools. High acceptance schools welcome 51-100% of all applicants.

74% of students were accepted during the 2021-2022 school year. Sometimes schools with midrange acceptance rates have higher standards of entry but are still accessible to many students who apply.

Retention Rate Insight

63% of full-time students stayed to continue their studies the following academic year. These students started in Fall 2020 and returned in Fall 2021.

Graduation Rate Insight

39% of students graduated out of all full-time, first-time students who began their studies in Fall 2015. Keep in mind many students who enroll are not typically first-time students, as most are adult learners. Therefore, the number of first-time students is traditionally low.

Application Considerations

Test scores Required

High school transcript Required

High school rank Not required or recommended

Letter of recommendation Not required or recommended

High school GPA Recommended

Open admission No

Completion of college prep program Recommended

Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) Required

Transfer Credit Policy

Dual enrollment Yes

Credit for qualified life experience* Yes

Advance placement (AP) credits Yes

*This can include previous jobs, trainings, licenses/credentials, or seminars. You may need to complete an exam or provide a portfolio to earn credit.

SAT & ACT

ACT 25th-75th Percentile 17-21

SAT 25th-75th Percentile 880-980

Learning Environment

Student Body Stats

This school has a student body of between 5,000 and 15,000 students.

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6k

Students enrolled

83%

Online student enrollment

14:1

Student to faculty ratio

Ways Students Can Learn

Online Check Bold
On-campus Check Bold
Hybrid The program is a combination of on-campus and online learning and varies per program. Check Bold

Demographics

White

48%

Black

34%

Unknown

12%

Hispanic

2%

Two or more races

2%

Non-U.S. Citizen

2%

American Indian/Alaska Native

1%

Asian

0%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0%

Female student population

76%

Socio-economic diversity

60% of students received an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

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Online Programs

Offers Online Programs

Yes

Online Programs

34

Total Online Enrollment

4,620

Student Location Breakout

Percent of Programs Online

35% On-campus

65% Online

Types of Online Programs Offered

Certificates X Bold Not offered

Associate X Bold Not offered

Bachelor's Check Bold 46% online

Graduate Certificate Check Bold 100% online

Master's Check Bold 94% online

Doctorate Check Bold 100% online

Student Charges

Tuition and Required Fees

Student Level In-state Out-of-state
Undergraduate $9,100 $18,200
Graduate $6,678 $13,356

Cost of Undergraduate Attendance

Costs based on full-time, first-time degree or certificate-seeking undergraduates for the 2021–2022 academic year.

Costs to Consider Price
Books and supplies $1,216
On-campus room and board $7,594
On-campus other expenses $3,505
Off-campus (not with family) room and board $7,200
Off-campus (not with family) other expenses $3,505
Off-campus (with family) other expenses $3,505

Total Undergraduate Cost

Total cost by category In-state Out-of-state
On-campus $21,415 $30,515
Off-campus without family $21,021 $30,121
Off-campus with family $13,821 $22,921

Financial Breakdown

Students Receiving Aid

Federal Grant Aid

69%

State Grant Aid

8%

Institution Grant Aid

54%

Pell Grant

60%

Average Aid Awarded

Federal Grant Aid $4,562
State Grant Aid $1,467
Institution Grant Aid $5,777
Pell Grant Aid $4,807

Financial Outlook

$25k

Average student debt after graduation

$30k

Average salary 6 years after starting school

Varsity Athletic Teams

NCAA Division II with football

of the overall student body is a member of an athletic team.

Participation

Men Women
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Rodeo
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track Field Outdoor
  • Track Field Xcountry
  • Volleyball
  • Baseball
  • Basketball

Degrees Awarded by Program

Degrees given for the 2021-2022 academic year.

1

Biological And Biomedical Sciences

BA

MA

DOC

2

Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services

BA

MA

DOC

3

Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs

BA

MA

DOC

4

Education

BA

MA

DOC

5

Engineering Technologies/Technicians

BA

MA

DOC

6

Engineering/Engineering-Related Technologies/Technicians

BA

MA

DOC

7

English Language And Literature/Letters

BA

MA

DOC

8

Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences

BA

MA

DOC

9

Health Professions And Related Programs

BA

MA

DOC

10

History

BA

MA

DOC

11

History

BA

MA

DOC

12

Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services

BA

MA

DOC

13

Mathematics And Statistics

BA

MA

DOC