Alabama Huntsville

University of Alabama in Huntsville
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UAH's research activity benefits students' educational experience

The University of Alabama in Huntsville removes barriers between teaching and research. Professors take their research into the classroom, and the university brings students into its world-class, cutting-edge research laboratories.

Undergraduate students are involved in research projects in all departments, from building experiments for suborbital rockets to developing special optical lenses, excavating dinosaur bones, or traveling to tropical jungles to find medical uses for plants.

Because learning doesn't stop at the classroom door, UAHuntsville students build satellites, help high-tech industry solve real-life management and marketing problems, and work with patients in some of the most modern medical facilities in the region.

The university thrives on the synergy created by academia, government and business that exists in Huntsville, which is enhanced by serving as the anchor tenant in Cummings Research Park, the second largest research park in America. The university complements the R&D needs of local industry as well as NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and major Army laboratories.

The university's academic and research reputation has been recognized nationally. UAHuntsville is the only public institution in Alabama to be rated a "very competitive" university by Barron's Profile of American Colleges and Universities. The Carnegie Foundation has placed UAHuntsville into its "very high research" category — only 73 public universities in the nation are included in this ranking.

Students should also consider these facts when looking at UAHuntsville:

- Fourteen research areas at UAHuntsville are in the Top 20 nationally, and four in the Top 10: NASA computer science R&D (2nd), DoD social sciences (4th); DoD computer science (8th) and federally funded R&D in aerospace engineering (9th), according to the National Science Foundation.

- UAHuntsville is ranked by U.S. News &World Report among Tier 1 national universities — a distinction shared by less than 10 percent of the more than 2,000 four-year colleges in America.

- UAHuntsville was named as one of the best 50 educational values in America by USA Today in 2010.

- UAHuntsville graduates earn the third highest mid-career salaries in the southeastern U.S., trailing only Georgia Tech and Florida.

"The research of the university and its Ph.D. programs, with its concentration in engineering and science, has made us nationally and internationally visible," says President Bob Altenkirch. "Our companion programs in business, liberal arts and nursing reach levels of excellence within our region."

The university's research activities produce close working relationships between faculty and students. The university gives students opportunities to apply their education in real-life job situations. More than 100 businesses, industries and government agencies provide students with hands-on experience and often, permanent employment through our cooperative education program, one of the largest programs in the southeastern U.S.

The university provides activities outside the classroom such as intramural and intercollegiate sports, fraternities and sororities, choir and music ensembles and theater productions.

The university has more than 115 clubs and organizations, including the World Issues Society, Circle K, the Society for Ancient Languages, the Association for Campus Entertainment, the Student Government Association and professionally oriented clubs and societies in almost every discipline. Greek life ranges from social activities to service projects for local and national charities. Six fraternities and five sororities are nationally recognized at UAHuntsville.

Athletics are a highly charged blend of competitiveness and the ideal of the student-athlete. The university is home to 17 NCAA men's and women's sports programs.

It took a unique community like Huntsville to create a university like UAHuntsville. In many ways, the university is a reflection of the needs of the high-tech Huntsville community.

"UAHuntsville is the result of the special character of Huntsville," says President Altenkirch. "The interaction among the university, federal agencies and the community is crucial to our success, and that success is translated into success for our students and graduates."


Propst Arena at Von Braun Center
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Arena Quick Facts

Name: Propst Arena at Von Braun Center
Capacity: 6,600
Ice Surface: 200x85
Video Boards: Two HD LED video boards (22x12); Two LED fascia boards (4x99)
Sound: State-of-the-art digital sound system